When opening a brand-new restaurant or remodeling an existing one, hiring an equipment specialist can help you get the most value out of your project and prevent unwanted surprises. When you hire a foodservice design specialist, you are working with someone who specializes in restaurants. With their knowledge of foodservice equipment and kitchen design, they will create a kitchen layout that optimizes workflow and maximizes efficiency, by eliminating unnecessary steps. This includes locating equipment, workstations, and storage.
Equipment specialists know how to coordinate with project stakeholders including architects and trade contractors. They verify equipment utility requirements and locations, and that the space allows for the installation of equipment before walls are finished and concrete is poured. They can also ensure that your kitchen will comply with applicable codes, regulations, and standards, including those related to food safety, ventilation, accessibility, and fire safety. This helps to reduce time in plan review and can eliminate the need to resubmit for approval.
While the upfront cost to hire a foodservice designer may seem unnecessary, it will likely reduce construction costs and increase the profitability of your business. The designer takes into consideration details, that if otherwise go unnoticed, can be costly errors. They factor in things such as energy efficiency, waste reduction, and sustainability to help reduce operating costs. Designers know the questions to ask that will ensure your equipment package is tailored to your specific establishment. Questions such as: What items will you have on your menu? How many days of the week will you be open? Do you plan on changing your menu often? How many guests do you want to be able to serve at once? This will give your designer a base for what will be needed and what will not.
The design specialist will work with project stakeholders throughout the project and revise the drawings and specifications as needed with notes, dimensions, and requirements. Foodservice design specialists bring a vast amount of experience and knowledge to the table, to ensure that your commercial kitchen is designed to be functional, efficient, code compliant, and tailored to YOUR set of needs.
If you are planning to open a new restaurant, or want to remodel an existing space, Horizon has designers on staff who are happy to get you on the right track to a successful operation. Contact us today to get started.