If you are a restaurateur, you require to gear up and make some changes to your restaurant to create an ambiance of a seaside experience for your clients. Let us see how you can attract customers to your restaurant by giving it a coastal makeover.
A warm and welcoming entrance done up in the theme is the best way to make people passing by entering your restaurant. If space allows place a small boat at the entrance. You can even use this to let customers sit there and wait for their turn at the tables inside. It will be a great crowd puller. Light the entrance well with a hanging lantern. Use shades of blue and beige to give the effect of the sands meeting the water.
A small corner with a beach theme also looks pretty. Place lots of artificial plants like the seaweed in this landscape. Hang a sailor’s wheel at the doorway. If space and budget are no constraints, raise a boundary to your eating joint with artificial foliage.
Give your restaurant a coastal name and display it well. Think about names like:
- Nautical Miles
- Ships Nest
- Ocean’s Edge
- Fisherman’s Deck
Customers who go out for dining love the restaurant more if the ambiance is theme based and beautiful. Keep the place neat and clean. Play some music like the sound of waves washing up the shore gently. Have the place smell clean and fresh. Set the mood right. Paint some waves on the walls.
You could place small dingy boats, rowing boats, or sailing boats as the seating arrangement. A single large boat with planks to sit on right in the middle of the restaurant will be a great idea.
You can create the landscape of the beach with shells and sand around the boat. Visitors to your restaurant will love this coastal makeover. Place some toadstools for sitting too. Bring in a variety of sitting for couples, families, or larger groups.
Try out a corner with recliners and small tables by their side. Youngsters and the oldies will like this idea. You can provide some books or magazines to read while waiting for the food. Put some colorful decorative cushions on the recliners. Put some artificial outdoor topiary plants near the clusters. Highlight with lighting. Hang a hammock or two if you have space.
Name the different seating areas or tables with coastal names like Tuna, Lobster, Prawns, Sawfish, and Crabs, etc. Have a bar and name it Oyster Bar, Prawns’ Corner, etc. Choose the décor accordingly.
Have well trained and well-behaved staff serving your restaurant visitors. Train them to be polite, and respectful. Each person should know about the restaurant, laying the table, serving, and clearing away the table. Let them wear bright uniforms in shades of blue and beige.
Serve the best of the food with a variety of coastal cuisines. The clients always come back for more. Serve the food in shell dishes and pearly white crockery. Table mats with a sea décor and napkins folded like fish look pretty on the table. Put some artificial flower arrangement on the food table to add color to it.
Take care of the décor of your restaurant. Go with a classy theme based decoration for the restaurant. The visitor should feel that he has stepped on to the beach in a coastal area. Place coastal accessories, yet make the place clutter free. Try these out:
- Hang some sailor wheels, radars or oars on the wall against a blue background.
- Fix some fake moss carpet on the floor.
- Strew some seashore pebbles at strategic points for that beach effect. Take care that visitor doesn’t stumble on these pebbles.
- Have a mural of shells, dolphins, fish, ducks, etc. on one of the walls.
- Make large bay windows in the restaurant. Hang soft and sheer drapes on the windows.
- Hang a summer mantle with shells and starfish.
- Place some beach umbrellas if you have space outdoor for catering.
- Hang a sailor’s knotted rope at some place.
- Put some pottery and decorative items in shades of blue.
- Arrange for a mirror with a twisted rope frame.
- Place an aquarium or two with a variety of fish and other live or dummy sea creatures in it. Put a fake coconut tree near it.
Any coastal region will have plenty of palm trees and coconut trees growing along the beaches. Place some large artificial palm leaves and a fake coconut tree or two at some corners. This could even come to the center of the restaurant. Throw in some seashore pebbles around the base of these trees for that seashore effect. Put in some shells too. Go in for outdoor artificial plants wholesale and decorate your restaurant. Hang some boat shape planters at strategic places.
These artificial plants are safe, fire-retardant, and easy to maintain. Since they are durable and don’t wither, shed, or wilt away, they cost cheaper in the long run. You don’t need to replace them often like real plants. The artificial outdoor topiary plants are good for all weather conditions and look as good as real. Shape them into desired forms and highlight with colorful lighting in shades of blue and white.
A little bit of creative thinking will give you loads of ideas to do the coastal makeover for your restaurant. Make visits to your new restaurant a memorable experience to remember.