When opening a food business, be it a catering business, food stall or restaurant, a major portion of the expenses will go to buying culinary equipment and supplies. When we say restaurant equipment, it covers all that is needed for the preparation, storage, cleaning and serving of food to the customers. Buying the correct equipment that is of good quality and training restaurant staff and crew on proper handling, storage and cleaning are essential.
Knowing the type of restaurant that will be opened is the key to knowing the type of restaurant equipment that should be purchased. A small cafe will not need nearly as much restaurant equipment than a fancy, full-scale restaurant will need. It would also depend on the restaurant’s over-all theme as it should match the furniture and lighting fixtures.
When buying restaurant equipment, there are a few things to consider:
Credibility of the Supplier
When you contact different suppliers, ask them if they have a registered company. Search for as many details about that company as possible. After all, you cannot take a risk in terms of throwing your money to get products from unprofessional suppliers. Ask these suppliers to show you their portfolio and the list of their clients. You will be able to know if the supplier has catered well to other restaurant owners by talking with them and asking for feedback.
Check if the supplier provides customer support to its clientele. You can do this by asking them if they have a team of professionals that take care of customer queries, requests or complaints. It is important because you might contact them again if you face any problem in terms of positioning your tables, chairs, and booths for restaurants.
Ask the supplier if they provide warranty to their equipment and what it covers – repair or replacement. Suppliers that offer money-back guarantee often mean they are confident with the quality of equipment they offer.
Expert in the Industry
You can find out whether a supplier is an expert in the industry by asking them recommendations and suggestions on the types of equipment and supplies your restaurant needs.
There are many pieces of restaurant equipment that must be considered when opening a restaurant. The important aspect is to make sure that the equipment is big enough to service the restaurants needs without being too costly for the restaurant too afford. Use a checklist and make sure the restaurant is able to supply what is needed for a successful business.
About the Author: Martha Blythe has been helping on the launch of a relative’s restaurant specifically on doing research about culinary equipment and supplies. She collects catalogs and lists equipment that can be found on suppliers’ web sites the US. FOODS Culinary Equipment & Supplies, more information located on the company blog.