Restaurant construction jobs are often design-build projects that require a commercial contractor to oversee the project from preconstruction to completion. These projects can range from renovating an older building, refurbishing an existing space, or designing a completely new location for both national franchises and single-location restaurants.
What to Know About Restaurant Construction
Health Codes, Safety and ADA Compliance
Restaurant jobs are higher risk than other commercial construction projects because they require specialized mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) work in order to ensure the kitchen is operational and meets all of the necessary safety and health codes. All restaurant designs and plans must be in compliance with the county health departments, the department of building and safety, and the fire marshall.
In addition, restaurants must meet the guidelines set out by the ADA which primarily pertain to accessibility. These requirements include (but are not limited to) the following:
- parking with appropriate accessibility signage
- routes to building entrance free of steps
- entranceways with approved door hardware
- wheelchair-accessible seating
‘Front of House’ vs. ‘Back of House’
Restaurant construction is focused into two areas: “back of house” and “front of house”. “Front of house” construction encompasses all of the design work the customer sees, including the exterior, entry, dining rooms, bars, eating counters, and public restrooms. “Back of house” covers construction of the kitchen and is the primary differentiator between restaurant construction and commercial projects. Kitchen construction typically includes the installation of a cook line, dishwasher, refrigerator, and three-compartment sink.
Have a Restaurant Project in Mind?
Buildrite has been working in the restaurant construction industry for over 30 years. Our top priority when working with our clients is to ensure that the project accurately reflects their vision. We pride ourselves on being able to implement the vision of customers of varying levels of construction knowledge, from those who only have an idea to those who have completed designs.
Our team of architects, builders, and contractors has experience with all aspects of restaurant construction and are knowledgeable of all of the regulations restaurants are required to meet. From the walk-in refrigerator to the color of the bathroom, our professionals are dedicated to ensuring every portion of your restaurant complies with the necessary codes.
Contact Buildrite to discuss your next restaurant project!
Featured Restaurant Construction Projects
Buildrite completed 5 of the newly rebranded Arby’s in Tennessee and Alabama.
Bojangles Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits
Buildrite provided ground up development for Bojangles’ new stores in the Southeast. Services included site development, civil work, parking lot and storage enclosure repairs.