It can be exciting to start a restaurant or catering business, but also overwhelming. In a short time, there is so much to do and so many things you can buy. Equipment for your kitchen is one of the largest expenditures you will make. You will need equipment for your kitchen, depending on what you are serving and the type of business you run. Although it’s easy to order equipment in bulk, it will cost you more if you take the time to consider these points before buying.
Take measurements of your space, then measure again.
Although it may seem obvious, you need to ensure that your equipment fits in the space where it is supposed to be. It doesn’t make sense to have to reconfigure the kitchen, or worse, return equipment because you didn’t measure correctly. This is an opportunity to use the carpenter’s old saying, “Measure twice, cut once.”
You will need it.
It can be tempting to purchase new equipment or to upgrade your existing equipment. However, it is a good idea to inspect your equipment (or any equipment you will be ordering) closely to ensure that there are no duplicates. Multiple functions can be performed by many pieces of kitchen equipment, including a steamer and convection oven or prep station with extra shelving. Have you reviewed your new menu if you are a new restaurant owner? Are you able to use the equipment that you order for your food preparations or just for fun?
Take into account the cost of usage.
As with consumer appliances, you should consider the cost of running this equipment (in terms of both electricity and natural gases) for your business. This information can be found on equipment by looking for the EnergyStar emblem or sticker. Blue stickers signify a model that is energy efficient.
You can check your local health and building codes.
Depending on where your restaurant is located, health, fire, and building codes may differ. These codes may affect the distance between pieces of equipment, their location relative to exits and public areas, and the size of the equipment required for staff. These codes should be reviewed carefully before you order.
Better yet, have a local inspector inspect your plans to ensure that they comply with all local codes. This will save you a lot of money. You could face heavy fines and have to redesign your kitchen. In extreme cases, your restaurant may even close. It is essential to remember that installing residential-grade equipment in commercial kitchens is against almost all health codes.
Are you in need of a warranty?
Manufacturers offer warranties on large kitchen equipment for an additional fee. They cover repairs or replacements if the equipment fails to work properly. Although warranties can save you a lot of money down the line, it is important to carefully read the fine print before signing any agreement. It pays to compare warranties from different manufacturers for similar equipment.
You must ensure that you have enough power and outlets to charge your equipment.
Large pieces of kitchen equipment often require dedicated outlets. Even smaller items require dedicated outlets. To avoid problems after equipment arrives, plan the power sources in your layout.
Do you need to buy new or used equipment?
Although used equipment from an auction house, or a closed restaurant can be a great way to save money, it is crucial to carefully examine the condition and age of any equipment that you are looking at. While non-electrical and mechanical pieces such as a prep table may be a good deal, older kitchen equipment can be more costly to run and less likely to be covered by a warranty. You could lose all your savings by having to repair an essential piece of equipment like the ice maker. The new equipment will likely last longer than older equipment.
Are there green rebates available in your area
Numerous utility companies offer rebates on utility bills to restaurants and companies that invest in energy-saving technology. EnergyStar offers periodic “green” rebates.
Sometimes simpler is better.
Although all the latest electronic control panels and bells and whistles are fascinating, it is often a better choice to purchase equipment that has fewer mechanical and electronic parts. The equipment’s functionality is not affected by the electronic components. However, they can lead to expensive repairs if they do stop working properly.
Look out for water-saving options.
Many people are shocked to discover that water is the biggest utility bill in restaurants. Water is used to make ice, wash dishes, clean, and for other purposes. You could save hundreds of dollars a year if you find equipment that uses water efficiently, such as an Ice Maker.
It’s worth taking a moment to think about the design and appearance of your new restaurant equipment. You will want the equipment to look like the one you have replaced. You want your new restaurant to reflect your brand, your image, and your personality.
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