You can easily be overwhelmed by the work that goes into buying and installing equipment for your commercial restaurant. There is a risk of incurring a high cost without getting things that will work for your business. The secret lies in the kitchen's layout because it determines the interaction you have with your customers and the transition between preparing food and serving it to customers. Certainly, fit-outs are an integral part of your restaurant's layout. In this piece, you will learn a few pointers for buying and installing your restaurant's kitchen fit-outs:
The Best Materials
Material choices for restaurant kitchen fit-outs require a thorough evaluation. You need materials that can stand up to high-traffic storage while guaranteeing safety when they encounter food products. Stainless steel is a top choice in this case because it is durable and capable of standing up to the chemical ingredients in spices and other products used in the kitchen. Secondly, surfaces that encounter food regularly must be easy to clean. They should not absorb water, grease and food pigments. Steel also meets the criteria very well. The range of equipment to get includes:
- Stainless steel shelves
- Stainless steel sinks
- Stainless steel ventilation solutions and canopies
- Customised steel bakery display
Ask the fabricator to make the equipment using grade 304 steel because it has a low iron content, which makes it resist corrosion excellently. Mild steel and iron do not make the cut here. For sections where you want to use plastic, make sure it is non-porous and ideal for food handling operations. Laminate plastic is a great choice.
The fit-outs you get must support the recommended fitting techniques used in commercial food handling operations. For example, wash hand basins and sinks should attach to the walls of the kitchen. Refrain from fitting other equipment below these wash areas to facilitate easy and thorough cleaning. It also makes it easy for the wash areas to get cold and hot water supplies from standard plumbing outlets fitted within the walls.
The Kitchen's Ceilings
Restaurant kitchen ceilings differ from the ordinary ceilings installed in houses or commercial office spaces. Specific consideration goes to the fact that you are dealing with lots of steam and moisture in the kitchen. Any material can crumble under these conditions, so your ceiling of choice needs to be non-absorbent. Fibrous plaster or cement render coated with washable, glossy paint is the best solution. The face of the ceiling is made rigid and smooth to enhance the non-absorbed attribute.