Thinking about a commercial restaurant renovation? Your commercial kitchen remodel depends on getting the right commercial kitchen equipment. Having the right tools for the job isn’t just a matter of buying the best equipment. You’ll also need to consider everything from budget to layout to menu.
Here are six things to consider before you start your commercial restaurant renovation:
- Consider the menu and capacity: When your restaurant is already established, you’ll already have a good idea of your hottest menu items and how many people typically visit your restaurant each day. Make sure that your commercial kitchen equipment can keep up with the demand—and offer plenty of room to grow. With any luck, your restaurant will draw in more traffic. Choosing the right equipment ensures that you can keep up with growing demand, whether that’s more customers or innovative new dishes.
- Create a timeline: Next decide when you’d like the remodel to be complete. Your commercial kitchen equipment suppliers need plenty of advance notice so the equipment is ready to install when the kitchen construction is complete. A contractor can help you determine how much time it will take to accomplish your goals. Don’t forget to build some leeway into the schedule in case it takes longer than expected.
- Set your budget: How much money are you planning to spend on your commercial restaurant renovation? Your budget will affect every decision you make. Decide where you’re willing to splurge (such as on your kitchen equipment) and where you can use more cost-effective options.
- Determine the floor plan: Your contractor will help you design an appropriate floor plan for your new kitchen. Don’t forget to keep efficiency in mind. Ask your kitchen staff what they like and dislike about the old layout. Then, as you’re deciding where all the equipment should go, keep their feedback in mind to optimize space and workflow.
- Find out what local laws require: Your local laws may have special requirements for commercial kitchens. Signs, two- and three-sink setups, trash cans and even kitchen hoods are often regulated by state and local laws. Before you order anything and begin construction, be sure that your kitchen is in compliance.
- Get your permits: Finally, before construction can start, you’ll need to secure your permits. Your general contractor is often the party in charge of this process. Confirm with them whether they intend to secure the permits and how long that takes. This can affect your timeline, so talk about it at the outset. Then ensure that the permits are secured before the remodel begins.
With the right help and equipment, your commercial kitchen remodel will be a breeze. Keep these tips in mind as you start imagining what your new kitchen will look like—and how much new business it will bring in.
For help selecting and installing the finest commercial kitchen equipment available, visit Commercial Equipment Service Inc. today. Our team can help you find the best appliances for the job.