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What You Really Need To Set Up A Professional Kitchen

Everyone needs food. But that’s not really what restaurants are all about. They’re about providing people the opportunity to go out, to have a special experience. The love of food matters, but so does absolutely everything else. The professionalism of the operation. The look, the sounds and the feel of it all. You’re not going to have a successful restaurant if you’re not looking at it from every angle. So here we’re going to help you consider some of the top choices that will help you build a restaurant truly worth visiting.

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Curb appeal

It doesn’t matter whether you’re starting a fast food joint or a boutique experience with fusion foods. The look of the business from the outside is always going to be one of the most important features in attracting customers. Your visual identity, from the signage to any furniture outside, needs to match what you’re offering inside. Location matters, too. One mistake is thinking that a good enough restaurant can make a great location on its own. No matter how great your business is, people will complain about where it is if you don’t choose a prime location for it.

Know your role

After the location and look, the staff is going to be one of the most important choices you can make. Choosing professional staff with the experience you need is all well and good. But we’re talking more about how you fit the staff to the needs of the business. Don’t think of them as having ‘jobs’. Think of the different roles in the business and how they fit them. For example, all front-of-house positions need to be adept in customer support. Helping them locate things in the restaurant or answering queries, for instance. The head chef is one of the most important roles in management as well as cooking. So you need to make sure you get one who is on board with the concept of the restaurant. Don’t hire a chef who isn’t, regardless of how talented they are. Otherwise, you are inviting drama, that killer of successful restaurants.

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Creating a top notch kitchen

A high-quality cooking team needs the right environment to work in. If you’ve bought premises that weren’t a restaurant before, that means creating a real kitchen. We’re not talking just about getting the right appliances. You need that easily cleaned, functional organized set-up you’ll see in the back of all kitchens. Regular ceramic counters aren’t enough, you need to consider stainless steel prep tables and using weld studs to fit your kitchen. That way you create a kitchen that is durable and easily maintained. No team can work efficiently with a kitchen that isn’t up to scratch.

Creating an experience

As we said, the cooking isn’t the only thing that matters. It’s the vibe you should be concerned about. On top of everything else. The choices in interior design need to fit the food you’re serving. Is your food warm and cozy or is it exciting and flavorful? Your design choices, particularly the menu, should reflect that. Keep it consistent. Chairs, tables, wall décor, they all need to match. It goes beyond just that one sense, too. The sounds of the establishment are going to matter just as much. What kind of music best fits the experience you want to create? You might even want to consider using a background music service to help you craft the perfect playlist for your diners.

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The marketing

Take that theme, the concept of your restaurant and make it the core of your marketing. Marketing a restaurant is a visual task more than anything, so you need to make use of the channels that allow you to show it off. Your food and your premises are going to be the highlight of what you’re displaying. Then it’s all about getting the clout to fit the vision that you’re putting out there. Make sure you’re using SEO, social media, and your website to remain visible. Then start inviting bloggers and local food critics to come out and give it a try. Word-of-mouth is the best marketing tool a food business can use. Ensure you’re utilizing it properly.

Owning a great restaurant is about being in control of every element. What the customers see and how their experience goes. Supporting it with a professional, efficient machine behind the scenes. Of course, you can’t neglect the important questions of how you get people in the restaurant in the first place. We hope this guide helps you make your food business as great as it should be.

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