Running a Restaurant/Walk In's


QUESTION: I am starting a restaurant. The restaurant will focus on noise to tail cuisine. Our aim is to serve fresh meat, produce daily. Do I need a walk-in freezer. I plan to get a walk in cooler but I need to extended my expenses and by a walk in freezer as well?

ANSWER: Hi, what seating capacity are you looking at?


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QUESTION: Seat between 100 - 150 about 2,000 square feet devoted to the dining.

I would suggest a dedicated stand up freezer, not a walk-in - you will ALWAYS be needing to keep ingredients frozen (stocks etc.), but as your focus is not on prepared food, your storage requirements won't be as high. Keep your expenses as low as possible, and grow slowly as you need to. Craigslist is a great place for used commercial stand-ups.


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Can: Architectural, Interior and MEP Design, including customer count and occupancy for various types of restaurants and bars (take out, high end, etc.) Basic Health and Safety, particularly in the US and Caribbean. BOH design and requirements, including walk-ins and prep areas Can't: Intricacies of day to day pricing, menu planning, food portioning, staffing, wages etc.


Since graduating university in 1987, I've soley designed or been design leader in over 30 restaurants, bars and food prep facilities, as well as several major hotels around the world, including Jamaica, Bermuda, London-England, and Cancun-Mexico. This includes 2 major supermarkets with full deli and food prep facilities, 6 restaurant 5 star resort hotels, yacht clubs, internet cafes, 3000 capacity nightclubs, and high end residences.

Contract Lighting Magazine, The Bermudian Bottom Line (Bermudian business publication) The Royal Gazette Several London based journals (it was so long ago, I can't remember!)

University of Wales - BA Interior Architecture - Patrick Hannay, course leader

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