furniture and appliances for your restaurant

Furniture and appliances for your restaurant

Your kitchen will only benefit your restaurant if it is equipped with the right furniture and appliances. The possibilities seem to be endless. We at METRO want to give you an overview of the types of furniture and equipment for various demands that different restaurant kitchens might have.

Make the Right Choice

1. Choosing the right appliances and furniture

1.1 Storage, food prep, cleaning

To showcase all the different pieces of furniture and all types of equipment in a sensible way, we will list them according to the steps any restaurant kitchen typically follows. These steps are storage, food preparation, and cleaning. Additionally, we will bring forward any equipment for the dining area and any electronical equipment that can be useful to increasing the efficiency in your restaurant.


1.2 Communicate with your staff

Make sure that you communicate with your kitchen staff, service staff, and any other employees before purchasing any furniture or equipment. Consult them about the things they need and what they think can be helpful in your restaurant’s kitchen. We recommend going through the steps of preparing every food item on your menu and writing down any piece of equipment you may need, no matter how small said equipment is.


1.3 Consider your budget

The furniture and appliances you will purchase will obviously depend on your budget. However, the kitchen equipment is not the spending point which you want to excessively save on, since it makes up the foundation of your restaurant. Try to research the quality of different products and perhaps consult others in the gastronomical sector to gain an insight on the satisfaction of other restaurant owners. You should also try ordering products in bulk, as this will probably call for discounts to be applied to your purchase.

Storing items

2. Furniture and appliances for kitchen storage

Types of kitchen pantry storage

2.1 Types of storage

Every single product that gets delivered by your vendors needs to be appropriately stored. Generally, any stored product can be assigned to one of three categories: pantry items, cooled items, and frozen items. Within these categories, there might be different subcategories for various ingredients, such as specific temperature, light, or humidity requirements. 

Besides food storage, any utensils and products that are used in the dining room need to be stored as well. It is crucial to consider your restaurant’s capacities before purchasing any storage equipment, capacities meaning both available capacities in your spaces and needed capacities for your storage requirements. You can also only start thinking about furnishing and equipping your kitchen after choosing a layout.

Restaurant pantry storage

2.2 Pantry storage

Pantry items, meaning food items that do not have to be refrigerated or frozen, should have a designated storage area.

First, you will need to equip this area with kitchen shelves. Usually, these shelves are a long-term investment, so make sure that they are exceptionally durable and high-quality. Kitchen shelves can be made from various materials. Find a material that fits your overall style and budget, whilst making sure that the shelf is practical and durable.

If you want to occasionally move around storage items for easier access and efficiency, we recommend to also invest into mobile shelves with wheels at the bottom.

Any shelves also need to be organized with storage bins which sit on the racks. It is not recommended to have all food items loosely sit around on the racks of the shelves in an unorganized way. There are different types of storage bins for various food groups that prevent premature spoilage of any items. Vegetables and fruits need to be stored in special storage bins for produce to help keep them fresh. Small storage canisters can be used to store products that come in small quantities like spices. Medium-sized airtight boxes and large airtight boxes are ideal for the storage of dry goods like rice or flour.

You can either use clear storage bins, which allows for a quick insight into the contents of the container, or you can use metal storage bins which need to be labelled accordingly. Try to organize all the containers in a systematic way, accounting for the importance of the product and the frequency of the use of the product.

 Refrigerated and frozen storage

2.3 Refrigerated and frozen storage

Any perishable foods need to either be cooled or frozen to keep them fresh and prevent premature spoilage. There are two different options for refrigerated and frozen storage: reach-in refrigerators/freezers and walk-in refrigerators/freezer.

Reach-in products are your typical units with one or two doors to open and reach in.

Walk-in products are separate rooms that are temperature controlled.

Depending on your capabilities, such as the size of your kitchen and the number of foods that need to be refrigerated or frozen, choose the option that works best for your restaurant.

Additionally, it can make sense to have an ice maker, especially for cold drinks. This can be integrated into your freezer unit.

Restaurant Utensil Storage

2.4 Utensil storage

Any items that are used as cooking utensils or as part of the table settings need to be stored separately as well. For this type of storage, it makes sense to also use a shelving system or a drawer system. Make sure that any products are easily accessible for your employees.
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Preparing Food

3. Furniture and appliances for food preparation

The items that are used for preparing the foods on your menu are an important, if not the most important aspect of your kitchen interior. We will show you anything that you might need in this aspect, ranging from the preparation of the ingredients to the cooking of an actual dish.

Food preparation appliances

3.1 Items for ingredient preparation

To prepare any ingredients, you will need surfaces to cut your food items. We recommend surfaces made of stainless steel and cutting boards made of plastic, rather than wood. Plastic cutting boards last longer and are easier to clean. Additionally, many professional knives of different sizes and styles, as well as a sharpening tool, are one of the key cooking utensils needed in every restaurant’s kitchen. With your knives, do not try to save much money when purchasing them, but rather go for high-quality products. Further, you will need mixing bowls and containers to prepare any food and set prepared ingredients aside until you need them. Products made of stainless steel or plastic are also preferable in this case.

