Ultimаtе rеѕtаurаnt makeover

  Whаt makes one restaurant do bеttеr than thе оthеr? Iѕ it juѕt about its fооd or реrhарѕ mоrе? Sinсе thе eyes are thе first to experience a place, it will dо well tо excite this bаѕiс ѕеnѕе. As the ѕауing goes, firѕt impressions count thе mоѕt tо соnvеrt thе unсоnvinсеd individual оff thе ѕtrееt intо bесоming a potential раtrоn. The rеѕtаurаnt dеѕign is a рrоjесtiоn оf thе owner’s hеаrt, mind, ѕоul аnd spirit. Operators have different rеаѕоnѕ fоr running their рlасеѕ. Sоmе trеаt it as a ѕоurсе оf inсоmе whеrеаѕ others seek tо аѕсеnd thе gastronomical lаddеr аnd mаkе a nаmе in thiѕ world. Whеthеr one is rеѕting оn thе lаurеlѕ оf a сhаin оr frаnсhiѕе, or iѕ running a оnе-оf-а-kind рlасе, making the place look inviting iѕ as imроrtаnt аѕ what раѕѕеѕ thrоugh thе kitchen dооrѕ. In addition tо thе аеѕthеtiсѕ, ореrаtiоnаl еffiсiеnсу аffесtѕ thе bottom line. Evеrу operator nееdѕ tо ѕtау in the blасk and mаkе a рrоfit as it iѕ thе ultimate mеаѕurеmеnt оf ѕuссеѕѕ. Dеѕрitе the bеѕt of training аnd intеntiоnѕ, mаnу a rеѕtаurаtеur iѕ nоt blеѕѕеd with thе есоnоmiсѕ оf running the buѕinеѕѕ. Fооd service induѕtrу рrоfеѕѕiоnаlѕ step in tо bridge thе gap bеtwееn a business аnd a рrоfitаblе one. Based оn thеir knоwlеdgе аnd еxреriеnсе, thеу аrе able tо аdviсе thе rеѕtаurаnt оwnеrѕ on hоw best to imрrоvе their situation. Whеthеr it is сutting costs, rеаrrаnging tаblеѕ, relocating thе bar, reviewing the mеnu оr аddrеѕѕing staff соnсеrnѕ, thеir оbjесtivеѕ аrе tо асhiеvе оvеrаll imрrоvеmеnt. Why Makeover? Thiѕ рrоbаblу stemmed thе рорulаritу of rеѕtаurаnt dеѕign and mаkеоvеr ѕhоwѕ whеrеbу designers аnd chefs come...

5 Things You Should Consider Before Beginning an Office Renovation

Renovating your office space can be exciting. A remodeling and redesign of your office space—with new washrooms and modern amenities—always re-energizes your employees and provides a more welcoming environment for your clients. But getting to that end result can be frustrating and costly if you choose the wrong construction-services coordinator. Here are five things you should consider before beginning: (1) Landlord’s Portion: How much exactly is your landlord kicking in for the renovation or remodeling of your office space? Typically, when you sign a lease for a new office space, your landlord should fund the project at no less than $40 per square foot. If you’re not getting this, then you need to petition the landlord. This will substantially help with the overall cost of your renovation. (2) Beware the Lowest Bid: It’s tempting to go with the lowest bid, of course, but remember that you get what you pay for. Also keep in mind that some general contractors will underbid all others in order to ‘buy the job.’ That doesn’t mean you’re going to get value, because general contractors frequently alter their pricing structure during the job. (3) Fixed Fee Pricing: Whoever you actually contract to oversee your renovation, remodeling, or new construction project, you need to ask up front if they’ll commit to a fixed fee pricing structure. If they’re not, then you should be concerned and ask why not. If they’re unwilling to commit to a fixed pricing structure, then this implies that they will increase your fees during the project when you have little recourse and must pay—if you want the job done at all....

The Top 7 Aspects of a Quality Project Manager

Finding a quality project manager is the most important part of the process of initiating a renovation or construction-services project. It can make or break a project, providing you with years of satisfaction or years of trouble and consequent regret. Here are seven essential skill-sets that you require of a quality project manager: (1) Project Development Ability: Developing a project and guiding it through its many phases is a skill that only comes from years of experience. Knowing how to time-sequence the project and transition from one phase to another, seamlessly, without loss of time or revenue is something that the very best construction and project-management services can perform. (2) Establishing Key Roles and Responsibilities: This is more than delegation or passing off work to others. It first means putting together a strong core team, and then identifying who is best for each task, understanding how all the tasks come together to form a whole. This is a talent that goes well beyond simple contracting of tradespeople. (3) Co-ordinating and Supervising Your Team: Once you’ve identified the key roles and responsibilities, it’s time to assign specific tasks. And once the work has begun, you need a project manager who is constantly on-site to handle sudden questions and to correct misunderstandings. Your project manager must be a guide to ensure that the work is done precisely—and on time. (4) Establishing and Scheduling Timelines: Perhaps one of the most integral components is keeping the entire machine’s process continually moving and operating smoothly. Unnecessary stalls and delays ruin budgets and time sequencing, meaning more cost passed on to the end-user. Only a...

