Opening a Restaurant? Here are the Top 3 Construction Challenges
Jan 14, 2021 08:59 PM EST | By Ernest Hamilton
At some point or another, most people have dreamed about opening a restaurant of their own. But launching a successful eatery takes more than just a creative idea and a dedicated chef - you also need to think through the technical challenges involved in opening a new business.
After the food itself, one of the most important aspects you'll need to consider is what kind of space you want to create, and how you can overcome the construction challenges involved in building it. Here are three of the most significant.
1. Creating an Environment that Communicates Your Brand
Designing a restaurant is an exercise in branding. The second a customer steps into your space, the furniture and décor should tell them something about what they can expect from your business in terms of service, cuisine, and price.
If you are aiming for a high-end clientele, you'll need to invest in an interior that communicates exclusivity and taste. If you are hoping to appeal to the lunch crowd, you'll want to emphasize convenience. Either way, your design should serve your branding and market niche.
2. Getting the Most Out of Your Space
Ideally, your dream design would seamlessly fit into the physical space of your restaurant. But this isn't always the case; you may end up renting a property that is ideal in terms of location, but has built-in impediments to fully realizing your dream interior.
While it's always a good idea to start out the design process with blue-sky thinking, when you've settled on a space, you'll need to think hard about how you can adapt your big ideas to the actual restrictions of a particular building.
Keeping your ideas flexible and staying open to the unique features of your location and working with a commercial construction company that has the technical know-how to translate your design into reality can help you get the most out of your space.
If you want to know more about the steps involved in realizing your restaurant design, this guide to opening a new restaurant includes some useful tips.
3. Meeting Regulatory Requirements
Every restaurant needs to be built to the regulatory requirements of the municipality in which it operates. These regulations are in place to ensure that kitchens, washrooms, and dining areas are safe and accessible to patrons.
Hiring a building contractor with experience designing restaurant interiors in your city is a great way to make sure that regulatory requirements are part of the design conversation from day one, so there won't be any surprises when it comes time to get the necessary permits from your local authorities.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly half of all new businesses close within the first five years - and these numbers are even higher in the food service industry. If you want your restaurant can attract customers and create the kind of welcoming environment that will make it a fixture of your community, taking the time to think through these three construction challenges and finding a contractor who can bring your vision to life is a great way to start.
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