Hope I've found the right forums and asking the right question.
First time owner of small retail strip. Been an owner for 4-5 years, learned quite a few things already, among which is that a commercial kitchen is not something to be made or modified lightly - it has to be properly designed and properly made in order to function well.
So I have this retail store of about 1100 sqft that someone wants to take for a small coffee shop with the ability to bake.
My question is where do I start searching for someone to design/compute small walk-in cooler, grease trap, vent-a-hood, stove and HVAC on top of that so all this could become useable without anyone getting burned.
From my past experience I have local mexican crews who can do any and all of the listed things and they'd do them relatively well except they won;t ever be designed to actually work well together.
On the other end of the spectrum I've worked with american general contractors and they tend to cost 2-3 times the Mexican crews and, at least in my case, ended up delivering about same end result (in all fairness it was only kitchen remodeling, not design from ground up; but statement stands valid and I was able to later do almost the same at literally third of the cost).
Your expertise is appreciated.
Most reputable kitchen equipment vendors provide design services. Be mindful of code compliance for things such as hood vent and grease trap.