What to keep in mind when planning to renovate your restaurant

Your restaurant’s interior design may start to feel a little worn out or stale after your business has been open for a while, causing you to consider the benefits of renovating your restaurant to freshen up your business space.

However, a restaurant fit out can be a significant investment that should not be taken carelessly. Refurbishments can be expensive, time-consuming, and alter how your brand is perceived by your target audience.

If considering a restaurant fit out for your business, here are some things that you should keep in mind.

Discover What Your Clients Are Saying

The most priceless resource you have before a renovation is your clients. Prior to even thinking about hiring a contractor, ask your patrons for their honest opinions of your establishment, and what they would like to see improved.

Checking over your social media feed is a simple yet effective way to start this process. Learn what your customers are saying about your business online, and look out for any remarks that offer up constructive criticism about your establishment. Make a note and bring it up in your initial meeting with your contractor if consumers are complaining about the poor lighting or the way the walls are painted.

There are additional ways to gather information from your customers. Try asking for feedback via comment cards, suggestion boxes, email campaigns, or even in-restaurant chats during regular business hours to gather a variety of viewpoints.

See how visitors are using the area. Anybody having trouble moving around? Does anyone appear to be typically unhappy? Involve your customers to learn what, if anything, they would like to see in a renovation.

After you have this information, you can start making a detailed strategy for your renovation. It goes without saying that a contractor will assist in making your thoughts a reality and offering suggestions for your area, but it’s a good idea to enter the makeover with a plan in mind.


Choose the Right Moment

Time is crucial. Waiting till your list of repairs fills several pages is not a good idea. To stay current and continue drawing patrons, restaurants typically need a facelift every five years.

If your restaurant has a “slow season,” you might want to think about remodelling during that time to avoid losing too much business. You can arrange to have the majority of the contracting work done at night, outside of normal business hours, if your restaurant doesn’t have a down season. By doing this, you lessen the chance that any renovations will be noisy or dirty and maintain the efficiency of your business.


Remodelling a Restaurant is a Form of Communication

Never forget the message you want to convey to your consumers when determining whether or not your restaurant needs renovations. Every feature and crevice of your restaurant should convey that idea.

By striking a balance between the allure of a new look and your restaurant’s brand and mood, your patrons will be eager to demonstrate their support.


If you’re undergoing a refurbishment for your business, Lake Contracts are here to help with our restaurant fit-out service. We’ll see your project through from start to finish, on schedule and on budget.