Setting up a commercial kitchen is a monumental task, one that requires careful planning, precise execution, and the right equipment. At The Redstone Group, we’ve seen it all — the good, the bad, and the kitchen setups that leave you scratching your head. To help you navigate this complex process, we’ve compiled a list of the top five mistakes to avoid when setting up your commercial kitchen.
1. Underestimating the Importance of a Functional Layout
Avoid This: Crowding your kitchen with equipment without considering workflow.
Instead: Focus on creating a functional layout that allows for an efficient workflow. Ensure that there is enough space for your staff to move freely and safely, and that the equipment is laid out in a way that makes logical sense for the preparation and cooking of food.
2. Skimping on Quality Equipment
Avoid This: Choosing cheaper, lower quality equipment to save money upfront.
Instead: Invest in high-quality, durable equipment from reputable manufacturers. Remember, the right equipment is an investment that will pay off in the long run in terms of reliability, longevity, and performance.
3. Neglecting Ventilation and Safety
Avoid This: Overlooking the importance of proper ventilation and safety features in your kitchen.
Instead:Ensure your kitchen is equipped with adequate ventilation systems to remove heat, smoke, and odors. Additionally, make sure all equipment is installed with the necessary safety features and that your staff is trained on proper safety protocols.
4. Ignoring Energy Efficiency
Avoid This: Choosing equipment without considering its energy efficiency.
Instead: Opt for energy-efficient appliances that not only help reduce your energy bills but also contribute to a more sustainable operation. The Redstone Group is proud to offer a range of environmentally friendly equipment options to choose from.
5. Failing to Plan for Maintenance and Repairs
Avoid This: Neglecting to consider the long-term maintenance and repair needs of your equipment.
Instead: Choose equipment that is known for its reliability and ease of maintenance. Establish a regular maintenance schedule and build a relationship with a reputable service provider to ensure your equipment stays in top condition.
Avoiding these common mistakes can save you time, money, and a whole lot of stress in the long run. At The Redstone Group, we are committed to helping you create a commercial kitchen that is efficient, safe, and equipped with the best products available. Visit our test kitchens in Salt Lake City, UT, Denver, CO, or Chandler, AZ, to see our equipment in action and find the perfect fit for your kitchen. Let’s create a kitchen space that not only meets but exceeds your expectations!