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3 Tips about Hot Pot Restaurant Design & Renovation

by JYC

Hot pot restaurants are a beloved fixture of Chinese cuisine, offering a communal and customizable dining experience. In recent years, more and more entrepreneurs have wanted to open hot pot restaurants. However, designing and renovating these establishments requires careful consideration of factors such as concept, layout, and ventilation. In this article, we’ll share three key tips for creating a successful hot pot restaurant design.

Tip 1: Settle on the concept & style

Haidilao continuously enhances its brand image through innovative space design to attract a younger clientele, focusing on simplicity and lightness to create a trendy ambiance. The design concepts emphasize a unified, minimalist style that fosters a lively, warm, and concise dining environment. This approach enables the restaurant to redefine traditional perceptions of hot pot and appeal to a broader range of customers.

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Toronto Hotpot Restaurant Renovation - Haidilao

On the other hand, for traditional Chinese and authentic Sichuan hot pot restaurants, it is crucial to highlight the restaurant’s atmosphere and incorporate Chinese elements. The use of red as the primary color is a defining feature of the Chinese style, creating a vibrant and lively ambiance. Details such as dragon carvings, table and chair materials, and styles can further accentuate the Chinese style and infuse the space with dynamic energy.

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To achieve the most suitable style, it’s essential to find a precise positioning. By coordinating the renovation with the restaurant’s concept - whether it’s fashionable, traditional, personalized, retro, creative, simple, or a combination of these styles - the overall renovation effect can be enhanced.

Scarborough Hotpot Restaurant Renovation - Happy Lamb Hotpot

By taking the time to carefully consider the concept and style of your hot pot restaurant, you can create an immersive and memorable dining experience that keeps customers coming back.

Tip 2: Focus on the restaurant layout

When it comes to designing the layout of a hot pot restaurant, careful attention must be given to the flow of traffic. The first consideration should be the customer flow, which should have a clear and unobstructed path from the entrance to the seating area. To achieve this, a straight-line approach is recommended to avoid unnecessary twists and turns that can create confusion, interfere with customers’ emotions and appetites, and disturb the privacy of other patrons.

Similarly, the flow of service personnel should be optimized for efficiency, with a focus on minimizing unnecessary walking distances and avoiding over-concentration of operations in any one area. A " service counter" can be set up to facilitate this and store utensils as well.


The circulation paths for customers should be spacious and uncluttered to ensure that they can move easily and safely through the restaurant. This not only enhances customer comfort but also simplifies cleaning and maintenance, contributing to improved hygiene levels. In addition to ensuring a smooth customer flow, the layout of your hot pot restaurant can greatly impact its overall atmosphere. By strategically placing tables, chairs, and decorative elements, you can create a warm and inviting environment that encourages customers to linger and enjoy their meals.


Finally, the layout of tables, chairs, and benches should reflect the varying needs of different customer groups, from couples and small groups of friends to large families. Tables and chairs should be available in different sizes and configurations, and private rooms can be reserved to accommodate specific groups such as babies, children, and people with disabilities.

Tip 3: Pay special attention to ventilation system and air circulation

Proper attention to the ventilation system and air circulation is crucial when designing the interior of a hot pot restaurant. Given the high heat and large amounts of oil involved in hot pot cooking, effective ventilation is essential for ensuring a safe and comfortable dining experience.

Selecting an appropriate ventilation system is the first step in ensuring the effective discharge of smoke. We must evaluate the ventilation system based on the restaurant’s specific needs. Factors such as the number of tables determine the required air volume, while the layout of pipes and pipe sections determine the necessary air pressure. Power consumption is also a critical consideration. Other factors, such as investment and noise levels, must also be considered.

Haidilao’s ventilation system with smokeless purification

Furthermore, it is essential to plan the location of the ventilation system carefully, taking into consideration the following aspects:

  • The position should be strategically placed in the primary area where oil fumes are generated, with the number of ventilation systems proportional to the size of the hot pot cooking area.
  • It should be positioned as close to the ceiling as possible to ensure the efficient expulsion of smoke during ventilation.
  • The placement of the ventilation system should allow for the direct discharge of smoke, thus avoiding smoke reflux caused by the system.
  • The location of the ventilation system should not compromise the customers’ comfort.

By investing in a well-designed ventilation system and paying attention to air circulation, you can create a clean and enjoyable hot pot restaurant that customers will love.

Hot pot restaurant renovation can be categorized into different styles and types, with the design and concept varying significantly depending on your preferences and requirements. Nevertheless, safety, comfort, and ambiance are indispensable, regardless of the style.

JYC Construction possesses vast expertise in commercial renovation and construction and has helped many restaurants and businesses in Toronto. We offer the most suitable commercial renovation & construction solutions tailored to your needs. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

  • # JY Construction Design
  • # commercial construction design
  • # Toronto construction design
  • # Toronto renovation
  • # Toronto hotpot restaurant design
  • # hotpot restaurant renovation design
  • # restaurant design
  • # lighting design
  • # wall design
  • # layout design
  • # hotpot restaurant facade design
  • # concierge design
  • # Haidilao
  • # happy lamb hotpot

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