Restaurant Buildouts


Cross-contamination Prevention Tips

What you need to know to prevent cross-contamination in your food operation.

Preventing cross-contamination is critical in minimizing the risk of foodborne illness at your food service establishment. Customer sickness can have a crippling effect on your business, leading to bad reviews and word-of-mouth, loss of repeat business, and even a personal injury lawsuit, depending on the severity of the injury and the negligence involved. Cross-contamination occurs most frequently through contact between various unwashed tools and implements, such as knives, storage bins, hands, and cutting boards, which have touched raw and uncooked foods. Bacterial transfer is the main culprit here, but it is important in most modern food establishments to consider the ... Read on

Pest Control Tips

What you need to know to keep pests out of the restaurant.

Implementing an adequate pest control process in your restaurant is key to avoiding a pest infestation. An infestation can cause serious problems for your food service business - it is not only disgusting for most patrons, it can risk the health of your patrons and can destroy the reputation of your business if word gets out. Consider the following tips for managing the sanitization and hygiene of your food service business: Try to place outdoor light sources away from restaurant entrances. Because lights tend to attract insects to the source, they can be used to your benefit. The light source, ... Read on

Energy Efficiency Tips for the Commercial Kitchen

What you need to know to maintain an energy efficient commercial kitchen.

Energy use in commercial kitchens frequently makes up a significant portion of total operating costs. Besides the fact that environmentally-friendly - or ‘green’ - kitchen policies can be helpful in marketing your restaurant to socially conscious clientele, many energy-saving strategies have the added benefit of saving you money, increasing the life of your kitchen appliances, and improving kitchen safety. Consider instituting the following strategies for saving energy: Implement Energy-Mindful Employee Training Employees should not be expected to be especially mindful of your kitchen’s energy use - they must be trained to do so. Small behavioral changes, including but not limited ... Read on

Commercial Dinnerware Materials Guide

Everything you need to know about which material to choose for your commercial dinnerware.

Before you make a purchase, let Kinnek do the hard part. Submit a free request for quotes using the form to the right, and we'll get multiple suppliers to provide you their commercial dinnerware offerings and pricing so that you can compare all your options in one place! Choosing the appropriate dinnerware for your food service enterprise can be difficult, as there are many options, some of which may appear at first glance to be quite similar (price, durability, presentation) to one another. If you consider your options carefully, however, you’ll find that there are differences and that certain dinnerware ... Read on

Kitchen Health and Food Safety Tips

We give you the lowdown on maintaining a healthy kitchen

Proper food safety is critical to the running of a successful commercial kitchen. Bad food safety habits could lead to cross-contamination and the spread of food borne illness, which may then lead to a low inspection grade, negative reviews from disgruntled and sickened customers, and a sullied reputation for your business, among others. Food safety requires that certain policies be implemented to ensure consistency. It simply will not do for only certain individuals to be trained in food safety - all employees should be trained and aware of the various policies necessary to maintain high standards of health and service. ... Read on

Cutlery Purchasing Guide - Knives

Looking to purchase knives? Here's what you need to know.

Before you make a purchase, let Kinnek do the hard part. Submit a free request for quotes using the form to the right, and we'll get multiple suppliers to provide you their knife offerings and pricing so that you can compare all your options in one place! Knives are a virtual necessity in commercial kitchens, and it is important that you choose the correct quality, material, and style of knife to suit the specific needs of your kitchen and its menu. As knives see frequent and extended use, many businesses prefer to invest in higher quality knives from the get-go, ... Read on

Knife Maintenance Guide

Find out the keys to proper knife maintenance.

Knife maintenance is absolutely crucial for ensuring workplace safety and for maximizing food preparation efficiency in the kitchen. Dull blades are a common cause of injury for kitchen workers, and such injuries could interrupt food service, generate health risks, and could even lead to a lawsuit if the knives were not maintained with sufficient frequency and care. Though many kitchens prefer to outsource knife sharpening and maintenance to various paid sharpening services, these services can be expensive for a kitchen just starting out, and in general, regardless of whether you make use of outsourced sharpening services, it is good practice ... Read on

Commercial Pan Liner Guide

Everything you need to know about commercial pan liners.

Before you make a purchase, let Kinnek do the hard part. Submit a free request for quotes and we'll get multiple suppliers to provide you their commercial pan liner offerings and pricing plans so that you can compare all your options in one place! For many commercial kitchens, the introduction of pan liners improves workflow, saves employee time and energy, ensures a high standard of cleanliness, and generally helps to minimize maintenance distractions so that busy kitchens can focus on what matters most: serving great food. Benefits of Pan Liners Pan liners are nearly ubiquitous among bakeries and full-service kitchens, ... Read on

Commercial Grill Guide

Everything you need to know about buying a commercial grill

Before you make a purchase, let Kinnek do the hard part. Submit a free request for quotes using the form to the right, and we'll get multiple suppliers to provide you their commercial grill offerings and pricing so that you can compare all your options in one place! Grilling involves the application of direct, dry, radiating heat to the surface of food. It is a rather inclusive term that encompasses a wide variety of techniques and equipment, but ultimately, most grilling seeks to infuse the grilled foods with a unique roasted flavor (and sometimes with a smoky flavor). Grilling is ... Read on

Commercial Waste Processor and Disposer Guide

 Before you make a purchase, let Kinnek do the hard part.  Submit a free request for quotes using the form to the right, and we'll get multiple suppliers to provide you with their waste processor and disposer offerings.  This way, you can compare all your options in one place!   Expensive, inefficient, and dirty waste disposal can become a major issue for restaurants with a high volume of customers and continuously busy kitchens.  Waste disposal costs valuable time, effort, and money.  For higher volume kitchens, employees will have to regularly capture and remove waste in a safe, clean manner, and ... Read on

