Restaurant Branding: The Best Merch in the Industry Right Now

Restaurant merchandise is nothing new, but it’s starting to become a lot cooler. Take it from brands like Sweetgreen and &pizza. They know good merch can double as free advertisement and additional revenue, but it can also be a way to increase customer loyalty. 

A Restaurant Design Rooted in Good 

We know, you hear it all the time, “It’s more than a burger joint, it’s an experience.” With over 50,000 burger restaurants in the country, it’s no wonder our palates are fatigued. Slap on some reclaimed  wood, hang a neon sign, and offer a juicy burger, and you have the burger joint starter kit. But, just as I was giving up on the better burger saga, my eyes, mouth, and heart were opened to a new restaurant called Brome Modern Eatery.

An Inviting & Industrial Brewery Design

If you live in Austin and don’t have any plans this Friday night, I think I may have the spot for you. And if you’re just a big fan of great interior or restaurant design, well, I also have the post for you.

I Spy: Design Hound

In the series, I Spy, we highlight unique perspectives, designs, furniture, architecture, and people. When so much of the design world can feel monotonous, we search for and share moments that make you look and think twice. Think of I Spy as your one-stop-shop for everything bold, different, and beautiful.

Millennials and Casual Dining Chains: What Do They Really Want?

To this day, the phrase “chain restaurants” is often synonymous with the casual dining sector. You know the type.—the chain restaurants that are filled with bunk Americana flair and fully loaded potato skins—it’s the same sector of restaurants that has been losing market share more so than any other sector of the industry. I wondered, “Are (we) millennials, to blame for the slow death of casual chain dining?” And if so, what do we really want in restaurants?

5 Reasons to Love This Outdoor Restaurant Furniture

On a sunny day, a table outside at a restaurant is often the best seat in the house. Aside from being just plain fun, outdoor dining can bring in as much as 30% or more of additional revenue during spring and summer months, proving to be a wise investment, according to nrn.com. And it all starts by picking the right outdoor restaurant furniture. That’s why we beefed up our charming Opla Collection to include more options and additional comfort and colors. Still not convinced this is the outdoor collection for you? Below are all of the reasons to love this outdoor furniture collection.

Inside A Bright, Budget-Friendly Juicery

Since the blog’s inception, we’ve shared countless stunning restaurants (like this one, this one, or this one). Some of these spaces feature mind-bending architecture, jaw-dropping city views, dazzling conceptual design, and furniture packages that seem to be shipped straight from the showrooms of Milan. While aspirational, these restaurant designs often come with a hefty price tag. And that’s not realistic for most restaurants.

Introducing the Brooke Collection

If you’ve been searching for an affordable and modern wood seating collection with versatility, the wait is over. Meet our new Brooke Collection, the pare-down wood seating essential made for busy and beautiful dining spaces.

The Inspiration Behind Our Newest Metal Finishes

We’re breathing new life into our standard metal finishes with eight new colors. At a time when “freshness” or “sustainability” are anchor words for most Q.S.R. brands, this new color palette echoes the visual language of both the natural world and modern food space environments.

Low Stools: When to Use & Why You'll Love Them

The utility of a low stool speaks for itself, and its unexpected rise in popularity at cafes and quick serve restaurants has captured our hearts and our attention. Like all great trends, the low stool first gained traction in independent coffee shops and restaurants. Now, you'll find them in large chain restaurants worldwide. Here are five reasons why we love low stools, and how you can fit them into your next hospitality project. 

Our 5 Favorite Hurdle Installations

The Hurdle Collection has crisscrossed the globe, finding its way in everything from stunning casual cafes to modern co-working spaces. This playfully minimal collection lends a sophisticated informality, punching up almost any design. It has an uncanny ability to stand out and blend in all at the same time. And now, Hurdle can be yours. Through an exclusive partnership with the collection’s designers, Dowel Jones, the entire Hurdle line is available to order.

Higher Education Design 5,000 Feet Above The Rest

When you step inside one of the three buildings that make up Aggie Village on Colorado State University's campus, you might be shocked to realize you’re standing in student housing. The bright, open space spotted with pool tables, plush lounging areas, and sleek kitchen spaces is more reminiscent of a modern, millennial office space than a college dorm.

Can't Be Tamed: Our New Outdoor Chair

We’re taking our design out into the wild. And by wild, we mean sun-drenched patios with unlimited margaritas.

Al Fresco: 7 Inspiring Outdoor Eating Spaces

With warmer weather on the horizon, we’ve found ourselves craving refreshing margaritas on the patio and sun-drenched afternoons spent reading outside of our favorite coffee shops. 

Now Trending: Solid Wood Tables With A Twist

Reclaimed wood has been trending in restaurants large and small for nearly a decade. What was once an amazing branding story, has started to cross over into that overused realm of design. It seems to have lost that depth that once defined it.

Restaurant Design Trends of 2017

Welcome to 2017! As we embrace the New Year, we like to take some time to look ahead

3 Tips for Pairing Restaurant Tables and Chairs

Picture your favorite sandwich. It has just the right combination

Design or Durability? Why Not Choose Both?

Design or durability. Do you have to choose 

The Hunger Games: Restaurants vs. Grocery stores

Grocery stores fight for survival

Foundry & Lux, A Casual Yet Chic Restaurant Complex

San Francisco's food scene is a dynamic celebration of culture, innovation, and comfort-foods. Foundry & Lux is no exception to the list of great places to grab a quick bite to eat in the area, and maybe make a new connection.

Unique Brands Deserve a Unique Interior

Successful brands have one thing in common:

How To Order Custom Colors and Stains

A little oomph, zing, spice, and personality. We’re all about product differentiation at Grand Rapids Chair, and sometimes that means using a custom color.

The Breakdown of Restaurant Barstool Options

Seating is one of the most critical elements of restaurant design, and bar stools are a key component of the spaces where guests will sit and enjoy your tasty appetizers and yummy cocktails.

The Balancing Act: Using Modern and Classic Restaurant Furniture Together

Modern restaurant design draws you in with its  clean lines and simplistic elements. Classic choices keep things comfortable and familiar. But how do you create designs that embody both modern appeal but with that all-important classic warmth?

Rethinking Restaurant Furniture With the Harper Collection

Picture a fast-food restaurant chair. Odds are, you’re thinking of something durable and something unsophisticated. “Meticulously designed” is a description likely to be left out.

The Inspiration for Look Book Vol. 2

We recently sat down with the creative genius behind Look Book Vol. 1 and the new Look Book Vol. 2 (which you can download here), Lindsay Jones, to discuss what influenced her, what are the next big trends in restaurant design, and where she finds inspiration.

NeoCon 2016: A Celebration of People and Design

Ah, NeoCon. It seems like every year goes by in a blur. Between the new collections, familiar faces, fantastic parties, and beautiful design, it can be difficult to take everything in just three short days. So, in case you didn't make it to Suite 394 or NeoCon 2016, we created a quick recap to share our experience.

Looking to the Past for New Product Inspiration - Interview with John Kaloustian

In preparation for NeoCon, I got the chance to talk with industrial designer, John Kaloustian, about his latest seating collection for Grand Rapids Chair, called Reece.

Restaurant Design Trend: The Modern Windsor Chair

What’s that quote? “Everything old is new again.”