There are a few pieces of restaurant equipment that are necessities, not that every restaurant will need each and every piece on this list, this is just a good starting point for anyone looking for restaurant equipment ideas.
In my opinion the one piece of restaurant equipment you are guaranteed to see in just about every restaurant is the ice maker . With out ice you may as well close your doors, especially during the hot summer months. You will need ice for food preparation, food storage and for serving beverages to your customers. Whether you are operating a full service restaurant or looking to open a fast food type establishment the commercial ice machine is going to be a critical piece in your restaurant equipment line-up.
Stainless steel sinks are critical for numerous reasons, including but not limited to: food preparation, dish washing and employee hand washing. NSF approved stainless steel kitchen sinks, like the three compartment sink ,are very important to your everyday operations since this is where dirty dishes end and clean dishes begin. Wall mounted hand sinks in strategic locations will encourage your staff to keep their hands washed, thus cutting back on the spread of germs and bacteria.
I don’t think I’ve ever been in a commercial kitchen that wasn’t equipped with one or two commercial fryers . While fried food may not be the healthiest alternative, we all love it and it’s hard to operate a restaurant without a few deep fried goodies on the menu. From french fries to fried green tomatoes, many side dishes and appetizers are fried and a quality deep fryer is one piece of restaurant equipment you wont be able to go without.
For short order restaurants and anyone planning to serve breakfast this is a must. Griddles are used to cook everything from hamburgers to scrambled eggs and many uses in between. The griddle is a fairly simple piece of equipment but has more uses than it does anything, it may not fit your kitchen plan but most restaurants have at-least a small section of their kitchen set aside for this useful piece of restaurant equipment.
Convection ovens come in very handy in most every type of restaurant, from baking biscuits for breakfast or roast beef for dinner, a convection oven is the way to go. You can get by with a standard (conventional) oven but the convection oven cooks more evenly and slightly faster, saving you time and energy.
Reach-in commercial freezers , reach-in commercial refrigerators , walk in coolers and walk in freezers are all critical to keeping your food stock fresh. Sandwich prep tables are also found in the kitchen of most restaurants to help ease the transition from grill to table. The prep table gives you a place to keep all your sandwich toppings and salad ingredients fresh, close at hand and ready to use.
Commercial dishwashers help ease the strain of washing all your dishes by hand. They come in a variety of sizes to fit any size outfit, from small under-counter dishwashers to the larger conveyor dishwashers, there is a commercial dishwasher right for you. I would recommend a high temperature sanitizing commercial dishwasher but there are chemical sanitizing commercial dishwashers to pick from as well.
I’ll end my list there, and of course that’s not everything you will need and like I said in the beginning you may not need every piece of restaurant equipment listed above but this will be a good starting point for your new venture. If you have any questions feel free to leave them as a comment bellow or call me at the toll free number in the signature line at the bottom. That’s all for today, thanks for reading and remember…
Commercial Ice Machines from Ice-O-Matic, Hoshizaki, Manitowoc, & Scotsman
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