Restaurant Design Inspiration: 10 Transformations We Love

As a restaurant owner, a myriad of factors play into the equation of what draws customers in, and it’s important to acknowledge all of them. Yes, the quality of the food is key. Reviews can build a restaurant’s reputation. And that just-right balance of culinary delight and ambiance matters, too. But at the root, the impression your restaurant gives off starts at the door. As a business owner, never underestimate the power of an inviting exterior. The tantalizing smells sneaking through the windows might attract customers, but if they turn their heads to follow the smell and it leads them to a drab dwelling, they might lose their appetite. Our designers know how to take on restaurant design and kick up the curb appeal. Read on for some of our favorite transformations.

Realize the potential of your restaurant’s (or home’s) exterior with brick&batten! Whether you’re eager to enhance specific aspects or seeking a complete transformation, our designers offer tailored exterior design solutions. Explore our virtual exterior design services for more information!

modern restaurant design

#1 // A bold facelift 

This existing building was painted all white, providing our designers with a blank canvas to work with for this restaurant design.

We gave the porte-cochère a modern overhaul featuring a wood ceiling and columns, recessed lighting, and black accents. To ensure the restaurant’s name stands out, we rendered it in large white lettering. We kept the building white but added a pop of color — Benjamin Moore’s Galápagos Turquoise — along the top. We also suggested adding some stone siding around the entry area to make it more of a focal point.


warm and welcoming restaurant design

#2 // Warm and welcoming

Family restaurants should be a place where everyone feels welcome and comfortable, and our designers honed in on that inviting vibe with this restaurant design. We went with a warm off-white — Sherwin Williams’ Alabaster — for the exterior, contrasted with black accents. We added some more warmth with wood accents and the pergola covering the outdoor eating area.


Old, abandoned service station reimagined as a restaurant

#3 // Revitalized and revamped

This client saw the potential in this abandoned service station and wanted to transform it into a restaurant. Our designers were happy to help! To start, we used the existing garage doors to join the indoor and outdoor dining areas and added a custom awning overtop of the outdoor space. We weaved in plenty of industrial elements, such as the lighting, iron, wood, and the laser-cut restaurant name on the Corten steel sheet atop the entrance.


large brick building turned into a bold modern restaurant

#4 // Maximize outdoor space

The neutral-colored brick on this building covered a lot of real estate, so our designers reimagined the exterior to bring more contrast to the restaurant design. We suggested a bold color palette with black and turquoise on the right side with a section of white around the entrance. To make the most out of the provided space, we expanded the outdoor seating area and covered it with a roof to offer both shade and protection from the elements. To maintain the bright and fun color scheme, we used a combination of red, black, and white for that section of the building.


A restaurant design featuring bright exterior paint colors

#5 // Fun and funky 

This restaurant’s exterior was dated and underwhelming, so we gave it a fun, fresh new look. The eye-catching color palette consists of Benjamin Moore’s Caliente as the main stucco color, with Margarita, also by Benjamin Moore, as an accent, and a bright yellow around the windows and across the top of the metal roof. A double entry door, new windows and light fixtures, plus a large sign with the restaurant’s new name complete this transformation.


before and after of multipurpose brick building

#6 // Stand out from the crowd

Our designers completely reinvented this boarded-up, mixed-use building. We appreciated the classic look the red brick offered but wanted a fresher aesthetic, so we painted the brick gray. To make the restaurant design pop among the rest of the businesses in the building, we added some black siding and large paned windows. The light fixtures above the restaurant’s signage also elevate the curb appeal in a subtle way. 


before and after of blueprints turned into a brewery

#7 // Blueprints brought to life

At brick&batten, we don’t exclusively work on existing buildings. Sometimes, our clients come to us with only a blueprint to build upon. For this restaurant design, we worked from a blueprint and created a sleek building with a mix of colors and textures to achieve the modern industrial look the owner desired. We kept the look cohesive on all sides, adding the same mounted light fixtures above the windows and doors.


small modern restaurant design

#8 // Mixed materials

This restaurant’s combination of cladding materials — horizontal wood siding on the left with vertical charcoal-colored panels and stone on the right — gives it plenty of depth and visual interest. We also added a small, elevated patio space around the entrance to lift this restaurant’s curb appeal to new heights (literally). The patio features an awning with recessed lights, modern columns, and a cable railing. 


Before and after of a lakefront restaurant redesign

#9 // Lakeside restaurant design

We enhanced the exterior of this waterfront eatery to give it a fresh and inviting look. We used a mix of white siding, warm wood decking, and natural elements to embrace the environment. Leaning further into the coastal aura, we added a pop of turquoise for the entry doors.


The Cove in Wildwood before and after deliverable

#10 // Fresh downtown design

The owners of this restaurant, located on the Jersey Shore, wanted to ditch its dated blue and yellow color scheme for something more modern. We recommended Sherwin Williams’ Jogging Path, a timeless, warm greige, for the stucco and Tricorn Black as an accent. A section of wood siding adds warmth, and a new striped awning gives the building some character. We also made sure the restaurant’s revamped (and breathtaking) signage was visible on all sides of the building.


quaint stucco restaurant

Ready to reimagine your restaurant?

Whether you’re looking to make some updates to refresh your restaurant design or you want to start from nothing and create a breathtaking space, our designers know exactly how to make the most of your eatery’s exterior.

Ready to take the leap and overhaul your exterior? Join forces with us, and we’ll assist you in bringing your vision to life. Take the first step today and watch your design dreams become a reality!

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