SCA Lectures Podcast #7: Opening a New Cafe?

Opening a new cafe? Design and build it right. This lecture explores the most critical issues (and mistakes) owners face during the design and build-out process when opening a new café. Learn about floor plan design, health and building codes, equipment needed to support your menu, cost estimates and time lines, and other important topics for new cafe owners.

Presenter: Tom Palm, President, Design & Layout Services
Tom Palm has over 25 years of experience in the restaurant and foodservice industry. He is the founder of Design & Layout Services, a company specializing in the design of specialty coffee shops. Working with independent operators as well as national chains; he has helped more than 900 people open cafes and coffee shops throughout the United States and Canada. He is a member of the SCAA Allied committee. He has also written several articles that have been published in coffee trade magazines, and has presented seminars at numerous coffee industry trade shows.

This talk was presented live at the 2017 Global Specialty Coffee Expo, the largest annual gathering of specialty coffee professionals.

The SCA Lectures podcast series is brought to you by Olam Specialty Coffee, connecting roasters to the finest specialty green coffees. Learn more about Olam at

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