Photo-friendly or “Instagrammable” bathrooms are worth the splurge when it comes to restaurant design — at least according to 35% of restaurant development + design readers.

A statement piece mural, which is another photo-friendly marketing element in restaurants, was worth the splurge for 32% of survey respondents.

Coming in a distant third with 21% of survey respondents? Localized elements in national chains.

Finally, 12% of survey respondents had their own ideas of what is worth splurging on in restaurant design. These included: lighting, tables that don’t wobble, equipment that saves on labor costs, employee lockers, great bar chairs and comfortable guest seating.

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