4 Ways to Optimize Your Commerical Kitchen

The kitchen is the powerhouse of any restaurant. Without a functioning kitchen, you can't run your business. Commercial kitchens require a lot more upkeep and organization than your typical residential kitchen. Today's blog from Fast Fix LLC focuses on optimizing your commercial kitchen to keep it in good working order.

1. Invest in the Proper Equipment.

When opening a restaurant or other business with a commercial kitchen involved, it's important that you invest in the proper equipment. The same equipment you use in your kitchen at home, doesn't have the power and capability to mass produce food. You don't want to cut corners when it comes to choosing your kitchen equipment, as it can lead to problems down the road. Essential pieces for every commercial kitchen can include: a refrigeration system, dishwasher, oven and range, and other pieces dependent upon the goals and function of your establishment. In addition to having the proper equipment, it's also important that you keep it in proper working condition. This can be accomplished by hiring a professional restaurant equipment maintenance company in Missouri and Western Illinois.

2. Create an Effective Layout. 

Your commercial kitchen should be based on your flow of operations. Depending on the type of food you will be serving, you may choose an assembly line system or a zone layout. Making sure that your kitchen staff isn't running back and forth across the kitchen to prepare common menu items is crucial. It's also important to maintain flexibility. Being able to adapt to new situations, such as a new menu, is critical to your success. Make sure your layout is flexible and your kitchen design allows for re-structuring if needed.

3. Allow Enough Storage Space.

Another important aspect of your commercial kitchen is having the storage capacity needed to run your business. The amount of storage space needed will depend on the size of your restaurant and how much food you expect to serve to customers. Consider what items will need to be stored in refrigeration units and what will do on shelving. Refrigeration storage options come in many sizes and shapes, from roll-ins and walk-ins to under-counter fridges. In addition to having the proper storage space available, it's important to keep these areas organized so you can easily find what you needs, especially during a lunch or dinner rush.

4. Consider Clean Up Strategies.

Cleanliness and sanitation play major roles in the success and efficiency of a commercial kitchen. Consider how dishes and trash will be handled, and also where cleaning supplies will be stored. This all needs to be kept away from the food storage and prep areas. Will you use a commercial dishwasher, compartmentalized sinks or both? You'll want to store your cleaning supplies near the dish washing area; this can include sanitizing buckets, cleaning solutions, scouring pads, mops, brooms, etc. The other thing to consider is trash. Do you have a recycling bin? Where will your trash cans and dumpster be located? How many bins will you need and what company will you hire for waste management?

Considering all of these points on a regular basis, and looking for ways to improve them, will increase the efficiency of your kitchen. When in need of restaurant equipment repair in Western Illinois or Missouri, give us a call at 573-254-3748. We provide both emergency service and warranty work, one call does it all! 

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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
Website: www.FastFixLLC.com

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