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Knowing All About Restaurant Equipment

Jun 22, 2008
There are some basics you will need to consider before you rush out and buy restaurant equipment. Not all of them require the same types of equipment so you can't just open a book and know what you will need. They are going to be very different for a franchise establishment versus an independent restaurant as well.

With your own type of business you do have more options than with a franchise. This is because you get to set it up your way instead of having to model what they have in place at all the others in the chain. Even the types of foods you serve though are going to affect what pieces of equipment you need to get it done. You also have the choice of investing in either new or used equipment.

Used equipment for your restaurant can be reliable but you need to make sure. Carefully inspect all of it so you will know for sure. You don't want to be in the middle of a lunch rush and your grill goes out. You also don't want to continually invest in paying for expensive repairs.

Since equipment is such a huge expense for this type of business it needs to be planned very carefully. Should you decide you want to have new equipment you need to look for quality brands. You also want to get a long term warranty on it. This way you can have the costs of any repairs covered by the manufacturer. There are often limitations to such warranties so read the information carefully.

While used restaurant equipment is going to save you money, how reliable is it going to be? You can get it from other business owners or even auctions but you need to inspect all of it. The last thing you need is to invest in it and then have to replace it right away because it simply wasn't worth it. There won't be any warranty so any repairs or replacements are going to be on your dime.

Pay attention to the codes in your area as well before you buy anything. They can be verified with the local fire department and health department. These codes can be different for each area so don't just assume that you already know what they are. Buying equipment for your restaurant that doesn't pass the inspection means you are out the money you paid.

Don't overlook the issue of making sure you have the right sources of power for the equipment you purchase. You may get a heck of a deal on a gas stove for the kitchen but it can be expensive to change everything over if it is only set up for an electric stove. You need to make sure you have enough power to successfully operate all of the items you need as well.

With some attention to details, your plans for purchasing restaurant equipment can be very successful. Knowing what it is that you need and evaluating your options for getting it is important. You need to know you have reliable equipment to help you have a successful restaurant business. You also need to be able to do this within a reasonable budget.
About the Author
Patricia Farnham is a restaurant business veteran. Before you decide to buy a restaurant, you might want to read some more of her insights on the restaurant business on her website.
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