Back of the House Equipment Tips for Opening a New Restaurant

When opening a new restaurant, it is important to purchase high-quality storage and transport equipment. This will help to keep your food safe and prevent it from being damaged. It will also make things easier and more efficient. Let’s discuss some back of the house storage and transport equipment you will need to set up a new restaurant.

Storage Racks & Shelving

These are essential for storing food, dishes, and other supplies. There are many different types of storage racks available, so you can choose the ones that best fit your needs. These types include cantilever shelving, adjustable shelving, queen marys, all welded shelving, dunnage racks, and more. When choosing aluminum shelving for a commercial foodservice operation, it is important to consider the following factors:

Size and weight capacity: The shelving should be large enough to accommodate the items that need to be stored, and it should be able to support the weight of those items.

Durability: Shelving should be made of durable materials that can withstand the wear and tear of a busy commercial kitchen.

Ease of cleaning: The shelving should be easy to clean and sanitize.
Corrosion-resistance: Shelving should be resistant to corrosion.

Dish, Cup, Glass & Flatware Racks

These racks are used to store clean dishes and flatware. They can be made of metal or plastic, and they come in a variety of sizes. Not only are these racks important, but finding a simple, efficient way to store and transport them is equally as important. Consider a dolly or rack made from a durable material like aluminum that is resistant to rust and corrosion. Depending on which you choose, some will hold them empty or full and make it easy to maneuver them from one place to another.

Pan Racks

A pan rack is a piece of equipment used in commercial kitchens to store pots, pans, trays and other cookware. They are typically wall-mounted, under-counter, half-size, or full-size freestanding. Pan racks come in a variety of sizes and styles to accommodate different needs. They are an essential piece of equipment in any commercial kitchen. They help to keep cookware organized and easy to access, which can save time and improve efficiency. Pan racks also help to prevent cookware from being damaged, which can save money. Here are some common pan racks found in commercial kitchens:

Bus Tubs

These tubs are used to transport dirty dishes and flatware from the dining room to the kitchen. They are made of plastic or stainless steel, and they come in a variety of sizes. Utilizing a dolly, rack, or wall mounted shelving to house and transport these bus tubs is a breeze. Often, utility carts are used to cart these bus tubs around.

Can Racks

Can racks are an important part of any commercial kitchen. They provide a convenient and organized way to store canned goods, which are often used in large quantities in restaurants and other foodservice establishments. Here are some of the benefits of using can racks in commercial kitchens:

Organization: Can racks help to keep canned goods organized and easy to find. This can save time and frustration when you’re looking for a specific item. Aluminum Can Racks make inventory ordering much easier because you can quickly see what each canned item is and how many you have on hand.

Space-saving: Can racks can be loaded in these racks instead of stacked on top of each other on flat shelving, which saves space for other items in your kitchen. Can racks utilize vertical space with a small footprint, which takes up less space than other methods of can storage. Mobile can racks are easy to move around as storage needs change!

Durable: Can racks are designed to withstand the rigors of a commercial kitchen. They are made from strong materials that can withstand heavy use and abuse.

For more benefits: Read our blog post, 4 Reasons to Purchase a Can Rack.

Dunnage Racks

Dunnage racks are used to store dry goods, such as flour, sugar, and rice as well as refrigerated or frozen goods including meat and produce. They come in a variety of heights and sizes. It’s important to understand your local health codes to ensure you choose one in the proper height above the floor.

Material Handling Equipment

This equipment is used to move heavy objects, such as kegs of beer or cases of food. It includes items such as bulk delivery trucks (BDTs), dollies, heavy duty utility carts, and hand trucks. BDTs are ideal for transporting inventory from delivery trucks directly into coolers. Dollies are often used to transport heavy items, such as heavy cases of food. Hand trucks are a smaller, more portable version of a dolly. They are often used to transport smaller items, such as boxes of food or supplies. Utility carts have endless capabilities for use. They can be used for general use, hauling bus tubs to clear tables, delivering food, providing additional workspace when prepping food, and so much more.

In addition to these items, you will also need to purchase other large equipment, such as ovens, fryers, refrigerators, walk-ins, and stoves. The specific equipment you need will depend on the type of restaurant you are opening.

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