AIA Minnesota, in partnership with Minnesota architecture firms, served as a resource to the State of Minnesota as it developed guidance for the reopening of restaurants and bars in the context of COVID-19. Architects, engineers, materials specialists, and others provided input based on their experience working with restaurant and bar clients, and their expertise in protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public in relation to the built environment. The following resources have been developed to help business owners visualize and think through how to follow the guidance from the State.

View the State of Minnesota’s Employer Preparedness Plan Requirements Checklist (pdf).

Case study exploring outdoor seating

(designed by RoehrSchmitt Architecture LLC)

Outdoor Seating Case Study

Download here: Outdoor Seating Layout Case Study (pdf)

Potential interior layout of restaurant with bar, applying State guidance as of May 20

(designed by Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.)

NOTE: This post-COVID-19 layout is an example of what an interior floorplan could look like, based on the May 20
th guidance issued by the State of Minnesota in this document. The State has clarified that their guidance was created to address both outdoor and indoor restaurant and bar spaces, and that the State is not anticipating any changes to their guidance once indoor seating is allowed.

Seating Layout: Pre-COVID-19

Seating Layout: Post-COVID-19

Download here: Seating Layouts Pre-and Post-COVID19 (pdf)


Architect Consultation Service for Restaurants & Bars 

AIA Minnesota is mobilizing architects and the broader architecture community to provide one-hour consultation services to restaurants, bars and food service establishments to help them apply the State of Minnesota’s guidance for reopening in the midst of COVID-19. Architects licensed to practice in Minnesota, along with architectural designers and other key collaborators, will be matched with business owners/operators to explore options specific to their site and spaces. Architects/teams that include architects will be donating their time as a public service; an administrative fee of $50 will be charged by AIA Minnesota to offset the costs of developing and administering this program. This service will be available on a first come, first served basis, and is limited based on the capacity of the architecture community. NOTE: With the State’s decision to only open outdoor – not indoor – seating for restaurants on June 1, and outstanding questions on the State guidance published May 20th, the timeframe for this service will need to shift; while originally planned for May 26-June 12, consultations will now begin a few days later. Registration is open and we will keep those who register informed about the shifted timeframe for service. Restaurants and bars wanting help thinking about outdoor seating are especially encouraged to register now.

Review the details and register for the architect consultation service

Learn more about AIA Minnesota and the architecture community’s pandemic response.