The Cinderella Cornerstore, Transforming Your Eatery Into a Regal Restaurant

The Cinderella Cornerstore - Transforming Your Eatery Into a Regal Restaurant


Restaurant dining is an experience, and that experience starts with the first impression a custo mer gets when they walk in the door. Updating your space can have a number of benefits. Have you been feeling like your restaurant design isn’t properly reflecting the quality of your food? Are you considering a redesign or upgrade? As the restaurant industry changes and evolves, it’s sometimes necessary to change along with it. If you believe your food is great quality and that its being undervalued in its current atmosphere, making some changes can go a long way in getting more customers to come. 

The Cinderella Cornerstore - Transforming Your Eatery Into a Regal Restaurant
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Updating your space can have a number of benefits
If you believe your food is great quality and that its being undervalued in its current atmosphere, making some changes can go a long way in getting your customers to see that. Restaurant dining is an experience, and that experience starts with the first impression a customer gets when they walk in the door.

Consider an open kitchen
Open plan kitchens have become an emblem of upscale dining. Whether you run a cafe or an old school italian restaurant, diners love open kitchens as it makes dining something to experience. When installing an open kitchen, it’s important to choose good quality kitchen equipment, such as the ButlerEquipment commercial dishwasher, since your customers will be seeing everything that you use in your kitchen. Open restaurant kitchens are so popular that people are using them as inspiration for their own home kitchen designs.

Dress for success
Your staff are the human embodiment of your restaurant and they should present themselves accordingly. Obviously they need to be well informed on the menu offerings and deliver polite service, but they also need to look the part. Choose staff uniforms that go with the design of the restaurant space. It can be as simple as choosing a matching material for their aprons.

Go for a menu redesign 
Your menu is the way you communicate your offerings to the customer, so you want the menu, both verbally and visually to connect to the overall design of the restaurant and the tone you want to set. Simply listing “steak” on the menu will give the customer a different impression than a description of the cut of meat and the way it will be prepared. Another way to enhance your menu is to regularly update your business’s Instagram with mouth watering pictures of your dishes. Presentation is key, and presentation extends beyond the dish as it is laid on the table.

Upgrade your silverware 
Changing up your place settings is a very easy way to change the way your customer sees the dish they’re served. Choose an interesting color or style besides just plain standard silverware. Getting a new set of dishes can also enhance the overall presentation of the food while updating the style of the restaurant as a whole.

Mood lighting 
Choose light fixtures that work with the mood you want to create in your space. If you’re aim is for romantic fine dining you might consider candles on the tables and low overhead lighting. If you have a cafe, try maximizing on natural light by freeing up windows and choosing a bright white wall paint. If you have more of an industrial vibe, try black hanging light fixtures or just exposed hanging bulbs which are very on trend right now.

Get trained bartenders/baristas 
Beverages have become an integral part of the dining experience. A cafe is not complete without a barista that can whip up consistently quality lattes and a dinner is complimented by a great cocktail or a perfect wine pairing. Hiring staff that are both trained in how to make various beverages and have a wide berth of knowledge on the subject will be a valuable asset when it comes to changing perceptions of your restaurant.


When you know you have great food to offer, it can be frustrating trying to get your customers to see that. By updating the experience the customer has around the food, you can become the new trendy restaurant in no time.

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