Restaurant Development & Design

JAN-FEB 2019

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2 0 • r e s t a u r a n t d e v e l o p m e n t + d e s i g n • J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 9 Consultant's Take Ensure communication channels are established early. It is far easier to cor- rect what is on paper than to change what has already been built. It is equally important to hold yourself accountable for making decisions and providing responses as needed because even a short delay can impact an accelerated schedule. A trusted construction partner will build your decision-making mile- stones into the project schedule. From project outset, identify who from your restaurant team will be key stakeholders and decision-makers, and ensure those individuals are accessible to your design and construction team from the very beginning. One factor common in restaurant construction that can create opening delays is waiting until the last minute to engage critical staff members such as a chef or general manager. If your chef prefers a specific kitchen layout and will have decision- making authority, make sure they are included in the design phase. With recent advancements in virtual reality, the chef can even "walk" the pro- posed space before it's built to quickly evaluate any potential concerns, from materials used to kitchen configuration. Of course, kitchens must adhere to spe- cific code requirements in their design and are complicated to construct due to the required technical MEP/HVAC work. Kitchens are also often completed ahead of the front of house, and for this reason, a last-minute configura- tion change can be detrimental to the project's schedule. Before and During Construction Pitfalls Permit requirements vary from city to city, so make sure you're working with a construction team that has experi- ence and can help guide you through the process. Working with a trusted construction partner who understands permitting within the municipality or region is essential to ensuring ground- breaking occurs on time. Procurement timing can take anywhere from 1 to 20 weeks. Work- ing with new industry products to stay ahead of the curve or sophisticated materials to achieve a unique design vision can often mean long lead times. Your construction partner can offer valuable market knowledge when it comes to the procurement of materials, and they'll build those respective lead times into the schedule. In working on the Bancroft & Co. restaurant in Greater Boston, we had a feature staircase that required the coordination of three sepa- rate vendors. Between the structural Windover worked with Beacon Architectural Associates and interior designer Niemitz Design Group on the design-build project Rai l Stop Restaurant & Bar, which features a plethora of custom high-end finishes and furniture and boasts a rustic, vintage aesthetic. Images courtesy of Peter Vanderwarker

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