18 Aug The importance of choosing the Correct Kitchen Equipment when setting up your new Restaurant
So, you are in the process of setting up your brand new restaurant, you have found the perfect location, you have planned and prepared and now you are tasked with choosing your commercial catering equipment, arguable one of the biggest – and most important task involved when setting up any commercial kitchen.
Firstly, it is important to know your budget before you start purchasing your commercial catering equipment, you need to ensure that you are purchasing the best equipment for your money but it is important that you do not purchase budget equipment. Restaurants require heavy duty, long standing and high quality equipment, if you are struggling to purchase this kind of equipment you may want to think about taking up a rental or rent to buy package.
You need to set aside a generous budget for your commercial kitchen, after all it is the engine to your successful restaurant, and therefore it is vital that you purchase equipment that is suited to your needs and requirements.
Want vs Need
Now your budget is set, your second task is to establish the difference between commercial kitchen items you need and commercial kitchen items you want. You will find that the items of equipment you choose will be determined by your menu and if you are on a budget, there really is no need to purchase equipment that is not necessary to the day to day running of your restaurant.
Kitchen space is another issue, if you are limited on kitchen space then it is also important to consider what items you need over what items you want.
In the future your menu may change to keep up with ever-changing culinary trends, this will be the time for you to purchase that equipment you have been wanting, but in the meantime stick to the vitals!
On the other hand, if kitchen space and money isn’t an issue, then go crazy!
Now we are getting into the important stuff and a must know is that quality equipment is essential, your restaurant kitchen must have high quality catering equipment if it is to prepare the dishes on the menu properly.
High quality equipment has been specifically designed and manufactured to withstand the pressures and scrapes that comes with life in the commercial kitchen. As a result of this you can be sure that it will stand the test of time as well as deliver consistently good results.
Secondly, reliability is key! Make sure that you are purchasing high quality, durable and reliable catering equipment. Do a little bit of research, have a look at what different brands have to offer and base your decision on this, not on the cost of the item. If you choose a poor quality piece of equipment, the chances are it will cost you more in the long run.
Should you take out a Planned Preventative Maintenance Package?
Absolutely! You need to make sure that your kitchen equipment is up and running at all times. A breakdown can be costly and it can disrupt your busy restaurant, don’t try and save a little bit of money by not taking out a plan, it could be disastrous in the future and you’ll be out of pocket. For more information about the different types of maintenance packages available, have a look at our leaflet.
Want some professional advice? Here at Acme we have a wide range of commercial catering and refrigeration products available from some of the biggest and most recognisable brands in the industry, our expert sales team can discuss your needs and requirements and recommend the right equipment for your needs. Call us now on 01254 277999.