So, you want to open a restaurant? That’s great! With a solid business plan in place, you’re sure to succeed, but before opening up your doors to the public, it’s important to make sure that you have everything your kitchen needs in order for things to run as smoothly as possible. After all, your kitchen is the center of your business and missing a crucial piece of equipment could prove to be disastrous. Here’s a quick list of everything you need in order to run a successful restaurant.
1. Freezers And Refrigerators
You need somewhere to store all your food as you likely won’t run out of all of it within the first day. Even if you do, food cannot just sit out in the open while you wait for someone to place an order. Refrigerating items preserves the quality and freshness of the food, and keeps it within Food-Safe standards.
2. Food Preparation Counters
Stainless steel is your best option here when it comes to counters and prep tables! The material is sturdy and can withstand a lot of things that your kitchen will go through on a daily basis such as the cleaning materials used in most commercial kitchens.
For your cutting surfaces, choose wooden cutting boards. They may be more expensive and harder to clean than your traditional plastic ones, but can last longer and don’t have the risk of harbouring bacteria in the knife grooves.
There are two main kinds of slicers and depending on the kind of restaurant you operate and your unique needs, you’ll have to choose between: manual and electric. If your need for slicing is low, choose manual as you won’t have to use it as often. If your restaurant experiences a high volume of customers or involves quite a lot of cutting of meats, cheeses, and other foods which require slicing, an electric slicer may be the best choice for you.
Just like the slicer, you’ll want to pick a mixer that suits your restaurant’s needs. Restaurants that focus on pizzas, bagels, and other heavy dough objects will want to choose a spiral mixer. These mixers operate at fast speeds and are able to mix 50-600 pounds of dough at a time. This option is also good if your restaurant has a high volume of customers.
For lower mixing speeds and smaller quantities, there’s the planetary mixer. This mixer is the best choice for you if you need something a bit more versatile in your kitchen as it can mix anything from mashed potatoes to whipped cream. These mixers also come in a countertop version for those who need more floor space.
Nearly all restaurants have one of these in their arsenal and come in a couple of different options as well: electric and gas.
If you need to change the temperature quickly, choose gas. Electric ranges have the same cooking capabilities, albeit not as timely as their gas counterparts, but are easier to clean and maintain.
If you’ve bought a range for your kitchen, more than likely it came with an oven attached as well, but it’s important to know exactly what kind of oven it is as it may not benefit your business. Bakeries and other restaurants that focus heavily on baked goods may want to consider purchasing a range that has a convection oven setting. This setting circulates hot air around the food and is exceptionally useful for making pies, cookies, as well as toasting and roasting various savory items.
For foods such as cakes and breads, a regular oven will get the job done just fine.
From being used for washing foods before prepping them or ending the day with washing dishes, a sink is absolutely essential for your restaurant business. Health officials from different places have different requirements on what kind of sink you need, so be sure to check before you make your purchase. Most restaurants will have a triple-sink wash station with a commercial dishwashing unit attached to the side.