From Hop Alley in RiNo and sắp sửa on East Colfax to Ay Papi and Chez Roc in Cherry Creek’s Clayton Hotel and Members Club, some of Denver’s hottest bars and restaurants promise Denver diners a completely unique experience. But they all have one thing in common: they were all brought to life by our team at Taurus Builders.
In an industry powered by creating memorable experiences, having a construction partner who understands what it takes to create an unforgettable dining environment as quickly and efficiently as possible is crucial. Drawing from our growing experience in the hospitality sector, here is a look at some of the essential considerations for restaurant construction and design in our market – and the common pitfalls owner-operators can avoid.
Early Coordination & Planning for Success
Even with the best construction team, factors beyond our control can impact project timelines. For instance, Denver’s now infamous permitting delays and specialized equipment delivery schedules can influence the construction process. One of the most common missteps we typically see among restaurant owners is underestimating construction timelines. With the best of intentions, they wanted to be up and running yesterday. This is precisely where a well-organized General Contractor (GC) becomes indispensable.
From the project’s inception, our proactive approach involves close collaboration with restaurant owners, operators, developers, architects, and our team. By setting realistic expectations and identifying opportunities for efficiency early on, we keep projects on budget and on schedule.
Take the Hop Alley expansion project, for example, a well-established restaurant expanding into a neighboring space required strategic planning and coordination to minimize the impact on the restaurant and reduce downtime. It was essential to create a seamless transition between the two spaces and to take advantage of the opportunity for improvements and repairs in the existing restaurant.