Opening a restaurant can be exciting. Everything is fast paced and you get to meet a lot of people. Behind management doors, you will have to know the tricks of the trade and the terminology associated with running a professional kitchen. It takes more than just being a good cook, so here are a few key terms that every food business owner, cook and restaurant equipment and supplies dealers should know.
Backorder – This is when you order products, such as restaurant equipment, food or kitchen supplies, that are no longer in stock, but are shipped immediately upon availability.
Menu – This is a list of beverage and food tems that are offered to customers and that are related to the concept of your restaurant.
Casual Dining – A restaurant that has a casual dress code and atmosphere. Food on the menu are priced moderately for casual dining.
Front of the House – A reference for the front portion of a restaurant where customers are allowed, such as the entry area, restrooms, dining room and conference rooms. The host or hostess is usually in charge of this area.
Full Service – A restaurant that has waiters/waitresses that cater to customers’ needs.
Single Service Utensil – Kitchen tableware that is disposable. These are used for carry-out food and one-time or one-person usage. These are popular because they're cheap.
Demographic Surveys – Surveys that are conducted to determine the age, race, gender, income, profession, etc. of your restaurant’s customers, allowing you to better cater to them with your prices and menu items.
If you are opening up a restaurant, bakery, cafe, or even catering business, you will need to seek out equipment and supplies from a wholesale manufacturer. Depending on what is in store for your menu, your kitchen may need anything from an industrial oven for baking to used tables and glassware for a dining room.
Seek out many different manufacturers that specialize in what type of restaurant or food business you are opening. Many different wholesalers can supply you with various types of equipment, so be sure find a business that offers all the supplies your new restaurant needs. Also, take into account that it may be cheaper to buy all your equipment from one wholesale manufacturer because of bulk discounts.
Different types of food restaurants and caterers need different types of equipment and supplies. For instance, if your new business is a bar, you will need an ice machine, bar stools, and lots of glassware. If you are a baker, look for a company that can supply your kitchen with quality baking equipment, including everything from multiple industrial ovens to mixing bowls. If you are opening a restaurant or cafe, you will need many cooking supplies from stoves with pots and pans to tables and decorations. If you are a caterer, you will need transportable commercial stoves for cooking, and even a refrigerated truck to transport your food.
To learn more about what type of supplies your business may need, search online. It is important to be informed about what equipment you will need before going directly to a manufacturer. Also, ask experienced owners to get a better idea of what you are getting into.