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Exposed: Why Restaurants are Opting for Open Kitchens

Open-kitchensPopularized by countless cooking shows on TV, a chef’s life has never been more fascinating to the public than it is now. Millions of viewers tune in every week to get a behind-the-scenes look at how food is prepared in restaurant kitchens across the country. With the success of these T.V. shows, it comes as no surprise that QSR Magazine has noted that “transparency” is one of today’s top trends in the quick service restaurant segment. A growing curiosity in cooking as an occupation, along with an increased interest in the ingredients in restaurant menu items, has prompted a new design trend for all types of restaurants: open kitchens.

Open kitchens are not new. Restaurants such as Chipotle have had open kitchens for years, preparing food and showcasing ingredients in front of customers. Dubbed the “Chipotle Experience”, the chain’s open kitchen design is intended to provide total transparency to customers, as employees grill meats, chop vegetables, and assemble burritos and bowls in plain view of guests. Another popular quick serve chain, Subway, embraces this model to illustrate how they help customers “eat fresh”.

Not just for quick service restaurants, open kitchen design trends are showing up in casual and fine dining restaurants as well. A newly reopened T.G.I. Friday’s location in Nashville boasts an open kitchen design that takes up 25% less space than the restaurant’s previous kitchen. In addition to providing an up-close look at how chefs cook customers’ favorite entrees, T.G.I. Friday’s COO Ricky Richardson also notes that the location’s open kitchen is also expected to help the company reduce energy usage.

Tips for Creating Open Kitchens

Careful planning and execution is the key to creating a successful open kitchen for your restaurant. Far from a do-it-yourself project, open kitchen design is best left to an expert. Choose designers and contractors who are experienced in creating open kitchens for restaurants. After you have assembled your team, make sure to communicate your expectations for the project, providing them with detailed information about your kitchen staff’s workflow. Efficiency is vital for success for any restaurant kitchen, but is even more crucial for those with an open design since customers will be able to watch everything that happens in your kitchen.

Quality restaurant equipment is also essential for an open kitchen. Make sure that your equipment not only functions well but also looks good. Well-maintained kitchen equipment can help to raise the intrinsic value of the food served in your restaurant because it gives customers the perception that you are truly invested in the quality of your restaurant.

Training staff members about how to work in an open kitchen is critical. Remind staff members to always conduct themselves with the utmost degree of professionalism since guests will be able to observe their behavior at all times.

0% Financing on Select Restaurant Equipment

Get the Best Price, 0% financing and Free Shipping on Manitowoc Brand EquipmentTo kick off our 10th anniversary celebration, we are offering one of the best deals in the history of Instawares. Now through December 14,2012, customers can take advantage of 0% financing for 24 months* on restaurant equipment from some of our most popular brands, including Manitowoc, Cleveland, Dean, Frymaster, Garland, Delfield, and Jackson. As an added bonus, you will also receive free shipping plus the guaranteed best price with our Price Match Promise.

With over 1 million satisfied customers, Instawares has been meeting the needs of the foodservice industry for 10 years. Our dedicated team of experts has over 140 years of combined equipment and supplies experience. They are available to help you find the right equipment for your business Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.  Call them today at 1-877-514-6178 and get $50 off accessories when you finance or buy participating Manitowoc Foodservice products totaling $1,000 or more.

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There has never been a better time to buy restaurant equipment for Instawares. Shop online now and contact our customer service team at 1-877-514-6178 to apply for financing.

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Equipment Guide To Opening a Restaurant

Ever considered opening your own restaurant?

Whether it be an Italian, Mexican, Americana, or good ole fashioned sports bar you will need some bare essentials if you plan on doing it the right way. Having the right equipment means that you’ll be ready when your restaurant explodes in popularity, giving you the peace of mind when you need to ramp up your cooking and dining efforts.
A Comprehensive Restaurant Equipment Buying Guide can be found on our main site where it lists all of the things you need to open your own restaurant. Among these essentials items:

  • Commercial ovens: Convection ovens, electric ovens, fryers, gas ovens, griddle top ranges, and microwaves.
  • Restaurant seating: Bar stools, chairs, high chairs, booths, and tables.
  • Commercial walk in refrigeration units: Walk-in coolers, walk in latch replacements, and strip curtains.
  • Plastic cutlery: Plastic cutlery kits, plastic forks, plastic knives, and plastic spoons.


  • Food preparation: Aprons, blenders/juicers, can openers, chef knives and utensils, kitchen utensils, food warmers, gloves, heat lamps, measuring cups, storage containers, toasters, trays, work tables, 20 quart mixers, condiment bottles, and condiment pumps.
  • Office supplies: Clipboards, desks, tape & dispensers, files & filing supplies, message pads, cash bags, mounting tape, forms- record keeping, safes, time clocks & time cards, and time racks.
  • Pots and pans: Baine Marie pots, stock pots, sauce pots, bake pans, cast iron, crepe pans, stir fry pans, and fry pans.
  • Tableware: Bowls, China, flatware, glassware, linens, Melamine dinnerware, pitchers, plastic tumblers, and table top accessories.
  • Glassware: Disposable cups and lids, coffee cups, styrofoam cups and lids, and plastic tumblers.
  • Beverage Essentials: Coffee makers, coffee filters, specialty brewers, drink dispensers, and straws.
  • Ice Machines: Cube, flaker, nugget, and dicer ice machines, ice scoops, ice machine storage bins, and under-counter ice machines.
  • Freezers: Reach-in freezers, solid door freezers, under-counter freezers, chest freezers, pass-through freezers, remote condenser freezers, and ice cream freezers.
  • Refrigeration: Air curtain refrigeration, glass door refrigeration, milk refrigeration, reach-in refrigeration, underbar refrigeration, restaurant merchandisers, under-counter refrigeration, deli cases, refrigerated wine cabinets, and refrigerated bakery cases.
  • Cleaning Supplies & Equipment: Brooms & brushes, cleaning supplies, dust mops, bathroom cleaning supplies, paper towels, paper towel dispenser, soap and soap dispensers, sponges, trash cans, liners, and toilet paper.
  • Sinks: Bar sinks, bathroom sinks, and hand sinks.
  • Dish Machines: Conveyer dishwashers, high temperature dish washers, low temperature dishwashers, round dish machines, under-counter dishwashers, and upright dishwashers.

InstaWares offers a complete restaurant equipment buying guide that lists all of the essentials. You can also buy this equipment directly from the InstaWares.com main website.