What Does It Cost to Build Out a Commercial Kitchen?

Commercial kitchens are notoriously expensive. You’ve likely heard figures thrown around anecdotally, but what does it really cost if you want to update your existing commercial kitchen or build a new restaurant in SoFla?


The answer, of course, depends on the size of your establishment and the quality and type of equipment you need, but those costs can easily exceed $100,000. For a more accurate estimate of your specific project, contact us to schedule a free consultation.


As you look at your entire budget and the construction goals for your commercial kitchen, here is how some of those costs break down:


  • Project design and management – Functionality correlates with the quality of service you can provide in your restaurant. A poorly designed kitchen will cause chaos, resulting in fewer five star reviews. In a commercial kitchen buildout, you should plan to dedicate roughly 15 percent of your budget to the design and project management components of your build. Not only will these important team members help you plan an efficient & inspired kitchen design, but they will also ensure that the build itself meets important timeline targets and is completed on budget.


  • Equipment costs – Kitchen equipment can consume the majority of your renovation budget. You can expect to pay about 70 percent of your total budget on quality kitchen equipment. Consider looking at used equipment as a way to save money.


  • Installation – Doing things right the first time will save you a lot of money, and this is especially true when it comes to important life safety measures such as ensuring the integration and coordination of your mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems. Learn more about how we at Seacoast Construction make sure your commercial kitchen is safe, operational and fully ready to service your diners by reading this post [link to January “What to Know about Integrating MEP]. This is where the remaining percentage of your budget will go – to things like securing permits and approvals as well as the cost of construction and securing skilled tradespeople.


If you’re planning a commercial kitchen buildout here in South Florida, contact our team at Seacoast Construction. We are more than happy to answer your questions about budget, timeline and the overall build process so that you end up with your ideal commercial kitchen.



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