Setting up a new restaurant kitchen is hard work. There are a lot of things to consider and so many regulations to follow to be sure you will get your permits to operate when it is complete. Knowing what you want and what you need are two different things but there are resources to help you. If you take your time and ask questions when you have them, your new kitchen will meet the guidelines and you will be up and running in no time.
Following The Rules
One of the most important parts of setting up a commercial kitchen is to understand what is required. While a sink might be required in every kitchen, the specific type, size, and depth can vary. The simplest solution is to talk with the code enforcement office or health department in your town or city to get specific information. The regulations should be available to you so that you can work with a vendor to get the right equipment in your kitchen.
Hiring A Contractor
You may want to consider hiring a contractor to work on your kitchen but if you do, be sure he or she has the experience with this type of work. It is expensive and time-consuming, and also has to be right so mistakes are going to be costly if you have to redo something that wasn't done right the first time. An experienced contractor that works with these type of installations may have a vendor already in mind to buy your kitchen equipment from but you do not have to use them. Keep in mind, they are working for you, not the other way round. Make sure that you are clear about what you would like in the kitchen and be sure to listen to the contractor's recommendations and ask questions if you don't understand.
Sourcing Kitchen Supplies and Equipment
Working with a commercial kitchen equipment supplier to get all the things you need in your kitchen can be very helpful. While you can shop around and get the items in different places, the supplier may deliver and install all the kitchen equipment at once. It is easier to have your warranty located with one vendor as well. If a stove or refrigerator stops working, you don't want to search through paperwork to find out who to contact. Having one vendor simplifies that for you. Since these companies specialize in this type of equipment, they may be able to recommend the best brands for you to consider, the best options for the equipment you are considering, and they may have ideas that you hadn't thought of to help you streamline your kitchen.