When talking about restaurant construction jobs, they are generally design-build projects that need the expertise of a commercial contractor to handle various aspects of the project, from preconstruction to completion. These projects may involve revamping an existing space, remodeling an older building, or designing an entirely new location for both single-location restaurants and national franchises.
What You Need to Know About Restaurant Construction
Health Codes, Safety and ADA Compliance
While there’s always risk involved in every commercial construction project, restaurant jobs tend to have higher risk levels because they demand specialized mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) work, which is necessary to ensure that the kitchen is operational and compliant with health and safety codes.
Every plan and design of the restaurant must comply with the requirements of the fire marshall, the county health departments, and the department of building and safety. Additionally, restaurants should meet the accessibility guidelines laid out by the ADA, which include, among other things, the following:
- Wheelchair-accessible seating
- Step-free routes to building entrance
- Parking with appropriate accessibility signage
- Entranceways with approved door hardware
Front of House vs. Back of House
‘Front of house’ and ‘back of house’ – these are the two processes where restaurant construction is predominantly focused. ‘Front of house’ construction covers every design work that is visible to the customer, such as the public restrooms, eating counters, dining rooms, bars, entry, and exterior. ‘Back of house’ encompasses kitchen construction and is the main thing that differentiates restaurant construction from commercial building jobs. Construction of the kitchen often involves the installation of a refrigerator, dishwasher, cook line, and more.
Do you have an upcoming restaurant project?
Simmons & Sons Construction has many years of experience in the industry of restaurant construction. When working with our customers, we go above and beyond to make sure that the project is exactly how they envisioned it. We take pride in our unique ability to execute the vision of various types of clients, ranging from those with completed designs to those only equipped with ideas.
The architects, contractors and builders in our team are all experienced in handling every aspect of restaurant construction. They are also well-versed in all kinds of restaurant regulations that must be met. Whether it’s the three-compartment sink, the color of the bathroom paint, or the walk-in refrigerator – our team is always prepared to ensure that your restaurant complies with all of the necessary codes.