Okay, so you’re opening your new restaurant, and of course you realize by this point that you are going to have to lay out some serious cash in order to obtain the tools of the trade, the restaurant equipment that you will need to make sure that your business runs smoothly and efficiently. The equipment you pick may be in your arsenal for years to come, so you have to make the right choices with regard to your specific needs and budget. Among the equipment that is common to most restaurant outlets are:
Commercial Ice Machines –This is a big requirement in the summertime, and as such it is important to calculate capacity very carefully. There is never any reason to run out of ice! More than one may be required depending on the size of the restaurant and the number of patrons to be served.
Commercial Gas Ranges – Of course if you plan on doing any cooking in this restaurant, this particular piece is a must. Again, the number of units needed is based on the size of the establishment. Ranges should be equipped with casters designed to make them easily movable for maintenance and cleaning purposes.
Commercial Dish Washing Machines – There are a number of different types available, from the typical undercounter units to conveyor belt setups, with both high and low temp options available, these machines keep the dishes, silverware, and cutlery clean and ready to use again and again throughout a typical business day.
Water Filtration Systems – It is commonly accepted that filtered water tastes better and is better for you, but it is also known to improve the life spans of ice machines, drink dispensers, and coffee makers. Select the filtration system that best serves your restaurant.
Energy Efficient Steamers – These units allow for the cooking of food items to perfection while allowing you to save considerably on energy costs. Food is cooked more rapidly in a steamer, and vital nutrients are retained, which improves the appearance and taste of the food.
Commercial Refrigeration – Refrigeration runs neck and neck with the range as the lifeblood of any restaurant, and you will need to choose the refrigeration unit or units that best serve your needs and allow for more storage space than you require (just in case one unit happens to go on the fritz during the dinner rush).
Sinks & Faucets – These will be in almost continuous use during business hours, so you want the heavy duty material, stainless steel units, designed to take a lot of punishment over the long haul.
Restaurant Hood Filters – These are an absolute must to have in place over your cooking equipment, and they should be properly maintained and serviced on a regular basis in order to maintain appropriate safety protocols.
Family Friendly Items – You want the dining experience to be a pleasant one for the whole family, and it takes more than kids’ menus. Be sure your restaurant is well stocked with high chairs, booster seats, and baby changing stations located in both men’s and women’s restrooms.