The kitchen is considered to be the command centre of the restaurant. It’s where food is prepared, cooked, and plated before it is served to patrons. However, all restaurants have bad kitchen days. An inefficient design concept could slow down the kitchen operation, reduce efficiency, and waste money.
Here are several commercial kitchen issues that may require a renovation:
- HVAC Inefficiency – The heating and cooling system require about 30 percent of your restaurant’s energy. Cooking produces smoke and heat, which is bad for your workers’ health. Improving HVAC makes operations sustainable and cost-efficient.
- Poor Lighting System – Poor lighting systems are a health and safety hazard in the kitchen. Food preparation can be a challenge in a poorly lit kitchen. Improving the kitchen lighting provides better service, boosts performance, and prevents potential accidents.
- Outdated Equipment – Kitchen equipment and tools can deteriorate over time. Outdated equipment affects the overall performance of the kitchen, and can eventually become a hazard. If you think that maintenance and repair costs outweigh the kitchen’s value, it’s time to replace your old kitchen equipment.
- Dirty and Stained Floors – Kitchen floors are often overlooked, but it’s an important component in most kitchen operations. Install proper flooring materials for easy cleaning and durability to withstand daily traffic. You can also use quality floor mats to reduce fatigue and joint stress. Use slip-resistant mats to prevent potential slip-and-fall accidents.
- Poor Kitchen Layout – When your kitchen has a poor layout, it can limit your cooks’ movement and efficiency to work. A problematic layout can require time-consuming trips from one station or counter to another.
- Poorly-Maintained Grease Traps – A functional grease trap is crucial in any restaurant operation. Lack of routine maintenance could result in unwanted and unsanitary kitchen problems. Grease traps stop fats, grease, and oil from entering the wastewater management system, which can be a threat to public health and safety.
- Clogged Drain/Sink – Stacks of dirty and greasy plates need to be washed almost every minute. Having a clogged drain/sink can be a real problem because it can result in wastewater backup. It can also affect the restaurant’s fast and efficient customer service. Keep your drains clean at all times to prevent plumbing problems.
- Lack of Storage Equipment and Cabinets – Cabinets and other storage equipment keep the kitchen organized and decluttered. If you lack cabinets and drawers in your commercial kitchen, elim2inate rarely used kitchen equipment and utensils. Use your kitchen space wisely by having a professional install and strategically place cabinets in order to utilize every inch of space.
Take the opportunity to hire a licensed restaurant contractor in Toronto to renovate and maximize your kitchen layout. Call PT General Contractor Inc. at (416) 757-9100, or use our online contact form.