Ideally, the construction schedule should factor in time for staff training, operations testing and clean-up prior to opening to the public. There should be an additional cushion for possible hurdles. An ideal time should be between 2 to 3 weeks. Ultimately, the tenant needs Health Department, Fire Department, Planning, Sewer & Water and Building Department Final occupancy prior to opening.

The Brass Rabbit exemplifies Nordby Construction’s ability to make the most out of small spaces, and adapt to structures’ needs (in this case an 1800s remodel). The space is intimate, effectively setting the mood for the style of food and a personal touch is added with the exposed kitchen. When asked about his favorite aspects of the space, Chef Shane said, “I really like the grill and the space. A small restaurant encourages me to get out and talk to the guests as I can see everyone from the kitchen.”

All new restaurants require time to effectively plan, design and build. As in the case of Brass Rabbit, it is essential to factor in time and money for unforeseen conditions. It is even more critical to engage with a reputable architect and builder early to set expectations and realistic deliverables. Pre-construction planning is essential in this process and Nordby Construction’s leadership ability in this position was key to making this project a success.