When deciding on how to create a down home atmosphere for your bar or restaurant, you need to consider several factors.
Take your average steak house for instance. If you remember, they usually have an earthy atmosphere that makes you think, “I’m about to eat some dead cow. YUM.” I’m not sure what it is about steak houses, but the ambiance that they provide gets you ready to eat dead animal flesh.
But what about the furniture? In 9 out of 10 instances, the furniture is simple wooden chairs and tables with a dark finish. In fact, the overall mood of a steak house is geared towards people with “common” tastes who want to eat big. By eat big, I mean to say they want to have a night on the town and have a good meal. Your average Joe is going to spend his money at a fancy steak house before going to a fancy French restaurant.
It is for this reason that steak houses are so popular. They are not intimidating whatsoever. After all, what red blooded American doesn’t like steak?
But getting back to the furniture, go to any steak house in your city or town and you’ll see what I mean. Wooden tables, wooden chairs, wooden everything. The servers probably wear cowboy boots and denim uniforms.
If you want to spend a bit more money and include some nice upholstering on your furniture, make sure you stick with darker colors. The last thing you want is to have a steak house that looks like it was attacked by the Easter bunny. Instead, go for hardwood furniture made from woods like mahogany and oak. If you have control over the type of finish, go DARK.
If you don’t want to go with any of those hardcore woods and prefer to use something lighter instead, I recommend you go with bamboo. Bamboo is a very strong wood which is also very light, both in color and in weight. But aside from that, bamboo is just plain cool.
While yes, it may be off putting to some of the meat and potatoes crowd, it will give your restaurant that buzz factor. In general, any excuse you can give people to talk about your bar or restaurant that doesn’t have to do with finding discarded body parts in the food is good publicity.
If you’re feeling especially brave, and have a couple extra dollars to throw at your furniture budget, you could consider going with some fancy metal stuff. Shiny chrome, everybody likes shiny chrome! Just imagine the scene: customers walk into your steak house which looks perfectly normal from the outside. When they walk inside, they hear loud techno music, see flashing lights and reflections from all the chrome table tops and furniture!
Or you just can visit these several steakhouse:
1. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
After playing a few rounds under the warm Florida sun, what could be more tantalizing than a big, sizzling steak? For 45 years, Tampa golfers have spent their days looking forward to unwinding at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. The beautiful restaurant provides a homey, comfortable ambiance along with its high quality meals. The steakhouse is happy to accommodate large and small golf parties with private dining rooms upon request. It was voted “Best Steakhouse” by readers of Florida Monthly.
1700 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607
2. Bern’s Steak House
When Tampa golfers want to celebrate a stellar game, a special someone, or the end of a perfect Florida day, Bern’s Steak House provides a world-class location for some of the best food this side of Lake Okeechobee. The internationally acclaimed restaurant not only serves perfectly aged steaks hand cut to diners’ specifications, but also includes fresh seafood, 21 choices of caviar and a famous upstairs desert room. Its fresh organic vegetables are all grown on Bern’s private farm, so the steakhouse includes a seasonal menu that changes with each week’s harvest. The steakhouse is also home to a 65,000 label wine collection. There’s a semi-formal dress code, so look sharp! Be sure to make a reservation – this place fills up quickly.
1208 S. Howard Ave., Tampa, FL 33606
More adventurous golfers look forward to the exotic fare of Boizao. The authentic Southern Brazilian Currascaria offers 14 different cuts of beef, lamb, pork, chicken, and sausage prepared with special spices over a traditional rotisserie. Gaucho chefs carry the mouthwatering meats around the restaurant on platters and swords. They can be called to the table of hungry golfers with the simple flip of each table’s red and green sided disk, where they will then slice portions to diners’ specifications. The restaurant also features a popular salad bar with over forty traditional Brazilian items such as fried bananas, warm cheese breads, aged cheeses, salamis, and proscietto di Parma. Its full bar and wine cellar feature specially imported wines, liquors, and South American soft drinks. A meal at Boizao is an unforgettable dining experience for any Tampa golfer. It’s located just south of Tampa International Airport, so it is also a popular destination for visitors celebrating recent arrivals or toasting the end of their Tampa golf vacation.
4606 West Boy Scout Boulevard Tampa, FL 33607