Buying equipment for your new restaurant is no more or less important than figuring out the menu or storefront decor. There are many moving parts when it comes to building from the bottom up. Each aspect is typically determined by the overall theme for the space, including the kitchen.
Until it’s time to complete your own working kitchen, you’ll never really know what goes on behind the swinging doors. It is the main place for food to be stored and prepared which is why cooking and refrigeration equipment are the key pieces to shop for. No matter the genre, you’re going to need food preparation equipment, along with basic pieces that are specific to your business.
Don’t forget about local health codes. Each state has different retail and food service codes and regulations. You’ll want to make sure you’re following the codes to protect yourself and customers. This should be a top priority as you’ll want to be sure the space is in compliance prior to purchasing and making the investment.
You’ll also need to determine how much space you have available and try to predict the volume of orders. Think about what you would need to create each item on your menu to make those recipes and unique dishes come to life. See a list of common restaurant kitchen equipment below: