When working on your restaurant or dessert shop interior design project, you need to carefully consider your seating options. The reasons are simple. First, you need to purchase your chairs or bar stools in large numbers, so this will use a big chunk of your budget. Second, the type of chairs you buy influences your […]

With “non-essential” businesses having to close their doors in order to stop the spread of Coronavirus, restaurant and store owners open their lives to uncertainty and fear. This is not an easy time for anybody, and small business owners are particularly vulnerable. If you are one of them, the quarantine is a time for rethinking […]

Restaurant Point of Sale

Once your dream of owning a restaurant has taken shape and you are ready to get down to business, there are few important aspects of operating a business that you must carefully weigh. One of them is choosing a POS system for your restaurant. Even you are a very small shop, it is difficult or […]

If you need a budget-friendly way to give your restaurant, bar or dessert shop a quick facelift, consider updating your chairs. Simply because of their number, new chairs can completely change the look of your interior. Whatever other decorative tricks you may try, such as great wall colors or a wonderful countertop, they can never […]

Tapas restaurant design

It might be difficult, but impossible to grasp how certain people pay more attention to the restaurant’s décor and ambient than they do to their plates. Let’s talk about small tapas restaurant design ideas to consider.  We’re naturally drawn by beauty, light and colors. The second we enter an unfamiliar place our sight remains fixed […]

Maybe no other element of interior design has the potential to change the mood of your commercial space the way that lighting can. Do it right, and your modest interior can be visually transformed with a turn of a switch. Do it wrong, and your expensive decor falls – literally – in the shadows. As […]

Kung Fu Boba Tea Cafe, a successful New York business, is expanding into San Diego territory, and we are only too happy to help them achieve their goal. This is how we ended up creating a modern tea shop interior design for their new, high-end location at Carmel Mountain Gateway Plaza Shopping Center (11491 Carmel […]

Can’t Top This Boba Tea and Frozen Yogurt Store interior design by Mindful Design Consulting Few things in interior design are as important in creating moods and triggering emotions as color. The calming effect of cold colors and the stimulating qualities of warm shades are well known, but the effect depends on dosage, tones and […]

Once you decided to hire a designer for your store or restaurant project, it is time to have a serious talk about your vision. However, you may be a little confused when it comes to what such communication entails. You may wonder what is expected of you and how you can help the process. In […]

Eco-friendly Business. TreeVive by EcoChoice palm leaf deli tray, via webstaurantstore.com If you want to market yourself as an eco-friendly business, choosing sustainable materials, finishes and furniture during the interior design process is not enough. Especially when it comes to a restaurant business, using environmentally friendly food containers is not only good for the planet, […]

Creative Restaurant Design – Taking it From Old to Modern…  Like all design enthusiasts, we love a good before-and-after shot that proves the power of creative interior design. Mindful Design Consulting became again the protagonists of such a project when we recently took the existing old Greek restaurant space in Carmel Mountain Shopping Center, San […]

How To Make a Store or Restaurant Design Process Flow Smoothly? When working your way through all the stages of opening a store or restaurant, pay close attention to the design stage. The restaurant design process is an involved one that can easily stall or deviate unpredictably if your choice of a design company is […]

How Long Does It Take to Design and Get Permits for Your Restaurant or Store?  If you are planning to open a restaurant or store and you wonder what it takes to turn your dream into reality, reality is exactly what you should always keep in mind. Becoming a restaurant owner is an adventure that […]

How Much Does a Store or Restaurant Construction Cost? One of the first questions you’ll want to answer when planning to open a store or a restaurant business is “How much will the construction of my space cost?” The answer depends on your particular space – its current state and where you want to take […]

If you have been dreaming of opening a new restaurant and are finally ready to put your plans into motion, congratulations! You are about to embark on a great adventure that will most likely bring you lots of satisfaction. However, there is a lot to do before opening your doors to the public. The list […]

Have you ever noticed how some slick and modern restaurant sometimes opens in a historical area of your city, just to close within a few months because of a lack of customers? What causes a restaurant with beautiful interior design, great customer service and an excellent menu to fail so fast? The answer is simple. […]

