Restaurant Reset

The imminent return of the hospitality sector has given Britain a sense of joy. Boris Johnson has stated that outdoor hospitality can reopen on 12th April, with indoor hospitality set to reopen on 17th May. Uk based insight service, Lumina intelligence, suggests that the value of the UK restaurant sector is expected to sky rocket to a value of £11.7bn, with an increase of 30% compared to 2020. There is no better time to start refurbishing or opening a new restaurant in order to take advantage of the predicted financial increase.

Restaurant fit-outs can be very expensive. A small cafe or wine bar of 20-50 covers started from scratch with new equipment will often cost about £150,000 to £300,000. Whereas a larger scale restaurant (150 covers+) can cost anything upwards of £750,000. These figures are high because of the need for restaurants to keep up with their competition and partly to comply with all the rules and regulations that are getting more stringent every year.

GSM can provide you with a financial solution to help get your restaurant refurbished and up and running. GSM can finance everything that is required for your fit-out, from furniture to up-to-date kitchen equipment, we can also delivera financial package that includes labour costs. Have a read of the innovative ways you can make your customers satisfied. If you think your restaurant needs sprucing up why not give us a call today to discuss your requirements.

Nail Your Look

The large numbers of UK-based restaurants opening in the last two years have risen by over 25%. The market is crowded and often brands will look to mimic and copy larger brands to gain success. Consumers will often relate a restaurant with a specific colour scheme or logo. For example, London-based Bread Ahead is renowned for its light blue donut boxes (see image below).

Finding and creating a unique colour scheme to match your company will allow your restaurant to become easily identifiable. The colour you are surrounded by affects your behaviour and your mood. Warm colours such as red, yellowand orange have been scientifically proven to promote a person's appetite. Neutral colours such as black, white, beigeand grey are seen as ideal for fine dining restaurants due to their association with cleanliness.

Feature Furniture

Furniture is a vital part of successful restaurants. Furniture can help portray a different ambiance and help dictate the character of the space. Variations in furniture can help you vary the perception of your restaurant to the public. A fast-food chain will have a varying decor style to one of a fine dining restaurant. Popular fast-food restaurants will often require diner-style booths whereas the norm in fine dining restaurants is often large circular tables. Your choice of furniture must be based not on your personal taste but more on creating the desired ambiance.

Matching furniture can demonstrate an uptight ambiance whereas a mixing and matching table and chairs can give off a more homely relaxed vibe. Customers will want to be able to associate the furniture with the dining experience. When looking to obtain furniture, you must take into account the size and area available. Too many tables will make your customers feel cramped and it will make your restaurant look overcrowded. However, a lack of furniture will make your restaurant look empty and unpopular. Striking a balance is key in obtaining optimal customer satisfaction. Updating your furnishings by having your tables refinished and chairs reupholstered can go a long way toward increasing customer satisfaction.

In everyday/fast-food restaurants, turnover is quicker meaning customers are not expected to stay for large periods of time. This often means that seating and tables are closer together compared to upmarket restaurants who often leave a vast space between each table to promote customers to stay for longer periods of time. If space is limited, consider using straight-backed chairs which still allow an elegant look while using up limited amounts of space.