5 Tips for your Cafe Kitchen Fitout Design

A hospitality fitout is always exciting.

But so many suffer from stress caused by the bucket loads of issues needing to be sorted out.
It’s tough when you’re trying to keep your current business running to maximise funds whilst still dealing with so many details.

Here’s 5 tips to keep your hospitality fitout moving through its paces smoothly.

Tip no 1:  Do your homework first to hunt off problems down the track.

Decide on the best kitchen layout to suit food prep and delivery.

Engage a good fitout team or designer to help you draw up a floor plan.

Benches, cabinets, sinks need to be designed to fit seamlessly with ovens, fryers, dishwashers, hoods, cooktops and the like.

It’s a case of getting the flow right.

Tip no 2: This one really goes hand in hand with Tip no 1. Get your foodservice equipment sorted.

There are many good suppliers out there who know the best and latest.

Embrace technology in your decision making.

Generally, the equipment is in place for a long time, so it’s wise to start with the most up to date gear.

Suppliers have both purchase and leasing arrangements to suit a wide range of needs.

Kitchen; cafe; cooking; homemade; making food; architecture

Tip no 3: Be knowledgeable about where any second-hand equipment has come from and how it actually works.

There are no guarantees with a second hand, so make sure everything works perfectly

We have seen disappointed owners in a fitout, who’ve thought they can reuse an item, only to find once it’s installed that it doesn’t work well.

That means a loss of time and a loss of dollars.

Tip no 4: Know how much power this equipment will draw from your power board.

Food Service Equipment suppliers always can provide this to you and your fitout team.

It may be that the electrician needs to upgrade power capacity to accommodate the equipment. This is a common happening in a commercial café or restaurant fitout.

Tip no 5: Know what your local authority requires of you to grant a Food Licence

The local council will demand particular details to be covered in your kitchen and bar areas.

Stainless steel splashbacks, coved flooring, statutory distances between certain items all of these issues are all necessary to comply with standards.

Getting the details right will allow things to run smoothly to gain your licence at the completion of the fitout .

It’s all in the planning. Take the time upfront to follow these 5 steps.

The benefits will pay off.
The result?  – you’ll save time and money.


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