The Junction Bakery concept boasts three locations in the Washington, D.C. area. All offer coffee, baked goods and a quick bite to eat. The operations, though, have all been given their own personality, with room to meet what the neighborhood wants.

Opened last fall but shuttered during the pandemic, Animae in San Diego, Calif., has plans to reopen on July 22.

In the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control (2017-2019), 42.4% of American adults are obese. Larger guests may suffer embarrassment because they can’t fit into some of the seats offered or, even worse, suffer physical discomfort and pain if the seats are too restrictive for them.

When plotting the floor plan, designers consider the flow of traffic through the space, fire code compliance and table placement. Depending on the level of service, tables are placed to allow for a sense of intimacy while always maximizing seats. Traditionally, corner spaces are perfect for larger tables and booths.

Get Into Modular and Container Construction

In addition to quality food and a top-notch experience, consumers crave convenience. It’s an Amazon world, after all, one where we can get what we want where and when we want it. That most certainly applies to restaurant quality food, which explains the solid growth of off-premises consumption in recent years.

Spanish-style tapas bar takes its design cues from its Washington D.C. flagship location.

First opened in 1847, the bar has hosted luminaries such as Walt Whitman, Mark Twain and Abraham Lincoln.

Michael Lawless and Keiko Matsumoto

Designers Michael Lawless and Keiko Matsumoto highlight some of their favorite restaurant design trends right now.