RESTAURANT/ RETAIL

DSA’s extensive experience includes the design of over 200 restaurant and retail projects.  All restaurant/retail designs can be divided into two distinctive parts. The first area being the public/guest area also known as the

front-of-house, the second being the back-of-house which contain kitchen, storage, and other operational functions.

Public/Guest Area (Front-of-House)

It is important to create a space that is welcoming and inviting to your guests. This includes creating visually interesting elements in the space, arranging seating displays properly and controlling noise levels. From a technical standpoint, the seating display must meet the building code’s very precise spacing requirements; i.e. minimum aisle space between chairs and tables to create a proper means of egress, at the same time this area must be designed to meet the owner’s functional requirements.

Kitchen Area and/ or Store Room (Back-of-House)

Even though the area is often hectic and busy and differs in atmosphere from Front-of-House, they must be designed to operate in unison. The creation of this harmony is the responsibility of the architect and food service design professional or other specialty consultants. Together, David Sommers & Associates has the capability in house to act as your food-service consultant or to coordinate with your independent consultant.

 

We understand the uniqueness of restaurant/retail projects as evidenced by the following statements:

 

 

We understand the importance of the layout of the back-of-house being designed to properly and adequately serve the front-of- house.

 

DSA ensures that each piece of equipment and the specific utility requirements are coordinated correctly.

 

The interaction of the customers, staff, and food is thoroughly investigated in DSA’s design process ensuring that the desired flow of the concept is achieved.

 

Finally, we understand the importance of your construction time-line and that the sooner construction is finished, the sooner your investment starts to pay for itself.

 

Our relationships and experience keeps us on the cusp of new equipment, technologies and food service building products. DSA understands that when designing within a Franchised Concept, the integrity and image of the brand identity is of utmost importance. This identity needs to be balanced with the individual franchisees’ and/or owner’s desires and goals. Additionally, if the project is a standalone concept, we understand the importance of creating a unique atmosphere that reflects the owner’s theme, menu/merchandise, and vision.

FEATURED PROJECTS

FRESCO

Kent, Ohio

FRESCO is a favorite lunch and dinner spot in downtown Kent. Ohio. This one of a kind fast casual restaurant seats 62 and also has outdoor dining.

LAZIZA

Kent, Ohio

LAZIZA is a Mediterranean restaurant located in the Acorn Alley 2 building. The owners desired an architectural space that reflects the  culture of the authentic food served. A hand painted mural, intricate iron railing , and many nooks for displays of Mediterranean art pieces embellish the multi-level space The restaurant includes seating for 170, a bar and an area for private parties. An outdoor dining area was included in the design for the warmer months. The project also includes an additional third 3,000 S.F. floor small banquet facility with  seating for up to 120 people.

ONE LOVE YOGA

Kent, Ohio

ONE LOVE YOGA BOUTIQUE is a one of a kind yoga studio and clothing boutique.  Listening to the owners vision which included words like vintage, colorful, paradise, and Moroccan  we created a warm and inviting atmosphere through the use of jewel tones, architectural detailing and lighting which completed the owners vision perfectly.

 

MEIJER CORPORATE OFFICE CAFETERIA

Walker, Michigan

This project consisted of a 7,712 S.F. servery and 118 S.F. coffee bar renovations..

Dunkin' Donuts

Kent, Ohio

DS Architecture has been working with franchise quick serve restaurants for over thirty years.  We have designed over 35 projects for Dunkin' Donuts. The project here in our hometown, Kent, is the first of its kind.  Situated next to Kent State University campus, the design combines both the traditional Dunkin’ look with a modern twist reflecting the Kent State University Fashion Building front facade.  Driven by the small size of the site, a 2nd floor mezzanine seating area overlooks the two story open customer service area.  Opened in the fall of 2013, the 44 seats inside the space are consistently occupied by students and residents alike enjoying a good cup of coffee and a great atmosphere.

RESTAURANT | RETAIL

FEATURED PROJECTS

FRESCO

LAZIZA

ONE LOVE YOGA

MEIJER CORPORATE OFFICE CAFETERIA

Dunkin' Donuts