Working With a Restaurant Construction Specialist – The 5-Step Process

Working With a Restaurant Construction Specialist – The 5-Step Process

Whether you are a seasoned restaurant owner or you’re planning to open your doors for the very first time, there are certain steps you’ll need to take to get your restaurant built and opened. Working with an experienced, dedicated restaurant construction specialist can make a sizable difference in the amount of time and effort you’ll need to put forward in each of those stages.

Your Homework Before Building Your Restaurant Begins


Six Ways To Stand Out In The Competitive Construction Industry

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If you want to stand out in the Philadelphia construction industry or in our case the restaurant construction niche, you’re going to have to be strategic about it. Philly is one of the largest and oldest cities in America—here are already a great deal of construction agencies at work! Following are principles which can help you stand out competitively in Philadelphia, and even in other municipalities.New Philly Construction


Perform Quality Work

Right now is an unparalleled time for the construction industry. The economy is good, and things will be built. Current political trends have a positive relationship with many contracting agencies. Even the less affluent groups are going to grow through sheer dint of available work.


So if you’re going to properly capitalize on this opportunity, you’ve got to perform the best possible work you can. Cut no corners for time or budget. Do the job right the first time. Build a reputation on the solid foundation of recommendable, qualitative services.

Ask For Reviews

If you’ve done a good job, clients will be apt to recommend your services. That said, they may not do it in an organic way. It may not happen naturally. You may have to ask for good reviews and recommendations online. Even then, it may take clients a long time to get such a commendation out there publicly.


You can expedite this process by writing your own review from the perspective of your satisfied client, running that review by the client to see if they approve, then publishing it. Such a practice could stand to be SOP(Standard Operating Procedure).


Involve Yourself With Charitable Community Projects

Smaller contracting agencies may not be able to do this as effectively, but then again: they may be able to. Help a church out. Build a school. Fix up a park. And do it all as a community outreach. Also, be sure to hang banners and the like showing which construction company is responsible: yours.


When it comes to promotional items like banners advertising your construction company, a comprehensive guide to materials can be found here; according to the site: “No matter what material you choose for your next promotional item, we’re sure it will represent your brand with every fiber it has!”


Retain Cutting Edge Construction Solutions

Get the newest tools. Well, get the newest tools that are effective. Sometimes something will be released that hasn’t been properly tested “in the field”; it’s still “buggy”. So you may want to do your homework before you invest in new things. Still, having newer equipment can give you a competitive edge through collateral cost digger


Consolidate And Optimize Operational Efforts

You want to streamline operations as much as possible. Determine where costs are, determine how to overcome them. Find where there is “fat” that can be cut from your operations. You want the right workers in the right place, and you don’t want redundancies characterizing the various contracts your company is working with.


Use The Right Tools For The Job

According to, if you’ve got a forklift to sell, “In minutes, you can create a classified ad and market it to thousands of users.” You can find more info here. Selling equipment to acquire new equipment, and having a resource readily available to help you source specialized equipment, can really help you get the job done right.


A Well-Oiled Business Machine

If your construction agency performs quality work, acquires reviews, involves itself with charitable projects, uses cutting edge solutions, optimizes operations, and has the right tools for the job, it will be in a position to effectively compete with similar contracting agencies. The machine of your business will be souped-up, well-oiled, and ready to run.

Why Build a Restaurant in Philadelphia?

Why Build a Restaurant in Philadelphia?

Restaurants and small businesses as a whole are at the very heart of the Pennsylvania economy.  In fact, there are currently an estimated 950,000 small businesses in operation in the city, employing more than 2 million people.  The reason so many restaurant and small business owners are looking to Philly when they’re ready to get started is due to a wealth of entrepreneur-friendly features.

5 Reasons to Build a Restaurant in Philly

If you’re still not sure whether or not you should be building a restaurant in Philadelphia, check out the top 5 reasons other successful restaurant owners have chosen the City of Brotherly Love.

