Minimum Equipment Requirements for a Restaurant Set Up

By Wendel Clark, eHow Contributor
If you plan to open your own restaurant, know the basic equipment you will need to get started. A large industrial kitchen in a hotel or restaurant can have millions of dollars worth of equipment. A state-of-the-art kitchen with all the equipment you want may be nice, but it is not necessary for a basic restaurant. You will very likely want more than the bare minimum, but knowing the basic equipment required can help you get started.

Refrigeration Equipment
Refrigeration equipment is necessary to keep foods from growing bacteria or going bad. Refrigerator options range from under-the-counter models, to typical household-style refrigerators, and large walk-in refrigerators. Whatever type of refrigerator you have, it must be in proper working condition to ensure food safety. In addition to a refrigerator, you will likely need a freezer. Freezer choices include chest, upright and walk-in freezers.

Washing Stations
You will need two different types of washing stations. First, a hand-washing station is an absolute essential according to all American health codes. A hand-washing station must have a proper sink with warm water and soap, as well as a means of drying hands. Second, a dish-washing station is necessary to properly sanitize tableware, pots and utensils used to prepare food. Standards vary, so contact your local health authority for details.

Cooking Equipment
Unless you are serving only cold foods, you will need a way to cook food in your restaurant. Cooking equipment might include ovens, stoves, grills, panini presses and deep fryers. Your choice will depend largely on the type of food you will be preparing. A cooktop is the most versatile cooking equipment, allowing you to boil, fry, saute and cook foods in almost any manner imaginable.

Safety Equipment
Basic safety equipment includes a first aid kit, a fire suppression system and a vent system for cooking equipment. Contact your local health authority to determine specific safety equipment requirements for your area.

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