Foster Frable

The open kitchen: When two become one

Design expert Foster Frable discusses the emergence of open kitchens in restaurant dining rooms.

Display kitchens have been widely used for almost 40 years. Once considered a fad, they remain popular in every segment of the industry, from casual service to five-star fine dining.

Also referred to as open or show kitchens, display kitchens work because of the culinary and visual excitement they create for guests as well as the reduction of wasted back-of-the-house space — the pickup area is shared with dining-room circulation. They also become a stage to showcase specia

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