The Role of Restaurants in Creating a Space For Community: Explored Through “Willy” Street
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This study investigates the relationship between restaurants and the surrounding community. Interviews were conducted with 2 local restaurants, with observations being taken at the two restaurants as well as the surrounding neighborhood. The restaurant's interiors including, layout, décor, food, lighting, colors, and music, were also considered. This study also used the restaurants around the two main foci to build a cuisine and price map of the street. Our analysis shows a strong correlation between local restaurants and the community around them. Restaurants contribute to, and are influenced by, the surrounding community. The owners of restaurants are aware of the dynamics between their business and the community. Restaurants chose to open on Willy Street for particular reasons, often because the overall street fit well with their vision and vibe. Through the design and layout of the restaurants, each can create different interactions and foster different behaviors from customers. From this research, we conclude that restaurants invoke a sense of the surrounding community that is reflected through that restaurant's overall vibe and layout.
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