3 Things to Look for When Hiring a General Contractor for a Restaurant Build-out

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If you’re planning a restaurant build-out for your next commercial construction project, turning to an experienced general contracting firm to help with the job is the right move if you want to get up and running as quickly and smoothly as possible. Restaurant construction projects can be more complex than other commercial projects in part due to the unique safety and health codes regulations of the restaurant business.

In restaurant construction, the design and build is focused around the “front of the house” (where patrons visit and dine) and the “back of the house” (the kitchen). Kitchens generally require specialized mechanical, electrical, and plumbing work, and the entire build-out must be ADA-compliant and up to code with specific health and safety regulations.

What to look for in a general contractor

When hiring a general contractor for restaurant construction projects, choosing the right partner, who has experience with restaurant build-outs, may seem like a no-brainer – and it should be. But what else should you consider? Well, here’s our list of must-haves when hiring the right contractor for the job:

  1. Look local – A contracting firm who is familiar with the area will make things like securing permits and navigating local regulation nuances a breeze. Moreover, they’re intimately connected with all the key industry players and should have an excellent team of subcontractors at the ready. Don’t forget to make sure they are licensed and have the appropriate insurance coverage as well as have client references they willingly share with you.
  2. Understanding Commercial Kitchen Equipment Installation – Hood systems, refrigeration, and every other piece of equipment needs to not only be installed to code, but it also needs to integrate with how you want your kitchen to operate. Ask you GC how they see the equipment installation meshing with the life safety requirements (such as the fire alarm and sprinkler, in addition to the electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems) and your operational needs.
  3. Communication style – In a restaurant build-out, or any commercial construction project for that matter, communication is essential to the success of the build. One simple misunderstanding could throw off the entire project’s timeline and budget. As you evaluate a general contractor, make sure you are comfortable with their communication style and be sure to ask them their preferred method of communication.

Restaurant build-outs pose unique commercial challenges. Make sure the firm you hire is experienced in the local market.

If you are looking to build a restaurant in the South Florida market, from Monroe and Miami-Dade to Broward and Palm Beach counties, give us a call at 786-433-8740 or send us an email. We’re more than happy to talk in depth and answer any questions you may have.

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