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  1. Picking the Right Seating for your Restaurant

    Picking the Right Seating for your Restaurant

         Comfortable, affordable seating is one of the most important aspects of a great restaurant. Seating is one of the most overlooked parts of a restaurant’s presentation, but can make or break the overall aesthetic of your restaurant. Providing a chair, stool, or bench for your guests is one of the first steps toward a successful food service establishment. On this installment of the blog, we’ll be looking at our favorite restaurant chair, bar stool, and high chair to help you set up the basics for your restaurant.

        A great basic chair that will fit any restaurant theme is our Royal Industries Walnut Finish Wood Saddle Seat Side Chair. This chair has a height of 33 ½” and a length of 17”. This chair is basic, black, and has a beautiful walnut finish that can be maintained with a routine shining. The frame is made of metal so you don’t need to worry about it getting scratched up if you have a high-volume restaurant. The best part? This chair is priced at only $73.99, so you can fill your restaurant with these beauties! Shop them here.

        Worst part about going to a restaurant as a family - no available high chairs! Did you know that a lack of high chairs at a family restaurant can ruin a dining experience? Make sure that your restaurant has at least five high chairs to support your customers’ needs. Our favorite product in our high chair line is our Royal Industries Mahogany Finish hardwood chair! Complete with a nylon strap and seat belt, this chair weighs only 12 lbs which makes it easy to move around the restaurant. Made of 100% wood, this beautiful chair will add a great seating addition for the little ones in your restaurant. You can shop this chair here.

        Did you know you can buy our bar stools in bulk? Our Grosfillex stools with a smoke backrest and charcoal seat come in a pack of eight. These stools are sturdy, reliable, and look great in any establishment. The back and seat of this stool are made from a clear polymer that complements wood decors as well as modern furnishings. These barstools also stack for easy storage, which makes cleaning your restaurant’s floors at the end of the night a breeze. Click here to shop our 8-pack, available in a wide variety of colors!

        With these three essential chairs, you can meet the needs of all of your restaurant clients! For more colors, sizes, and types of chairs, we recommend you visit our website or talk to a customer service agent for your specific restaurant’s needs. Visit www.restaurantsupply.com  for more.

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  2. The Key to Keeping Drinks Cool at your Bar

    The Key to Keeping Drinks Cool at your Bar

         So you own a bar. One thing that’s on the forefront of your mind is keeping your costs down and making sure that your customer is satisfied. Accomplishing both can be difficult, but with a little balance work and a mastery of the basics, it can be done. The first thing your bar will need after you have your liquor, liquor license, and furniture, is a good ice machine.

        A good ice machine is incredibly important for a bar because no one wants a hot beer or a delicious cocktail that is sadly lacking in ice. This also means that when you shop for an ice machine, reliability should be on the forefront of your mind. This week on the blog, we’ll be taking a look at a few different ice machines that have the functionalities your restaurant needs.

        First up, an underwater cooler that will fit beneath your bar. This machine produces elegant octagon ice - great for whiskey drinks and high end cocktails. This type of ice melts slowly so that it does not alter the flavor of beverages while it cools. Not only does it produce a high quality of ice, it also produces an enormous quantity. The Manitowoc SM50A can produce up to 53 pounds of ice per day and it’s internal bin can hold up to 24 pounds of ice, meaning that your bar will always have ice on deck to serve your customers. You can check this machine out here.

        If you need something a little larger, we recommend our Manitowoc Big Shot. This larger machine produces a very large quantity of gourmet ice each day. This air cooled model has the capacity to produce up to 313 pounds of clear gourmet ice in 24 hours. With no side clearances required, the machine can be installed next to other devices without issue. The ice produced by this machine is clear, cylindrical, shot glass ice. This ice is deal for mixed drinks or  drinks “on the rocks” since there is less beverage dilution while this ice slowly melts. You can purchase this machine here.

        We recommend either of these machines for ultimate cost efficiency, production, and value. One of the most important pieces of equipment your bar can offer is a fantastic and reliable ice machine. With either of these machines, you cannot go wrong - but make sure to visit our website to check out the rest of our ice machines.

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  3. Why Restaurants Fail

    Why Restaurants Fail

         This week on the blog, we’re talking about one of every restaurant owner’s biggest fears: failure. While owning a restaurant, you are sure to experience failure in some capacity daily. Failing to please every customer, make every dish perfectly, or reach a set sales goal. These daily failures can be addressed to add up to overall successes, and shouldn’t be seen in a negative light. It’s true that through our failures, we find our greatest successes. So how can you avoid a big failure? A flop, a closure, or a bad health rating that makes it hard to recover from (in terms of your restaurant’s PR). We’ve compiled some ideas to give you the foresight to prevent a major failure. Hint, it starts with addressing those everyday mistakes.

