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FAQs - Restaurant Construction - Holly, MI

The restaurant contractors at Restaurant & Commercial Builders LLC have been designing and building restaurant and chain service locations throughout Detroit, Michigan and the Midwest. We've been designing, building and remodeling restaurants for over 15 years. Many have come to us to bring their entrepreneurial or remodeling visions to life but don't know where to start. We have provided some frequently asked questions about restaurant design and construction to give you an idea of what to expect.


I want to build a restaurant, what is the first thing I do?

If you want to build a restaurant, come to us with your ideas. Tell us what you want to do, and we will prompt you with the information and questions you need to make informative decisions. After this initial assessment, we will develop a complete plan of action and honestly advise you on the likelihood of getting a positive return on investment. You can rely on us to give you an honest opinion backed by expertise and industry data.

What is the benefit of a design build?

Enlist our design build services to receive construction management help. We will manage architects, zoning, permits, and construction. Our team will also:

Prepare Preliminary Sketches
Prepare Budgets
Design Kitchen and Traffic Flow
• Assist With Packaging and Purchase of Kitchen Equipment and Furnishings
• Complete Construction With Trained Crews or Provide Competent Trades

How much will it cost?

Instead of trying to answer, "How much?" we will help you determine a budget so that you turn a profit when you go into business. In fact, we will prepare a free preliminary budget very early on in our discussions, because we want you to get the greatest return on investment as possible.

I have a certain amount of money. Will we be able to do it?

Over the years we've learned that restaurant construction comes with a lot of unexpected expenses. These can include but are not limited to an assembly or restaurant code, exhaust systems, makeup air, grease traps, substantial plumbing and electrical costs, furniture costs, kitchen equipment costs, finishes, coolers, and many more that are specific to restaurants. With this in mind, we will evaluate your budget honestly and try to make it feasible through value engineering, scale, landlord contributions, equipment selections, and more.

How long will the project take?

Your project may take between one month to one year. Most of the time goes toward leasing or purchasing the property, financing, finalizing architectural features and layouts, drawings, zoning, planning, and acquiring community approval, signage approval, health department approval, liquor licenses, and building department approvals. Construction is actually a small percentage of the total time.