Economic Growth

  1. The economy is on its way up – After a lengthy recovery struggle from the 2008 recession, the Philadelphia economy is seeing steady healthy growth. This makes it an ideal location to build a restaurant.
  2. The city makes it easy to build and open new businesses – While some metropolitan areas have reputations for making new restaurant owners jump through a series of hoops before they can establish themselves, making it difficult to get off the ground, Philly has made a specific effort to make it easy for new business owners to open their doors. The City of Philadelphia’s Business Services department website provides all documents and forms for restaurant owners to inform themselves every step of the way.
  3. The customer base is already there – Philadelphia has a very large customer base, being conveniently situated in the tri-state area. Furthermore, it is the fifth largest city in the country. This makes it possible to draw a spectrum of customers, as a population that large makes it much easier to find larger number of targeted consumers.
  4. The workforce is skilled and educated – Not only does the city’s large population provide a huge customer base, but it also boasts an educated, experienced and skilled workforce. This makes it possible not only to find the right company to build the restaurant, but also makes it easier to hire the perfect team to ensure success once the doors open.
  5. entreprenuersThe startup community members support each other – As an appealing place for startups to put down roots, many new restaurants and companies are getting going in Philadelphia and have formed a close-knit community. This makes it easier to find and share resources, discover information and reach new customers. It seems that the startup community has embraced the idea of brotherly love.

How about You?

Are you ready to get started making your dream of having an amazing restaurant in Philly? Please check out our series of blog posts about our 5 Step Restaurant Construction process, so get an idea of what we do. Then feel free to give us a call!

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Philly Restaurant Rooster Soup Company

We are proud to have been part of the building of the Rooster Soup Company, which is a for profit restaurant the donates 100% of its profits to a non-profit that helps the homeless and poor of Philadelphia.

The company began as a Kickstarter project that earned$150,000 to start the project off. Partners in the restaurant include Federal Donuts and Broad Street Hospitality Collaborative.

The restaurant is a first come basis, but does take reservations for groups of 6 or more. They also have a small meeting room that can accommodate up to 25 people.

The menu looks delicious.

Check out their reviews on Yelp.  Apparently the Matzaball soup is to die for.

Read the article about the Rooster Soup Co project.


Greek Restaurant Yiro Yiro

One of our recent projects was Yiro Yiro in Philadelphia. This is a delightful little Greek Restaurant that serves “fast Greek” food. Well, check out the Yiro Yiro Menu, and if you are near Roxborough and Ridge Pike in Philly, why not stop  in and give them a try.

Philly Greek Restaurant Yiro Yiro

6024 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19128

Open 7 days a week 11am-10pm

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Building Your Restaurant – Step 5 – Warranty

The Construction Warranty

The warranty you receive through your restaurant construction specialist is an issue you will have already reviewed throughout the selection process for the construction company itself.  That said, it is after the construction and project close-out is complete that the care you took during those earlier steps will begin to benefit you.

Our Warranty

When you work with Lott Restaurant Construction, both that company and all its subcontractors provide a One-Year Warranty on both labor and materials.


The warranty provides you with a definition of all the responsibilities and limitations of the guarantees by contractors and subcontractors for repairing construction project work.  While this does typically cover the construction process, itself, it isn’t usually until after the construction has come to a close that a restaurant owner would ever need to look to that guarantee in order to seek additional repairs.


The warranty provides specific standards for determining what is and is not considered defective work and/or materials.  This is not the same as an implied warranty, which you would see in contracts outside construction.  It is important not to rely on an implied warranty when you are considering different construction companies as that could place your coverage at risk.
It is vital to the success of your project that you ensure you are covered by an express warranty which is contained within your contract’s agreement, conditions and supplementary conditions, and specifications or plans. It’s also important to understand what the exceptions are and require them in writing.  If you are uncertain as to the details of your warranty coverage, take the time to have the construction company explain it to you.


LOTT Restaurant Construction is a restaurant construction company that takes its warranty very seriously.  This is not only the opportunity to show that the company stands behind the work and materials used in every project, but it also provides the chance to give each customer and project the care and support it deserves.


Part of the one year warranty LOTT provides includes a meeting with the restaurant owner or manager  and the restaurant builder at the 11 month mark following the restaurant’s opening.  This allows the opportunity for the project to be reviewed in its entirety while the warranty is still in effect.


At that time, the owner or manager can bring any necessary repairs to the attention of LOTT Restaurant Construction, giving the company the time to complete them in a timely manner.


By meeting at the 11 month mark, you have the chance to not only make sure that you request repairs while they are still under warranty, but it also provides LOTT enough time to arrange for the repairs at times in which it will not interfere with your business operation.


Naturally, you can contact LOTT at any point throughout the warranty period in order to request covered repairs, but the meeting at 11 months after opening helps to make sure that the opportunity is not missed. After all, at that point you will be very busy with your successful restaurant.  This meeting makes certain that you receive all the support you need to keep it that way.

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Building Your Restaurant – Step 4 – Project Close-Out

The End is Near – Opening Soon!

