Restaurant Design and Food Service Architects in Tennessee

CMArchitects believes in brand forward restaurant design. We collaborate with owners and construction managers for small restaurants and multi-site restaurants. Every design highlights your brand and enhances the experience. Together, we listen and design to position you for success.

Restaurant Design + Consulting Services

  • Brand Dedicated Restaurant Design
  • Use and Occupancy Assistance
  • Fast Casual and Take Out Building Design
  • ID/IQ or Pricing Arrangement Contracting
  • Experience with Regional Construction Managers
  • ADA Architectural Surveys + Reports
  • Technology Integration at POS
  • Dining Experience Upgrades

Our Company

At CMArchitects, we have architects and restaurant designers setting the design standard for major corporations like McDonalds (the worlds most popular franchise) and small, boutique restaurants around Tennessee.


The foundation of our work since our inception more than 10 years ago is enhanced user experience and brand highlighting. Understanding the specialization of the restaurant allows us work closely with the owner, letting them teach us. Whether you need a code compliant building or technology upgrades to your restaurant displays and POS, we provide experience and architectural services that can be custom tailored to your needs.

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Service Area at McDonald’s in Nashville by CMArchitects 

Our Restaurant Work

CMArchitects restaurant portfolio includes over 100 Restaurant Projects. Our architects enjoy creating inviting places where your brand is the focus. We believe experience is enhanced by listening to you and understanding the interplay of taste and space.

See more projects here.


“As a McDonald’s owner/operator, I have now had the pleasure of working with CMArchitects on numerous McDonald’s new construction as well as remodels. To me, Tom’s greatest asset is his ability to LISTEN. I would be happy to answer any questions regarding CMArchitects and the success that we have experienced in partnership with them in my company, Funderburk Managment.”


Tim Funderburk

McDonald’s Owner  / Operator

“First, the time and effort that went into the preliminary concept planning and our discussions relating to personnel relationships, company procedures and overall operations were very thorough and penetrating. Second, your use of the data gathered and the resulting preliminary design along with its adaptation to the site was fascinating. Third, the finished product speaks for itself!”


R. R. Longhurst, III | Senior Vice President

Oman Construction Company

Our Team

We foster a diverse environment that brings together creative solutions intended to set you apart in the restaurant industry with accessible, efficient and purposeful space.

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Thomas Carnell, AIA NCARB
Architect | Managing Partner


Registered Architect in 12 States

(877) 560-4774 ext. 701

Auburn University

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Steven Mota
Production Manager | REVIT Extraordinaire

(877) 560-4774 ext. 704

Western Kentucky University

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Jessica Crosland
Office Manager | Architectural Assistant

(877) 560-4774 ext. 0

University of Florida

Our Restaurant Blog

Our blog is used to educate how we work prior to hiring us as an architect. We highlight our personal experience in restaurant design to explain the unique challenges of restaurants.

Added Restaurant Expertise

Consulting + Design

30+ Years of Experience

Multi-site Restaurant Design

Technology Integration at POS

Kitchen Efficiency

Dining Experience

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Element by Element Safe Harbor

Restaurant Services

Corporate Food + Restaurant Services

Indefinite Delivery Contracting

Pricing Arrangement Contracting

Brand Driven / Client Dedicated

Experience with Area Construction Managers

Architectural Surveys

Due Diligence

Pre-development Research

Existing Building Surveys

Code Analysis

Meetings with Localities

ADA Surveys + Reports

Brand Research