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What should I have accomplished before contracting Projects A to Z?

Although we love to make the ride as smooth as possible, a number of concerns would need to be thought out by you ahead of time: (you may contact us at any stage when you have questions for any of the following concerns)

  1. Establish a food service business plan. Envision your future business with bold ideas and rethink each one carefully. Listed below are some sample questions you may want to ask yourself:

    • What kind of food do I want to serve?
    • What major cooking equipments do I need? (although Projects A to Z does not sell equipments, however, it is part of our job to help you layout and specify every single piece of equipments needed for your future business)
    • How many people do I want to serve? Do I want to seat 50 or more? Do I only want to serve to-gos? Do I want to deliver?
    • How do I want the place to function? Do I want a full service bar? A decorative bar? Opening kitchen? Eating counter? Any VIP room?
    • Do I want to serve breakfast, lunch and or dinner? Do I want to close the place up in the afternoon?
    • Would you like to put any emphasis on history, culture, type of food, special service or any new concepts?
    • How many employees do I need? (Projects A to Z will help you design a functional floor plan with your employee’s foot traffic in mind)
    • What kind of clientele am I after?
    • What’s an average priced meal per person?
    • How fast do I want to serve the food? How long do I want each customer to stay?
    • Do I want to incorporate any other means of entertainment? Live music band? Plasma T.Vs?
    • Do I need speakers? Do I need an office?
  2. Conduct research on your business location and analyze whether it’s adequate for your proposed use. Below is a checklist you may find handy for selecting the right site.

    If it’s an existing restaurant:

    • Is the exhaust hood still in good condition? Is the size good enough to serve your future business? Note: changing the exhaust hood is costly and can eat up a good portion of your budget.
    • Are the restrooms up to ADA code? (Building new ADA restrooms is costly; finding existing spaces with ADA restrooms could save you a lot of money.)
    • Ask a Health department inspector to write up a report for a list of issues to be addressed before the change of ownership can take place. If the changes are minor, you may not need to apply for a health permit. Check the report carefully and see if any major change is required.
    • Contact the landlord and negotiate for a good lease. Most landlords are willing to offer 3 months of free rent period for remodeling. (a number of our clients have obtained extraordinary lease deals after presenting the value and quality of Projects A to Z’ s design package to their landlords.)
    • Check the neighborhood for its demographic, culture and clientele to see if it’s an ideal location for you.

    If it’s a new empty space:

    • Check with the landlord and the city’s planning department to see whether the space is zoned for restaurant use and or bar use.
    • Check the neighborhood for its demographic, culture and clientele to see if it’s an ideal location for you.
    • If the space is too big for your intended use, check with the landlord to see if the space is divisible.
    • Hire a licensed General Contractor to survey the site for you to see if the existing electrical and plumbing conditions are suitable for restaurant use.
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