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Five questions to ask before you renovate your restaurant

Restaurant trends come and go, especially when it comes to design and décor. Your restaurant operation obviously cannot afford to jump on every trend’s bandwagon, but renovations, whether small or large, are a necessity in order to remain competitive and relevant in today’s society. Depending on the state of your operation, a small refresh may be all that is necessary – updating the graphics, minor upgrades to the décor and a fresh coat of paint, without the need of a permit.Or perhaps your restaurant may need something bigger to address repairs and maintenance issues as well including new floors, new upholstery, new walls or partitioning. Or your operation could be in need of a complete renovation that will require demolition, rebuilding, and perhaps a brand new concept. Diane Chiasson, FCSI, President of Chiasson Consultants Inc., a restaurant and foodservice consultancy firm in Toronto, asks the following questions to see whether…