Everything that you’re gonna need for your restaurant and more!
As silly as it sounds, one thing that people often forget to think about when deciding to open up their very own restaurant is the equipment. There is simply a lot of stuff you need in order to get the job done, and as your menu grows, (and its complexity as well), so does all of the stuff that you need in order to prepare it. It’s not just as easy as having an oven and a fridge, you have to get all the way down to the knives and spoons in order to have the right environment.
You could simply go buy the top of the line equipment while paying attention to reviews and you’d have no problem, but most people don’t have that kind of money, ESPECIALLY when it comes to as expensive of an endeavor as opening their own restaurant can be! Check out restaurant kitchen supplies online, you might find better prices. A good system to use is to plan out what you are going to be making, and what equipment you would need in order to do that. Make sure that you are including all the phases, like prepping, setting, etc. When you are done, you get two or three sets of what you listed and you’ll never have to worry about having what you need.
This is also a great way to get excess equipment stored up, for those times when you’re asking yourself.. “Do I have another one of those?”
Before opening, (assuming that you are new to the biz), do a test run for a day or two to ensure that everything goes smoothly in a demo full service. It sounds really obvious, but you’d be surprised how easy it is to run into issues when you are serving that many people at one time. Things can get way busier than ever expected in the food industry, so it’s never good to give yourself a reason to possibly be behind later. It’s the reason that a lot of places are constantly over-staffed, (or under-staffed depending on how you look at it).
You can normally find great deals on equipment by buying from a restaurant currently going out of business. This happens a lot more frequently than you would think, so check in around craigslist and other areas to see before you go purchasing everything brand new! While you do get warranties that way, certain little items in bulk should be bought in the cheapest way possible to save money at a wholesale rate. Most major appliances should be bought at a major retailer with a good protection plan, so that you can always make sure your equipment is working and that you don’t have a gap in service due to equipment failing.