Look For The Blue Sticker
If the equipment has not been approved by the National Sanitation Foundation (http://www.nsf.org/), it is not suitable for use in a commercial kitchen. Hefty fines can be levied by inspectors who find non-NSF approved restaurant equipment in your kitchen.
Limit The Amount You Buy
Keep your menu in mind and focus on keeping your kitchen compact and efficient. This means buying as few pieces of restaurant equipment as possible to fit your space.
Get To Know The Seller Beforehand
Make sure that you are comfortable with the seller and you feel you can trust them.
Make Sure Everything Works
If you are looking at used equipment being sold by a restaurant owner, ask to come see the pieces in person so that you can make sure everything is in operating condition before making the purchase.
Bring In a 3rd Party Resource
If you don’t know the dealer well, have a certified technician come in with you to inspect the restaurant equipment.
Don’t Get Pressured
You want to feel comfortable with the restaurant equipment you end up purchasing, don’t let a salesperson sell you something you don’t need.
Meeting Local Codes
Your local health, fire and building code department will be able to provide you with spec sheets that detail what they do and don’t allow in a commercial kitchen.
Be Aware of Zoning Regulations
Many factors can contribute to restaurants receiving or being denied approval. The standards can be different on a city, county and state level.
Numerous Commercial Appliance Support
Despite their charm, many old buildings simply do not have adequate electricity to support a modern restaurant.
The Type of Commercial Refrigeration You Purchase Is Important
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