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New Restaurant Trends 2019

Interior designer Haldane Martin designs bespoke furniture that enhances the restaurant experience and creates original spaces with bold identities. The creative genius chatted to us about 2019’s biggest restaurant design trends.


Haldane Martin with Jessica Rushmere, owner of Swan Café. Photo by Micky Hoyle.

Q: What are the biggest restaurant trends at the moment?

A: Trends are tough to define. I’d encourage people to discount décor trends in favour of considering the global lifestyle consciousness trends. Right now the overarching trend is awareness. Looking at our impact on the earth. There’s also a meta-trend, not just décor, of subcultures based on the kind of food you eat. Vegans, vegetarians, conscious carnivores, banting, etc. One can either offer all options or build your brand around one food subculture. Each subculture has an ideology ripe for expressing. It’s interesting to explore these eating [and] lifestyle trends from an interior design perspective.

Q: Which colours are popular right now?

A: Part of the success of Swan Café is the bright, happy colors. (Cape Town is saturated with dark, woody, industrial spaces prominent five to 10 years ago when we did Truth Coffee). Bold colors are quite key, but with a sophisticated slant to them.

Q: What about lighting?

A: Lighting is crucial to creating a mood in any space. First and foremost, natural lighting is important in restaurants and cafés. There’s a definite lighting trend towards LED everything because they are energy-efficient and quality of light curve is pretty good. I always use warm lighting for restaurant spaces to make space feel cozy. It stimulates your appetite, whereas cold lighting doesn’t. It makes people linger longer.

Q: Is communal eating becoming more popular in South Africa?

A: Communal eating is an interesting trend on the increase. South Africans are quite open to the communal eating layout. It suits our social, hospitable local culture where people don’t mind sharing a table. I often use it in conjunction with other seating options like two-seater tables for couples and bar seating, like at Swan CaféKunjani Wines and Mad Giant Brewery. Restaurants need flexibility. I include multiple styles of seating and multiple levels of comfort.


The bar setting at Swan Café. Photo supplied.

Q: Which materials are dominating in restaurant interior design?

A: We’ve seen a lot of eateries covered in plants and a lot of rattan or cane furniture, which ties into the South American relaxed tropical trend. Both reflect the trend towards sustainability and awareness. In terms of materials, practicality and trends can never be divorced from one another. When cleverly used, basic building material like the humble brick can be a durable and stylistically strong material in an interesting pattern. Function, comfort, trends, and budget are interwoven. If I was creating a fine-dining space, I’d take contemporary art deco references; if it’s an ice-cream shop, I’d maybe pull from the Memphis trend; or, for example, for a bar I did in Botswana, I looked at South American modernism.

Storepoint POS Enhances Integration with Quickbooks, Xero, SageOne, and Exact

December 23, 2018

Storepoint PSO now features full integration with Quickbooks, QuickBooks for Windows, QuickBooks Online, Xero, Sage One, and Exact. By connecting the world’s most powerful cloud-based point-of-sale system with the most popular accounting systems, Storepoint POS provides a comprehensive business operations system for the hospitality industry. This integration is done through SHOGO, a third-party provider that connects POS systems and accounting systems. Sales data from the Storepoint system is mapped and posted to business accounting systems at the department level. Once configured, sales data will be posted automatically each day. This seamless integration with Quickbooks, QuickBooks for Windows, QuickBooks Online, Xero, Sage One, and Exact provides sales dashboards for individual locations and across multiple locations.

Benefits of POS Accounting Integration featuring Storepoint POS.

Replacing the manual sales accounting process, sales information is posted automatically with no importing, exporting, or hand counting. This provides instant reporting for detailed analysis. Businesses have the option of choosing posting methods. For Quickbooks, for example, owners can opt to post sales data as journal entries or sales receipts. For Xero, owners can choose between journal entries or invoices.

As each individual payment type is reported, they can be grouped in whole or in part to match the way they are deposited to the business bank account by the merchant services provider. If operators have multiple locations, sales data is automatically posted at the location level. You can access summary data or track at the line item level.

About Storepoint POS

Storepoint POS is an enterprise-ready cloud-based platform sold globally as the flagship product of Storepoint POS. Storepoint POS works as a stand-alone system or across multiple locations with everything you need to run your business:

• Inventory Management
• Customer Loyalty Programs
• Online Ordering
• Reporting & Analytics

• Wait & Reservation List

Storepoint offers state-of-the-art technology to help restaurant, retail, pizzerias, and

bar owners run their businesses more profitably.  The Australian-based company founded in 2009 is a recognized technology innovation leader with an all-in-one POS platform supporting restaurant operations before, during, and after the customer experience.

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