        First up, poor customer service. This seems like a logical one, but it’s often ignored. Exceptional customer service is essential in maintaining clientele and bringing in new customers. One way that you can make sure that you’re delivering exceptional customer service across the board is by creating required customer service policies. Weekly staff meetings, check-ins with individual staff members, and monthly team goals are all great ways to make sure that everyone is on-board with the new guidelines.

        If you’re reading this because you’re thinking about opening a new restaurant, don’t sweat. Opening a new restaurant is daunting, especially with the high turnover rate of the restaurant industry. If you’re looking to open a new restaurant and worried about failure, you should consider two things: upfront costs and location.

        High upfront costs are the reason that many fledgling restaurants go under. Many restaurant owners find themselves under-budget before the restaurant even opens because they did not accurately calculate the funds needed to successfully open a business. Look for places that you can save (without cutting corners) and make sure you have a good accountant when opening your new business.

        Lastly, when looking into starting a restaurant the best way that you can prevent failure is through a good location. It’s just true that a good location is great advertising. Although this will not guarantee your restaurant doesn’t go under, it can certainly help to become one of the main fixtures in a downtown location. If you can’t afford a heavily trafficked area, at least consider the pitfalls of opening a restaurant on the outskirts of town. With proper preparation, a good team, and consistent check-ins with management, there’s nothing to worry about. While failure in some aspect is inevitable in every area of life, it’s how you deal with daily failures that ultimately determine the success of your restaurant.

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  4. Spring Cleaning: Customize Your Restaurant Storage

    Spring Cleaning: Customize Your Restaurant Storage

         It’s March which means, time for spring! If you’ve already cleaned your restaurant for springtime, you may have noticed that your organization system could use an update. This week on the blog, we’re discussing ways that you can customize your storage space on a budget. We’ll also link you to some of our favorite products so that you can shop the market!

        For custom shelving, you can select shelves and posts in a variety of different configurations. There are options to choose from for vented shelves, wired shelves, or solid shelving. Different widths and depths are also available depending on your need. In addition, you can select specific coatings: green epoxy, chrome, or metal.

        Large commercial kitchen? You probably need a durable shelving solution. Invest once, and don’t think about it for another decade. We recommend our solid, wire, or vented shelving options. Some of our top products in this section include our John Boos Chrome Plated Wire Shelf, and our Metro Super Erecta Solid Stainless Steel Shelf. Our wire shelf is a best seller, and listed at only $13.99 per shelf. This breathable, easy to clean shelf comes with a one-year warranty against defect in workmanship and material, so you can feel good about your purchase. You can find it here. Our stainless steel shelf has uncoated, aluminum cast corners and a raised “ships edge” on all four sides to prevent smaller items from toppling over the side. Made in the USA, we are proud of this shelf. You can find it here.

        Own a restaurant with a liquor license? Consider purchasing a wine shelf to lock up your inventory. These shelves also come in a variety of storage capacities and include both open and enclosed models. Our most basic option is our aluminum wine shelf. This option is stackable, so it’s a great way to start building your wine inventory. This shelf features a lifetime guarantee against rust and is durable, corrosion resistant, and heavy duty. This shelf also has radius cut corners to minimize label abrasion! At just $11.99 per shelf, it’s a steal. You can purchase your own here.

    New business, commercial kitchen, winery, or food truck operator? No matter what kind of shelving you require for your restaurant or business, you can find it at Restaurant Supply. Our shelves are made in the United States, and many come with a one year warranty so you don’t need to stress about investing in this purchase. Visit our full website www.restaurantsupply.com to view all of our organization options.

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  5. Get Ready for Summertime - Visit Our Water Filter Store!

    Get Ready for Summertime - Visit Our Water Filter Store!

         Sweet summertime, just around the corner - right? Well, maybe not. For many regions of the United States, summer feels like a distant dream. With all the cold weather, blizzards, and roads that should be plowed more frequently, the last thing that most of us want to think about is ice. This week on the blog, we’re stopping in at our water filter store to see how you can get the purest source of drinking water for the upcoming warmer temps (hopefully).