Construction-Services Manager or General Contractor—What’s Right for You?

It’s your project and it’s also your money and time. Before investing any of these in an elaborate project, you need to consider first who you will give ultimate responsibility to for the execution and completion of your project. A well-executed project will provide you with years upon years of pride and satisfaction—satisfaction with quality, timely, and well-budgeted construction services. Conversely, selecting the wrong person to oversee your project can cause years of anguish for you and your business. (1) Small Means Nimble: Quality Project Management is a small-scale operation by choice. We are nimble, can move quickly and efficiently, without suffering from the bureaucratic constraints that large construction companies suffer from. When you need to speak with us for any reason during the project—for updates, say—QPM will be there for you. Quality Project Management truly provides the personal touch that only a small, dedicated construction services company can offer—and deliver time and again. (2) Responsible and Accurate Pricing:Our price is the price. Period. It is not subject to revision because of snow, or rain, or minor emergency changes that you need incorporated. The big guys will charge you extra for the logistics of constructing downtown; we won’t. The big guys will take forever to reply to your request for a change—and then will charge a lot to implement the change. We won’t. Quality Project Management operates by a strong policy of careful analysis of the project which results in a fair and accurate fixed fee. The only thing that can change is that we charge you less for finishing early—everybody wins then. Many general contractors will buy your...

Remodel Your Restaurant for More Customers—TIME Magazine

North American fast-food restaurants have a new strategy for enhancing revenue, reports TIME magazine: “Just make the restaurant look really nice, inside and out.” The Strategy Franchise owners know that those who dine-in—and especially those who linger—tend to spend much more money than take-out customers. The best way to get people to dine-in and stay longer?  Make the restaurant comfortable and attractive, and people will be inclined to stay—and spend.  It’s not just the food they like, it’s the entire guest experience.  “It’s the first thing that most customers will notice,” says Wendy’s senior VP Abigail Pringle of her chain’s renovated restaurants. Hip Renovations Fast-food chains are no longer dingy affairs.  McDonalds and Wendy’s, in particular, are working hard to radically improve the dining experience through swanky renovations to compete with the rise of sleek “fast-casual” establishments like Starbucks. TIME reports that these renovations can include “fireplaces, lounge seating, flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, digital menu-boards, wood laminate-floors instead of cafeteria-like linoleum, and an overall hip, modern, almost loft-apartment-type feel.” Restaurant Renovations are Great ROI Wendy’s reports that “overall sales at renovated locations have increased by more than 25%, with a particularly noteworthy rise in the dine-in (43%) and pick-up window (44%) categories.”  It’s completely unsurprising that restaurant renovations—dining rooms and bathrooms—are great ROI. And a New York Times magazine piece reports that McDonalds revived a location in Riverside, California, by adding LED lights and solar panels for the drive-thru carport, among other flashy items.  The result: “Sales soared 50% during its first week open, and by 20% overall for the first 12 months after the remodel,” proving the quick ROI...

Three Little Known Aspects of Commercial Renovations

We’ve previously discussed the importance of considering the detailed practical items of a commercial office space renovation for those who are just starting to consider a change.  But for those who are about to make detailed design plans, this is for you. Here are three tips for making your commercial renovation or remodelling design a spectacular success: (1)   Renovating Your Brand: Keep in mind that you’re not just renovating an office space, you’re renovating your brand awareness.  Whatever you do to the office space, you also do to your brand recognition.  It’s crucial that your new office design plan reflects who you are—or who you’d like to become.  A radical design plan may not befit a boutique financial house, just as a conservative neutral-tone décor may not jibe with a hip, new advertising agency. (2)   Home Work: Many of our clients forget just how much time they will be spending in their new office spaces—nearly half as much as their residences (and much more for our lawyer clients!). Like a good kitchen plan, you need to ensure that everything is in the right place: copy-room, staff-room, board-room.  Invasive smells of microwaved lunches should not permeate the boardroom.  Copy-machine and supplies rooms should be placed centrally with minimal disruption for those who happen to work in that area. (3)   Seek Professional Help: It’s fun to do a makeover, but the chances for errors in execution are everywhere.  It’s great to pick new things, but also keep in mind cost-overruns.  A proven, reliable, budget-honoring construction services professional will make all the difference that you’ll see, enjoy, and appreciate when it’s over...