If you’ve ever considered opening your own restaurant then you’ll likely have thought about what costs are involved. Of course you have the rental for the location itself as well as the costs of hiring staff. However, one of the most vital aspects of running a successful restaurant is getting the right equipment for the kitchen.
To help with this, below are 7 steps to help make sure you get the right equipment for your restaurant kitchen.
1. Think About What’s Most Important
When planning a restaurant kitchen, practicality should always be at the forefront of your mind. After all, customers don’t see your kitchen so there’s no point going overboard trying to make it look elegant. Instead, you should think about making it as practical for your staff as possible.
2. Consider The Space You Have
This is an extremely important point. If your kitchen is too cluttered then it’s going to hinder your staffs’ ability to do their job properly. Therefore when purchasing commercial kitchen equipment you should always think about how much space it will take up. Don’t afraid to hire a restaurant kitchen planner to help with this.
3. Make Sure Equipment Is Commercial Grade
Always look for the NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) blue sticker when purchasing commercial kitchen equipment. This will let you know that it’s safe to be used in a commercial environment.
4. Get Help
For those that are new to purchasing kitchen equipment, it’s definitely a good idea to get someone to come with you so you’ll have a second opinion. If you don’t then it’s very easy to get stuck with a piece of equipment that you’ll never end up using. If you have a friend or family member that’s experienced then that’s ideal but even if you have to hire someone for a few hours, it could save you a lot of money in the long run.
5. Don’t Be Afraid To Buy Used
Of course being brand new equipment is always preferable but it’s not always practical depending on the budget you have available. There are many excellent suppliers of used commercial kitchen equipment so always be sure to do your research and you could save a good deal of money.
( I opened my first restaurant with a 15yr old falcon dominator. Fernand Point opened his first michelin restaurant with coal fired ovens…. amazing! )
6. View The Equipment Whenever Possible
It’s always a good idea to view any equipment you want to purchase in person. This way you can inspect the quality and get a true idea of just how big it is. It’s especially important to do this when buying used since you’ll be able to check that all the parts are working correctly.
7. Don’t Scrimp When It Comes To Refrigeration And Heating Equipment
There are a couple of reasons that it’s important to invest in high quality refrigeration and heating equipment. Firstly it will ensure that your kitchen is a safe environment to work in and secondly the quality of your food will depend on it. The last thing you want during a busy period is for your equipment to break down.