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Pick The Right Restaurant Layout

Pick The Right Restaurant Layout

Disclaimer: The following is provided with the intent to serve as informational purposes only and is not considered as legal, HR, or any other official professional guidelines. You, as the business owner, are responsible for the compliance of your business with all local laws and regulations. Contact your attorney or relevant advisor for specific advice regarding your business.

So, What is a Restaurant Floor Plan?

A restaurant floor plan is a map out of the physical space of your restaurant. This includes all elements of your establishment including the kitchen, dining area, waiting area, prep areas, storage, bathrooms, office, etc. The floor plan is how these spaces fit together.

The right layout of seating, bar, kitchen, etc. has a massive impact on the success of your foodservice business. Your guests, as well as your employees, will be greatly impacted by the floor plan of your establishment, thusly affecting your profit margin. The efficiency and the profitability of your restaurant depend on a solid floor plan.

When keeping your employees in mind, you want to maximize efficiency by removing obstacles that might hinder their ability to do their jobs as easily and quickly as possible. See this article for more information.

When you think about your guests, you want to provide a welcoming layout that is aesthetically pleasing and functional for a proper dining experience.

You can design your floor plan on your own using different types of software. You can also consult with a contractor if you’re looking to change the layout of a current business or building. Another option is working with an interior design studio and letting professionals who are accustomed to maximizing space and creating an amazing interior concept. There really isn’t a right or wrong approach to this but just keep in mind that one size rarely ever fits all.

Keep in mind: many states will require you to submit your floor plan as part of your business plan before you’ll even get a restaurant permit issued. So, make sure that you put this at the top of your priority list to be completed before a single nail can be hammered into a wall.

Keep the Guest in Mind:

Always have 1 goal in mind: to please your guests. Put on your “guest” glasses and see through their vision. Try asking yourself the following questions:

  • Do I feel welcomed when I enter the door?
  • Do I like the seating arrangement?
  • Is this the place I can enjoy a meal or is the kitchen too close and too noisy? 

Now, these are definitely important to keep in mind when planning out your floor plan, but you definitely need to make sure that your plans are up to code with state regulations as well. You can’t necessarily build your dream restaurant floor plan without restrictions, so check out your local ordinates to ensure that your restaurant has the right kind of compliance standards with all building codes.

Restaurant Floor Plan Best Practices

  • Allow ample room for your guests to be comfortable while waiting to be seated
  • Have a proper break area for your employees
  • Ensure you have a natural flow of your food being served from the kitchen to guests
  • Have inclusive seating options
  • Create an inviting atmosphere including your lighting, music, ambiance, etc.
  • Place your payment system in an easily accessible area for your employees to access while also keeping it far enough away from guests to not bother their experience
  • Offer outdoor seating (if possible)
  • Think about the efficiency of the kitchen layout

How To Choose the Best Restaurant Floor Plan

When choosing a restaurant floor plan, consider the following:

  • Is your restaurant accessible?
  • Where do you want to invest the most space?
  • How much space do you have?
  • What are your dimensions?
  • Do your employees and your guests each have enough room to operate effectively and enjoy their food, respectively.
  • Will you have a full bar?


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Remember, You Can Map Out Your Restaurant Floor Plan and Change it Up!

Even if your floor plan is built out and already functioning, you can always change things up! Regardless of if your floor plan has been built and implemented, it’s always a smart idea to check on how functional it is and if it can continue to be. Making changes is always an option, especially when it comes to your dining area. Always look at your seating arrangements to see if it is the best setup for your guests to enjoy a nice dining experience. Some of the best advice: talk to your regulars! There doesn’t have to be a wall between you and your customers. Ask them what they think of the business. Ask them what is working and what you can improve on. Rather than guess at it, ask your customers how you can make your restaurant one that they want to keep coming back to time and time again.

 

As always, when you’re ready to fill your restaurant, Online Restaurant Supplies is here to help! Shop our inventory or speak to a specialist today! 

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What are Restaurant Equipment Certification Marks?

What are Restaurant Equipment Certification Marks?

