Common Pitfalls in Restaurant Build-Outs – Part One

As a new business owner, it will always be exciting to design your restaurant concept. Finding the “perfect” space makes it even more exciting. At this point, you may just want to jump right in and start the build-out as soon as possible. However, there may be a good handful of issues that need to be addressed before you can get started. This blog spot will shed light on what these issues are to help you watch out for them during the construction of your restaurant.

Common Pitfalls in Restaurant Build-Outs – Part One

1 – Signing a Lease Without Negotiating the Build-Out Terms

When you are signing a lease for a space for your new restaurant, make sure to ask for the “as-built” plans. This way, you can make sure you understand all of the construction requirements that are needed for the build-out. It is very likely that the landlord will not be able to build out the restaurant according to the plans that are provided, but this step will help you understand their expectations.

2 – Not Hiring Local Construction Professionals

Most local contractors will understand the local building codes. They will also be able to get to know the city building inspectors. If you are hiring an out-of-town contractor to do your build-out, there is a good chance that they will get caught unaware by the building inspection department.

3 – Not Getting a Hold of the Final Plans Before the Build-Out

Most restaurant build-outs will take several weeks to complete. You may be tempted to start working through the system early to get the build-out done. However, if you don’t see the final plans before the construction begins, you may miss out on certain changes that need to be made. This can cause problems with the building plans, especially if you are getting a permit to have the work done.

4 – Hiring an Architect Without Food and Beverage Experience

There are many architects that are great at designing restaurants. However, you are looking for one that understands the needs of your establishment. If they do not know about the food and beverage industry, they may miss out on some important issues. These issues may include ADA compliance, storage space, refrigeration space, or other requirements that are essential for your business.

5 – Not Understanding the Scope of the Project

When you are hiring a contractor for the restaurant build-out, make sure they are clear about the project. This will make sure there are no surprises during the construction process. For example, you may need to remove some electrical lines or get a permit for some plumbing work.


As you can see, there are a few items to watch out for during the construction of your restaurant. However, don’t let this scare you away from the build-out. The most important thing to watch out for is to make sure you are clear about what is expected of you. If you need to set some boundaries with the landlord, let them know. As long as you are clear about your expectations, there will not be any surprises during the build-out of your restaurant.

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