Unless you have the resources to have a dedicated building for your first restaurant in which you are very fortunate, you are more likely to rent a space from a commercial realtor. If that’s the case for you, then you need to have a work permit from the commercial realtor.
In order to obtain that work permit, you will need to come up with an MEP design that’s in line with the rules and conditions set forth by the commercial realtor.
We recommend that you get in touch with a company that offers MEP engineering services in order to get the approval that you will need to start building your first restaurant. As part of our integrated solution that we offer to our clients, we at Citadel, have a dedicated MEP department that’s managed by a qualified engineering specialist or the “technical director”. The primary role of this engineering specialist is to meet with the engineers of the commercial realtors and prepare a detailed design layout that addresses the specifications that’s needed for your restaurant’s air conditioning, ventilation & drainage systems.
In addition, the MEP engineer will also need to calculate the anticipated energy consumption of your restaurant. The bulk of the MEP work will mostly be geared towards making sure that your kitchen has a solid MEP infrastructure.
On the same note, it will be an added bonus, if the MEP works included fire extinguishing systems and getting the necessary permits. At Citadel we provide these services in accordance with the most advanced safety standards to ensure that the restaurant is run smoothly.
Moreover, it’s important to not overlook the electrical systems of your restaurant and make sure that it has the necessary capacity to handle the high electrical loads that’s powering your kitchen’s cold storage as well as the other equipment.
Otherwise, your restaurant will most surely experience a power outage or any number of electrical problems.
Lastly, you need to ensure that have a workable plan of action that mitigates the risk of any delays that may occur as a result of an MEP problem such as the inadvertent blockade of your restaurant’s septic systems and other related problems.