Doors, Windows & Walls

The doors and windows of a restaurant are the literal portals through which guests are transported into the experience offered within. For passersby, doors and windows have the power to beckon and create intrigue; to offer an external glimpse into a restaurant’s brand. For arriving guests, they extend the first hand of welcome, transitioning them from their day outside to the respite inside.

For these reasons alone, paying close attention to door and window design is critical to creating a fully integrated, 360-degree branding experience. Whether bold and dramatic or sleek and subtle, door and window design make strong statements.

But as with virtually all aspects of restaurant design, true beauty is more than skin deep. Sure, they need to look great and can be exciting design elements, but doors and windows also play critical functional roles in temperature maintenance, acoustics management and interior lighting. And when extended to include increasingly popular glass enclosures, retractable roofs and glass wall systems that fold in or lift up to create indoor-outdoor dining environments, they can be major contributors to the bottom line by helping to maximize usable space for year-round revenue generation.

To satisfy both form and function requirements when considering door and window structures, designs and materials, be sure to keep a few key questions in mind before making final decisions:

What messages do my entry door and windows send about my brand?

What “snapshot view” do my windows offer to drive-by guests? To pedestrian traffic?

Is the entry door simple to use (e.g., clear as to which way it opens and not too heavy or difficult to operate) thanks to its construction or to the effect of unbalanced air intake inside?

Is the door and overall entrance area suitably designed to welcome guests in bad weather as well as good?

Are windows designed to maximize guest comfort? Great views are terrific, but windows that aren’t properly shaded to provide for both temperature and light control when needed take away from comfort and ambience.

Are you prepared for the impact that features such as retractable roofs, removable glass wall systems and garage doors will have on acoustics? On pest management? On airflow and overall HVAC-related costs?

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Retractable Enclosures, Roofs

Roll-A-Cover’s retractable enclosures allow operators to utilize outdoor dining areas year-round without concern for the weather. Events can be booked and revenue can be generated year-round on the outdoor space, rain or shine. With the use of ¼-inch tempered glass on the walls and standard 10-millimeter polycarbonate on the roof, Roll-A-Cover’s retractable enclosures are engineered and built to withstand each site’s snow and wind load requirements. 


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Motorized Retractable Walls

Add flexibility and functionality to any space with Tudelü motorized retractable walls that neatly and conveniently roll up and out of sight into the ceiling. Tudelü offers visual and acoustic privacy in a rainbow of colors, patterns and felt colors to match any decor. The walls can also be customized with corporate logos and photos.


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Stylish, High-Performance Door

Dining establishments, hospitality settings and commercial spaces now can have visually appealing, indoor-outdoor transition areas without sacrificing quality, performance or security. The Spiral VP door from Rytec features sleek styling, quiet functioning and a compact profile. It creates a “moving facade” to enhance ambience and provide aesthetically pleasing access to patios and exterior spaces. It can be installed almost anywhere a conventional overhead door fits without visible attachment hardware. 


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Tension Zip System

The TZ100 Tension Zip System from HunterDouglas is capable of skylight, top-down, bottom-up or sideways installation, eliminating light gaps at any angle or direction in internal and external applications. Zip Lock Technology keeps fabric under constant tension in all directions using an extrusion that runs the length of the opening, creating a suitable system for complete blackout capability, sun shading and insect control while staying flat for attractive visuals. The TZ100 can be automated using radio frequency sensors and transmitters to control the integrated quiet motor.


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Solar Screen Shades

Providing both protective functionality and contributing to a more pleasant 
atmosphere for diners, Insolroll’s Solar Screen Shades make it possible for every seat in a dining area to be used during the busiest times of day. Reducing glare while preserving the view, they provide ambient light and help to protect interiors. Options are available to enable patrons to separately control the shades in their own seating areas or for all shades to be automatically controlled from a central location.


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PVC Strip Doors

These PVC strip doors are suitable for use in walk-in coolers and as personnel doors. They can help manage the environment in any foodservice facility and can reduce energy consumption by preventing refrigerated air from escaping and hot outside air from entering. Strip doors can also keep flying pests from entering through back doors and service entrances.

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