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Gender Neutral Bathrooms: A Follow-Up

National Restaurant Consultants shares results from polling patrons on the great bathroom debate

By National Restaurant Consultants - September 5, 2018

A couple of weeks ago, we blogged about gender neutral bathrooms and how to handle the bathroom debate when building out a restaurant. We polled a few people in person, guests at restaurants we visited, and then, we took to Facebook. (See here for our response to Facebook resonses.)

The responses were overwhelmingly against gender neutral bathrooms. For the most part, it made our pollsters uncomfortable, for a number of reasons ranging from hygiene to personal privacy, or safety for children. Most of the answers strayed from the social and political aspects underlying this conversation and reflected only personal preference.

A quick note, because several of our responders asked about single-stall unisex bathrooms as a solution for both sides of the argument. While many more modern restaurants are opting for this model, it takes considerably more space and more money to build out the separate units and run additional plumbing. While it's an option from a social standpoint, from the business perspective, it doesn't make much sense.

Our restaurant consultants are well-versed in the industry goings-on and trends, but we enjoy working with the public to take the temperature of issues and how they specifically affect our restaurant clients. If you need help making a decision that you're worried may go against the grain, just ask. You might fine that you can easily reach a point of agreement with those around you. Need some help? Contact a restaurant consultant today.

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