For the food service industry, 2 of the most important components are Safety and Sanitation. To keep equipment operators (and customers of course) safe, there are many different agencies in charge of certifying and testing commercial kitchen equipment. You can see certain symbols found on equipment that indicate whether said agencies have deemed the equipment as “meeting specific standards” These agencies work with manufacturers to verify that commercial restaurant equipment units are up to proper standards through the following certifications:

NSF International

NSF international focuses primarily on creating and maintaining sanitation standards of equipment in the food service industry. This is something that is taken very seriously because if equipment was not certified or up to par, there would be even more people hospitalized each year because of foodborne illness. There are no universal rules or governing sanitation laws; however, the NSF international marking on a product does guarantee that has been tested thoroughly to ensure the unit protects food quality and safety. This is done at a manufacturing level to ensure food safety when in use. The facilities that manufacture NSF certified equipment must be evaluated yearly by NSF auditors who renew their certification. Food Prep equipment must be designed and constructed to be safe for end use consumers to ensure their safety. NSF approved items are in compliance with health department rules to ensure just that.

 

 

Underwriters Laboratories (UL)

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is an agency that certifies commercial restaurant equipment with safety in mind. The agency has engineers who test both electrical and gas equipment to ensure that safety standards are in place in the design. They also ensure that the structural integrity of the equipment meet requirements to ensure safe use. If all the testing procedures are completed successfully on the piece of equipment, the unit is deemed safe for use and given a certification. UL also has a sanitation certification that is similar to the NSF International. Often, equipment that is listed as UL sanitation certified, is also accepted as alternatives to NSF listed equipment. You’ll want to consult with your local regulatory office to confirm or if you need more information.

 


The basic UL symbol.


If the basic UL symbol as a “C” to the left and a “US” to the right of it, then that says the commercial restaurant equipment has been tested in both Canada and the US and meets their safety standards. If you only see the “C”, it’s only been tested and certified in Canada. The same goes if you only see “US”.

If the UL symbol also has “GAS-FRIED” on the top, then the commercial restaurant equipment uses gas as its primary power source. This type of equipment has undergone several tests to certify its ability to prevent hazardous situations.

Canadian Standards Association (CSA)

The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) is primarily applicable to the Canadian market. However, since CSA tests electrical and gas units that undergo testing for both NSF and UL requirements, CSA marked equipment can also be alternatives to NSF and UL units. You must consult your local regulatory offices to confirm or for more information needed.

 


The basic CSA symbol


If the basic CSA symbol as a “C” to the left and a “US” to the right of it, then (just like the UL symbol) it says the produced unit has been tested in both Canada and the US and meets their safety standards. If you only see the “C”, it’s only been tested and certified in Canada. The same goes if you only see “US”.


The CSA star mark shows that this piece of equipment has been tested and meets the requirements for gas-fired products in the U.S.


A CSA blue flame mark is a certification for equipment that has been tested and meets the requirements for gas-fired products in Canada.


The CSA Sanitation mark indicates that products have been tested and meet NSF/ANSI requirements.

 

 

 

 

Energy Star

While this is not a necessarily required certification recognized by local regulatory groups, the energy star indicates units that can save you thousands on annual energy bills. Using equipment that is Energy Star qualified, can also provide tax credit opportunity for your business. Energy star standards are set by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. Units that have the Energy Star rating have been rigorously tested to meet said agency standards.

 


Energy Star Qualified:

The Energy Star Qualified symbol

 

Edison Testing Laboratories (ETL Intertek)

Edison Testing Laboratories (ETL) is an Intertek division that is a global group of laboratories in charge of testing several global items. Intertek’s mark are found on equipment that adhere to safety standards similar to those mentioned previously. These safety standards are developed through independent testing by a nationally recognized testing laboratory (NRTL). This means that the ETL is held to the same standards as the beforementioned UL or CSA marks. ETL listed markings are recognized by local inspectors and authorities having jurisdiction across North America.

 


The basic ETL Intertek symbol

 


Like the earlier symbols of this list, if there is a "C” to the left and a “US” to the right of it, then it says the produced unit has been tested in both Canada and the US and meets their safety standards. If you only see the “C”, it’s only been tested and certified in Canada. The same goes if you only see “US”.


