What Is a Restaurant Contractor?

What Is a Restaurant Contractor? 

When it comes to sifting out one contracting specialty from another, it’s important to understand what companies are more equipped to meet the unique building needs of your business. This article will explain what exactly a restaurant contractor is, as well as their primary building expertise. Here we go! 

The Unique Challenges of Building a Restaurant 

The construction of a new building is always sure to pose certain challenges. This is especially true of building restaurants, where construction is made yet more complicated because the space is so unique. Restaurant contractors are tasked with building a space that is workable for staff, as well as enjoyable for customers. Its functionality meets enjoyability, and it can be a difficult balance to strike. 

Add in health regulations and restaurant-specific building codes, and you have a very specialized project on your hands. Restaurant contracting companies are specifically designed to take on these specialized projects, building spaces that make sense both as a dining experience and a place to produce large quantities of food. 

How to Identify a Great Restaurant Contractor 

Building companies that have particular knowledge in designing restaurants are an invaluable resource when planning out your space. If you have connections in the restaurant industry, seek word-of-mouth advice from people that have used contractors before—whether it be for renovations or building from scratch. Once you’ve got a list to go off, the real work can begin. 

Investigate company’s websites for specific examples of restaurant projects completed in the past. Are they beautiful, functional, and up to code? If some of the listed projects are in your area, maybe take an afternoon to visit the locations and see what you like and dislike about the projects. Not only will this give you a better understanding of your own needs, but it will also give you reference points should you choose to contact a restaurant contractor. 

Once you’ve got your shortlist set, meet with several contractors and get several quotes. Even if you feel comfortable with the first company you speak with, it can never hurt to get some other opinions. And when it does come time to hire, we suggest going with a contractor that you feel will pose the best working relationship. Building or renovating a restaurant is a long-term investment, so you don’t want to necessarily go with the lowest price. 

Need Help Finding a Contractor? 

Whether you are building a restaurant, home, or office space, Carlton Building Services wants your job done right. Use our blog for additional resources—we love being a resource for you. Personally, we specialize in commercial renovations and healthcare remodeling from touch-ups to complete overhauls. 

If you need to hire a contractor, we might be a great match. Check out some of our past completed projects if you are interested in learning more. 

Even if your needs are different from what we provide, we want to help you find your way to your dream restaurant space. Good luck with your project—and know that we’re here for you if you need us! 

JP Carlton

J.P. Carlton

J.P. Carlton is the founder of Carlton Building Services, a Hampton Roads-based construction company.