The Different Types and Concepts of Restaurants
The core menu concept is the main product line of your menu (italian food, hamburgers, etc.) and this will define your decor, ambience, and style of your restaurant establishment.
Restaurants are generally classified into three groups:
1. Quick Service - Also known as fast-food restaurants. They offer limited menus that are prepared quickly. They usually have drive-thru windows and take-out.
2. Mid scale - They offer full meals at a medium price that customers perceive as "good value." They can be full service, buffets or limited service with customers ordering at the counter and having their food brought to them.
3. Upscale - Offer high quality cuisine at a high end price. They offer full service and have a high quality of ambience.
Asian Restaurant - specializes in cuisine from the Asian region
Breakfast Restaurant - specializes in providing breakfast for at least 6 days per week
BYO Restaurant - Restaurants and bistros which do not have a liquor license
Casual Dining - Offer comfortable atmospheres and have mid-range prices.
Chinese Restaurant - specializes in Chinese cuisine
Coffee Shop - provides daytime only, coffee, tea and casual meals
CONCESSIONS - Operations that generally operate in conjunction with other activities such as sporting events, movies, and rodeos or they may be seasonal in nature and operate at public parks and pools. Menus are limited and food preparation is simple involving one or two steps
DELICATESSENS - Operations offering foods intended for immediate consumption. The main product line is normally luncheon meats and cheeses. They may offer sandwiches, soups, and salads, as well. Most foods are precooked prior to delivery. Preparation of food products is generally simple and only involves one or two steps.
Ethnic Restaurants - They range from quick-service to upscale. Their menus usually include Americanized versions of ethnic dishes and/or authentic ethnic foods.
European Restaurant - specializes in cuisine from a country or region of Europe which is not covered by another existing (eg. Italian, French) category - (eg. Scandinavian, Spanish, etc)
Family Restaurant - offers a varied menu and targeted to the family dining market and offer a children's menu. Since they charge reasonable prices, they appeal to seniors. They have fast service falling between quick service and full service restaurants.
FAST FOOD - Operations that specialize in one or two main entrees such as hamburgers, pizza, or chicken. These operations may also provide salad and/or ice cream service. Preparation of food products is generally simple and involves one or two steps
Fine Dining Restaurant - provides a formal, structured dining experience at the high end of the market
French Restaurant - specializes in French cuisine
FULL SERVICE - Operations that offer complete and varied menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have multiple entrees for each meal period which may include soups, salads, and/or deserts. Preparation of food products is often complex and involves multiple steps. Most full service operations will provide customer seating and may include liquor service. (Armadillo, Black Canyon, Nickeys, Pot Belly, Olive Garden, etc.)
Greek Restaurant - specializes in Greek cuisine
Indian Restaurant - specializes in Indian cuisine
Italian Restaurant - specializes in Italian cuisine
Formal Italian Restaurant - specializes in Italian cuisine with a formal structured Italian dining experience at the high end of the market
Informal Italian Restaurant - specializes in Italian cuisine in an informal, relaxed setting with and a flexible menu
Japanese Restaurant - specializes in Japanese cuisine
Mexican Restaurant - specializes in Mexican cuisine
Formal Modern Australian - offers a menu characterized by fresh seasonal produce and innovative dishes that reflect contemporary trends in Australian cooking provided as a formal, structured dining experience at the premium end of the market
Informal Modern Australian - offers a menu characterized by fresh seasonal produce and innovative dishes that reflect contemporary trends in Australian cooking provided in an informal, relaxed setting
MOBILE UNITS - Operations that operate from mobile vans, push carts or trailers selling potentially hazardous foods. The operations may be somewhat seasonal in nature. Food service may be limited with most of the complex food preparation taking place in a commissary.
New Restaurant - Restaurant that has been operational for a period no greater than 12 months prior to the close of nominations.
Pizza Restaurant - Pizza is the primary menu feature
Restaurant in a Hotel -Restaurant in a 3-5 star Hotel offering an in-house restaurant
Restaurant in a Motel/Motor Inn/Guesthouse - A Restaurant within a 3-5 star Motel/Motor Inn/Guesthouse offering an in-house restaurant
Restaurant in a Pub Hotel/Club/Tavern - Restaurant located in a Pub Hotel/Club/Tavern offering an in-house restaurant
Restaurant in a Pub Hotels - Restaurant located within a Pub Hotel offering an in-house restaurant
Restaurant in a Resort - A restaurant located in a 3-5 star Resort offering an in-house restaurant
Restaurant in a Winery - a restaurant within the premises of a winery
Seafood Restaurant - specializes in seafood - offers a wide array of fish and shellfish prepared in a variety of ways.
Formal Seafood Restaurant - specializes in seafood in a formal structured seafood dining experience at the high end of the market.
Informal Seafood Restaurant - specializes in seafood in an informal, relaxed setting with appropriate decor and a flexible menu.
Specialty Restaurant - specialize in a particular multicultural cuisine not specifically accommodated by any other listed categories.
SPECIALTY SHOPS - Food Service operations that prepare and offer for sale goods intended for immediate consumption, such as unpackaged, potentially hazardous foods which may include snack foods such as dispensed drinks, ice cream, popcorn, candy, cookies, donuts and baked goods.
Steak Restaurant - Typically family-oriented, red meat is primary focus. They usually offer salad bars and other items such as poultry, seafood and pasta.
Sushi Bar - specializes in Sushi
Thai Restaurant - specializes in Thai cuisine
Themed Restaurant - part of a chain or franchise that have a distinctive, deliberate and consistent themed image or brand
Turkish Restaurant - specializes in Turkish cuisine
Restaurant Caterer - caters on-site or off-site.