4 Restaurant Improvements to Tackle During the Stay-At-Home Order

May 5, 2020 | Fast-Casual, Foodservice Industry

Social distancing and stay-at-home orders have changed daily life, but we’ve gained an opportunity to make operational improvements and come out of this better than ever. With most establishments running solely on takeout and delivery, your workplace is likely free from guests and distractions that take priority over other projects. Use this time to tackle these four restaurant improvements.

Streamline Takeout and Delivery

Think of take out and delivery as the chance to really nail your to-go operations. Begin by equipping your delivery drivers with quality food transportation carriers like the Half-Size Top Loading Cam GoBox by CAMBRO. This carrying case is made from a hard CFC-free polypropylene material that keeps food at safe temperatures for over four hours. Impact-resistant for worry-free transport, the GoBox is stackable, dishwasher safe, and comes with an adjustable strap for easy carrying.

If you’re looking for a soft carrier, consider the CAMBRO Delivery GoBags. GoBags are made of thick, sturdy nylon fabric, and available in nine different sizes for every delivery need. Stain-resistant, machine washable, and super lightweight, these food carriers are a favorite among restaurants from pizza delivery to sushi.

For touch-free meal pick up, Carter Hoffman’s Self-Serve Pick Up Cabinet (PUC) offers a convenient and innovative solution. Guests simply place an order and pay online, then receive a text message with a QR code when their meal is ready for pickup. Upon arrival at your establishment, guests just need to scan their QR code, and PUC opens the corresponding compartment with their food. It’s truly a game-changer for the restaurant industry during this crisis.

Deep Clean Your Establishment

Deep cleaning your kitchen and dining room is essential to guests’ comfort and safety while they dine with you. Now is the perfect time to roll up your sleeves and clean high-use areas that you don’t often get to clean, like your carpets, walls, and behind your kitchen equipment. Don’t forget to check out our blog article with the top five areas to hit during your deep clean.

Replace Old and Outdated Equipment

While you’re making other restaurant improvements, consider replacing old and outdated equipment. By replacing your fryer, griddle, or walk-in now, you avoid having to schedule deliveries and installations around a busy dining room.

The Solstice Electric Fryers by Pitco are great options if you want to update your fryer. With a fixed heating system designed to eliminate oil migration, and available in multiple sizes and controller configurations, these fryers can accommodate significant volume and cook your cuisine to almost any specification.

If you need a flat top griddle, Star Manufacturing’s Ultra-Max® Electric Embedded Snap-Action Griddles might be a good fit. These griddles come in sizes ranging from 24” to 72” across and are designed for high-volume cooking. Energy efficient, and made with 1”-thick steel for even temperature distribution, the Ultra-Max series makes for a heavy-duty player in your kitchen.

It’s important that your walk-ins are up to date and running well. Bally’s Walk-In Coolers and Freezers are designed to save you time and energy. With hinged doors in various sizes to suit most specifications, these walk-ins are made with foamed-in-place non-ozone depleting insulation. The foam slowly expands to produce 98% closed-cell insulation, ensuring optimal temperature for the life of your fridge.

Organize Your Freezer and Dry Storage

Speaking of walk-in coolers, proper cold-storage organization means your chefs are more efficient and your food products undergo proper first-in-first-out rotation. The Stainless-steel Three-Tier Cooler Racks by John Boos are made from 16-gauge stainless steel and stand at 60”. These spacious shelves come with adjustable bullet feet to provide additional height and stand up well to frigid temperatures.

Keg organization keeps your staff efficient and helps bartenders find the right keg to tap during the rush. John Boos also makes Aluminum Keg Racks, big enough to fit four standard kegs on two adjustable racks.

For a total back-of-house makeover, CAMBRO’s Premium High-Density Storage System revolutionizes your dry storage. Using movable shelving attached to a raised-floor track system, you can move around each unit as you retrieve items from dry storage. Rustproof, and made from smooth polypropylene, the Premium Series is designed to resist bacteria and mold build-up and withstand tough wear and tear.

Elevation Reps Is Here For Your Business Throughout This Crisis

If you need assistance tackling restaurant improvement projects during this time, talk to us. Our dedicated team is here to help you choose the best foodservice equipment and storage options for your business. If you need a sympathetic ear, we’ve got that too.