2021 Restaurant Facilities and Design Trends

Watch out for these strategies


Social distancing is still a top concern as 2020 rolls into 2021. Businesses used to only have to worry about crowd control in tight spaces. Due to the pandemic, spaces of any size are now viewed from a social distancing and touch-free perspective – especially restaurants, since one cannot eat and keep a mask on at the same time.

The Lunz group, an architectural and interior design firm, has been watching design styles shift in a number of directions across the entertainment and hospitality industry over the last 10 months. In their recent article titled “Applying 2021 Design Trends: Restaurant Industry”, they focused on the newest design trends and strategies including:

  • Touchless entry doors
  • Floor markers to keep six feet of social distancing space between other customers and restaurant staff
  • Plexiglass barriers between tables and around high-traffic areas
  • Sanitization stations

Because many people are still very cautious about being in public spaces, restaurant owners have redesigned internal and external spaces to add mobile ordering and pick-up zones. Some cities have even gone so far as to adjust legislation to include additional sidewalk seating areas to support restaurants in retaining their customer base.

Internally, seating has significantly changed. No longer can restaurants pack as many tables and chairs as they like into an area. Now, tables sit empty with signs indicating social distancing requirements and the typical tableside condiment containers have disappeared to avoid frequent touching from guest to guest. Bars are even dividing their row of stools into 2-person sections with barriers between.

The actual dining experience has been reworked as well.  Disposable menus are common instead of glossy and professionally-designed ones. Some restaurants have even opted to get rid of physical menus all together and offer a QR code on the table with a link to their online menu. Self-serve stations for drinks or buffets are also being converted to server-assisted stations to reduce contamination.

What hasn’t changed is the overall sanitation focus servers and kitchen staff has always had within the restaurant industry. But what has changed are mask requirements in the front and back of the house, having to wipe down POS touch screens after every use, as well as using sanitizer before handling food or beverages.

Many restaurants have also considered upgrading their bathrooms to include automatic flush toilets and automated entry/exit doors to eliminate high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs and handles. Several offer sanitizing stations for guests near restroom exits as well.

To read Lunz’s article in full for all their restaurant design trend suggestions, click here.

If your hotel has an onsite restaurant, or you are a restaurant owner considering a renovation project to align with social distancing and other pandemic requirements, don’t hesitate to send us a project bid or contact us to learn more about how we make every project a Partner-Grade Experience for our clients.

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