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Opening a Canadian restaurant is an exciting venture, but it also involves a lot of planning and preparation. It’s quite easy to get distracted by all the tasks needed to open your doors for business. When you’re ready (or even before) to break ground on your new restaurant project, make sure you’ve completed the following checklist:

Ensure that you have picked out the best location possible

This is a crucial step, so you must pay attention to it. Location is everything, especially in the restaurant business. You want your location to be accessible for customers and easy for employees to get to work. Here is something you should consider:

  • Pick a location near a busy street—This makes it easier for people walking by or driving nearby to notice your restaurant and come inside, increasing sales. A busy street also means that more foot traffic will go by your door, which could lead them to become regular customers if they like what they see at first glance!

All of your construction permits have been submitted and approved

The most important thing to remember about construction permits is that your local authorities will require them. If you do not have the correct licenses, your project will not be completed on time, and you may even be fined for not having them. To avoid these issues, check with your local municipalities to determine what permits are required for construction projects.

Once you’ve gathered all this information, ensure that your permits are up-to-date and in order before starting any work on-site. This process can take some time, so plan accordingly!

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The professionals working on your project have been vetted

The next step is to ensure that the professionals you hire have been vetted and approved.

  • Check references. You should always check references from previous jobs and contact their insurance company to verify that they are licensed and insured, which is a requirement for any contractor you hire. Ask about their reputation within the industry, too. A good reputation will help ensure your project goes smoothly once construction starts!
  • Find out if they’re available for your project. If a contractor has multiple projects at once, it can significantly delay your completion date! Make sure that the professionals you choose are available and ready to work before signing them on as your contractors.

Double-check your layout for customer satisfaction and employee accessibility

The layout of your restaurant is essential to the success of your business. You want to ensure that you have enough space for customers and employees to make it comfortable for both parties. When laying out the design of your restaurant, think about how you can ensure that everyone feels welcome and comfortable at all times.

If you’re building from scratch, consider these factors:

  • Customer seating options
  • Employee access points and breaks
  • Employee workflow (how employees move through their shifts)

Gather up all of your quotes and bids and finalize your budget and funding

Once you’ve gathered up all of your quotes and bids and finalized your budget, it’s time to finalize who will help you build your restaurant.

  • Make sure you have enough money. If your funding comes from a bank or investors, talk with them early so they can inform you of how much money they are willing to lend.
  • Make sure you have enough time. If the project will take longer than anticipated, let people know as soon as possible so they can adjust their schedules accordingly.
  • Make sure people are available during construction (including subcontractors). Some projects require specialized skills that may not be readily available locally; if this is the case for building your Canadian restaurant, ensure plenty of lead time for finding those resources before starting work on-site!

Go over any last-minute details with your subcontractors

If you’re working with subcontractors, ensure they have a good rapport with your team. You should have an open line of communication and be able to address any issues immediately. If you feel uncomfortable asking questions or requesting changes, it might be time to find new subcontractors.

After getting everything in place, check in with your contractor every day or two during the project to see how things are going. Make sure that their progress is on schedule and that there aren’t any issues with their workers or materials—that way, you’ll know when something goes wrong before it becomes a big problem for everyone involved in the project.

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Prepare to break ground and make your dream a reality

You’re ready to start building your restaurant. Now that you have a better understanding of what you’re getting into, it’s time to start. This checklist will help guide you through the first steps toward making your dream a reality:

  • Know the process: Understand how construction works and be prepared for any obstacles that may come up along the way.
  • Know the risks: Know what could go wrong during construction and ensure they won’t happen by taking action early on.
  • Know the benefits: Consider the benefits of having a successful restaurant. Then write them down so that when problems arise, they are easy for everyone involved to remember!


If you are going to open a restaurant, you must have a checklist. A checklist will help you stay on track and avoid some common pitfalls during the construction of your new establishment. Opening a restaurant is not an easy task, but with a proper plan and a checklist, you will be well on your way.

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