Ever wondered how to effectively remodel your commercial kitchen? There are a number of reasons that can make you consider remodeling your commercial kitchen space. It could be the need to update appliances and fixtures, rearranging of your space, or the need to install previously missing features like garbage disposals, modified sinks, a comprehensive extraction system, double ovens, or countertop islands and bars.
It could also be as a result of obsolete equipment that are no longer functioning efficiently, or a diversification of your menu, hence the need to expand your space or acquire new equipment. The overall objective is usually to improve the experience of your customers and diners. This usually begins in the kitchen. After all, everything happens in the kitchen. Life happens in the kitchen.
At Merican Limited, we have the experience and expertise to co-create with you and bring to life your dream kitchen, a kitchen seasoned with love. This principle underpins every commercial kitchen remodel we undertake, because we understand what is at stake for any business that chooses to remodel their kitchen space.
We commit to the timely and cost-efficient completion of your remodeling, while co-creating with you every step of the way. We work with you to assess, plan, and engineer your commercial kitchen remodeling project. Results? Custom-made fabrications and a kitchen space made to measure.
Here are the key considerations and crucial steps to undertake in your commercial kitchen remodeling;
Prepare your timeline/Planning Phase; This is the phase where we assess the remodeling needs and explore the timelines. To ensure your equipment is delivered promptly, let our specialists know your timeline for the project, including when it needs to be completed and up and running, as well as a list of all equipment needed. This will ensure your facility can open according to schedule, get value for your money and that you don’t lose business.
Know your floorplan. In order to properly outfit your commercial kitchen, you should have an accurate floorplan that’ll help determine where various cooking ranges, hoods, extraction systems, walk-ins, floor gullies, and other essential or large equipment will be fitted. In addition to designing your kitchen with safety in mind, our specialists at Merican take into account how equipment should be positioned to achieve a comfortable, efficient workflow within the kitchen.
Menu Decision and Restaurant Cuisine. It is crucial to decide on a menu and establish the seating capacity of your restaurant to help in identifying which equipment will be required and whether that equipment should be light, medium, or heavy-duty. For example, a bar offering simple appetizers such as chicken tenders and onion rings could use a light-duty fryer, while a quick-service restaurant with popular fried entrées may need to invest in a heavy-duty fryer to make sure it keeps up with demand. The same will apply to when choosing your ideal cooking range and ovens. Do you go with the 6-burner range and oven, or a 4-burner range and oven?
Remodeling Budget; A remodeling budget can make or break a restaurant way before the front doors ever open, so it’s important to establish a budget and keep that budget in mind when considering your options on the scope of the project and equipment range. Always remember to factor in the cost of mandatory equipment and non-equipment purchases, as well as potential construction delays.
Remember your permits/Building Contractors; It is always prudent to work with a general contractor and an architect or an interior designer on large projects. This is important since they’ll be able to ensure you apply for and obtain the appropriate permits and approvals. It is always important to ensure the contractors are reliable and professional, to avoid delays and inconveniences with the kitchen remodeling project. Having those experts on the job also helps our specialists ensure everything is right, from design to installation.
Involve your Chefs in Kitchen Remodeling; When all is said and done, the chef is the primary end user of the kitchen. Many times, restaurant and hotel owners make the mistake of undertaking an entire kitchen remodeling project without involving a chef. This presents potential challenges, especially when the chefs notice something at the end of the project that cannot be fixed or reversed. It is therefore crucial to involve your chefs in the commercial kitchen remodeling project, from the kitchen space design, to the equipment specifications, as well as any structural adjustments that may affect the overall functionality of the kitchen.
Over and above, this is how to effectively remodel your commercial kitchen! A professionally remodeled kitchen is spacious, resourceful, energy-efficient, easy maintenance, and meets health and safety standards. It will present a better working environment for both staff and visitors, give you updated appliances and equipment, and ensure maximum utilization of resources. The best part? Your commercial kitchen remodeling project doesn’t have to be a daunting and complicated process. Merican will walk with you through every step and help you co-create a future-proof kitchen. It begins with a call (+254 740 174448) or an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to us. Hear from you soon?