SOME WORDS TO THE WISE FROM SOMEONE WHO HAS WORKED IN THE RESTAURANT BUSINESS
I used to work in this industry. It takes a great deal of patience and understanding to make it with your own restaurant. With that being said, I am here to help you out. I am here to offer some advice on how to order your supplies like grease traps.
Supplies come in all shapes and sizes. Your kitchen supplies are going to be your most essential investment you make. The equipment is what helps make a good meal or dessert. Your equipment can either make or break your reviews.
Allow me to illustrate some helpful suggestions on how to go about ordering what you need.
WHAT ARE YOUR NEEDS
It sounds basic, but here me out. You have to get to the root of what you are offering. You need to figure out what sort of eatery your will be. Are you going to be a place that serves only meals? Are you going to be a place that serves only desserts? Willy uo be doing both?
Based on what type of restaurant you will be, you can order the correct supplies. One word of caution, be careful as to the number of supplies you order. If you are going to be using a mixer for both meals and dessert, you might want to invest in two different mixers. This might cause more washing, but it will save you in the long run. Using the same mixer for both your dinner and dessert will spell disaster.
This all falls under what you need. Once you have figured this part out, you are on your way.
HOW BIG DO YOU WANT TO BE
This is sort of an extended version of the first one. How big do you wish to be? Do you want to stay small, only catering to a specific clientele? Do you want to grow and cater to all sorts of people.
It’s important that you figure this out. If you do want to get bigger, you never want to do it while unprepared. You have to prepare your restaurant for what might lie ahead, good or bad. This includes the supplies too. If you want get bigger, you will need more supplies. This needs to happen when the time is right. In other words, do not buy too many supplies when you are still small. Wait until the time is right, then buy more.
If you wish to stay small, than you will only need to budget a small portion out for your kitchen supplies.
WHAT TYPE OF PEOPLE DO YOU WANT TO DO BUSINESS WITH
Who do you want to have come eat at your place? If you want to cater to those who eat Japanese, you need to buy supplies that will fulfill this wish. If you wish to cater to those who only eat Mexican, you need the supplies that will achieve this goal.
This is all part of figuring out who you are.
WHAT ABOUT THE STAFF
This is something else that falls under kitchen supplies. How many people do you wish to hire? Do you wish to hire a full staff? Do you only want to hire some part-timers? Who is going to be washing the dishes? Are you going to be doing this yourself? Are you going to hire people to do this for you? This the one I recommend you do. No matter how big or small you are, it’s never a good idea to do it all yourself. You have too many other things to worry about. Hiring a staff is the better choice to make.
WHERE WILL YOU BUY THE TOOLS
This is one of the most important decisions you will make. Where you buy your kitchen supplies says a lot about you. Do your homework. Only invest your money with a company you trust. You’d want the same thing on your end, wouldn’t you?
Select a reliable company to sell you your supplies. Make a list of everything you will need. The next step is to research the best place to find these items. Money should not be your deciding factor either. It’s an important factor, but do not treat it like the be-all and end-all.
Sometimes you have to spend a little to reap some rewards. Go with a brand of kitchenware that you know will not let you down. This is one instance where quality over quantity is the better option.
Kitchen Aid is a good brand. Start with them. Just Google the name. The results will follow.