Designing your smoothie bar layout
Part of the permit process involves showing your local Health Department (HD) and your local Department of Planning and Zoning (DOPZ) your plans and designs. This can be a confusing process and the rules and regulations seem to change often.
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The most important part of designing your smoothie bar is satisfying the legal requirements established by the HD and DOPZ. After those requirements have been met, you'll want to make sure there is a flow about your smoothie bar. Everything about your smoothie bar layout should incorporate a flow that will facilitate maneuvering in and about the smoothie bar and make it easy for customers and employees to move in and out. A good layout for a smoothie bar is one that requires the minimum amount of movement to create the desired smoothie.
For the purpose of this article we will assume all smoothies are made in the following fashion and with the following ingredients:
• Ice as the base and first ingredient
• Any liquid (like juice or milk)
• Fruit puree concentrate and/or fruit to blend in
• Powders (like protein, add-ins or other)
When designing a smoothie bar for a health club or retail spot you want to minimize all effort and labor that goes into the smoothie production process. In the above case you should have your blender jars easily accessible and near the ice machine. Just past your ice machine you would want your liquid dispensers or fridge containing liquids. Right next to your liquid dispensers you would want a dipping freezer if using frozen fruits or yogurts. Then next in line would be your powder bins or tubs. And then last would be the blenders and blend station.
In addition to a utilitarian layout that facilitates the production of the smoothie you will also want to address design and layout as it relates to customer walk in and out traffic. Take note of where your high traffic areas are and how visible your location will be to that traffic. You also want it to be easy to access the smoothie bar and the employees. Be aware of the menu placement and how easy it will be to see.
So a quick re-cap on smoothie bar layout and design is:
1. Satisfy local requirements first with zoning and health departments.
2. Build your smoothie bar with production flow in mind. Minimize labor efforts wherever possible.
3. Make your smoothie juice bar easily accessible. Make sure you are in the customers way so they have to take notice.
4. Make placing orders and purchasing very self-explanatory so no one is guessing which line to get in.
As you can see it all seems pretty simple and it definitely can be as long as you follow these simple steps. On the next articles to come I will be discussing the nuances of products and hardware and begin addressing what the best smoothie solution is.