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    Attractive restaurant fronts

    Now we got a few smart designers here so I want an attractive restaurant front, ie one that people want to come into on seeing it, outside is an area of 4 by 3 meters which will be pine stuff, ie for the nasty smokers and drinkers, floor will be earth color stone, ie reddish or something like that.

    The frontage where the design is needed is the entrance, about 4 met by 2.8 met high, initially inside wont be air conned but after 6 months it will be, one corner inside will be a pc for anybody to use, so blows out windows perhaps, think your normal Thai shop house and thats what you got to play with.

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    You should post pics. To give you advice I would have to know more about the surroundings, location, existing conditions, etc. The signage is a critical element and the visibility of the storefront from various angles would have to be understood. Also a little more information on the restaurant concept would be helpful.
    The 'green' seating area outside sounds very good. It is always good to create a sense of welcoming - foliage and casual seating can help create that.

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    Signage can only be seen from the road for most passerbys, ie its just another crappy shophouse that people don't notice in a block of other shophouses people don't notice, at the moment I am not worried about signage etc, just the frontage of the inside, the outside I can plan quite well and make look inviting, also the signage, but the door to go inside so to speak, that 4 meters by 3 meters is probably the most important bit.

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    Does it have a roll down gate separating the smokers area from the front area?

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    It does, at the moment there is also a wall there and a door, all this will be taken out and re built, so basically we are starting with an open shop house, the roll down shutters will be dumped aswell, I hate them.

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    Got to admit I was thinking curved double doors and a couple of small windows, but when it is air con then we got the problem most people don't know how to use double doors.

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    I like full height, teak framed doors with glass panels that can fold back or be closed depending on weather. It would create a nice warm transition between indoors and outdoors. Could look very inviting. Could do some graphic on the glass with frosted film.

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    lighting is the key to making a place inviting

    mind you, a few tables help

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    Would need net curtains in them, or frosted as you said, it needs to look cosy and inviting, got to admit it does need glass even if people can't see in.

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    will you be selling donuts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    lighting is the key to making a place inviting
    Especially if its primarily a night time place. If it's a daytime restaurant not so much so. Indirect lighting is very cool in restaurants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    lighting is the key to making a place inviting
    Yes I know that, I have built more restaurants than you have had hot dinners, well almost, we are talking frontage only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    Would need net curtains in them, or frosted as you said, it needs to look cosy and inviting, got to admit it does need glass even if people can't see in.
    Full height,narrow teak slated panels behind the glass framing the storefront on either sides could look good. Would create a cool, private feeling inside and provide a nice backdrop for the outside seating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    lighting is the key to making a place inviting
    Yes I know that, I have built more restaurants than you have had hot dinners, well almost, we are talking frontage only.

    If you are asking just about frontage then it is difficult to help without actually being there to see the location

    lots of nice plants and sliding/folding doors can be good

    the point about lighting is that the interior needs to look comfortable, whatever the frontage you chooe

    if you have the room, a nice garden area with a couple of tables at the front
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    Thats sort of what I had in mind for the outside railings, but with bench seating attached to them, less stuff to take in of a night, at the very front there would be climbing plants on a trellis to stop the afternoon sun getting in.



    The others are nice but in Pattaya there are too many drunks, drunks and big panes of glass don't go to well together. probably would look good in wood similar to the pic above.

    I quite like this one, maybe red brick columns with wooden shuttering, still have the problem of the door though, it would need glass in so people don't smash it into people going outside.


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    When you think about it in Pattaya there are very few restaurants you would bother taking a picture of, generally drab and boring looking, yet it doesn't cost a lot to make an entrance look nice or even interesting and inviting, bit like table cloths really, you can have the crappiest cheapest tables in the world, stick a nice table cloth on it and some napkins, no not a roll of bog paper, and you got a real nice looking table.

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    Oh jeebus, you're not cooking anything are you DD?

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    We are flying in slimboyfat for a week long of specials on cornish pasties with my fine green pea soup. Although I should add I did once make the best tomato soup in the world, it was delicious, the trouble is I have no idea how I done it and have never been able to replicate it again, no, I won't be cooking

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    ^ Your main supplier, not 7/11? I hope.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    When you think about it in Pattaya there are very few restaurants you would bother taking a picture of, generally drab and boring looking, yet it doesn't cost a lot to make an entrance look nice or even interesting and inviting, bit like table cloths really, you can have the crappiest cheapest tables in the world, stick a nice table cloth on it and some napkins, no not a roll of bog paper, and you got a real nice looking table.
    You could do something in a concrete finish, raw stainless steel and padded walls and calll it Teak Door jail.

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    Sometimes its best to not try and re invent the wheel, wood and earth colors are always good for restaurants, I think a 40cm deep front wall with wooden cladding, double front door with 6 glass panels in each but only one with a door handle, the other door with just bolts so it can be bolted open or closed, net curtain covering the lower half of each door, got to be the way to go

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    so you had already made your mind up....fair enough

    you could copy some of the girlie bars and have a sweetie standing outside with a board too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travelmate View Post
    will you be selling donuts?

    I'm sure DD being the sociable fella he is will be bunging on all the food and lager that us honorable members can bang down.

    Will send LT down to scope out his gaffa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jizzybloke View Post
    Oh jeebus, you're not cooking anything are you DD?
    I recon a lovely plate of katoey arseholes blended in with spicy monkey nuts will bring the punters screaming in.

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