This symbol indicates that equipment has been rigorously tested against national sanitation requirements and has been deemed safe. When you see this item, you can be confident that your equipment is fit for use during food production.

 

 

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

The Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) regulates intestate and international communications. This is everything from radio to television to satellite to cable across all 50 states and US territories. What does this have to do with commercial restaurant equipment? Simply put, the FCC issues licenses to allow units to operate over radio frequencies. So surprisingly enough, some equipment, like microwaves or induction units use radio waves to work. So when you buy a microwave that is FCC compliant, then you know that it is certified to operate over radio frequencies that are designated for that unit.

 


The FCC symbol

 

Standards for Accessible Design (ADA Compliant)

The Americans with Disabilities Act is a law that states no one may discriminate against a person with a disability that was passed on July 26, 1990. The law also states that everyone must have the same opportunities, regardless of a disability being present. Since taking affect, the Department of Justice has issued ADA standards for Accessible Design. This means that equipment that meets the standards set forth by the Department of Justice are given the ADA compliant certification.

 


The ADA Compliant symbol

 

 We hope that this guide to certifications has been beneficial; however, nothing can replace guidance from your local regulatory offices. Now that you know what certifications are important for your commercial kitchen equipment, please feel safe in shopping our large inventory or valuable units.

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Which commercial microwave is best for my kitchen?

Which commercial microwave is best for my kitchen?

First things first, let’s answer the question “what is a commercial microwave?”. A commercial microwave is a heavy-duty kitchen appliance used to heat up your food like a residential microwave – pretty common knowledge. Now, while you may already know this, a commercial heavy-duty microwave isn’t just fit for larger kitchens like a restaurant, bakery, deli, and more. You could easily install one of our industrial microwaves right in your very own home.

The major differences you will encounter when browsing between commercial and residential is quality. Just by looking at them, you can tell which is commercial and which is residential. Usually, a commercial microwave is made of high-quality materials to secure top quality. Stainless-steel usually does the trick! It’s important to choose the best, especially if you frequently use this common household appliance. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to buy the most expensive microwave. Especially here at Online Restaurant Supplies! We’ll make sure you get the best deal for the best commercial microwave possible.

 

Why choose a commercial microwave?

If you’re a chef, or just someone who enjoys cooking, you probably already know that you can’t beat around the bush when it comes to quality. Owning a commercial microwave oven in your personal kitchen is not only a safer option, but it can even preserve the delicious flavors of your meals. The commercial microwaves were made to handle high volume for long periods of time. Commercial microwaves were built to last so that they can remain safe in your home for years.

    Safety:

When purchasing a commercial microwave oven, you are ensuring safety in your home kitchen. A high-quality, durable microwave will cook your food more evenly and ultimately destroy the risk of food-borne illnesses. If you’ve ever been a victim of food-poisoning, you know it’s not fun. Commercial microwaves are built with the best wattage and materials to ensure that your food is being cooked all the way without overcooking.

Secondly, commercial microwaves are put through extensive testing and have high quality kitchen certifications. Kitchen unit certifications are important they can ensure efficiency in different areas.

      Energy Star: Any microwave that holds this certification is guaranteed to save you money in your energy bill. Long story short, they use less energy. Because of this, you won’t have to feel bad about spending a little more on a commercial grade microwave. An energy star certification can help save you money in the long run.

 

How do I pick the best commercial microwave?

Sure, a commercial microwave rating can help. But, when you shop at Online Restaurant Supplies, you can be sure that everything is top notch. We’re like you and know that other considerations must be made while choosing the perfect industrial microwave for your home. Follow along to learn some helpful tips before completing your purchase.


Size: This one might be obvious but consider the size of your home kitchen. Depending on the size you’re working with, you can find something that will work for your available kitchen space. For a smaller workspace, we have what you need for the best small microwaves. You can even get creative with your kitchen space and choose a built-in commercial microwave. The decision is up to you but it’s important to take dimensions into consideration. You wouldn’t want to end up with a 2000-watt microwave that doesn’t fit anywhere! Simply put, measure your space and understand your kitchen needs.

