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Restaurant Bar Countertops

February 9, 2022
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It is a restaurant’s niche to offer exquisite cuisine and deliver an enjoyable ambiance. It takes more than culinary expertise to draw and keep food patrons. As much as people love what they taste on their plates, the image and scenery of where they eat might just be as important.

So, when walking through the doors of a particular restaurant, patrons are bound to notice the lights, chairs, tables and other details that make up the interior design. If these components come together to leave a positive impression, there is a good chance of a second date at the same eatery.

That said, at the centre of the entire space, one will find the countertop.

Restaurant bar tops play a major role by being the centrepiece in restaurants. And for this reason, the process of choosing a commercial bar top should be carefully and expertly considered. Caesarstone is a reputable manufacturer that offers a variety of stunning quartz countertops that can make any restaurant space pop.

5100 Vanilla Noir – Designer: Brian Gluckstein, Gluckstein Design 

Suitable Countertop Materials for a Restaurant

In many fast-food outlets, food and drinks are served on budget-friendly tabletops. Meanwhile, upscale restaurants use luxurious vanity counters to serve drinks at their bar. In any case, it is important that your countertop suits your establishment’s type and needs. Having said that, we will take a look at some surface materials perfect for a commercial bar surface.

1. Granite

Granite is one of the most sought-after products for restaurant bar countertops. It is a natural stone that is strong enough to bear heavy loads. The surface material is highly resistant to scratches and heat. With the right sealing and maintenance, these countertops are easy to clean and can offer businesses the longevity they desire.

2. Marble

Marble is a countertop material that commands a great deal of elegance. Due to qualities like its exquisiteness and beauty, this countertop material would make a great centrepiece at the reception or check-in area of a restaurant.

3. Solid Surface

Solid surface is the go-to countertop material for many fast-food outlets. This surface material is smooth and can be fabricated into any shape or style. Because it is engineered, these countertops can be purchased in endless colours and styles.

4. Porcelain

While it may be new to the North-American market, this material has been popular in Europe for a long time. Porcelain makes a good bar counter in restaurants due to its unlikeliness to get stained or scorched by heat.

5. Quartz

Quartz has forged a good reputation for itself in the countertop market, as it combines all the good qualities of the aforementioned materials. It comes in a wide range of colours, designs, and patterns that are able to match the look of any restaurant.

Caesarstone’s quartz certainly lives up to the versatility of this man-made stone; check out our catalogue, and you will surely find the perfect one for your establishment. One of the most popular bar top materials is Caesarstone’s dark and dramatic 5100 Vanilla Noir — perfect for a bold and luxurious restaurant space.

Indeed, much has been said of the beauty of quartz vanity tops, but just as much can be mentioned about its functionality. Quartz is a non-porous material, which allows it to be non-absorbent. For this reason, it is ideal for a surface that is bound to suffer spills.

Additionally, quartz has a great material strength, and it is able to withstand heavy traffic – which is usually the case at most restaurants. Interestingly, no matter how much strain it endures, quartz vanity tops don’t require much maintenance.

4141 Misty Carrera – Designer: Helen Sirp

Tips for Choosing a Suitable Countertop Material

Indeed, restaurant bar countertops are an important investment. So, you should make sure that you are committed to your choice of countertop material before proceeding. The following are points to note before you take the leap to install one.

1. Purpose 

As established earlier, there are a range of materials available with varying degrees of quality. You need to know the purpose that every countertop will serve in your restaurant, as it will help ensure that the material used meets the job’s requirements.

For example, you will not need the strongest or thickest material for a countertop that will only be used by a few customers – perhaps, the VIP section of a restaurant. However, that is not to say that the strength of the material should be completely overlooked.

2. Budget 

It would be best to consider the cost of installing and maintaining your restaurant bar countertops. Some vanity tops require special care like annual sealing. At the same time, there are other surface materials that are low maintenance, albeit they might be comparatively more expensive during installation.

3. Appearance 

This is the most important factor for many business owners when choosing a countertop for their establishment. After all, there is no better way to showcase the exquisite style of your restaurant than with an elegant surface. Now, it is important to point out that some countertop materials lose colour as they age. So, when you make your choice of materials, ensure you do so wisely.

5031 Statuario Maximus – Designer: Jean Liu, Jean Liu Design

4. Durability 

Durability is a quality that encompasses the ability of a countertop to withstand scratches, stains, dents, corrosion, and heat. If the counter will be used for heavy traffic or high heat, you should consider restaurant bar countertops that can resist these harsh conditions.

5. Porosity and Cleanliness 

Porous countertop materials will allow spills to seep into them, sometimes enhancing microbial growth on the surface. This is not ideal for a restaurant where food and drinks are prepared and consumed.

Meanwhile, non-porous products, like quartz, do not absorb dirt or germs, hence the ease of cleaning. So, it is fair to say these impermeable surfaces that can be easily cleaned should be used in a commercial setting such as a restaurant.

For more information about countertops for your restaurant, and help with selection, contact a Caesarstone representative today!