         First up, reverse osmosis water filters. Reverse osmosis water filters work by using a high pressure pump to increase the pressure on the salt side of the reverse osmosis and force the water across the semipermeable membrane, which leaves 95% of dissolved salts behind. What does this mean? Every time you use this system, you’re drinking water that’s 95% pure from dissolved salts. These filters are truly amazing, and can be applied to beverages like espresso, coffee, and steamers. The Everpure High Efficiency Reverse Osmosis System is intended for foodservice, and is great for problem water areas. It also reduces chlorine taste and odor that can adversely affect the taste of water and beverages. You can shop this item here.

        Another great filtration system is the steam table filter. These systems are used for high temperature steam misting to keep foods hot. Steam tables are used by hotels, buffets, cafeterias, and anyone else who needs to lay out a delicious spread of food for a large group of guests. Our steam table filter has a 150 gallon per day capacity, has a 4.8/5 rating on our website, and is available for financing for as low as $35/month. Check this item out here.

        If you’re in the ice machine industry, you understand how important having a good filtration system that you can rely on is. There’s nothing worse than having customers available but a broken water filtration system. You can trust Ice Machines with all of your filtration needs, and the best part is that - everything ships for free! Visit our website www.icemachines.com for all your filtration needs.

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  6. How to Keep Your Restaurant Safe During Tax Season

    How to Keep Your Restaurant Safe During Tax Season

        The audit. The two words that no restaurant owner wants to hear. The audit is not something that has to be inevitable. In fact, it can be easily prevented. Likely, your restaurant has someone who’s in charge of the books. If you run a smaller restaurant, this person might be you. If you have an accountant or not, there are still steps you should take as the restaurant owner to protect your business during tax season.

        First, file on time. Failing to file regularly or file on time can create huge issues for your business ranging from penalty fees to legal charges. Taxes might mean another expense for your business in the short term, but in the long term not filing on time will result in an even larger expense.

        Second, be aware of the specific tax forms for restaurants. Filing for a restaurant is a little more complicated than filing as a single head of household. Some forms that you need to complete as a restaurant owner (unless your accountant is filing for you) are: Employer’s Annual Federal Tax Return, W9,  and Employer’s Annual Information Return of Tip Income and Allocated Tips. In addition to the basic forms, you should consider potential ways to lessen the cost and receive deductions.

        For example, food and beverage costs are deductible. Recently purchased equipment may be deductible too. You can even deduct it for the year that it was purchased, or in smaller amounts over a few years. If your restaurant donates leftover food from the day to a local charity, you can likely deduct this as a charitable donation. However, make sure that you don’t make massive deductions or invalid deductions. As mentioned previously, audits are possible and it’s best to do everything in your power to avoid them.

        Tax season can be overwhelming. We recommend finding someone that you trust to handle your restaurant’s accounting during tax season so that you can avoid the dreaded audit. Make sure that you report all of your income, file on time, make sure that your deductions are accurate, and take a deep breath - tax season is almost at a close!

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  7. Spring Cleaning Our Closeout Section

    Spring Cleaning Our Closeout Section

         Psst… we’re spring cleaning at Restaurant Supply as well! For those wanting to revamp their restaurant, we’ve created a guide for you with the very best of our closeout section. We created this guide to give you a little inspiration during this time of year right before spring!

        First up, our Polypropylene Signature Compartment Rack is on sale and available in multiple different colors. This rack will hold up through washing action, drying, and quick glass cooling for spot-free results every time. This innovative glass rack holds glassware more efficiently so you can use less water, energy, and chemicals each time you do a wash. Check out this offer here.

        Second on our list, a gas burner! This heavy duty gas plate features a stainless steel exterior, 4” adjustable chrome plated legs, and a pilot ignition system with automatic burner lighting. We recommend grabbing this burner while it’s on sale because you can still finance it for as low as $32 a month! Check this offer and all of the details out here.

        To increase the functionality of your space, check out our reduced price Blodgett Convection Oven. This oven is a full size convection oven that has stainless steel doors with dual pane thermal glass windows. Via the convection method, you can save time and energy while cooking and roasting your products. Check this product out here.

        This shopping guide is just a small view of our full closeout section. We encourage you to take the tour for yourself, and to treat yourself to a new product with your tax refund money! As always, our customer support network is available to answer any questions you may have. Happy shopping.

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  8. Ice-O-Matic Carefree Operation: the Elevation Series

     Ice-O-Matic Carefree Operation: the Elevation Series

        This week on the blog, we’re featuring The Elevation Series. These machines produce half cube, full cube ice and are available in air cooled or water cooled condenser types. In this post, we’ll feature a few of our favorite products, and give you a rundown on the specs of each ice machine.   