LiteZilla lights installation

LiteZilla, LLC has recently installed their largest-ever interactive light board at Macy’s flagship store in Manhattan.  The 16-foot long x 7-foot tall LiteZilla was installed in connection with Macy’s purchase of startup Story, the LiteZilla was unveiled as part of Story’s first curated theme called Color. Inspired by the popular children’s toy Lite-Brite, LiteZilla is […]

Sounds effect sales

When designing a commercial space, sound may not be one of your priorities. However, this apparently secondary detail has an important role in the way your customers and employees behave. Here is a piece of information to reflect upon: Studies show that loud music, while irritating to some noise-sensitive customers, make many others succumb to […]

Photo via materials-inc.com Despite the heavy presence of synthetic materials in our buildings and interiors, there is an undeniable need for nature in every human being. In interior design, it is easy to notice the calming effect of the occasional natural material or the fact than no interior seems complete without a plant or two. […]

Photo: Scoops N Smiles ice cream store by Mindful Design Consulting As a background for your entire interior decor, the type of flooring you use in your store or restaurant is a defining part of your design. While you may want to use it to make a statement, you must remember that this is the […]

Via contemporist.com Designer:YAMO Design Studio All photos via contemporist.com While bringing the outdoors inside is nothing new when it comes to interior design, the ways to do it are endless and sometimes surprising. The charming Kale Cafe in Hangzhou, China, dreamed up by the Shanghai-based YAMO Design Studio, uses made-up trees and ingenious space dividers […]

Via contemporist.com Designer: id inc All photos: Yamauchi Norito via contemporist.com Minimalist design is not only used in creating residential spaces for those who choose to live a simple life. We have also seen it in practice in other areas such as modern office design. It is less common, however, when it comes to restaurants, […]

ouchScreen ordering menu in restaurants

If you are a restaurant or bar owner trying to improve your services and rise above the competition, turning digital may just be the detail that does it. While the typical restaurant offers printed menus to their patrons, you can take a step into the future and replace them with an ordering system that changes […]

Grease trap types in restaurants

Installing grease traps is a must for most restaurants, and a topic you have to be aware of when planning for your plumbing system. In another article, we have already answered the question “Does my small food-related business need a grease trap?” and many others related to this subject. There, we explained that it is […]

Photo via flipoutwindows.com If your business is a restaurant, a cafe or a kiosk, flip-out windows are a feature you might want to consider. Unlike bi-fold windows that obstruct the view with their frame structure, the flip-out version truly opens your interior to the outside and creates the feeling of a single flowing space. When […]

Designer: Mindful Design Consulting Located by the Vine Ripe Market in La Mesa, California (east of Downtown San Diego), the new Vine Ripe Grill is one of the newest contemporary restaurant design additions to our portfolio. The restaurant is using the space previously occupied by Mystic Grill, that we reimagined as a comfortable and easygoing […]

Sponsored by Home Tip Adviser How to Design an Outdoor Living Space Your Customers Can Use All Year Round?  Outdoor living has become a big part of modern life. Hospitality businesses have sought to take advantage of this in a big way, by extending their usable space outdoors. Bi-folding doors are a contemporary way of blurring […]

Restaurant Wall Decor. Photo via yatzer.com Too many times restaurants lack personality and spark. Food can be delicious, the service prompt and delightful, yet the interior is generic and uninspiring. Considering how many options you have in turning your restaurant into a unique space, allowing it to fade into the background is a missed opportunity. […]

San Diego Restaurant Interior Design.  Designer: Mindful Design Consulting A new restaurant interior design and branding effort took us into a different direction than the one we usually take. As a rule, we love colors and enjoy the visuals of bright tones and sharp contrasts. However, for the Two Blue Ducks restaurant in San Diego […]

Dessert Kiosk Design Via retaildesignblog.net Designer: Atelier TAO + C All photos: Guan Li via retaildesignblog.net When trying to fit a kitchen, a bar and a seating area into a small 215-square foot area, the solution seems to be a combination of simple lines, minimalist design and glass. Atelier TAO + C has achieved this impressive […]