Restaurant Development & Design

MAY-JUN 2018

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M A Y / J U N E 2 0 1 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 • 6 3 able chairs, neutral-colored tables and some greenery, which creates more than enough design to make an outdoor space successful," he says. "When you have beautiful surroundings, let them come to you." Zones and Barriers Cucci is a fan of creating zones, when possible, outside, "otherwise it can feel one-dimensional," he says. And, there's the safety aspect. "People instinctively want to feel safe and like to be by walls and in smaller spaces." He creates zones with elevations and different tables, awnings, umbrellas and planters. Zones, he says, also create a sense of discovery for your guests. Cucci's restaurant Linger, in Denver, has a huge rooftop dining and drinking area that's around 4,000 square feet and has six different zones. Zone 1, near the bar, offers high-top tables. Zone 2 features couches and a great view of the city. Zone 3 is a formal dining area. Zones 4 and 5 are under shade and heated. Zone 6 has an RV that functions as a bar where people can get a drink or wait for a table. An additional advantage of having so many zones is that during slower times Linger can just open some of them and keep other parts of the roof sectioned off. Even in smaller spaces, Cucci is a proponent of zones. At Vital Root, which has just 14 tables, he used planters to divide the area. "It makes it interesting and dynamic, and you can have something between tables that are just two feet apart," he says. Candice Alinovich, a lead designer for The McBride Company in Manches- ter Center, Vt., says you can create zones simply, with material transitions and color, that can make a space feel a bit more intimate. Different flooring materials can also help create zones, as can elements like cabanas. Zones work well but create a fine line to walk because you also need FRENCH OUTDOOR FURNITURE FOR FRESH PROJECTS Outdoor Furniture French Design A Palette of 24 Colors Engineered for the Elements fermobusa.com NYDC Suite 414 200 Lexington Avenue, NY nydc@fermobusa.com

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