Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Restaurant Checklist – Supplies You Need for Your Restaurant

Are you about to open your restaurant? If you are, then you’ll need to set up the ultimate restaurant checklist to help you make sure that you’re 100% ready for the opening. Here are some important supplies you might need before you open up shop.

cups for your restaurant

Plates and Cups

Your restaurant will never work without the right plates and cups. If you’re opening up a formal restaurant, then you might want to look for some expensive plates and cups to fill your closets. On the other hand, if you’ll be selling off finger foods, you can settle for paper plates and cups instead. Just make sure that the plates and cups that you buy for your restaurant will match the type of food you’re serving.

Utensils and Napkins

Besides plates and cups, you’ll also need a lot of utensils and napkins to finish off the things your guests will use. Utensils consist of forks, knives, spoons and even dessert utensils. You need to have a good set of these (remember to maintain uniformity in all of your supplies) utensils before you open up shop. Running out of these supplies will only slow you down. It’s best to have a good amount of utensils ready. Napkins are also important. Will you be getting custom beverage napkins? Because if you are, it is important to order the napkins a few weeks before the opening date of your restaurant. Personalized napkins take some time to prepare. If you’ll be buying in bulk, it’s best to have a good amount of it way before the opening date of your restaurant.

custom beverage napkins

Kitchen Equipment and Utensils

Now that you have a good checklist of the things your guests will use, it’s time to focus on the things your staff will use.

Kitchen equipment is very important when you’re opening up a restaurant. Do you have a good stove? A good microwave? Maybe an oven? You’ll also need to buy pots, pans, knives, spatulas, chopping boards, measuring cups, aprons, oven gloves, brushes and peels – everything that your staff might need in order to prepare the food. Not only is it important that you have a complete set of kitchen equipment and utensils, but you’ll also need to be sure that the equipment you use is safe and made out of good quality. You cannot put your guests at risk. If you don’t double check the safety and quality of your equipment, you could end up putting a lot of people in harm’s way.