Creating a Restaurant Equipment Checklist

You've decided to open a restaurant. Congratulations! Now you need to start thinking about what type of equipment you're going to need in your kitchen. There are many factors that should go into how you setup your kitchen area. Here are a few tips from Fast Fix LLC to help you get started on your equipment checklist:

1. Figure Out Your Menu. 

The dishes you plan to serve will have a big impact on the type of equipment you need to purchase. If you're planning to serve a lot of fried foods, you're going to need extra fryers. If gourmet dishes with fresh ingredients is going to be your specialty, you need to make sure you have plenty of food prep tables and coolers. For fresh baked bread and other bakery items, you'll need plenty of oven space. Sit down and write out everything you'll need to create each of the dishes on your menu. Not only will this tell you what pieces of equipment you need, but also what type of equipment you'll be using the most.

2. Estimate Your Volume. 

As mentioned above, you need to figure out what pieces of equipment you're going to be using the most. If you only offer one deep-fried menu option, a small fryer will suffice. However, if you're planning on opening a burger joint where everyone will want fries or tots with their meal, you'll need to allocate a significant piece of the budget to nice quality fryers. Since you can't always predict what will be the most popular item, it's important that you plan ahead for volume and ensure your equipment will be able to handle it.

3. Invest in the Basics First 

While each restaurant is different, every kitchen needs cooking equipment, refrigeration equipment and food preparation equipment. There are a few basic pieces that most restaurants need to get started. Make sure you allocate enough money for these basics in your budget:
  • Ovens & Ranges 
  • Fryers 
  • Convection Ovens
  • Microwave Ovens
  • Reach-In Coolers, Reach-In Freezers
  • Food Prep Tables 
  • Food Warmers 
  • Sinks 
  • Dishwashers

If you choose to purchase used restaurant equipment, it's important that you have it inspected by a professional. Fast Fix LLC is your honest, reliable, professionally trained food-service equipment repair technician in Missouri and Western Illinois. We provide warranty work for many manufacturers and also provide 24/7 emergency service.

Fast Fix LLC. Restaurant Equipment Service & Repair

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Fast Fix LLC. Restaurant Services
9403 County Road 154
Auxvasse, MO 65231

Phone: 573-254-3748
St. Louis Customers: 636-FASTFIX

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