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The “Secret Sauce” of Restaurants: 10 Ingredients for Success

Atto Primo, Shanghai. Image © Gensler.

What makes the dining experience truly memorable? What creates the spark when you walk through the door, the ambiance once you’ve been seated at your table or the joy when you are served your first dish? Over the last 20 years, I’ve learned that restaurant design is an art. It’s never just one thing that makes a great restaurant memorable, but rather, it’s a combination of elements—from the finishes and fixtures down to the presentation of the food—that creates a meaningful experience and keeps guests coming back again and again.

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What Would You Do? 

Photo courtesy of Gensler/Ryan Fetters

Each year, Gensler participates in Dining by Design fundraising events for DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA). DIFFA is one of the country's largest organizations dedicated to HIV/AIDS service and education.

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A Casual Concern

© StephanPyles.com

High-end restaurants used to be an "event." The eatery was the destination, and you dressed to the nines, donning your pearls and shining your shoes.

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The New Happy Hour 

The nature of bars and clubs, and the expectations of their patrons, has changed over the years. The days of Cheers are long gone. Back then, bars were purely for alcoholic consumption and you were lucky if you got some peanuts or chips at the bar.

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