Planning a New Restaurant? Set Up Your Business in a Metal Building!

By Scott Kyles   |   Posted In: Garages


Sound crazy? Then just keep reading. Now that we’re finally moving past the pandemic, more and more folks are looking to get out and enjoy a good restaurant experience again. And if you’ve got a restaurant idea or specific menu lineup that no one else is providing in your area, then now is a GREAT time to open your own restaurant business.

Granted, opening a restaurant isn’t an easy task; there are many factors and variables to take into consideration. Two of the most important considerations for any budding restauranteur revolve around what location to choose, and what kind of building you want to use to host your restaurant.

New Restaurant Case Study: North Carolina

After months of takeout and to-go orders in the early stages of the pandemic, followed by months of limited capacity at most restaurants, diners have finally returned in force across North Carolina. But some restaurants simply weren’t able to weather the storm of the pandemic, meaning there’s now some extra space open in the NC restaurant market that’s ripe for the taking. While some people still prefer takeout and exterior dining options, more and more folks are finally becoming comfortable with the idea of a good dine-in option again. And that’s where your opportunity lies as a restaurant entrepreneur in North Carolina, or in any other U.S. state!

Location, Location, Location

Location is an essential key for determining the value of any real estate property, and that’s even more true for a prepared food or restaurant business. If you’re looking to open your own restaurant space, then choosing the right location is one of the single most important things you can do. And if you already have a spot in mind and have even bought some land, then the next most important decision to make is what kind of building you want to leverage for hosting your new food business.

To that end, a commercial metal building is a fantastic solution for meeting all your food prep and dine-in hosting needs. What’s so great about a metal building? Pretty much everything you can think of! A steel tubing frame structure is rugged, reliable, adaptable, customizable, and also much more cost-effective than you may realize!

Applications of Metal Buildings for Restaurants and Food Businesses

Wondering whether a prefab metal building could actually be a viable solution for your new restaurant? In a word, yes, it can! Here are just a few examples of some food businesses which can benefit by taking advantage of a new sturdy steel structure:

  • Bakeries
  • Bistros
  • Boutique eateries
  • Breweries
  • Cafes
  • Cocktail lounges
  • Coffee shops
  • Confectioners
  • Delis
  • Distilleries
  • Doughnut shops
  • Ethnic eateries
  • Fast food and quick service restaurants
  • Gourmet tacos
  • Greasy spoons
  • Restaurants
  • Sandwich shops
  • Vegan dining
  • Wine tasting rooms

Why a Custom Metal Building from Carport Central Makes Sense for Your Restaurant Business

Light-gauge steel buildings are more flexible and adaptable than traditional wood frames or stick-built structures, and there are lots of other advantages to consider too:

• Economical

Why settle for renting from a landlord, when you can start building equity with your own commercial metal building installed on your own Depending on the particular dimensions and customizations you choose, a steel building can actually be significantly cheaper to build per square foot, too.

• Rugged, Dependable, and Low-Maintenance

Steel buildings aren’t susceptible to rot like wood, and are better suited for enduring constant usage and standing up to extreme weather tests like heavy rain, snow, wind, and lightning. Steel isn’t susceptible to termites or pests either, and doesn’t harbor mold or mildew like wood will. Steel is also fairly simple to clean, and needs less maintenance than a comparable stick-build. And here’s another advantage of going with a steel structure: since the exterior colors are fused to the metal during metal paneling fabrication, you won’t have to worry about any peeling paint or premature color fading.

• Cheaper Insurance Costs

Because steel is strong, durable, and incombustible, your property insurance costs will usually be reduced by going with a commercial steel building over something built with wood.

• Completely Customizable

The versatility of steel allows for more complex architectural designs and flexibility of building function. Well-designed steel structures don’t require any interior columns or supports, so they offer more usable clear-span interior space than other building types. Clear-span metal buildings can be engineered to practically any dimensions, large enough to accommodate any seating capacity you might envision for your restaurant. It’s also easier to alter or add on to a metal building as your space needs grow and evolve.

• Multipurpose Functionality

You’re in the driver’s seat when it comes to deciding your building’s design and layout. For example, you can decide to designate the front two-thirds of your building for dine-in space, and still leave plenty of room in the back for your kitchen and back-of-house needs. It’s entirely up to you!

• Aesthetic Potential

Worried that a commercial metal building might look too much like a garage or some boxy, boring metal structure? Well, it certainly doesn’t have to! Not only can you customize the interior any way you want, but you can customize the exterior of your facility, too. Modern metal buildings come in many popular designs and layouts, including some attractive barn looks. Plus, you can customize the look of your roof, walls, trim, doors, windows, and more. Who says a metal building has to be boring? Not Carport Central!


Carport Central Can Provide You with a Perfect Building Solution for Your Restaurant!

At Carport Central, we understand that starting a new restaurant business isn’t easy. That’s why we’re here to take care of getting you the best building solution for your business, so you can focus on other important things that may need your attention. Purchasing a steel structure is a great way to give your business the home it needs, while also enabling it to grow and flourish.

What kind of custom metal building are you looking for? We work hard every day to make sure our customers and clients get the exact building they need to meet their need. None of our structures come out of a box or off of a shelf – every steel structure we provide is custom made-to-order! And another benefit to doing business with Carport Central? We deliver and install for no extra charge in 46 states!

Interested in getting a custom metal building kit fabricated that you can pick up and install yourself for a discount? We provide those, too. Each custom metal building kit we furnish comes with all needed building materials for installation. And speaking of designing your own building, our state-of-the-art 3D Building Designer gives you the freedom to customize your OWN ideal building plan and layout. You can access this easy-to-use tool from any computer, tablet, or smartphone. We can even take the building design you create to get your custom building order started – it really is that simple! Oh, and did we mention? We’ve got the best financing solutions in the business, too!

Give us a call at (980) 321-9898 today, and experience the Carport Central difference for yourself!


  • Scott Kyles

    Scott Kyles serves as lead content writer and marketing consultant for Central Steel Group, the parent company of Carport Central. He’s been speaking to the metal buildings industry and its customers for over 5 years, and also holds professional certifications in secondary science education, training, and customer experience.

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