Restaurant Supplies: Make a Great Impression With the Right DinnerwareJuly 8, 2018
When customers sit down in your restaurant, what’s one of the first things they see?
Yes, the décor, hostess, and more. But there’s something else that matters a great deal – but is often overlooked.
It’s the silverware and tableware!
People will judge your establishment by what they see on the tables. That doesn’t mean you need fine china, though. It does mean that when you buy restaurant supplies you need to think about how your dinnerware presents your restaurant.
Choose Dinnerware That Fits Your Vibe
Different restaurants have different themes, and you want to make sure that your dinnerware speaks to your particular focus. Asian restaurants will have very different dishes and silverware than a Bohemian café, and both will be quite distinct from a high-class small plate venue.
There’s no right or wrong answer about the feeling you want to create in your establishment. From casual to modern to high class, there are a lot of options. The key is to have dinnerware that reflects that vibe.
When you get your restaurant supplies, think about the impression you want to make and choose accordingly!
Consider Size and Shape
If you’ve shopped for restaurant supplies, you know that there are a dizzying array of options for everything. When it comes to dinnerware, you’ll want the right size and shapes for your purposes.
Remember that smaller plates can make smaller amounts of food look large, which can be important if you serve fancier food or need to keep food cost low. On the other hand, large plates can give your restaurant a reputation as a rib-sticking place to grab a meal.
If you tend to serve sandwiches with a side, a round or oval plate may be perfect. If you serve a lot of pasta, you’ll need to decide what size and depth the bowls should be. Your chef and other staff can weigh in and help you make these choices.
In many of these decisions, it’s not worth stressing yourself out. Just make sure the sizes and shapes are appropriate to your menu, make a decision, and get the restaurant supplies you need.
Durability is Key
No matter how elegant or utilitarian your setup is, you need to make sure your dishware is highly durable.
If you do have a finer plate setup, make sure that the staff treats them accordingly. The good news is that fine dining restaurants tend to attract clients that understand and respect the tableware, but breakage is bound to happen. Minimize the risk by having processes for plating, delivery, removal, and washing carefully set up.
If you can go more casual, melamine is an excellent choice. It comes in a wide variety of styles, colors, and price points. You’re sure to find something that will fit your concept.
Choose Dinnerware You Can Restock
Is someone selling off the last of a design at rock-bottom prices? Unless you can swing an eclectic look, avoid the temptation.
The truth is that dishes will break, get lost, and need to be replaced. You may also grow your restaurant, decide to open a second place, or remodel to add more seating. Regardless, you’ll need to be able to get more of your tableware on a regular basis.
Avoid spending too much – it will be hard to afford the inevitable restocking. Don’t spend too little either – if dishes are poor quality or flimsy, they will reflect poorly on your business and break often, requiring more repurchasing.
Instead, try to find the sweet spot in the middle. An easy-to-find, durable, affordable design will save you thousands of dollars and untold headaches.
Get Your Restaurant Supplies Today!
Looking for a new set of dinnerware, or do you need to fill in for some broken pieces? We’re happy to help. We offer a wide variety of kitchen and restaurant equipment, and we love helping customers find the restaurant supplies they need.
Contact us for a quote on dinnerware or other supplies today!
Kitchen Equipment in Little Rock
Tipton Equipment Restaurant Supply has a selection of kitchen equipment in Little Rock that will help enhance the menu of any restaurant, deli, or supermarket. Our span of kitchen equipment will help you keep up with growing consumer demand for fresh, high-quality...
What You’ll Need: Arkansas Convenience Store Equipment Freezers and Refrigerators
Your convenience store can't just have any old piece of equipment.What’s a Convenience Store? A convenience store is what the name implies; a store of convenience in an easily accessible area where customers usually have a variety of household products, beverages,...
Commercial Ice Cream Freezer: Keeping it Clean
To many, cleaning an ice cream freezer merely means pulling out all the food and allowing the appliance to defrost. Defrosting is a vital step, but it is not the only thing that needs to happen to maintain a clean freezer. To ensure optimal performance and keep your...
Getting Your Commercial Kitchen Up and Running
Getting your commercial kitchen up and running. Serving Ware If there's nothing to serve the food on, there's no restaurant. You'll need tons of cutlery, plate ware, bowls, ramekins, cups, and glasses. Consider the number of tables you can fit in your restaurant and...
Safety Tips for Your Commercial Kitchen
Safety tips for your commercial kitchen to keep it running smoothly and keep disease out. A well-run commercial kitchen means maintaining the utmost cleanliness and safe conditions for your food preparation. If you were to contaminate an area with Salmonella or other...
Cooking Equipment You Need Today!
If you've ever attempted to purchase cooking equipment for a new kitchen or tried to improve the quality of tools in your current kitchen you've found that stocking up on high-quality kitchen essentials is much more complicated than it should be. Nowadays everywhere...
Cooking Equipment Disasters You Can Avoid
Cooking equipment disasters you can avoid through proper safety procedure and careful proceeding. Kitchens are the heart of the home, but they’re also home to a lot of cooking equipment that can pose safety hazards. Cooking fires top the list of things that can go...
Why You Should Maintain Restaurant Supplies Religiously
Excellent quality and well-functioning restaurant supplies are the backbones of a restaurant’s success. While you may be able to operate a restaurant without regular equipment maintenance in the short run, the long-term effects will add up. Decreasing equipment...
What Restaurant Supplies Does Your Café Need?
What restaurant supplies does your café need? Our Pro's Do It All: Provide, Install & Maintain From soda fountains to most any frozen beverage machine, we offer a fantastic variety of beverage equipment and restaurant supplies. Tipton Equipment is one of the few...
Three Benefits of Using Used Kitchen Equipment
Three benefits of using used kitchen equipment are more straightforward than you would think. SavingsUsed kitchen equipment will save you thousands in, starting a restaurant. High restaurant failure rate leads to restaurant kitchen equipment only being in service for...
Kitchen Equipment Spotlight: How to Maintain a Commercial Freezer
Your commercial freezers are a vital part of your restaurant operation. They hold the food and supplies you’ve bought to keep them at their freshest until you need them. Unfortunately, when a freezer malfunctions, you can lose hundreds or even thousands of dollars’...
How to Run a Successful Event & Party Room
Do you have a large space in your restaurant set aside for special events and parties? Does it get reserved as often as you wished?If you’re like most restaurant owners or managers, the answers are yes and no. You probably have a space – almost everyone is expected to...
Philadelphia Outlaws Cashless: What it Means to You
In early March, Philadelphia became the first city in the U.S. to forbid restaurants from refusing cash payments. As of July 1, all Philadelphia restaurants will have to accept cash payments and cannot charge cash-paying customers more than non-cash ones. Several...
Types of Insurance Your Restaurant Needs
No one gets into the restaurant business thinking about insurance and paperwork, but it’s still an important part of doing business. Insurance helps protect you from natural disaster, theft, employee injuries, and liability. Many times you can get insurance discounts...
Control COGS in Your Restaurant
Restaurants are known for having razor-thin margins, but you can improve your profits if you have a good handle on your costs. That doesn’t mean you have to skimp on restaurant supplies, but it does mean you can be strategic about what you spend. Do you know your cost...