 

      Uses: Consider what you will be using the commercial grade microwave for. Or rather, how often you will be using it. An industrial microwave oven is designed for heavy use, so using a commercial oven for home use will be no different. An easy way to determine it is the right unit for you, is considering the size of your household. Typically, 1-2 people use a residential microwave up to 5 times a day. If the number of the household increases, that 5 uses per day can be doubled or even tripled! A safe bet is always to go with a commercial microwave if you have a larger family unit within your household. Multiple uses on a residential microwave can shorten the lifespan, but that is not the case for our commercial microwaves since they are built for high volume use.


Features: Lastly, pay particular attention to its features. Commercial grade microwaves have extra features like cooling fans, high-tech control panels, fast cooking times, and heavy-duty designs and power cords. Certain microwaves will have additional features to fit your preferences. 


Microwave volumes and what they mean:


Commercial microwave ovens come in three volumes: Low, medium, and heavy.

 

Heavy volume: The Amana Microwave steamer oven is one of our high performing kitchen appliances. It’s heavy volume which means that it can hold a healthy amount of food to cook at one time. Let’s face it, when having high volumes of food in the kitchen, a lower wattage residential microwave just won’t cut it. This model has heavy duty construction, high wattage, and other incredible features that make it extremely versatile and an overall must have.

Medium Volume: The Amana medium volume microwave oven is an integral part of any residential kitchen. Its capacity is 0.6 cu. ft. which makes the perfect size for the average kitchen. It features high quality accessories like (11) power levels and (100) memory settings. In a full house, these small things can prove to make a big difference in your everyday lives.

 

Low volume: This one’s a cutie. The Amana Low Volume Microwave Oven is perfect for the small spaces inside your home. Tiny but mighty as we like to say! This little guy packs a punch with 1000 watts and has multiple settings to utilize. Ideally, you would use this commercial microwave for smaller meals. But we can assure you the quality is still there! It’s the best small microwave for any residence.

 

How to upkeep your commercial microwave:

If you’ve made it this far, let’s discuss the best way to clean the inside of a microwave. You’re going to need to know once you have your very own!

Step 1: clean out any crumbs

Step 2: remove detachable pieces (if any) and wipe down with a soapy rag

Step 3: Use a microfiber towel to get the stubborn food deposits off the interior and exterior of your model with a microwave cleaner (all-purpose works too).

Step 4:  Steaming your microwave beforehand will allow the hard stains to loosen.

To conclude, if you have a household that uses the microwave consistently, it might be a good idea to get a commercial microwave for your personal kitchen. It is the efficient solution that saves you time, money, and effort in your kitchen on the daily. Shop our inventory now or chat with us about any questions that you might have regarding quality and availability.

 

 

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Your Restaurant Guide: The Three Most Important Decisions

Your Restaurant Guide: The Three Most Important Decisions

Opening your own restaurant is not for the cowardly. The industry has a relatively high rate of failure with even successful restaurants calling for an all-consuming effort from owners and chefs. It takes a huge amount of commitment and personal investment to establish a successful food service business. Careful preliminary planning is the best way to ensure a restaurant’s ongoing success. We’re here to give you the 3 primary decisions that need to be made in your new restaurant: Restaurant kitchen layout, restaurant kitchen size, and connectivity of your restaurant frontend and backend.


Restaurant Kitchen Layout

As the heart of the restaurant, picking the right kitchen layout is an integral part of the creation of a successful establishment. A commercial kitchen’s layout determines how smoothly a restaurant functions. So, when a kitchen is designed with efficiency in mind, a restaurant will perform with high efficiency. Likewise, if there is poor planning that goes into a kitchen layout, you can’t really expect for a restaurant to run smoothly. So, which Commercial Kitchen Layout is right for your restaurant? Well, here’s a peak at 5 types of commercial kitchen layouts:


Assembly Line Layout

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This configuration consists of a central row or an island. Food Prep is at the beginning of the line with ready-to-serve food at the end. This type of layout is good for establishments where the same dish is created repeatedly. This works best where there are multiple cooks that are each responsible for a particular part of the food production process.

