How To Make The Most of a Free Consultation

When you visit a construction company website—AMS Contractors' site included—you will likely see “Free Consultation” buttons on some of the pages. A free consultation is a great way to become acquainted with a contractor before you embark on your restaurant construction or fitup. It can help you decide whether the contractor you are considering is qualified and whether or not you feel you can work together as a team. So what can you expect from a free consultation?

5 Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Commercial Contractor

Like so many complex problems, knowing the right questions to ask can make difficult decisions easier. This is especially true with commercial construction, where bottom lines are large and the complications of site acquisition, permitting, inspections and approvals can delay completion of a project. Having the right contractor can make all the difference when considering the importance of the investment. 

5 Important Questions We Ask Franchisees

If you have been following our blog (and we hope you have) you will have seen a recent post about questions you should ask before hiring a contractor. This time around, we are turning the tables and asking our potential clients these questions.

In our experience, franchisees that call us may have much of the initial groundwork completed, such as sealed plans and a site chosen. The questions below come from the conversations we have had with restauranteurs who are ready to choose a contractor and begin building. These questions enable us to understand where the potential client is in the construction process, so we can best tailor our advice to meet their needs.

Green Building: Doing Well By Doing Good

It is impossible to pick up a paper or tune in to the news without some mention of the environment and sustainable practices and design. No matter which side of climate change debate you are on, protecting the environment is in the public consciousness. In fact, sustainable practices and environmentally-friendly design are factors in many buying decisions. The restaurant and food service industry is no exception. Public opinion is shifting toward making environmentally responsible buying choices based on sustainability and green practices. More than half of customers will not buy from brands that fail to meet their social and environmental obligations. 

Make It Or Break It: 10 Restaurant Design Points To Consider

Just as in most other industries, technology is rapidly changing food service. Consumer tastes are also evolving, dictating new menu items, preparation techniques, and equipment. If you are dreaming of opening a restaurant there are many considerations that need to be addressed to prevent your dream turning onto a nightmare. This is where experienced professionals can help guide the prospective restaurant owner through to a successful opening.

Here’s How New Food Choices Are Changing Restaurant Design

Over the past few years there has been a shift in customer preferences to healthier, locally-sourced food in not only the higher-end restaurant market, but in the fast casual category as well. Customers want to see how their food is being prepared and what ingredients are being used.

This has created a trend toward open kitchens and front-of-house food prep which dictates kitchen design and the use of visually appealing culinary equipment. Food preparation is becoming theater for diners and kitchen design can help enhance the customer experience.

Two Wild Wing Cafe Restaurants From AMS

At AMS Contractors, Inc. we are proud when clients trust us to build multiple projects for them. In this case our client chose us to build two new Wild Wing Café restaurants, both at the same time. The projects were unique, especially because one was an upfit of an existing building and the other was a ground-up, new construction project. We also had the pleasure of working with DPR Architecture of Statesboro, Georgia on both of these projects.

Case Study: MOD Pizza of Asheville, North Carolina

Each restaurant construction project has a unique personality and it’s own challenges. When renovating older buildings, it is always interesting to see what awaits below the surface. In this case, the challenges of converting a former service station into a unique MOD Pizza restaurant required the depth of experience possessed by AMS Contractors, Inc.

McAlister’s Deli Ready To Welcome The Hokies

Blacksburg, Virginia has a new McAlister’s Deli bringing fast casual dining to 884 Prices Fork Road in the University Crossroads development. Repeat customer and franchisee Peak Restaurants, LLC, selected AMS Contractors, Inc. as the upfit contractor. Construction began in mid June and the grand opening was celebrated on September 7th. The 2,928-square-foot restaurant is home to handcrafted sandwiches, fresh salads and their famous sweet tea. 

New IHOP Brings Smiles to Charlotte

International House of Pancakes® began making people smile in 1958 when it opened its doors in the suburbs of Los Angeles. Fifteen years later, a new marketing campaign introduced the acronym IHOP, and since then, it’s been the name people know as the place they can enjoy breakfast 24 hours a day. Throughout their 58-year history, IHOP has celebrated more than 1,650 restaurant openings across the country and around the world.

Construction Madness? No, Construction MODness!

AMS Contractors has had a very busy summer wrapping up construction on two MOD Pizza upfits in South Carolina for franchisee Rolling Dough, LLC. AMS has also completed a MOD Pizza for RTHT Investments, LLC in Asheville, North Carolina. This project has undergone a complete transformation from a former Exxon station to a fast, casual pizza restaurant serving individual artisan-style pizzas and salads.