When it comes to outfitting a new restaurant, how do you know what to buy? The possibilities may seem endless, and the questions daunting. What do I buy? How much do I buy of it? What are smallwares? Check out these brief tips Gator Chef has to offer as well as the link to our checklist specifically made for new restaurant owners. 

Okay, let’s start with the basics. According to the IRS, “Generally smallwares consist of the following categories: glassware, flatware, dinnerware, pots and pans, table top items, bar supplies, food preparation utensils and tools, storage supplies, service items and small appliances costing $500 or less.” So this basically includes most kitchen, restaurant, and bar items except for major appliances and equipment (such as stoves, refrigerators, etc.).

Now that you know what smallwares are, what next? It’s time to sit down and figure out what smallwares you need and how many. To do this, and to save time, take a look at Gator Chef’s article on what smallwares you need to open a restaurant. In here you will find several tips on what to buy and how much, as well as a checklist that breaks down every category of smallwares you could possibly need to open a restaurant. Make sure you don’t miss a thing when it comes to outfitting your restaurant!

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One Response to Opening a New Restaurant: Smallwares Guide
  1. My wife and I often dream about starting our own Mexican restaurant. We would love to learn all about the basics before opening our own restaurant and your article has helped us to figure some of those things out such as what “smallwares” are defined as. Thanks for your post!


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