The restaurant business is one that embodies the spirit of competition. Those restaurants that survive and make a name for themselves constitute the few, the lucky, the crafty and the proud. When you walk or drive by a place where a restaurant has closed up and moved out what question do you ask yourself? For me it usually has to do with not even remembering the name of the place.
There are locations which, as if by magic, are the home of one failed restaurant after another – so maybe we can blame that. But often it’s the food, service, value for the money equation. Unnecessary overhead, especially in the kitchen, their equipment and their employees often shows up in the charges for their meals and not in a good way.
Even the restaurants that are the purveyors of delicious food, the providers of raucous fun, and the protectors of family-friendly environments, often do not survive their first month of opening. Because when opening a restaurant, the startup is what can make or break a potential culinary success. Finances are key. So, if you’ve got a good idea, even better recipes, and a decent location, then look for some used restaurant equipment for sale.
With the number of new restaurants that go belly-up, there are plenty of good opportunities to save on startup costs and get some used restaurant equipment and appliances. After all, when opening a restaurant, you have monthly lease fees to think about, health inspections, and long-term food supplier contracts to think about – don’t burden yourself with buying brand, spanking new equipment.
While the shiny silver of a new pizza oven and fingerprint-free stainless steel, industrial refrigerator can look visually appealing, remember that a slightly used one could get the job done just as well at only a fraction of the price. Plus, the kitchen and restaurant staff will be the only people to lay eyes on the equipment behind the scenes.
If you are looking for nice things to stock your restaurant with, focus on what your customers will be sitting on and eating from.
New pieces of restaurant equipment are like new cars. As spoon as you drive them off the lot, they depreciate in value. So naturally, it makes more fiscal sense to find some used restaurant equipment for sale. Go ahead and shell out for the nice silverware, wine glasses, and table cloths. Look for bargains on the kitchen equipment.