You’ve done your homework.  You’ve gone through hours upon hours of preparations and planning.  Now, you’ve even been through the construction phase.  It’s time to close out the project.  This isn’t just a matter of signing off and throwing your doors open for customers.  There are certain things you should expect from your restaurant construction specialist at this point in the process.Restaurant Building Process Step 4

Project Close-Out Steps

Each restaurant construction company has its own way of doing things.  While some tasks are legally required, others are a matter of procedure and proper customer support.  If you choose LOTT Restaurant Construction, you can expect the following throughout this step.


  • A final punch list is created along with the restaurant owner or representative. This will help to identify any work that must still be completed before the job can be considered complete.
  • Any corrective work will be completed within the five days following that meeting
  • A mechanical walk through is provided. This is a thorough process typically requiring 2 to 4 hours and that involves the participation of owners and store managers.
  • The final financial documents are submitted, as are final waivers of lien

Your Close-Out Manual

After that point, copies of the close-out manual are provided.  LOTT Restaurant Construction provides 4 total copies of that manual.  Among them, 2 are hard copies and the other 2 are digital copies.

Owners Documents

There are 3 volumes that make up the manual.  The first volume contains the owner documents.  These include:


  • Certificate of Substantial Completion
  • Signed Final Punch List
  • Certificate of Occupancy
  • Permits & Inspections
  • Final Payment Affidavit of Liens and Claims
  • Final Waivers of Liens
  • Insurance Certificates


The Restaurant Copy of the Close-Out Manual

The second volume is the store copy, which contains:


  • Emergency Contact List
  • Maintenance Schedules
  • O&M Manuals
  • Subcontractor Warranties
  • Material & Equipment Warranties
  • Termite Treatment Certificate
  • Grease Duct & Hood Leak Test
  • HVAC Test & Balance Report
  • Construction Cleaning Checklist

The Third Volume of the Close-Out Manual

And finally, third volume includes the drawings, which include:


  • As-Built Drawings
  • DOB Approved Drawings
  • Record Drawings
  • Shop Drawings & Cut Sheets


This is the phase of the process in which the loose ends are tied up and everything is checked over.  It is also your best opportunity to make certain that everything meets (or exceeds) your expectations so that you can either arrange to have issues corrected or feel confident in knowing that everything has been completed properly.


When you work with a reputable restaurant construction specialist, you can know that every point on the punch list will be addressed promptly so that it won’t create any unnecessary delays in the project.  This time in the progress is critical to ensuring that you will be able to meet your deadlines.
That said, when this step is complete, it doesn’t mean that you’re on your own if any issues should arise with regards to the work that is done.  That is where the next step, the warranty, becomes a very important part of the process.

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Building Your Restaurant – Step 3 – Construction

The construction process is the step in the creation of your restaurant when things really start to get moving.  It isn’t that there wasn’t anything happening before this point, but overall there likely hasn’t been much in terms of physical change to the site itself.  Once the construction gets started, the entire project starts to become real.Restaurant Building - Step 3 Construction

That said, it’s important to note that the construction step in the process isn’t just about the building.  Building is a core component, of course, but the primary focus is to maintain the strong communication that was established during the pre-construction step.  This allows every component to continue moving forward efficiently. At the same time, it also ensures that a foundation is in place to quickly and effectively respond to any unforeseen issues. (more…)

Building Your Restaurant – Step 2- Pre-Construction

After Choosing Your Restaurant Builder

Once you’ve awarded your project to a restaurant builder and/or subcontractor, it’s time to start the heavy planning.  Here, you’re going to begin to see the reality side of your restaurant vision.  You’ll start aStep 2 of the Restaurant Builder Process - Pre-Constructionctively communicating with your restaurant construction specialist and will get into the nitty-gritty details of how everything will come together.


Pre-Construction Work

Within one to two weeks of the start of building your (more…)

Building Your Restaurant – Step 1- Finding Your Vendor/Contractor

Building Your Restaurant – Step 1- Finding Your Vendor/Contractor

Choosing the best restaurant construction specialist for your project can seem like an overwhelming task, to say the least.  It is among the first and certainly the most important steps you will need to take before opening your doors.  It is defining and can make or break the success of your restaurant.

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Plans for a Philadelphia Restaurant

For this reason, you need to be certain that the vendor and subcontractors you choose will be capable of completing the work, that they will uphold a solid level of attention to your project and that they will be able to finish the work within an appropriate time frame.  (more…)

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