Obviously the food is the star of any restaurant. Whether you own a James Beard Award winning seafood restaurant in Manhattan, or the local pizza joint that’s the pride and joy of your hometown, the food is what keeps patrons coming back. But the vibe and feel of a restaurant plays into the overall experience of dining out. And what your customers sit on while they eat plays directly into that experience.
Fine dining and upscale bistros generally go after an expensive, but elegant look. Traditional hardwood chairs are the perfect style for these types of restaurants. Hardwood chairs are durable, yet very classic in design and taste. They can be custom designed with intricate patterns and detailing or focus on simple, clean lines- whatever you are looking for.
More urban feeling eateries, the types with exposed brick walls and utilitarian lighting fixtures, are the perfect place to incorporate stainless steel chairs or dark wood finish chairs with metal accents. The chair selection should add to the industrial vibe. A plush armchair detracts from that feeling; they are more at home in a coffee shop nook. But a detailed metal bench can add to the contemporary design. All the pieces have to work together to create a fluid experience.
Some restaurant styles dictate very specific chair designs. You wouldn’t expect to see patio furniture pulled up to an inside bar. And 50’s style diners demand 50’s style booths. When there is a disconnect between the food and design, it sends mixed messages to the patron. What are they supposed to be experiencing? Is it the décor that doesn’t match the food, or does the food not fit with the décor?