Restaurant Development & Design

NOV-DEC 2017

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5 8 • 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 • N O V E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 7 2017 PRODUCT GUIDE RESTROOM FIXTURES & EQUIPMENT T hey may not be revenue-gener- ating spaces, but restrooms — their aesthetics, cleanliness and general state of repair — are big contributors to guests' impressions of the overall restaurant experience. Discount their importance, and you risk losing cus- tomers and gaining negative reviews even if your food and service are top-notch. While different brands and concepts take unique approaches to fitting out their restrooms, and some go all out to create fun, must-see side experiences, every restaurant's restroom design strate- gy should start with more mundane con- siderations, led by cleanliness, durability and ADA compliance. Commercial-grade finishes that convey cleanliness and are easy to maintain, as well as fixtures that are easy to operate and ergonomi- cally designed to help maintain a clean environment, are imperative. From there, the focus moves to selecting finishes, colors, artwork/graph- ics and lighting that's consistent with the brand experience offered in the dining areas — but that just might offer a memorable design twist or two. A specialty tile, a statement sink, funky wallpaper, a fabulous mirror or other sig- nature feature can surprise and delight — and have guests recommending a visit to the loo to their tablemates. Here's how three restaurants have created buzz around their bathrooms: At the Sinema Restaurant + Bar in Nashville, Tenn., Anderson Design Stu- dio took inspiration from the building's origins as the historic 1940s Melrose Theater to bring a dose of Hollywood glam to the ladies' lounge. Key design features include large mirrors rimmed with dressing-room-style makeup lights, patterned terrazzo floors, Carrara marble countertops and starlight wall sconces. The room, a finalist in this year's America's Best Restrooms contest, is a frequent "must-see" destination and popular selfie stage for guests. At Wu Chow in Austin, Texas, the sleek but playful interior aesthetic was created with soaring windows, metallic upholstery, bright green lacquered com- munal tabletops and a feature wall covered in mah-jongg tiles. And the vibe extends to the restrooms. In the men's room, highlights include a Bruce Lee mural and a pebble-filled sink. In the women's room, flower-shaped pendant lighting and wallpa- per covered in a flowing pattern of koi fish add to the experience. At Sloan's Ice Cream, based in West Palm Beach, Fla., the restrooms are as big a draw as the dizzying array of ice creams and confections. Carrying its over-the-top, cotton-candy-wonder- land branding ethos to the restrooms, clear glass doors take transparency in restaurant design to a whole new level. They provide a clear view into the room from the front of the house, but once a guest steps inside and locks the door, the glass magically fogs up and becomes completely opaque. It's a novelty that's as appropriate to the brand as the main room's hot pink walls, twinkling chande- liers, giant lollipops, miniature working train and toys at every turn. Turnkey Handwashing Solution Luxury plumbing products manufacturer Neo-Metro collaborated with Dyson to produce a package featuring custom Neo-Metro basins merged with the Dyson Airblade Tap Faucet and Hand Dryer. With Airblade technology in a tap, hands can be dried in 14 seconds. Water doesn't drip on the floor since the user doesn't need to move to a separate drying area. Sinks can be designed to meet ADA compli- ance. Neo-Metro Minimalist, Industrial Console Vanity Created by Montreal-based multidisciplinary designer Pierre Belanger and WETSTYLE's in- house Design Lab, the C2 collection's vanity delivers aesthetically and functionally, providing ample storage and simplistic style. The C2's solid stainless steel frame, made complete with three rungs and a wood wall-mounted storage unit, affords bathroom environments with multifunctional elements. Available in matte black and satin brass finishes, it comes in two sizes: 24 and 30 inches. WETSTYLE

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