If you’ve been thinking of renovating your restaurant but have been putting it off due to various reasons, now is the time to take action! The average restaurant renovates every five to seven years. Whether you’re thinking of redesigning the layout to meet new standards, updating the kitchen, putting in a bar or simply rebranding your restaurant, hiring licensed professionals will help keep the process smooth and will save you money in the long run.
An aging kitchen may be hazardous for your staff and diners. Critical problems such as outdated wiring or degraded plumbing are often only revealed during renovation. Waiting too long to renovate will only allow these potential underlying problems to worsen. Renovation isn’t only about updating your kitchen equipment or changing its layout, you can make sure the electrical, plumbing, water lines, heating, HVAC and lighting are all up to code as well.
Some restaurants choose to conduct renovations in phases so that they may continue to do business. In the past, that would mean incrementally closing off parts of the dining room and kitchen for remodeling while guests are still being served. While this is possible, it’s not usually recommended. Shutting down the entire operation for a shorter period of time for renovations would be safer for employees and potentially cost less than renovating in phases.
For quick renovations, the kitchen and bathroom usually remain where they are due to the placement of pipes and plumbing. But there is still plenty of opportunity to renew and reimagine an outdated space. Updating the floorplan of the kitchen for better flow, renewing the bathroom fixtures and giving the dining room a cosmetic revamp can improve service as well as attract new customers.
It’s also important to work with experienced architects and designers who understand what to look for when surveying your restaurant. At Restaurant Design Concepts, we take the time to understand the vision of the owner, measure, photograph and analyze the physical space and the mechanical features of a restaurant before we begin designing a new space. Call us for a free onsite consultation.