How to select the equipment and furnishings
Very Useful Tips on Furnishing Your New Restaurant
Many people dream of setting up their own restaurant and making it big on the culinary scene. However, most of these dreamers stumble and fall because they don’t know what it takes to have a decent dining place. A good theme, efficient staff, and reasonable prices are usually planned however one important thing may be overlooked – acquiring equipment and furnishings. Here are some helpful hints for equipping your restaurant.
The first thing to do when looking for restaurant equipment is to know what is needed in a restaurant. The industrial kitchen is so much more complex than the one at home as food is prepared several times more than just three meals a day. Creating a restaurant kitchen is very crucial; you might consider hiring an expert for this, but if you don’t have enough funds you can still make it by carefully planning what to get.
As a general rule, restaurant equipment and machines have to be simple, doing only what they are expected. Those with special features more often than not have useless functions that are just included to increase their price. Complicated machines also could result in complicated malfunctions. You only need an oven that bakes, broils, or roasts, not so much one that tells you the time or buzzes when there is a burglar. It is also unwise to buy equipment that has combined functions of usually separate machines. If one of the functions breaks down, more likely, the other functions will also, thus debilitating your kitchen two or three times more.
Acquiring restaurant equipment doesn’t necessarily mean buying. You usually have the option to lease or rent equipment. Leasing is useful for those who don’t have enough finances to purchase all equipment. Leasing also lets the owner pay for the equipment only when it is needed to be used. The option of getting newer equipment is more realistic with leasing; you can always get a new replacement piece after the lease of the previous one expires.
Major maintenance of the equipment is also the responsibility of the owner, which frees you of costs of fixing broken equipment. The drawback with leasing is that it can be rather expensive in the long run, but if you are earning a lot, then its advantages might be worth it.
Some pieces of equipment that are advisable to lease are coffeemakers, ice machines, dish washers, and linens. Coffee machines can be acquired for free from companies that sell the coffee, so long as you keep buying your beans from them. Ice machines can burn out easily and is advisable to lease to prevent the hassle of constant repairs. Dish washers are quite expensive and leasing may be a good solution to acquire them, and like with coffee companies, some detergent manufacturers lend dish washers to loyal customers. Linens can also be leased, and usually the lease includes laundering, delivery, and storage.
New equipment can be quite expensive, but who says you have to buy all new equipment. There are several used restaurant equipment stores that could serve their purpose well but cost several times less than brand new gear. You just have to make sure that there is assurance from the seller that the equipment will work, at least for a while. Dispensable pieces like knobs and nuts are okay not to be in perfect condition since you can replace them anyway. What matters is the general performance of the machine. It should be able to work a reasonable amount of time where you can still earn enough at least to buy new equipment when the old one finally conks out. Among the equipments that are fine to buy second hand are gas ranges, fryers, ovens, grills, and tools such as tongs and mashers. They are generally simple equipment that last long enough for a second owner to use decently.
Buying equipment is one of the most crucial components of establishing a restaurant. With careful planning, you can make the most of your equipment, with the most affordable costs to you.