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Being a part of a restaurant company can be an incredibly satisfying experience. Whether you’re an owner, administrator, chef, cook, or part of the waitstaff, there are lots of interesting and exciting aspects to the restaurant industry, and that makes it an ideal workplace for many people. Within that workplace framework, however, there are a lot of specialized business aspects to consider.
Business aspects of the restaurant will include buying professional cookware, maintaining a safe and clean kitchen, buying food without wasting any, and figuring out how to work with tips and wages up and down the waitstaff.
Buying professional cookware is one of the mainstays of a good restaurant. You need to have high-quality dishes, silverware, pots and pans, knives, and everything in between. You have to make sure that all of these items are strong enough to handle daily wear and tear and industrial dishwashing processes as well. If you buy consumer or even prosumer level cookware, chances are very likely that it won’t be up to snuff with the kind of use and abuse that happens in restaurants daily routine. Talking to professionals before making your own purchases is always a good idea.
A Safe and Clean Kitchen
At a restaurant, the primary cornerstone is going to be a safe and clean kitchen. How you prepare your food, where it gets stored, how it gets cooked, how it gets served – all of these things have stringent rules and regulations that you have to follow. If you think about most stores, they aren’t going to get health violations by any regulatory department. But, as soon as you’re part of a restaurant environment, inspectors are constantly going to be looking over your shoulder making sure you aren’t doing anything against the rules.
Buying food for a restaurant is a very complicated dance. You have to know what’s on your menu, how often people order things, how often food spoils, how long you can keep food around before you have to throw it away, and a million other details. It takes being open for a while to get a good grasp of what to order and win, and then that can change seasonally or with a rise or fall in popularity.
Tips and Wages
Finally, being in the restaurant business is a little bit different than other industries because you have to work with tips and wages uniquely. Customers can tip the waitstaff, and in the waitstaff tip their bussers and the other cleaning staff, and then all of that has to get entered into different columns of taxes so far as income and expenses go. Inside the restaurant business framework, it’s important to understand where tips fit into overall budgeting.