Bar and Restaurant Refurbishment vs. Refit: Which Is Better?

Bar refurbishment vs refit

Bar and Restaurant Refurbishment vs. Refit: Which Is Better?

When it comes to giving a new lease of life to bars and restaurants, owners often face a crucial decision, refurbishment vs. refit.  Both options offer the opportunity to enhance the aesthetics and functionality of the establishment, attracting more customers and improving overall business success.

At Servaclean, we understand the importance of maintaining a clean, profitable and inviting environment, so we’ll also touch on how a refurbishment or refit would impact on these.


Refurbishment involves updating and revitalising a bar or restaurant’s interior and exterior elements. It often includes cosmetic improvements such as repainting, reupholstering furniture, and replacing outdated fixtures.

Refurbishment projects generally emphasise enhancing the aesthetic appeal and creating a fresh atmosphere.

Advantages of Refurbishment

Cost-Effective – Refurbishing a bar or restaurant is typically more cost-effective than a complete refit. It allows you to breathe new life into your establishment without making significant structural changes or investing in brand-new equipment.

Minimal Disruption – Refurbishment projects usually have less downtime and disruption compared to refits.  You can continue to operate your business during the renovation with minimal down time, resulting in fewer lost revenues.

Enhanced Brand Identity – Refurbishment provides an opportunity to rebrand your bar or restaurant, giving it a renewed identity and attracting new customers.  By updating the decor, you can align your establishment with current trends or reinforce your unique style.

Refurb Bar Counter Considerations

During a refurbishment, it’s the perfect time to evaluate the operational efficiency of your bar counter to ensure it is working to its best ability and obtaining maximum profits.

Working with professional bar consultants, like Servaclean, will allow you to explore various design possibilities, within your refurb budget, ensuring any investment will be a benefit to your business.

With the cocktail market continuing to grow, a perfect addition during a refurb is a Servaclean Bar Systems Cocktail Station.

Manufactured from hygienic high quality 304 grade stainless steel, the unique BARFrame structure with purpose designed fitments can be quickly and efficiently installed under any existing bar counter.


A refit involves a more comprehensive renovation, often requiring structural changes and modifications to the layout of the bar or restaurant.

This could include redesigning the seating arrangement, upgrading the kitchen equipment, or adding new features like a new stainless steel under bar counter or outdoor bar. A refit is an opportunity to improve functionality and make substantial changes to the establishment.

Advantages of Refit

Improved Functionality – A refit allows you to address functional issues and optimise the workflow in your bar or restaurant.  You can create a more efficient and productive space for your staff by reconfiguring the layout.

Upgraded Equipment – Outdated or malfunctioning equipment can hinder operations and affect customer satisfaction.  A refit provides the chance to invest in new equipment that improves performance and supports your business needs but is also energy efficient and sustainable. Good quality Bottle Coolers have energy saving features and will improve your green credentials.

Look to invest in a stainless steel bar counter for better bar hygiene and product longevity.

Competitive Edge – By undertaking a refit, you can position your bar or restaurant as a modern and innovative establishment, setting yourself apart from the competition and attracting new customers.

Servaclean has five decades of experience in the design, manufacture, and installation of underbar systems.  If you would like to know more about how our FREE bar design and planning service can help you create the perfect behind-the-bar for your business, contact us today at 01274 390038 or email your enquiry to

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