 

Island Layout

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This type of layout starts with a type of ring that has a central prep or cooking station. This will usually look like a ring of storage units, washing stations, or other kinds of prep units on the perimeter. Within the ring, are usually the cooking equipment where the actual food production occurs. This configuration ensures staff communication with executive supervision constantly occurring.

 

Zone-Style Layout

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By creating separate zones in the kitchen, you can easily see the specific activity that occurs within each section of the kitchen. For example, there can be an app section, meat station, dessert station, etc. This layout is great for organization, but it also allows owners to hire for specialty cooks with skill set specialization.

 

Galley Layout

This layout is typically seen in very tight spaces with kitchen equipment set up along 2 parallel walls. This means that all stations and equipment are set up along the perimeter of the space. This layout is typically good for small spaces like food trucks and what not.

 

Open Kitchen Layout

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An open kitchen concept lets customers see all the action in the kitchen. Any commercial kitchen layout can quickly be turned into an open kitchen layout by taking down a wall or 2, giving the customers a peek behind the scenes.

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Restaurant Kitchen Size

In a recent poll, restaurateurs reported a diverse array of kitchen dimensions. The range was anywhere from 500 to 1,500 square feet. The average kitchen size from said poll was around 1,100 square feet.  

Typically, the standard formula for a full-service dining establishment is 5 sq ft per seat. For example, if you want to have 50 seats in your restaurant, you’re going to need at least a 250 sq ft kitchen. This is the standard formula for a typical dine in establishment; however, for businesses that have pre-packaged items or food that is meant to fly out of the door quickly, they can operate with a smaller space so long as their need for less storage and prep area is low.

In comparison with dining area, the average kitchen size is about 40 percent of the total square footage of a food establishment with seating taking up about 60 percent of the total layout. The 40% of the backend include the kitchen itself, storage, and prep areas. The remaining 60% is the frontend that includes the front of the house like seating and other customer-facing spaces.

The struggle of balance

The problem that restaurateurs often face is balancing the space in their kitchen and the dining room. We all know that the dining room is the restaurant’s revenue generator, and it needs to have adequate seating available; however, the establishment also needs to have a kitchen with enough space and the right equipment to produce the food to satisfy the number of projected diners.

 

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Connectivity of Your Restaurant Frontend and Backend

The frontend of your establishment includes the entrance/reception, waiting area, check out, and your dining area. The backend includes the “behind the scenes” areas like the kitchen, pantry, storage, or office. The layout of your restaurant should be planned in such a way that the frontend of your restaurant is well connected with your backend.

Your design also needs to consider item circulation. There needs to be a smooth circulation of items in your pantry and storage flowing to the kitchen. If storage is too far from the kitchen, that causes unnecessary time spent by your staff having to essentially commute from pantry/storage to your kitchen which is time wasted. That time wasted holds a monetary value in the food service industry. Ensure that your stock is never too far from the kitchen to ensure you cut down on delays in food preparation.

You also want to make sure that the storage area is well separated from the customer seating area in a ventilated space. This will ensure that your customers don’t get a whiff of something they shouldn’t. Additionally, you don’t want to have your frontend too close to your backend as the noise of preparation in the backend isn’t always desirable. Essentially, make sure that the customers get to enjoy the food coming out of the backend without any distractions from the excellent flavors.

Still want to open your Restaurant? Of course you do! Well Online Restaurant Supplies is here to help you! Visit more of our blogs for tips and buying guides to set your food business up for success. Shop our inventory or speak to a specialist.

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When you’re looking for quality commercial kitchen and restaurant equipment, Online Restaurant Supplies is your resource. Replace a system, update appliances or find the full suite of tools needed to keep your operations running efficiently — so you can prep, cook, serve and store food the way it was meant to be done. 


Because we know how much quality, durability and manufacturer reputation matter in the world of food service, we offer only the best brands. Count on us for the highest levels of quality and value.

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Whether you have a restaurant that needs new commercial kitchen appliances or a health care center where you’re building the food-prep space from the ground up, we have what you need.

When it comes to food preparation, good dishes start with quality equipment. Let Online Restaurant Supplies set you up for success. We’re the commercial kitchen equipment supplier that’s a one-stop shop for all your kitchen needs. 

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