If you have a larger restaurant and need to prepare larger amounts of food at the same time, it might make sense to obtain a professional cutting or slicing machine, which does the job for you. This can also be important if you plan on serving dishes with very thinly sliced meats, cheeses, or vegetables. More utensils for food preparation that you may need could be kitchen whisks, electric blenders, a garlic press, a mortar and pestle, graters, peelers, measuring cups and spoons, an electric scale, and a tenderizer. However, we recommend consulting the expert on any cooking utensils, your head chef. They will know what products they will need for the preparation of any dish on the menu.


3.2 Items for cooking

Many different utensils and appliances are needed for cooking. The two most important appliances you will need for your restaurant is an oven and a stove. Most likely, you will need multiple ovens and stoves.

Regarding ovens, there are multiple types which are individually preferable for the preparation of different kinds of dishes. A conventional oven, however, must be a key element in every restaurant’s kitchen. A convection oven can be necessary for the preparation of baked goods and for the process of roasting and toasting food items. If you have pizza on your menu, make sure that your kitchen is equipped with a pizza oven. There are two different kinds of stoves: gas stoves and electrical stoves. It might make sense to have both types in your kitchen, as they have their individual advantages and disadvantages. Consult your chef on their needs and wishes regarding the stoves. Another important appliance is a cooker hood, or multiple cooker hoods, which will suck in the fumes that are produced when cooking.

More appliances that may be necessary in your kitchen are steam cookers, sous-vide machines, smokers, and a grill. An appliance that is commonly found in many larger-scale restaurant kitchens are food processors, that can prepare many food components for you, after you added all the ingredients. Utensils that are needed for cooking are pots and pans in various sizes and styles, cooking spoons and spatulas, ladles, thermometers, brushes, and tongs. It goes without saying that any utensils that may need to be purchased are individual to the menu your restaurant is planning to offer.

Cleaning the Kitchen

4. Furniture and appliances for kitchen cleaning

Furniture and appliances for kitchen cleaning

The last step your kitchen staff is usually responsible for is cleaning used dishes and cleaning the kitchen itself.

For cleaning any dishes, you will most importantly need a professional dishwasher (or multiple) and many sinks. Regarding the sinks, there are many different types. An essential type of sink, however, should be a multiple-compartment sink, which allows you to wash a different type of product in every compartment, or allows you to wash in an assembly line style.

Other cleaning supplies that can be necessary are cleaning rags and micro-fiber cloths, chemical cleaners and disinfecting products, garbage cans, mop and mop bucket, sponges, brooms, and wet floor signs.

Furnishing the Dining Area

5. Furniture and appliances for your dining space

Dining space furniture and appliances

Obviously, you do not only need to furnish and equip your kitchen, but you also need to furnish and equip your restaurant’s dining space.

Furniture pieces that are necessary in any dining space are tables, chairs, and chairs for babies and toddlers. You will also need table settings, which include dishes, such as plates and bowls, glassware, such as wine glasses, water glasses, and beer glasses, cutlery, such as knives, spoons, and forks, table accessories, such as place mats, salt and pepper shakers, cups, vases, and candles, and lastly, textiles, such as fabric serviettes and tablecloths.

Just like with any other products you may need to purchase, consult your kitchen staff, especially the head chef, to find out what products work best for the dishes on your menu.

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Electronical Equipment

6. Electronical equipment for the efficiency of your restaurant

Restaurant electronical equipment

To ensure smooth operations in your restaurant, it can be favourable to use electronical equipment.

In the restaurant’s kitchen, we at recommend the use of a kitchen display, which is connected to a computer or tablet in the dining space of your restaurant. Service staff enters the orders of your customers, and these orders automatically appear on the kitchen display. That way, your kitchen staff can work their way through the orders in an organized and efficient manner. Any paper is eliminated, which is favourable to the environment, and any issues regarding the communication of service staff and kitchen staff are bypassed.

Moreover, having an electronic cash register makes sense in today’s day in age. Any transactions can be recorded and any bills for tables can be split according to your customers’ wishes.

Additionally, it is essential to offer payment methods other than cash, and therefore have a, preferably mobile, card reader.

To Sum Up

7. Summary - furniture and appliances for a restaurant

Restaurant kitchen Furniture and appliances

All in all, we at METRO advise to consider all the mentioned appliances and products with regard to the individual needs of your kitchen staff and service staff.

Put emphasis on the quality, efficiency, and durability of the equipment in the interior of both your kitchen and dining area. That way, you can satisfy both your customers and your employees.

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