Restaurants are popular business opportunities in Southwest Florida and throughout the state. It’s no surprise that many new restaurants are opening, and others are expanding. There are more and more restaurant renovations taking place.

In Florida, the restaurant industry has an estimated $50 billion in sales a year and accounts for 12% of the jobs in the state. Over the next 10 years, that number is expected to grow by 14%, according to the National Restaurant Association.

There is no shortage of restaurants to choose from in the Naples area. Restaurants are opening and closing or changing ownership frequently. There are about 30 restaurants currently for sale in the Naples area, according to various websites that list restaurants for sale.

If you are a new restaurant owner or are expanding your business to another location, you may be trying to determine if you should buy an existing restaurant and renovate or build a new one. There are several factors you need to consider.

If you already have a place you are considering renovating, ask your contractor to take a look at it and provide an estimate. Then discuss your options. They should be able to help you determine the best course of action.

Restaurant renovations

Restaurant renovations can be tricky if you don’t know what you are doing, or you hire someone who doesn’t have experience with restaurants.

One aspect that often gets overlooked by owners and builders is the grease interceptor, or “grease traps” as they are more commonly known. The purpose of the gravity grease interceptor is to reduce the amount of animal and vegetable fats, oils and greases in wastewater to acceptable levels as established by the authority having jurisdiction.

These units should be easy to access for maintenance and they should be able to hold large quantities of grease. This can help reduce pumping and cleaning costs. They should also be outdoors to facilitate easy inspection and reduce the possibility of food contamination cleaning.

Whether you are renovating an existing restaurant or building a new one, Spec Development LLC can help. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.