Restaurants are full of moving parts. To run a restaurant efficiently, you will need to put it together using the right equipment. At All Temp, we have worked in commercial and industrial kitchens to help with all aspects of maintenance and repair. These are our recommendations for setting up your Orlando commercial kitchen:
Get Everything You Need
When preparing to stock your restaurant kitchen, the trick is to get everything you need and nothing that takes up unnecessary space. Costs for these items can add up, and it can be tempting to buy whatever is on sale. Here is just about everything you need for a basic restaurant set up:
- Commercial refrigerator: A reach-in commercial refrigerator will be convenient for your staff, but a walk-in cooler and commercial freezer may be necessary if there is a high amount and variety of food going in and out. You might also need merchandise refrigerators for grab-and-go items.
- Commercial grill: Flat-top grills or griddles are the best option for most restaurants, as they can cook just about anything. There are also specialized grills for certain cuisines.
- Ice machine: This machine needs to be accessible to staff at all times. Place ice in a soda machine or dispensed from an ice bin. Ice machines can also be used for blended drinks like margaritas and daiquiris.
- Cooking utensils: Write a checklist of exactly what you need before you go shopping. Most restaurants need cooking pots and pans, baking pans, and tools like tongs, knives, whisks and spatulas. You will also need table setting items for customers.
- Oven: The type of oven you buy for your commercial kitchen will depend on what you’re cooking and how quickly. Conventional ovens and convection ovens are the most common.
- Deep fryer: Before buying a deep fryer, find one that is an appropriate size and has all the settings you need. Also take note of how easy or difficult it is to clean.
- Shelving: Consider whether you need mobile or stationary shelves. Some shelving is caged to prevent accidents, which helps if you’re storing items that could spill or break.
- POS System and printers: Find a POS (Point of Sale) system that will allow wait staff to communicate with kitchen staff, allow employees to clock in and out, and print checks for customers. Make sure you have enough printers to handle the volume of orders.
- Safety equipment: Items like fire extinguishers, wet floor signs, and security cameras are necessary to keep staff and customers safe. Gloves, hair nets, and oven mitts are a few items that are essential for food safety. Make a checklist, then go shopping.
Get the Best Value
Starting a business is a huge investment, and you can save money without cutting corners. To save on commercial kitchen equipment, consider leasing new appliances or buying mildly scratched and dented units. Discontinued or used models are also great options, too, as long as you inspect them first. Wherever possible, opt for energy-efficient equipment, which may cost more upfront but will save you money in the long run.
If you set up your industrial kitchen with the right equipment from the start, your restaurant will run like a well-oiled machine. Our team at All Temp can help with repairs and maintenance on your commercial cooking equipment. Contact us online or give us a call at (407) 857-7800.