Feng Shui Success Tips for Restaurants

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Feng Shui Success Tips for Restaurants: The Physical Layout

Feng shui consultants have tips and cures for entry, table placement, kitchen and bathroom design to make restaurants more successful, drawing in clients.

Feng shui is not only for homes. Using the practices and techniques in a restaurant can mean the difference between business success and failure. Use feng shui to create a welcoming entry, a well-thought out placement of tables, and a properly designed kitchen and bathroom. According to feng shui consultants Lillian Too and Shan-Tung Hsu, the result will be happy customers and staff, leading to a successful restaurant.

Attract Customers With Signs and Entry that Promote Flow of Good Feng Shui Chi

Satisfying customers begins even before they enter the restaurant. Make sure they can find both the premises and doorway easily. That means having a large, easy-to-read sign on the front of the building, good-sized address numbers and a bright welcoming door that is easy to open. A door that is too heavy or sticks will inhibit the flow of chi and cause loss of customers.

Lillian Too, author of The Fundamentals of Feng Shui and a feng shui consultant, recommends putting a bright light in the entrance to stimulate fire, the element associated with cooking.

Part of that welcome is making sure the area around the premises and door is clean. A dirty entry will turn away customers who will wonder if the service and sanitation is equally poor. Never have toilets that can be seen from the front entrance. Not only is that unappetizing, it means any profits will flow down the drain.

Lillian Too also suggests placing an aquarium or jade plant at the entrance to attract customers. According to Shan-Tung Hsu of the Blue Mountain Feng Shui Institute, live plants and fish “create an energy connection and draw energy in.” Just make sure the plants and fish are well-cared for.

Use Feng Shui To Cure Problems Associated with Restaurant Location or Features

If there are features in the building or the location that are a problem, use feng shui techniques and practices to overcome the negative aspects. Examples of feng shui cures include:

  • Using a colorful awning to make a small entrance look larger;
  • Placing planters with trees or bright flowers around the entrance to distract patrons from a less than stellar location;
  • Installing good outside lighting to make the entry more visible, especially if it is overshadowed by nearby buildings; and
  • Hanging wind chimes to add a healing sound to counteract the noise of traffic.

Think Round and Spacious When Placing Tables to Allow the Flow of Chi

Unless you’re running a fast food restaurant, eating should be a relaxed and pleasurable experience for clients. These feng shui practices will help create a balanced dining experience.

  • Use round or oval tables, if possible, to minimize poison arrows from corners of square tables pointing at diners.If only square tables are available, position them so their corners don’t point at people at other tables;
  • Place tables so they don’t impede the flow of energy (chi) so customers won’t feel rushed or cramped;
  • Position tables so they allow easy access for both patrons or staff as they move between tables or need to reach the kitchen or bathrooms. Ease of access adds to customers’ enjoyment of their meals and decreases stress for staff, allowing them to do their jobs more easily and quickly;
  • Keep table away front doorways to make customers feel secure, rather than vulnerable;
  • Leave enough room between tables. Overly crowded restaurants cause agitation among both staff and customers. It can even lead to indigestion, definitely not the feeling a restaurant wants to give its patrons if it’s looking for repeat business and success.

Well-planned Washrooms and Kitchens Using Good Flow of Chi to Increase Harmony

Clean washrooms and kitchens will impress health inspectors and customers, and make it easier for kitchen staff to prepare meals. Dirty, unkempt areas will have the opposite effect.

  • Fix any dripping taps. In terms of feng shui weath, these signify that money is dripping away.
  • Make sure both areas are well-ventilated not only to remove odors but also to replenish the life force in these rooms. Stale air leads to a stale attitude, lack of attention and the possibility of accidents.
  • Ensure good lighting, natural if possible, in both these areas. Light attracts good flow of energy while dark dingy areas mean little flow and negative balance.

Kitchens in particular are prone to conflicts and accidents because they involve elements and objects such as fire, water and sharp blades. Feng shui experts at Spirit of Design stress that extra care should be taken to create harmony and efficiency in this room. To create a proper feng shui kitchen, follow these simple tips.

  • Be careful of anything sharp. That includes sharp corners and angles as well as knives which can cut people both literally and figuratively.
  • Make sure anything hanging overhead, such as pots, is secure and doesn’t threaten to fall down on people’s heads.
    Clear all clutter and disorganization from the floor, counters and cupboards. Disorder stops the flow of chi, making food preparation and service slow and inefficient.

Using good practices and simple feng shui tips and cures can overcome restaurant problems and turn a good restaurant into an even better one. Clients will be drawn into the restaurant because of the good chi, have an enjoyable dining experience, so they’ll keep coming back. A restaurant that follows good feng shui is a successful restaurant.

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