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Planning your Restaurant Renovation

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ANY renovation – is planning

If you’re new to the world of renovations, I’m going to let you in on a little secret…the single most important factor in any successful renovation – I mean ANY renovation – is planning.  A meticulous plan is one that considers everything you need, everything you want, and everything you’ve got before the project is underway.  In other words, you must consider what works and doesn’t work as well as your goals and wishes for your restaurant renovation.  The following tips are designed to help you effectively plan your restaurant renovation.

Timing is Everything

It’s a cliché, and it’s true.  Not only do you need to accurately predict how long your restaurant renovation will take, you need to choose the best time to start the renovation for your business.  Obviously, you don’t want your renovation to coincide with your restaurant’s busy season – but It can still be difficult to time things perfectly.  Work with your contractor to set a reasonable timeline for your renovation and then take a look at your books and schedule the project for your slowest period.  Finally, allow some extra time for the unexpected – the only thing predictable about renovations is that they are unpredictable.

Communication is Key

You need to communicate clearly with your staff and suppliers, so everybody knows to expect a break in business.  And don’t forget to keep your customers informed too!  Clear communication with all important stakeholders can help minimize the impact on your bottom line.  Ideally, you want to get back to business as usual as soon as your renovations are completed, and effective communication is crucial in achieving that goal.

Attention to Detail

Research and attention to detail are incredibly important in planning your renovation.  First, start with what you hope to do with your renovation.  Restaurant renovations are almost always partially driven by the need to remain relevant in a changing marketplace.  What is popular today will most likely lose favour in 10 or 20 years, so take some time to see what is working well for popular restaurants in your area and where competitors are struggling.

Then, consider the scope of your project – new paint, new floors, new furniture, and new fixtures?  Or are you doing something small scale?  What elements from your current restaurant can be kept and what needs to be replaced?  Think about your floor plans and how to make most efficient use of your space.  And don’t forget, a restaurant renovation is not just a chance to bring updated style to your space – you can also introduce innovations in the restaurant business that will ultimately allow you to do better business for less.

Finally, carefully reflect on what your customers tell you – what do they like about your restaurant?  What do they wish you did better?  Listen to your customers and implement their great ideas to make your restaurant a place they’ll return to for years to come.

 

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