Restaurant Development & Design

March-April 2017

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4 2 • r e s t a u r a n t d e v e l o p m e n t + d e s i g n • S P O N S O R E D C O N T E N T 2 0 1 7 UP GROUND FROM THE If you think a door is just a pass-through between the front of the house and back of the house, or just the way that cus- tomers get in and out of your restaurant —think again. These days, it can be an integral part of your operation's design. Take a look at some of these creative ways to make your doors so much more than "just a door." Traditionally, the traffic or swing doors, between the dining room and kitchen, have visible hardware and inset windows that are surrounded by a stan- dard black gasket. Now, you can choose doors that have hidden hardware and flush windows for a sleek appearance. Select your desired finish and color or design, and suddenly your door is more than just a necessity — it contributes to the overall concept of your operation. Consider customized window shapes for your door. Rather than just having a square or round window, customize it with your logo shape (like an ice cream cone) or a design that ties into your dé- cor. You can also add multiple windows, either clear or frosted. Add graphics to your door or win- dow. Your door can continue the mural or motif that's on the wall where your door is located. Or, mix it up with a graphic that really stands out from the rest of the wall. Turn your door into a "white board." By covering the kitchen side of your door with a dry-erase material, you can have a place to list all the day's specials. Or, let it assist your sales efforts by giving the wait staff reminders on the food or drinks to upsell. If you have a solid door leading into your kitchen, consider adding viewports. It's the easy way to get that "open kitchen" feel while still keeping cooking fumes, smoke and noise out of the dining area. Consider doors made from fiber- glass. They are available in a wide range of colors and textures. They're corrosion resistant and easy to clean. A smooth- finished fiberglass entry door makes an elegant "first impression" to your customers as they walk inside. Finally, think "outside the door" and install an air barrier. They can help reduce your energy bill and improve customer comfort by keeping in the heat in the winter and the cool air in the sum- mer. They also prevent unwanted pests from entering. With a motion sensor, the air barrier runs only when people are about to enter or exit. No matter what type of door you're looking for, you're sure to find it from one of the brands of Senneca Holdings. With brands you know and trust, like Chase, Eliason, Fib-R-Dor and Chem- Pruf, you'll find a full line of doors to meet your every need. Discover more at WHEN IS A DOOR NOT JUST A DOOR? Above: Fiberglass doors provide beauty and versa- tility with durability. Right: With the right design, doors can become an important part of a restaurant's overall aesthetic (image shown with Hidden Hardware). Utilizing a unique window with dramatic graphics can add excitement to a door.

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