A restaurant floor plan is a useful map of the potential space - showing the walls, windows and doors, appliances, furniture, and accessories. The floor plan can be 2D to indicate the general layout or 3D to show the planned materials and colors. Whether you are dreaming of your first restaurant or want to refresh an existing business, a floor plan is an excellent idea to help you narrow down your layout and design ideas. Ideally, your result will be a place that is welcoming and pleasing for your customers, efficient for your employees, and profitable for you.Read More
It’s important to note that many cities require you to submit a floor plan as part of the business permit process. Thus, while you can create a floor plan yourself to brainstorm and narrow down ideas, consider hiring a professional that knows the ins and outs of local building codes and regulations to fine-tune and advise you on the final design.
Let’s walk through the most common areas of a restaurant floor plan. First up: the “front of house” zones, which are the ones that the customer interacts with. Then we’ll look at the “back of house” areas.
As you review sample floor plans and start drafting up your custom layout, there are a few tips to keep in mind.
Make sure you think about accessibility as you layout your restaurant floor plan. This includes ensuring an entrance for someone in a wheelchair, wide aisles, accessible tables and bar areas, adequate bathroom access, an accessible kitchen set up for your staff, and more. The requirements are described in detail in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which ensures that all employees and customers in a restaurant benefit from the same level of accessibility. However, whether or not your city has accessibility rules and regulations, accessible features can help everyone.
You’ll likely be required to submit a floor plan as part of your local city’s restaurant permit process. So it’s essential to research the health, building, and sanitation codes related to your design or work with someone experienced in this area.
Trying out ideas for your dream restaurant floor plan can be fun and exciting. With some good planning, you can create a layout that provides your customers with a great experience and allows your staff to provide excellent service and delicious food for your guests.