Restaurant Design Trends and Concepts for 2019

Are you looking to open a new restaurant or give your current establishment a makeover this year? Many restaurants are increasingly building their businesses around a central design concept or motif. Those design concepts extend to how a restaurant layout is organized and designed. Upon the arrival of 2019, it’s never too soon or too late to explore trends that are dominating the food service industry.

What’s in the Crystal Ball

As we sharpen our knives with anticipation, influencers in the food industry have released their predictions of the hottest trends for 2019. With the innovation of technological advancements, making healthy eating trendy, popularizing artisan cuisine, and new restaurant design ideas and styles for commercial furniture, the future looks promising. Though sales fluctuate and trends are constantly evolving, it’s hard to tell what 2019 will bring to your business. You may have had a few hiccups last year as many businesses do. It’s never too late to make amends and start anew as doing so will increase your chances of success in your endeavors.


Change comes from many directions and many forms. With emerging trends at a rapid pace, restaurants will have to start responding to them quickly and perform with agility and religiously use high technology equipment to maintain their relevance. While the comparison of the food service industry and technological industry may be laughable to some, the fact of the matter is the biggest change of the restaurant industry incurred from the Point of Sales System which has and continues to impact every functional area of food service including what customers eat, where they dine, how they order their meals and pay for them.

Restaurant Technology Solutions

Once a convenience, technology these days influence our day-to-day routines. It has now become a necessity which we come to depend on. More businesses are skiing down the digital slope relying on technological advancements to effectively strategize and execute their plans to further their endeavors. Restaurants are doing the same. As a major component to the economy, the restaurant industry’s success it determined by customer satisfaction which various restaurant technology trends can help achieve that goal. Technology has become a driving force for delivering fast and quality service as well as options which customers would expect. Customers are appreciating the convenience which mobile payments, online orders, digital menus, and checkout provide with just a few tabs on the Smartphone/iPhone screen.


Technological trends can also serve as a useful tool for facilitating in restaurant design and restaurant layout projects. Restaurateurs in collaboration with marketing experts and designers are using 3D modeling software programs to optimize their products, especially commercial furniture and interior design. The algorithm of the 3D tool allows restaurateurs and designers to design and modify their products in any style, finish, size, or color that matches their décor and ensure a comfortable dining experience for their guests.

Conceptual Restaurant Design Trends

Décor trends in the restaurant industry come and go as quickly as people’s tastes change. The rustic barn style, for instance, features a lot of dark wood, heavy pieces of metal with aged patina, and earthy colors have were the vogue for several years. Now that trend is fading into the abyss or it is merging with other new styles of décor. The physical appearance of your restaurant, how colors effect guests, and the style of your dining space has a profound impact on the ambience which affects the customers’ dining experiences. Being informed and aware of the latest restaurant design and layout trends is crucial. Designing and implementing your new and unique style for your décor can increase foot traffic to your venue and boosts your profits, so tuning in to the most popular design trends may be worth your while.


More people are shifting away from take-out and meal kits towards dining experiences enhanced with a more social atmosphere. That is why people are opting to communal eating spaces. Open tables and shared spaces create a unique social environment perfect for those looking to engage and dine with others. The demand for food transparency at restaurants has risen. It should come to no surprise that open kitchen concepts are soaring in 2019. Customers want to see, hear, and smell the food upon arriving at your restaurant as part of the dining experience. Adding restaurants to existing businesses is becoming the norm as doing so is thought to combat rising rent costs and incorporating a social space which gives customers a reason to stay around and relax. Ultimately, customers are looking for a comfortable, immersive and engaging dining experience. Restaurants should strive to create an inviting and welcoming atmosphere that also encourages customers to socialize. Design element trends such as local art, greenery, live plants, striking patterns with bold colors, and a communal seating layout can parlay into a thriving business venture for your restaurant.

When Eating is the State of Mind

As the global battle targeting gluten, processed sugar and dairy continues to rage, restaurant fads have forced many to look beyond their plates and change their eating habits. Health and environmental sustainability have proven to reap many benefits for both the customer and restaurateur. For instance, food waste is a big concern which is on the rise – an indication of a growing awareness over off values. Requests to pack leftovers to take home show people want to act more responsibly when eating out.


Responsible sourcing is seen as a pivotal part of the dining experience. Knowing where the ingredients on your plate come from is making a big difference these days. With the established link between the produce being consumed, its producer, supporting communal and the local economy are high in the trending charts for 2019. Furthermore, people are giving more thought in supporting causes that aim to protect animals and plants as well as the welfare of wild and farmed species.

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