Solutions for Restaurants & Hospitality

From Entrance To Back-Of-House . . .

It’s probably safe to say that functional and visual appeal are high on your list of desirable characteristics for your facility. Let’s face it, your entrances and interior doors work hard. But they can also contribute to, or detract from, your guest experience.

All Special-Lite doors were engineered for high use and even abuse. Yet, we also set aesthetic trends by creating doors that brand and by partnering with identity hardware manufacturers. From the front entrance system to the highly abused kitchen or delivery door, we offer the solution that your restaurant needs.

Branded Entrances

Your front entrance—it’s a statement unto itself and sets a tone for the entire guest experience.

We can design a custom entrance system that can reinforce your restaurant branding. We have done so for national restaurant chains and local cafes. Color, material, and hardware choices all play a role here. And our products offer tremendous flexibility to make this happen.


These are known as hybrid doors constructed of aluminum framing with closed-cell foam core and fiber-reinforced polymer face sheets. They offer the appearance of wood and are available in a variety of standard or custom finishes and are compatible with virtually any hardware choice.


These distinctive entrances always add a touch of class to your establishment and always with a great deal of glass. But don’t think of them as cold. They are available in dozens of anodized or painted finishes and are also available in our popular Wood Expressions finishes.


This versatile product offers the same flexibility as our hybrid doors but is constructed of aluminum framing and face sheets. Like its siblings above, you can get it with standard and custom finishes. Unlike its siblings, this door offers you a choice of custom vision lites and an unending list of hardware options to help create just the atmosphere you want.

Interior & Back-Of-House Doors

Your requirements for product contribution to your branding and atmosphere don’t stop at the entrance. In fact, your interior products, including doors, make constant statements to your restaurant guests. Special-Lite doors help convey your desired message and offer robustness for constant use. Consider these facts:

  • No doors are more versatile in terms of finish texture, finish color, hardware compatibility, or the size, style, and placement of vision lites. You will get the look that you want when you choose Special-Lite doors.
  • No doors last longer. We engineered our doors for high traffic and occasional abuse. For instance, hollow metal (steel) doors are tested to between 250,000 and 1,000,000 cycles. We’ve surpassed 25,000,000 opening/closing cycles on our doors!
  • No doors are tested more. Beyond reliability testing, we test our products for thermal efficiency, sound transmission, impact and intrusion resistance, and much, much more. Interior or exterior, they make the grade.
  • Our distribution partners are in your neighborhood. They can design and deliver the door solution you envision.


Custom Entrance Solutions for Restaurant and Retail Facilities

Only Special-Lite offers custom entrance system solutions that provide the design flexibility you want for restaurant and retail applications, and the long life and low cost of ownership you need.



Special-Lite Doors Get Standing Ovation at Bravo! Restaurant

When renovating a successful independent restaurant in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the owners wanted to create an inviting and relaxing ambiance. And an exposed east-facing entrance meant the exterior doors needed to also deliver long life and easy maintenance.