Let’s look at the startup cost of a commercial kitchen. Of course, the prices will vary depending on the size of the venue, the menu of the restaurant, and the equipment selected. Menus that include dishes prepared with specialized equipment will require more expensive restaurant start-up costs for the commercial kitchen. New equipment will be more expensive than used equipment, but comes with the added benefit of a warranty. Having a warranty can save thousands of dollars down the road, but good quality equipment, even used, should be durable enough to endure frequent use. Unless a business owner has had experience putting together commercial kitchens in the past, it is highly recommended to work with a restaurant consultant to ensure that all bases are covered, that the business will be able to run smoothly with the way the kitchen is designed, and that all law regulations are met.
Commercial Kitchen Equipment to Consider
The list of commercial kitchen equipment required for a food business will vary from venue to venue. Business owners should do research, or hire professionals, to decide which brands of equipment to purchase and whether to purchase the appliances new or used. The shopping list should include grease traps, commercial refrigeration and freezers, storage shelves, countertops (preferably with built in refrigerated compartments), a range, at least 2 sinks (one for cooks and one for washing dishes), a food processer, a deep fryer, a pasta cooker (optional), ovens, grills, small kitchen accessories such as knives, cutting boards, pots and pans, etc., lighting, and a restaurant ventilation system, which is usually the most expensive of the investments. Some venues will choose to install ice machines, stand mixers, water filters, and other optional restaurant equipment. This long list of critical commercial kitchen equipment bumps up restaurant start-up costs. If a restaurant is planning to have an open kitchen, the equipment needs to look nice, as well as be functional, which can raise the costs too.
Cost of a Commercial Kitchen
The restaurant start-up costs will vary due to the cost of a commercial kitchen and the quality of the products purchased. Many professionals estimate the start-up costs for a small, relatively basic commercial kitchen to be about $25,000. Many companies, like Tigerchef, that sell commercial kitchen equipment offer financing options, which can help aspiring food business owners get a head start. If a restaurant consultant or commercial kitchen designer is hired, the cost will be increased even more, yet having a professional’s opinion can be crucial to the business’s success.
Starting a restaurant business is no simple matter. Meticulous planning, serious investors, and people with a passion for the business can help get the business up and running. It is important for contemplating business owners to be sure that they want to invest overtime hours, hard work, and apply all their energy towards starting the business. Without a drive, the business is almost guaranteed to fail. Taking the proper approach to starting a restaurant business, from the planning stages, can increase the chances that a restaurant will survive the odds and become a successful venue and business venture.