Even if you have a successful restaurant, that's no reason to rest on your laurels. Foodservice is a cutthroat business, the new competition will be opening all the time, and there will always be someone looking to steal your customers away.
So, periodically re-investing in your restaurant isn't just a good idea, it's often a necessity just to maintain your current position within your market. There are a lot of options here, but these are three of our best tips for upgrading your commercial kitchen equipment and serving ware.
Three Ways to Affordably Upgrade Your Commercial Kitchen Supplies
1 - Invest in a good convection oven
A lot of restaurants, especially older ones, typically only have a traditional oven for heating/cooking food. (Well, and a good microwave, but no one likes to talk about those.) However, one of the best upgrades you can install is a quality professional convection oven.
Convection ovens are better than regular ovens in a lot of roles. They can heat food more quickly, and they're also far more energy-efficient since they recirculate their own waste heat. Also, the constantly moving air typically makes for more even heating as well, since regular ovens tend to have spotty heat zones.
Just be aware that convection ovens tend to dry food out more. This can be great if you're going for crispy crusts or want an easy way to create dried foods but may not be appropriate for all dishes.
2 - Better Dinnerware
When's the last time you purchased new dinnerware and serving utensils for your restaurant? If it's been a few years, chances are your plates and other dishes have started to pick up scratches, cracks, and other blemishes. These are less than appealing to customers and will hurt your presentation. Worse, cracks and scratches create opportunities for bacteria to dig in, so periodically refreshing your dinnerware will make you more attractive to customers and help improve sanitation!
3 - Buy Refurbished
Whenever you're looking to buy any new commercial kitchen supplies, look to refurbished equipment before buying new ones. Refurbished equipment is typically as good as new while costing far less than truly new products. Sometimes you can even pick up discontinued items at a steep discount if you're willing to go without a warranty or guarantees of post-sale support. Either way, this can be a great way to upgrade anything you need, without breaking your budget.