Architects are among the first people you should contact, possibly even before you sign the papers on the land or building you are buying or leasing. A restaurant architect can assess what you’re considering and help you get there or let you know why another way may be better. If you’ll renovate an existing building, the architect can evaluate it and let you know what renovations are possible, as well as what might be beyond your reach in that location based on the condition of the space. Architects are generally up to date on the most common design trends and can suggest which ones might work well in the concept you have in mind. Depending on how large and elaborate your signage is, your architect may be involved in designing that, as well.