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

Your Restaurant is Open!

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Therefore, it is well worth your time to do your homework and make sure you’ve selected the ideal candidate for your expectations, trust and budget.

Remember that money isn’t the only issue. Certainly, it is a very important one, but the lowest estimate may or may not lead to the least expensive project in the long run. You need to be able to trust that you will be receiving value for every dollar you spend.

That value comes from choosing a restaurant construction specialist that will be there for you every step of the way, from site selection to the initial design as well as the buildout. Look for a team that will be able to understand your vision and know how to turn concepts into workable, practical and beautiful realities.

Keep in mind that you want to work with a restaurant construction specialist and not just any builder. There is, after all, a great deal of difference between a retail shop, a hairdressing salon, a residential home and a restaurant. These differences include everything from building code requirements to permits and even what will lead to a workable food prep and enjoyable dining experience.

Our Restaurant Construction Company 5 Step Process

The following are the 5 steps you will need to take to build a successful restaurant:

  • Finding Your Restaurant Builder

    This is an area where all too many potential restaurant owners fall short. The reason is that it can be time consuming and labor intensive. Ideally, you will review and circulate bid documents a huge number of different local vendors and pre-qualified subcontractors. Having the right restaurant construction specialist on your side to work as the central hub for this project makes a tremendous difference.
    Once you receive responses, follow up by visiting projects completed by the companies you’re considering. Pay attention to existing conditions and consider the scope of the work requirements.
    Make sure proposals clearly lay out the expectations from both your side and the company.

  • Pre-Construction

    – When Lott Construction receives a product award, the planning begins in earnest. Resources are prepared, communicated and mobilized within 1 to 2 weeks ahead of the start of construction. During this stage, greater direction is established and communication and engagement begins among all levels in order to ensure clarity and success.

  • Construction of The Restaurant

    While the core of this step is the building, it also continues and maintains the solid communication established pre-construction. This makes it possible to avoid preventable issues and to rapidly respond to any unforeseen occurrences.

  • Project Close-Out

    – Here, you, the restaurant owner, create a final punch list. Any corrective work requested or identified by you is completed within five days.
    A 2 to 4 hour mechanical walk-through is provided.
    Final financial documentation is submitted, as are the final waivers of lien.
    The close-out manual – including 2 hard copies and 2 digital copies – is provided at this point.

  • Warranty

    – When you choose Lott Restaurant Construction, work completed by our team and subcontractors is under a one-year warranty on labor and materials.
    In order to ensure satisfaction and success, Lott Restaurant Construction will meet with the restaurant owner or manager 11 months after opening. This allows for the opportunity to review the project in order to request and complete any necessary repairs while the warranty remains active. In this way, the tasks can be performed efficiently without interfering with the operation of the business.

    Posts in the 5 Step Restaurant Construction Process Series

  • Step #1 – Finding Your Restaurant Builder
  • Step #2 – Pre-Construction
  • Step#3 – Construction of Your Restaurant
  • Step#4 – Project Close Out
  • Step#5 – Warranty