Restaurant Design Consultants


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When designing a restaurant kitchen and dining areas, all of the pieces of the puzzle must come together. In the kitchen, saving steps saves labor for your staff. That streamlines their work and results in faster service and happy customers. No matter the restaurant concept, Rapids Contract and Design has the experience to make your restaurant vision a reality.

Optimizing Restaurant Kitchen Operation

One of the first considerations to any restaurant design is your restaurant concept. Is it a quick-service counter with takeout and delivery, a casual sit-down concept for breakfast and lunch, or a full-service fine dining establishment? What is your menu? Will you offer catering? Will your restaurant feature a full bar or a few beer taps? All of these factor into the restaurant kitchen design and equipment procurement.

Food Prep — Wash, cut, mix, and assemble dishes with ease, even during high-volume service hours. It all relies on the efficiency of your kitchen layout.  

Food Storage — Organized and efficient shelving and walk-in coolers and freezers can make or break your restaurant operations. Make it easy for anyone to access, label, and store food, and choose energy-efficient refrigeration equipment to save on costs. 

Cooking Equipment — Ensure you’re on track for growth by thinking about your menu and how you want to change or expand it in the future. Frequent changes to menu items may necessitate adaptable cooking equipment, while more focused menus may be able to rely on a few large, efficient appliances for fast cooking.  

Dishwashing Equipment — Inefficient handling of dishes and silverware can hold up everything. Make sure you can keep your restaurant supplied during the busiest times. Let Rapids design a streamlined area for cleaning.  

Bars and Beer Systems — Deliver drinks as fast as possible with a well-designed bar, complete with a commercial beer system, high-volume ice machines, and well-planned storage. The right bar design saves bartenders and barbacks from wasting time on unnecessary movement and effort. 

Energy Efficiency — Now, more than ever, restaurants are benefitting from the latest energy-efficient lighting, kitchen equipment, and food storage systems. Let the LEED-certified designers at Rapids help you save money on operational costs so you can maintain profitability.

At Rapids Contract and Design, experience and knowledge combine to ensure you get everything you need out of your kitchen. Energy efficiency, equipment procurement, on-site project management…

Create Inviting Restaurant Design

When designing your establishment, the type of service you offer—delivery, counter, table, buffet, etc.—should be carefully considered and addressed. Create a mood and atmosphere for elegant dinner service, or ensure great flow for a buffet dining room. Counter-service restaurants can benefit from good design for the ordering and pickup queues. For flexibility, consider dedicating a space to delivery drivers and takeout customers, and make sure to maximize your outdoor dining space. With Rapids Contract and Design guiding your restaurant, you can be assured that you will receive everything you need in terms of design and durable, commercial-quality furnishings that fit your restaurant design perfectly. 

On-Site Project Management

Rapids Contract and Design manages your project from the first day to the final touches. With an experienced project manager on your side, you can stay on track with your restaurant and bar design and kitchen buildout. We keep our eye on the tradespeople and make sure they coordinate together with any inspections that your city requires. Don’t leave project management to chance—get the professionals who have seen it all in restaurant and commercial kitchen projects across the country. Contact Rapids Contract and Design for the experience and knowledge you need to open your restaurant on time and on budget.

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Previous Work – Mellow Mushroom

When you think of complementary themes, the Iowa Hawkeyes and a space farm are probably not the first two that come into your head. However, after you visit the Mellow Mushroom in Coralville, you may just change your mind. The owners of this popular establishment managed to blend these two ideas seamlessly into a pizza place that can keep the whole family entertained.

Check out the project to see:

  • Customer Spotlight Video
  • Bar Photos
  • Kitchen Photos


Rapids Contract serves the United States with locations in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and North Carolina!

Get in touch with one of our experts and let us know how we can help with any of your foodservice needs.

Talk to one of our experts right away and get immediate assistance. We are open Mon – Fri, 8am – 5pm CST.

Get in touch with one of our experts and let us know how we can help with any of your foodservice needs.

Talk to one of our experts right away and get immediate assistance. We are open Mon – Fri, 8am – 5pm CST.