This course examines restaurant design concepts such as bistro, classical and modern; everything that influences our perception of a restaurant – decor, the grooming of the staff and clients, food and drink presentation, background music, lighting, flowers, style of service and graphics. The course also explains some of the less glamorous requirements of opening a restaurant including: zoning, building code, fire code, and accessibility compliance.
The underlying premise is that a successful restaurant is a perfect partnership of food, drink, decor and service. Through workshops, the student is introduced to design specialists – architects, interior designers, florists and graphic artists – whose services they may need in setting up a restaurant of their own.
While the course is not designed to produce full-fledged restaurant designers, it will provide students with an in-depth understanding of the crucial elements of restaurant design.