The millennial generation no longer views going to a restaurant as merely a place to dine. Rather, the love and demand for dining to be more of an immersive experience seems to be rising. This has led restaurants to embrace the idea of concept and theme based interior design and architecture to give the guests a distinct experience.
Restaurants and cafes across the globe are responding to the call for newer concepts by reinventing themselves. A common and favorite amongst the newer concepts surfacing are restaurants based off of sitcoms and movies.
We are living in the era of digital media and netflix, where binge watching is ritual, it is bound to have influence on the way we live and the places we wish to visit. Every member of the audience has at some point wanted to step into the fantasy world of their favorite movie or tv shows.
Restaurants inspired from these trends have thus naturally sprung up. For guests it offers a fun and unique experience. For restaurants, it becomes a way to generate more revenue, being on trend. While some restaurants have embraced the theme full time, some have resorted to pop up themes to keep switching between newer ideas.
Here are some fun and unique movie/tv show inspired restaurants that you need to know of :
“F.R.I.E.N.D.S” THEMED CAFÉ
First on the list is a cafe based on an extremely loved American sitcom. The show Friends, which to this day racks up millions of viewers across the globe, had a cafe setting which was central to the show. Fans and lovers of the show have shown a certain love for this particular setting which has inspired restaurant owners to view it as an opportunity.
From Singapore to Delhi, there are a lot of cafes and restaurants abiding by this sitcom. The interior design is mostly a replica of the original with a few tweaks. Exposed brick walls, bright mismatched furniture and an overall industrial chic look is characteristic to these cafes.
Most of them have antics and furniture that have featured in the show, paired with a similar warm lighting for ambience. Classic chalkboards and walls with themed caricatures are also fairly included to give the space a fun look.
ALICE IN WONDERLAND CAFÉ
A beloved novel and movie alike, Alice in wonderland is a classic fairytale that is pretty popular. Restaurants, bars and cafes have embraced the tale all the way to create a themed immersive experience that is rather enchanting. The narration itself represents a riot of colors and prints which is exactly what the interior design represents.
Mimicking the rabbit hole, restaurants have kept the inside of the restaurant free from sunlight and mostly in a darker interior. The space is illuminated by different vibrant colored lights. The decor is full of unique and edgy prints and patterns put together for a quirky look. Another key feature is the utilization of greenery to enlighten the space.
To keep up with the fairytale ambience, the furniture used is vintage and charming. Warm lights and splash of colors is what this theme is all about. Heart and diamond shapes in particular, make a recurring appearance in the design and decor to align with their theme.
SAVED BY THE BELL RESTAURANT
Saved by the bell is yet another loved American sitcom series. Set in an American highschool in the 90’s, the show was all things fun. A key feature of the show was a particular diner setting which made it’s impression on the minds of the fans, giving way to the saved by the bell theme restaurant. This restaurant tries to replicate the diner in it’s own special ways.
To begin with the color scheme is a bold red and whiet combination that shines out. The idea for this interior design is to create a 90’s nostalgia design that takes one back to that era. From the furniture to the floors, everything has been made in line with what was in trend back then and in the show. Abstract colored tiled floors, glossy furniture and bright neon lights make a feature in this restaurant.
To add to the nostalgia and the experience, the restaurant brought in arcade game consoles that remind people of a simpler time and enjoy their dining experience as a whole.
HOGWARTS INSPIRED RESTAURANT
The Harry Potter chain of movies and books is a favorite across ages. Ridden with magic, spells and an enchanting tale, the Harry Potter series has a huge fan base which is why Hogwarts inspired restaurants and cafes can be found across the globe, including right here in our capital Delhi.
The interior design draws largely from the picturisation of hogwarts. The interior is mostly kept dim with exposed brick illuminated with warm yellow lights much like the Hogwarts dining hall. The overall look has a very rough charm about it. The decor draws knick knacks and themed pieces from the movie and books itself including the colors and symbols of different ‘houses’ as shown in the movie.
Utilizing deep gray and browns on the walls paired with classic wooden floors to replicate Hogwarts dormitories, this theme is rather magical. The decor pieces are also brought in with the idea of magical wings and spells presence in mind.
Ratatouille is a disney movie that has gained a good spot in the heart of the audience. Since the theme of the movie is centered on cooking and restaurants, it is only natural a themed restaurant inspired by the same pops up.
The restaurant is based on a particular scene in the movie wherein the rat protagonist starts his own restaurant. The interior design and architecture has been made to replicate just that. With oversized cutlery and plate sculpture that make the audience feel as small as a rat in a restaurant, the restaurant has a unique outlook. The decor is a simple parisian cafe theme with the dining sets, and the typical flannel tablecloth.
The entire theme has been kept in a simple deep maroon color with a greenery ceiling cutting through the rich colors. The lighting is kept warm and simple for an enchanting ambience.
STEP INTO KRUSTY KRAB
The krusty krab restaurant is a classic drawing from the Spongebob Squarepants cartoon series from netflix. It has been loved by people of all ages alike. Most of it is narrated in the krusty krab restaurant which has inspired restaurant wonders to put their own spin on it and embrace the theme.
The theme of the restaurant is all about bold and bright colors. From the furniture to the walls everything has a certain animated quality to it. The furniture is in bright reds and blues much like the cartoon. The walls have been given an illustrated look with a wallpaper to replicate steel sheets put together, developing an industrial charm.
The seating too has been made out of barrels to stay true to the under the sea theme. The overall interior is colorful and breezy with a fun ambience to it.
To sum up, in the generation of digital media binges, the content we stream makes a palace in our hearts and our lives. The fan bases and love for certain movies and shows grows beyond expectation. Restaurant owners across the globe have recognised this love and given their guests an opportunity to step into similar experiences through the interior they create. Above is a list of some of the most gorgeous and fun themed restaurants bound to surprise you.