        First, the Ice-O-Matic Full Cube Ice Machine with Storage Bin. The ice that this machine produces resists melting for a long time due to the full cube size. It’s also easy to install because it only requires a 115 v electrical connection a water line in, and a drain for purged water at the end of each ice-making cycle. In addition, it has a huge storage bin for all that ice. The Full Cube Ice Machine storage bin is 30 inches wide and can hold up to 242 pounds of ice. You can purchase this product here.

        If you’re looking for a machine that produces half-cube ice, we recommend the Ice-O-Matic Air Cooled Half Cube Ice Machine with Storage Bin. This machine produces up to 313 pounds of half-sized ice every 24 hours. This type of ice is ideal for beverages, dispensing applications, and blended drinks. One of our favorite features of this machine is the molded plastic bin door to allow for easy access to ice. This product is an ideal choice for a foodservice business with a moderate ice requirement. You can check this product out here.

        If you’re looking for an Ice Maker/Bin Combo, we can’t recommend the Ice-O-Matic product line enough. We offer a full range of these products on our website from half-cube to full-cube ice, so whether you’re looking to purchase something for your home or restaurant, we’ve got you covered. Check out the full product lineup here.

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  9. Must-Have Commercial Supplies for Your Starter Restaurant

    So you’re thinking about getting into the restaurant business. You have the perfect location selected, you know what kind of food and experience you want to provide, and you even have a few investors interested! Now it’s time to get into the logistics of what starting a restaurant would require, given you aren’t purchasing a space already fit with equipment.

    First, you need to purchase a commercial gas range. This stovetop is the workhorse that your entire restaurant will rely on. If you have the space, it’s worth a buy. Not only will it last you for decades, but it has multi-functional capacities and comes with an oven to do the grunt of your restaurant work.

    Next, you’ll need a good fridge. We like a large reach-in refrigerator to start things out in a new space. Purchase a solid door reach-in refrigerator for more durability, or a glass door reach-in refrigerator for more aesthetics. These types of refrigerators can hold enormous quantities of food and use hydrocarbon refrigerant to keep your ingredients fresh - crucial for passing that first restaurant inspection exam.

    Beyond a stove and a good fridge, other important items to consider when creating a restaurant kitchen are multiple stove-tops, bar equipment, specialty cooking equipment, commercial broilers, breakfast equipment, and deep fryers. Depending on the functionality of your restaurant, your needs for these items can flux. Our team is always available to chat about your restaurant needs. If you’re starting from scratch or building on an older restaurant’s kitchen, we can help. Write us on our website www.restaurantsupply.com or call us at 855-838-1010 for all your restaurant’s needs.

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  10. The Perfect Ice Machine for Your Small Restaurant

    The Perfect Ice Machine for Your Small Restaurant

        For small business owners, a large, clunky ice machine is the last thing you need in your kitchen. In making your small space more efficient, smaller machines with good production value are key. We’ve seen many small restaurant owners struggle in purchasing the right ice machine to fit their unique needs, so we decided to let you explore some of our favorites on today’s blog post.

        First, the Manitowoc Air-Cooled Full Dice Cube Undercounter Ice Machine, available here. This fully functional ice machine is smaller than some of our other products, but can produce up to 57 pounds of ice per day. This machine is perfect for seasonal restaurants that need to amp up their business during the summer months, without committing to a clunky ice machine. This machine contains a self-contained condenser, produces ice cube style, has an easy-read display, and includes programmable ice production. Programmable ice production allows for higher efficiency and lower utility bills - so you can save on production while creating what you need.

        Our second suggestion is one of our most popular items. The Ice-O-Matic Air Cooled Undercounter Nugget is perfect for both commercial and residential spaces. This machine is an under counter ice machine with a stainless steel finish to complement other modern home appliances. This machine’s quiet operation makes it desirable, as it can be added to any room without disturbing the ambiance. It also produces a crowd favorite, nugget ice. Nugget ice is ice that is produced in identical size and shape per piece. You can check out the Ice-O-Matic here.

        With either of these ice machines, we are sure you will be satisfied. If you’re purchasing for an office space or your home, we recommend the second option: the Ice-O-Matic Air Cooled Undercounter Nugget. This machine will deliver, without producing excess noise and disturbance in your home or workplace. If you’re looking for a functional machine for your small restaurant, we recommend the Manitowoc Undercounter Ice Machine. Whichever you decide, our customer service line is always open to answer your questions at 1-877-900-4423.

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