If you want to open your own restaurant, you are sure to face challenges and rewards while pursuing good food and profit. However, you’ll need more than a few tasty appetizers: there are lots of different tools and equipment you’ll need to get your food from the oven to the customer’s plate.
Unless you intend to open an all-chilled restaurant, you will probably have to cook meat, vegetables, and carbohydrates at one time or another. A commercial grade oven must be capable of heating to at least eight hundred degrees to cook food quickly and effectively. An oven that doesn’t get that hot can prevent food from heating properly, and risk food poisoning or other illnesses.
Walk In Colder
The food you store should be kept as cold as possible before being transferred to the stove. Prevent damage with the walk in cooler which has a durable hook. Commercial kitchen supply companies offer coolers ranging from fifty square feet to five hundred square feet depending on the size of your operation.
There are many supplies you need to make ingredients into food. Blender and juicer will be used to make the drink. A chef’s knife should be large, medium, and small, and sharp enough to do the trick (a self-sharpening knife is a good investment). Food warmers keep food hot before serving it on the table. Each cook needs their own pair of gloves along with an apron and hair net or hat; most of the cooking staff use bandanas to beat the heat.
A restaurant must be more than a kitchen and dining area: it needs to track cash in and out if it is to be profitable. Office supplies such as computers with spreadsheets and word processors turn restaurants into real businesses, while others such as clipboards, filing equipment, cash bags, forms and safes allow you to handle money or other exchanges like a pro.
Many of the restaurant’s profits come from the drinks served. Whether it’s a ten cent soft drink that you sell for two dollars or a mixed drink that you sell for ten cents, there are many advantages to drinks. You’ll need glassware in style to stock everything from scotch glasses to water glasses to wine glasses. Coffee cups and fancier glasses (such as champagne flutes) are also great to have on hand.
On top of the table itself, commercial kitchen supplies include brass instruments, flatware, linens, china, and glassware. These should all be suitable to be run through the dishwasher a few times per night to stay hygienic. Plastic pitchers and tumblers can be used for water, while table top accessories such as napkin holders and salt and pepper shakers ensure the table is ready for diners.
This article was contributed by Nancy Gracemother of 3 children and co-owner of the restaurant.