Planning and then building a restaurant requires patience, effort, time, and, most of all, skill. There is more to the design process than creating a classy or stylish space. It is important to also make sure that the restaurant is efficient and functional for those working in the back end. Restaurant construction requires intense attention to detail to be successful. If you are considering opening or upgrading a restaurant in the Toronto area, iRemodel Commercial Construction has five tips for you to keep in mind.
Concentrate on Being Efficient
Your kitchen and your dining room area are the two places that should get the brunt of your focus. The dining area services your customers and should cater to comfort as well as the whole dining experience. The kitchen is a labour-intensive space where your chefs, cooks, line staff, and wait staff will make the magic happen. Ensure that both spaces are efficient and serve the purpose for which they are intended. Make sure that your kitchen has functional stations, prep areas, and also a first aid stop away from the food prep area.
Plan Your Construction Schedule
Any commercial construction project requires a firm schedule that is separated into sections for efficiency. Before starting on the work, visualize how you want your end product to appear. Consider the style, material, functionality, features, and design. Once you know what you want your new space to have, conduct a site survey and catalogue the current utilities if there is already an existing building.
If you’re building from scratch, make sure you have a few locations picked out for your new restaurant prior to hiring a commercial contractor. This will allow them to get a better idea of what the project will involve and what challenges they may face along the way. For projects that will be in a building with existing tenants, there are even more factors to consider to prevent affecting their business with excessive construction noise.
Create a Building Schedule that is Realistic
Restaurant construction can be completed in as little as three months or as long as six months, depending on how comprehensive of a project you have planned. There may also be extra time needed to procure products, building materials, and even due to the weather.
Review Your Construction Plans
Talk to the building inspector in your area to see if your plans contain any mistakes or errors that will prevent permit approvals. Restaurants have to follow very specific building codes, fire safety requirements, and health codes, so you must get them done right. Sometimes it is easy to overlook a key aspect in your plans that can result in a local code violation later down the road.
Hire Only Professional Contractors
After following the tips above, you should start your search for a reliable certified commercial contractor. Make sure to choose a company that specializes in restaurant construction and who is experienced with local building regulations.
If you are looking for a tried and true company that has the skills and dedication your project needs, contact iRemodel Commercial Construction. We would be happy to bring your Toronto restaurant construction project to life and help you navigate any problems that may arise. For more information on our rates and services, give us a call at (416) 477-1070.