this is all in extreme contrast to the impression one gets driving or walking by on market street looking in the windows at dharma's ostensible reincarnation, wings over lowell. the space is laid out for maximum comfort and efficiency with (almost always filled) booths along all the walls, and the bright lighting and reasonably-priced menu say "come on in and take care of that hunger--you know you want to". and you know you know exactly how to make a success of any visit to the place--just belly up to the counter, order yourself everything you want and more, and then just sit down to enjoy. (it was never quite clear from the dharma layout exactly what was supposed to happen with all those high-top little round tables and somewhat fancy chairs).
it's great to see a business doing well downtown, especially after such a short time, and especially great because you can SEE the business doing well right there through their windows every time you drive by. (try it!)
i'm no restauranteur, but i gotta figure, if the goal isn't churn 'em through and drive 'em out like the fastest of the fast food joints, then it's important that everything looks and is comfortable because that definitely matters. i know it does to me. mike over at the other end of the strip at king star gets it. (comfy sofas even!) wings over gets it. the back page DEFINITELY gets it. (though they've all but given up on their food).
the science of indoor space is a fascinating one. and it makes a difference.