10 Things You Never Thought to Wonder About Restaurant Bathrooms

You can tell a lot about a restaurant by visiting the restroom
Restaurant Restrooms 101

Brian Sheehan previews our list of some of the things you never thought to wonder about restaurant restrooms.

Restaurant Bathroom


A clean restroom means a clean kitchen. 

When we’re at a restaurant, we tend not to give too much thought to the restroom. Even if they’re stunning, we go in, we do our business, we wash our hands (hopefully), and we get out. But if you stop and think about it, the restroom is just as important a space as any other part of a restaurant, and we bet that there’s a lot you didn’t realize about them.

10 Things You Never Thought to Wonder About Restaurant Bathrooms (Slideshow)

Restrooms are a necessary part of every restaurant, for obvious reasons. Customers and employees need a place to wash their hands and do their business, and if you ever come across a full-service restaurant that doesn’t have one, head for the hills (unless you’re in, say, a hotel, where the restrooms might be in the lobby). Some restrooms are for one, some can accommodate four or five people, some have attendants, some are unisex. But lots of restaurant owners don’t give their restrooms a second thought, which is a shame.

The state of a restaurant’s restroom can tell you a lot about the state of the restaurant itself. Professionals divide restaurants into “zones” that guests experience, and each zone should receive as much attention from owners as every other, and should be an equally pleasant experience: the entryway, the bar, the dining room, etc. If the restroom doesn’t receive too much attention, that’s a fundamental flaw that goes all the way to the top.

Read on to learn how the state of the garbage can can hint at the cleanliness of the kitchen, why some restaurants might overpay for supplies without even realizing it, the best way to deal with an attendant, and other facts that just might make you never look at a restaurant restroom the same way again.

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