The Yard Milkshake Bar

Baton Rouge, LA

We started with a “vanilla box” and a vision. The space had no bathroom, no hvac, no electrical panel- a true canvas for us! We cut concrete for plumbing and installed two ADA compliant restrooms, stained concrete flooring throughout, added interior wall framing and sheetrock, installed all electrical and lighting and fixtures, all plumbing and plumbing fixtures, and all HVAC equipment and duct work. We also added solid wood banquet seating and shiplap wall trim throughout the dining area with acoustical grid, added ceiling tile in the back of house areas, painted the upper tall ceilings in the dining area- and much more! We think the result is pretty sweet!

Spencer Contracting was tasked with the buildout of The Yard Milkshake Bar at Highland Marketplace in Baton Rouge. The property is approximately 1900 sq. ft of retail strip center space. Spencer Contracting's object was to get the property ready to open for business.

Condition of Property

  • Vanilla Box Construction
  • Demising walls were in place with a 1-hour fire-rated sheetrock wall assembly.
  • Exterior shell of the building was complete with storefront glass and demising walls and roof system were insulated.
  • A grease trap was existing and restaurant tie-in only
  • No bathroom, no HVAC, no electrical panel. Stub-ups for were in place, and an electrical meter can was in place. The suite came with a functioning Fire Sprinkler System.
  • Concrete was in place with a "leave-out section" at the back 10' of the suite.


  • Cost range of construction for interior build-out approximately $235,000 to $250,000
  • Budgetary cost of design & engineering: Did not disclose
  • Tenant improvement dollars towards the cost of construction: Did not disclose
  • All fees related to water meter, were impact fee, traffic impact fee, were already covered by landlord and were not included in the construction cost.


Time of construction
First Quarter 2021
duration of construction
80 days
timeframe disclaimer
Does not include the design phase or permitting review time