Starting a restaurant business is a tough prospect. Among the common hurdles that food entrepreneurs have to overcome are challenges such as financing, restaurant design and layout, location, and equipment. The equipment available to a restaurant has a major impact on nearly every facet of day to day operation. Making intelligent outfitting selections is integral to starting off a food business the right way.
The equipment needs of each restaurant vary between the type of food being prepared, the size and scope of the establishment, and occasionally the budget. In order to make the best possible purchasing decisions, there are a few key points to keep in mind.
1. Restaurant Grade Equipment is Essential
In a restaurant, everything passes through the kitchen. The kitchen is where the magic happens, and its vital that the kitchen is capable of operating smoothly at all times. A well-equipped kitchen is the first step in ensuring that it encounters as few difficulties as possible.
Whether its high-quality cutlery or commercial grade machinery, commercial grade equipment is a must. Not only do health and safety regulations often require the use of commercial grade equipment in a restaurant environment but said equipment is designed with heavy use and strain in mind. Residential equipment, even the high-quality stuff, simply doesn’t belong in a professional business kitchen, and the wear and tear of constant use will quickly render most residential equipment useless.
2. Buy from a Trusted Supplier
Commercial grade equipment can be pricey at times, especially when you require an abundance of it. In order to reduce costs, buying from a well known and trusted supplier can go a long way. Many suppliers are perfectly willing to work out deals for bulk quantities of equipment or offer alternative payment plans or financing.
When you purchase from a known supplier, you’re sure to have the best available selection of equipment to choose from. High quality, reliable brands are important for outfitting a restaurant since equipment failure can cripple a kitchen.
3. Research Equipment Models
Although some important restaurant equipment can be costly, the cost can often be reduced by researching the available equipment models. Often times, new businesses buy equipment that is insufficient in size or ability to meet their kitchen demands or alternatively buy equipment meant to serve a much larger business. Buying the right equipment is important, and the only way to be sure that each decision is correct is to do some research. Operating a restaurant is similar to any other business in that smart investments go a long way to creating a successful restaurant.
4. Plan for Installation and Future Repairs
After selecting your equipment, correctly installing it is the next step. Commercial grade kitchen hardware can be somewhat complex to install, and it’s important to make sure that everything is working perfectly. As previously mentioned, it’s vital that a kitchen is capable of running smoothly at all times, but occasionally, something will fail. Its next to impossible to design and outfit a restaurant such that no equipment ever fails, especially with regards to a new business.
By purchasing from a trusted supplier, and having your equipment professionally installed, it becomes much easier to make contact with individuals who understand how to fix your specific equipment, and if worst comes to worst, a reliable supplier can often provide replacement parts and equipment much faster than searching independently.
Starting up a restaurant business is a great thing, and the possibilities are endless for those that are well planned. Just make sure to start off right, invest in the right equipment, and never cut corners. If you put in the work and make informed decisions, you could have a booming food business at your fingertips.