To open a restaurant, there are certain things you need. This includes investment money, having a business plan, finding a location, and getting permits and licenses. Perhaps one of the most important things to have is a well designed and equipped kitchen. The following can help you know what you need before opening a restaurant.
Develop a plan
If you haven’t already, you should first develop a solid plan for your restaurant. This plan can vary depending upon your needs, but should include some general steps.
First, make sure you have your finances in order. You can talk your bank or business partner to make sure that everything is ready. Next, you can make a business plan that outlines every step of opening and running your restaurant. You should also make sure you have all needed permits and licenses, as well as a location that is stable.
After all your initial planning is finished, you can start making a design and menu for your restaurant. A restaurant equipment supplier can help you with designing the dining area and kitchen. The last steps are to hire staff, create a marketing plan, and make sure that everything is ready for you to start the next stage: buying restaurant equipment.
Create a kitchen equipment checklist
You may already know this, but your home appliances and kitchen equipment are quite different from those designed for restaurant use. Your pots, pans, and cooking equipment should be larger, and all other items you purchase will have to be restaurant-grade. It can be helpful to create a general restaurant equipment checklist for your specific needs.
Some examples of common restaurant equipment include coffee makers, blenders, fryers, stoves, ovens, slicers, steamers, warmers, sinks, and mixers.
Equipment for food production
Every restaurant needs production equipment. Your needs may differ from those of other restaurants. But, if you are serving hot meals, you need to have the right equipment for service and prep. If you are leasing or purchasing a restaurant with a kitchen, it may already have most of the equipment you need. It is possible to change what you already have as well. You can add any kitchen equipment before you open or in the future.
A full-service restaurant is likely to have a slicer, a mixer, handwashing sinks, preparation sinks, a food cutter, a portion scale, and a baker’s table. You can also buy a blender, meat grinder, convection oven, fryer, griddle-top range, broiler, steam kettle, a freezer, and a commercial refrigerator.
Supplies for the kitchen service area
Final touches are typically put on the plates in the service area of a kitchen, like side orders, soup, salads, and sandwiches. Equipping a service kitchen will involve installing a preparation and steam table, heat lamps, a microwave oven, a toaster, a utensil rack, and a sandwich table. You will need a coffee maker, beverage stand, an ice machine, soda system, and a water station as well.
Equipment for dishwashing
The best way for you to handle your dishwashing needs is to install a three-stage dishwashing machine. It can cost anywhere in the range of $2,000 to $25,000 depending on many factors. It will cost extra to install this equipment with a “landing area,” garbage disposal, three compartment sink, and a dish table. This is why having a space-saving kitchen design is important.
Equipment for receiving and storing food items
Your walk-in refrigerator and freezer combination will be the biggest and most expensive piece of equipment in your receiving and storage area. It is one of the most important pieces of restaurant equipment because it keeps your food fresh. Remember, this is not an appliance to cut corners on.
This area will also need a breakdown table, shelving for the walk-in refrigerator and freezer combination, and a scale.
Other items you will need to open a restaurant
Equipment for your restaurant also includes items such as paper products, tableware, pots and pans, uniforms, and bar supplies. You will also need small production supplies like cooking utensils, can openers, potholders, spatulas, tongs, cups, and silverware.
Get all the items on your restaurant equipment checklist at Golden Light Equipment
Because every restaurant is different, there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution for designing and installing equipment. The experts at Golden Light Equipment can help you choose the best equipment and supplies for your needs, as well as perform installation and maintenance. If you need help Designing your kitchen, we can handle that too. Call us at (806) 373-4277 or Contact Us by email to see how we can help you open your restaurant. You can also visit us in person at 1010 SW 6th Ave. in Amarillo, Texas to view our large selection of Products and find out more about our Services.