Our neighborhood restaurant has recently been renovated and it's fabulous. It had been just a run of the mill establishment, nothing unique and not particularly inviting, but we liked it because of the healthy food and super friendly owner. She had, in fact, been telling us that she was prepared to do a renovation and was excitedly sharing with us some of her ideas. We couldn't wait to see how it would come out! She said the first thing she was going to do was get new flooring, from Empire Today. We had told her we had used Empire Carpet for our place so that's why she looked into them. Then she had found a beautiful bar that was recuperated from a building that had been torn down, and that is stunning. She refinished her existing tables and got new chairs. The colors on the walls are great. All this on the new flooring she that chose comes together as a wonderful ambiance. It's a real transformation that makes her place so much more inviting. I wish this were possible for more places in the city. It's a challenge, though, with the rents as high as they are. However, I've noticed there's more dinner traffic in her place, so the investment in the renovation should pay off. If, along with the food, a restaurant's ambiance is also enjoyed, then it's likely to be more memorable and is thus more likely to attract repeat customers from outside of the neighborhood as well.
Sep 05 2011
Photo source Max Patzig