Restaurants, like many businesses, need occasional reinvention to ensure continued success in what can be a cut-throat industry. There are three changes that a restaurateur may choose for his/her establishment, depending on its needs and desired goals. Here are the “three Rs” in restaurant updating, arranged from the least to most invasive:
A retrofit is performed mainly to update finishing elements of a restaurant and to improve or add new computer technology to increase efficiency and modernity. It is recommended to do a retrofit during the off-hours of the restaurant and prevent disturbing customers. Retrofitting can include updating a restaurant’s paint and colour scheme, decor, graphics — or completely changing its furniture. Retrofitting does not usually require a permit, but making inquiries doesn’t hurt. A skilled, experienced contractor will understand what paperwork (if any) is necessary.