Restaurant construction is booming as restaurants seek to become more competitive, efficient and sustainable. Americans are eating out more and our tastes have changed, which impacts restaurant construction in new and exciting ways.Integrating design and menu to tell a

As Americans shift more toward locally owned restaurants, concept design is becoming increasingly important for differentiation. Restaurant owners are integrating design, ambiance and menus to create a dining ‘story’ that sets them apart from the restaurant down the street.

  • Restaurant construction continues to go green as owners merge healthy dining with healthy environments. Yum! Brands, parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell currently has a goal of requiring 100% LEED certifiable buildings for new company-owned restaurants by the end of 2016.
  • Locally sourced and natural materials are becoming increasingly popular as owners create dining environments that support sustainability and  farm-to-table menu offerings. Emphasis on recycled, rustic and industrial materials is showing up as key design and construction trends.
  • Many restaurant patrons enjoy having indoor and outdoor dining options. Who doesn’t want to eat outside when the temperature is perfect? Restaurants that have accessibility to a patio or rooftop area are taking full advantage of this space. Restaurants that don’t have access to outdoor space are using large glass windows, glass walls and oversized overhead doors that can remain open.
  • Fine dining is moving downmarket as owners look to capitalize on their brand equity to attract a broader range of customers at somewhat lower price points. Younger diners are flocking to fine dining ‘satellite restaurants’ spun off from more expensive establishments. Among those operations are Chicago’s Blackbird and its “mini” tapas venue; Boston’s No. 9 Park and its two concepts, B&G Oysters Ltd. and The Butcher Shop; New York’s Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca and its small plates restaurant and wine-bar cousins Casa Mono and Bar Jamón; and Wish and its year-old hotel-rooftop gathering spot, Spire Bar & Lounge, in Miami Beach, Fla.
  • Open kitchens and floor to ceiling windows are increasing in popularity as owners compete to offer unique and memorable dining experiences.
  • Entertainment and dining are merging, movie theaters are adding restaurants and restaurants are cutting back on extravagance.

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