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Best Aluminum Pans

Selecting the right aluminum pan is essential for the quality of food and the efficiency of the kitchen. There is a wide variety of aluminum pans available in the market, and it can be a bit confusing to decide which one to go for. This buying guide will help you in selecting the best aluminum pan for your needs.

2022-12-13 17:00:00
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Things to know about Rice Cookers

These electric appliances are designed to cook rice, porridge, and other similar foods. Most models have convenient features like delay timers, keep-warm options, and non-stick inner cooking pots. Thanks to these convenient functions, it’s easier to make delicious, fresh-tasting rice and other comfort foods at home. Whether you’re cooking for yourself or a large family, a high-quality electric rice cooker can be a handy appliance.

2022-07-28 14:12:00
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Things to know about Tortilla Grills and Presses

These are electric or gas-powered devices that flatten out tortillas to make a larger surface area. The tortillas are placed between a grill or press and a non-stick surface and then cooked until crispy. These appliances flatten the dough and cook it at the same time, making them a healthier alternative to using a pan or a conventional grill. You can also use a tortilla press to make other types of flatbreads, such as naan or lavash.

Most are made with an aluminum or steel exterior, but some are made with a non-stick surface that makes cleanup even easier. Most have a handle on top to make moving and handling easier, but some have a stand that makes them easier to store. They are also safe to use in the oven and are dishwasher safe.

2022-06-28 14:22:00
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Becoming a Grill Master

2018-08-16 00:00:00
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A Baker's Guide To Apples

There a hundred of delicious apple recipes to cook with. Choosing the right one is important, and can make or break your dish. Whether you want to make class apple pie, or cook a savory entree, there’s an apple for that. Learn about the popular types of apples & their best uses, & more!

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2017-10-09 00:00:00
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All the Little Details

Stainless Steel Equipment in Empty Kitchen

Opening a new restaurant? Congratulations. We hope you're shopping for the best equipment with the best prices with us. You have so many decisions to make, and we hope this handy check list will help you get everything you need prior to the big day, without a stressful experience:

Big Equipment: do research into every single piece of equipment that you buy. Make sure the sizes match the sizes of your build out (there's a big difference between a 48 and a 52 inch cooler if you only have space for 48 inches). Look into energy efficient designs that will save you money in the long run. Shop our full collection for the best deals and prices!

Little equipment: chefs knives, dishes, plates, forks, soap dispensers, brooms, mops, paper towels. The list is virtually endless. Get organized with a spreadsheet so that you can check items off if you purchase them. And take advantage of the end of the year - and the end of tax season - to purchase as much as possible before January 1! It's all business expense and a write off for you.

Front of house details: decor and design are the finishing touches on your big project. Take time to research and develop a decoration scheme which complements your brand, identity, and theme. From succulents to candles, the small accents are the final touches to create a perfect look.

2016-12-29 00:00:00
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The Benefits of Owning a Franchise


Thinking about owning a restaurant, but feel like you just don't have a concept in mind? Then franchising may be for you! Franchising contains many benefits (and also some risks of course - but then again - entrepreneurship always does!) Here's what to know before you buy:

Competition exists no matter what. Just because you purchase a franchise doesn't necessarily mean that someone else won't open a similar or even identical store right down the street. When you negotiate - keep this in mind and build some non-competes into your agreement. That way, you won't have to look across the street or down the road and see another one of your mother company's locations going in to cannibalize your own business.

Enjoy knowing you'll have built in marketing and recognition. One of the biggest challenges to face a new restaurant owner is 'getting the word out there.' With no reputation or brand recognition, you'll have a hard time attracting new customers and may need to invest heavily in marketing. But when you have a franchise, the name is already established, and chances are the marketing system is already in place. So make sure to ask about marketing and advertising plan before you buy, as well as any expectation or cost for your own marketing (what are you allowed to do by corporate, for example, and is there any required spend on your behalf on an annual or quarterly basis). Knowing and understanding the marketing behind your business will help you get an instant following and traceable, quick ROI.

Know you'll still have cost. You're buying a name and a concept. You still need to make that investment. Restaurant equipment will be needed (and you can shop here, of course, to find the best deals!). Plus rent, utility, labor costs. All of the traditional business costs associated with you new start up will still be present, so do your budget accordingly. One major plus: franchises tend to be proven concepts, so securing a business loan in typically a much more straightforward process than with an original restaurant concept.

Don't be afraid of hard work, but also know that major success is possible. Unless you have an active partner in the business and you're just a silent financial backer, be prepared to pour yourself body and soul into your new enterprise. You'll be investing many hours into your business to get it up off the ground. However, once you have one location, you can buy another, and another. And still another. Eventually, many franchise owners will have multiple chains and a successful business model which virtually runs itself. But to start out - you're going to be putting in major hours to make your vision a reality.

2016-08-04 00:00:00
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Making the Transition from Food Truck to Brick and Mortar Location

Chef Grills Bacon On a Food Truck

Food trucks are a great, economical way to get your business started on a budget. Many brick and mortar restaurants envy food trucks their low overhead, mobility, and ability to go to customers vs waiting for customers to come to them.

However, at some point, every food truck may consider expanding their operations to a brick and mortar store. Once you have a proven concept at hand, you can increase your profit margins drastically by adding chairs - and a liquor license! - to your operation. However - there are still important things to consider before taking the plunge:

Location - a food truck can easily go from place to place. Some cities, such as Austin, TX, will even allow food trucks to semi-permanently park on land - thereby rendering the operation extremely cheap from a rent perspective. A restaurant is, of course, static by nature. So location is key. Even a couple miles distance in a city can be the difference between high foot traffic and almost no foot traffic. Although a solid menu and marketing plan will certainly boost your customer base - as well as the reputation you've built through your food truck business - choosing a desirable, high traffic location will certainly help.

Finance - a new restaurant build out can easily cost a quarter of a million dollars - or more. Where is this capital coming from? Chances are, you will need a partner with deep pockets or a hefty loan in order to turn your restaurant into reality. In addition to the opening costs, it's important to consider how long you will be in operation before turning a profit. Average, six to twelve months are needed before a restaurant turns a profit (although again - see above - a good marketing plan, good location, and good reputation can drastically increase that).

Vibe - food trucks are, almost by definition, hip and cool places. Restaurants can have many different atmospheres, and it's a great time to sit down and brand your business appropriately when your're creating your restaurant plan. Are you more upscale? Chic? Minimalist? Family oriented? Traditional? All of these are great things to consider with your architect and general contractor as you make the plunge from food truck to brick and mortar.

Equipment - this is last on our list but perhaps the most important piece of all! Your restaurant will need: ovens, shelves, refrigerators, ice machines, pots and pans, knives, cutting boards, the list goes on and on. Chances are a good part of your food truck may be used in the new spot, but it may make sense to keep the food truck for mobile/catering operations and to sustain your existing business and start from scratch. No matter your choice - trust for the best possible deals from the best brands and shop with us first when outfitting your new restaurant.

2016-07-12 00:00:00
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