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>> Between 2 to 4% of income is lost due to theft or mistakes at the cash register.

>> According to the USDA, hand washing is the number one defense against foodborne illnesses.

>>There are approximately 935,000 restaurants in the country - plus one, yours.

>>Coupons have a low success rate in generating repeat customers.

>>7 out of 10 restaurants are single-unit independent operations.

>>59% of restaurants offer televisions for customer viewing.

>>37% of Americans have used take out at tableservice restaurants.

>>The restaurant industry is the second largest employer. The U.S. Government is the first.

Helpful Tips

>> Add low calorie and vegetarian meals to the menu.

>>Start advertising before you open the doors. Contact your local newpaper food editor and request a write-up.

>> Subscribe to restaurant business magazines to learn how other restaurant owners cope.

>>Save money by designing and printing your own menus using specialty software like MenuPro.

>> A first year restaurant has a better chance of survival when concentrating on good food at a reasonable price. Save the fancy decor for later.

>>Customer Service, Customer Service, Customer Service...enough said.

>>Carefully choose a name for your restaurant. It should reflect the foods you serve and could mean the difference between success and failure.

>>Buy a couch for your office. Odds are you'll have nights that you may not have the strength to make it home. It will also be a good place when you need to get away when things get rough.

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Food Preparation

Opening a Restaurant - Equipment Guide

Opening a restaurant is a huge challenge and a rewarding adventure, however, it requires more than just a good recipe. There are hundreds of restaurant consultants, books, how-to guides and relatives to tell you how to go about it. You'll need to learn how to create a business plan, funding, food sanitation, customer services, taxes, loss prevention, marketing, nutrition, customer service...you get the picture. To ease the burden, Instawares has provided a list of some of the most commonly used restaurant supplies needed for a start up operation. Although restaurant equipment will differ depending on your menu, you can use the following as a checklist to fill the bill for a 0 - 100 seat operation.

Commercial Ovens: Restaurant Seating:
Single Side Booth
All Ovens
Convection Ovens
Gas Ovens
Griddle Top Range w/Oven
Microwave Ovens  
Commercial Walk-Ins: Plastic Cutlery:
Plastic Silverware
All Plastic Cutlery
All Walk-Ins Plastic Cutlery Kits
Walk-In Coolers Plastic Forks
Walk in Latch Replacements Plastic Knives
Strip Curtains Plastic Spoons
Food Preparation: Office Supplies:
Measuring Cups
Aprons All Office Supplies
Blenders/Juicers Clipboards
Can Openers Desks
Chef Knives & Utensils Tape & Dispensers
Kitchen Utensils Files & Filing Supplies
Food Warmers Message Pads
Gloves Cash Bags
Mounting Tape
Measuring Cups Forms - Record Keeping
Storage Containers Safes
Toasters Time Clocks &Time Cards
Trays Time Racks
Work Tables
20 Quart Mixers
Condiment Bottles
Condiment Pump

Pots & Pans: Tableware:
Stock Pots
Napkin Holder All Dinnerware
All Pots & Pans Bowls
Bain Marie Pots China
Stock Pots Flatware
Sauce Pots Glassware
Pans Linens
Bake Pans Melamine Dinnerware
Cast Iron Pitchers
Crepe Pans Tumblers Plastic
Stir Fry Pans   Table Top Accessories
Fry Pans  
Glassware: Beverage Essentials:
  Coffee Brewer & WarmersBunn Coffee Decanter  
Disposable Cups & Lids Coffee Makers by Size
Coffee Cups Coffee Makers by Brand
Styrofoam Cups and Lids Coffee Filters
Tumblers Plastic Speciality Brewers
Glassware by Brand Drink Dispensers
Glassware by Style Straws
  Beverage Dispensers
Ice Machines: Freezers:
All Restaurant Ice Machines
All Restaurant Freezers
Ice Machine - Cube Reach In Freezers
Ice Machine - Flaker Solid Door Freezers
Ice Machine - Nugget Undercounter Freezers
Ice Machine - Dicer Chest Freezers
Ice Scoops Pass Through Freezers
Remote Condenser Freezers
Undercounter Ice Machines Ice Cream Freezers
Refrigeration: Cleaning Supplies and Equipment:
All Refrigerators
All Janitorial Supplies
Air Curtain Refrigeration Brooms-Brushes, Mops & Wringers
Glass Door Refrigeration Cleaning Supplies
Milk Refrigeration Dust Mops
Reach In Refrigeration Bathroom Cleaning Supplies
Underbar Refrigeration Paper Towels
Restaurant Merchandisers Paper Towel Dispenser
Undercounter Refrigeration Soap & Soap Dispensers
Deli Cases Sponges
Refrigerated Wine Cabinets Trash Cans & Liners
Refrigerated Bakery Cases Toilet Paper
Cleaning Suppliers & Equipment
Sinks: Dish Machines:
All Sinks All Dish Machines
1 Compartment Conveyor Dishwashers
2 Compartment High Temp
3 Compartment Sinks Low Temp Dishmachines
4 Compartment Sinks Round Dishmachines
Bar Sinks Undercounter Dishwashers
Hand Sinks Upright Dishwashers


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