How to Equip a New Restaurant

Opening a new restaurant is not an easy business venture as many people may think. However, with the right planning and plenty of hard work, you can definitely be successful. The following are some of the most important factors you needed to take into consideration while planning to open a restaurant:

1. Determine a Food Concept

This is the most important factor to consider when opening a new restaurant. Are you thinking of running a family-style steakhouse, a quick-service ethnic restaurant, a high-end fine dining restaurant or an upscale French cuisine? Having a specific food/restaurant concept from the word go will not only help you to structure and organize your restaurant in the best way possible, but will also give your potential customer some idea of what they should expect from you.

2. Equipment and Supplies

Your new restaurant will need major appliances such as freezers, cookers, refrigerators, coffee makers, beer dispensers, food processors, fryers, ovens and cookware such as pans and pots. You will also need utensils such as spoons, spatulas, knives, apple cutters, bottle openers, trays, colanders, egg piercers, dough scrapers and graters. Restaurants also need spacious storage shelves, prep tables, chairs, large sinks, storage racks, and food display/merchandising equipment. You can get the necessary restaurant equipment and supplies from your local wholesale restaurant equipment company at very affordable rates as long as you are ready to buy in bulk.

To get the best wholesale restaurant equipment deals, you can also shop around bargains or ask for advice from your friends or family members who have managed to open their own restaurants.

3. Location

The location of your restaurant will greatly determine its success or failure. While looking for the perfect location, there are several factors you should keep in mind such as accessibility, population base, the level of traffic and the availability of ample parking space. Once you find the right location for your restaurant, you will need to negotiate the best leasing option with your landlord.

4. Permits and Licenses

Apart from getting the much-needed wholesale restaurant equipment, you will also have to obtain the federal tax identification number and other several permits before you start operating your new restaurant. One of the most important permits is the health services permit, which is issued after your workspace has been inspected. The restaurant must also pass fire inspection. If you are intending to sell alcohol, you must look for a liquor license. Since you will be playing music to entertain your customers at the restaurant, you will have to obtain a copyright license from a well-recognized music licensing agency such as Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) or the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP). As the owner of the restaurant, you will also be required to pass a food and safety course.

5. Staff

As you get closer to opening your restaurant, you should start hiring members of your staff. Before hiring, you should consider the size of your restaurant and the types of food and drinks you will be serving. This will help you decide the types and number of managers, chefs, cashiers, servers and receptionists to hire. Take time to thoroughly screen and interview every applicant so that you can be able to hire only highly skilled and competent employees.

Written by John Silverman