Exhaust Hood Purchasing Guide

Before you make a purchase, let Kinnek do the hard part.  Submit a free request for quotes using the form to the right, and we'll get multiple suppliers to provide you with their exhaust hood offerings and pricing.  This way, you can compare all your options in one place!   Exhaust hoods are a necessary and crucial part of any commercial kitchen with open ranges, griddles, steamers, fryers, and other burners.  Exhaust hoods capture and remove “bad air” – that is to say, they remove unwanted grease, smoke, steam, particulate matter, and dirty, odorous fumes from the air.  Thus, in ... Read on

Self-Service Food Holding Equipment Guide

Before you make a purchase, let Kinnek do the hard part.  Submit a free request for quotes using the form to the right, and we'll get multiple suppliers to provide you with their self-service food holding equipment offerings and pricing.  This way, you can compare all your options in one place!   This guide will focus on the types of food holding equipment as commonly seen at self-service businesses such as self-service buffets, convenience stores and supermarkets, catering companies, traditional full-service restaurants with self-service elements (soup, salad, etc.), cafeterias, banquet halls, and more.   There are many factors to take ... Read on

Commercial Food Preparation Equipment Guide

Before you make a purchase, let Kinnek do the hard part.  Submit a free request for quotes using the form to the right, and we'll get multiple suppliers to provide you with their food preparation offerings and pricing.  This way, you can compare all your options in one place!   In most commercial kitchens, at least some ingredients are not pre-prepared, and therefore have to be prepared on-site – onions have to be chopped, peppers have to be diced, and cream has to be blended or whipped.  Manual food preparation can be time-consuming, costly, and inefficient, however, especially if your ... Read on

Popcorn Concession Equipment Guide

Before you make a purchase, let Kinnek do the hard part.  Submit a free request for quotes using the form to the right, and we'll get multiple suppliers to provide you with their popcorn concession equipment offerings and pricing.  This way, you can compare all your options in one place!   Whether it’s sold from a permanent stand at the movie theatre or from a mobile stand at a ballgame, freshly made popcorn continues one of the biggest sellers in the concession business.  Popcorn equipment isn’t particularly complicated, but there are a number of considerations you should take into account ... Read on

Kitchen Work Table Purchasing Guide

Before you make a purchase, let Kinnek do the difficult part. Submit a free request for quotes using the form to the right, and we'll get multiple suppliers to provide you their commercial kitchen work table offerings and pricing. This way, you can compare all your options in one place! A dedicated work table can improve the workflow of a commercial kitchen.  Proper work table placement can help segment the line, guide the cooking process, and allow for efficient utilization limited space.  When it comes to purchasing a work table, most suppliers will offer a range of options: from the ... Read on

Pots, Pans, and Skillets - A Cookware Guide

Before you make a purchase, let Kinnek do the difficult part. Submit a free request for quotes using the form to the right, and we'll get multiple suppliers to provide you their commercial cookware offerings and pricing. This way, you can compare all your options in one place! Cookware is essential equipment in every commercial kitchen.  Whether you’re making a sauce or a stew, searing chicken or stir frying noodles, choosing the right cookware will make a significant difference in the quality and efficiency of your kitchen.  There are a multitude of options available to you, however, so be sure ... Read on

Commercial Toaster Purchasing Guide

Before you make a purchase, let Kinnek do the difficult part. Submit a free request for quotes using the form to the right, and we'll get multiple suppliers to provide you their commercial toaster offerings and pricing. This way, you can compare all your options in one place! For cafes, delis, restaurants, buffets, catering companies, and cafeterias, among others, a commercial toaster is frequently an important piece of kitchen equipment.  Toasted breads have become a customer expectation in a wide variety of food service establishments.  The prudent buyer will make sure to assess their specific production needs, their space limitations, ... Read on

Food Storage Equipment Purchasing Guide

Before you make a purchase, let Kinnek do the hard part.  Submit a free request for quotes using the form to the right, and we'll get multiple suppliers to provide you with their food storage equipment offerings and pricing.  This way, you can compare all your options in one place!   In every commercial kitchen, proper food storage is key to preserving freshness and delivering safe, delicious cuisine.  There are a variety of food storage choices available on the market – comprised of different materials, different shapes, different sizes, and with different functions.  The type of food storage equipment you ... Read on

The Rise of the Cider Bar: Wassail NYC

We chart the rise of the cider bar with Wassail, an acclaimed NYC destination for fine food and hard cider fans alike. As growth in the hard cider industry continues to gain momentum in the US, this is a trend to watch.

The Rise of The Cider Bar: Wassail NYC Recent growth in hard cider production has led to a problem for drinkers and businesses alike all over the nation: where to buy it? The answer to that question can be charted in the rise of the cider bar, a destination dedicated to showcasing the best of the fruits of America's labor, literally. Hot on the heels of that trend is NYC cider destination Wassail, located in Manhattan's trendy Lower East Side neighborhood. I spoke to the team behind the fast-growing business to learn more about why they chose to launch a ... Read on



Your questions on Restaurant Buildouts answered by industry experts.

Q I want beer glasses with my restaurant logo on them. What is the smallest size order I can make?

A We can go as low as 36 or 48 depending on the item and colors in your artwork. You can request a quote from us anytime!