Tips for Restaurateurs: Where to Buy Restaurant Kitchen Equipment

Where to Find Commercial Appliances and Tools for Your New Food Service Business

If you are starting a new food service business or have an existing restaurant, having good, working equipment will make or break your establishment. Restaurant equipment is one of the biggest expenses for your business, so choose wisely. The upfront costs are important but remember to calculate the cost of repairs, maintenance or replacement in the years to come. Also, remember that large restaurant equipment's depreciation can be calculated into your financial statement.

Check out my list...MORE of nine of our favorite nationwide restaurant equipment suppliers. They are in no particular order.

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    Restaurant Equipment Companies
    Tundra Restaurant Supply.

    Tundra Restaurant Supply is a restaurant supply and equipment company located in Boulder (not far from Denver, Colorado). They aim to become a single provider for restaurant parts, kitchen supplies, and commercial equipment. They also offer restaurant design through their Tundra Design Group.

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    KaTom Restaurant Supply offers the best restaurant supplies and commercial kitchen equipment pieces at wholesale prices to meet your kitchen supply needs. They have over 25 years of experience, the company boasts more than 130,000 items on their virtual and physical shelves and is based in Kodak, Tennessee.

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    Central Restaurant Products.

    Central Restaurant Products is based in Indianapolis, Indiana and has been in business since 1981. In addition to wholesale equipment and supplies, they also have designers and copywriters for restaurants who want to sell their own products to customers.

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    Best Restaurant Equipment Suppliers
    ABest Kitchen.

    ABestKitchen calls itself the original online restaurant supply and kitchen equipment company. It is based in Akron, Ohio and has been selling online since 1998. They stock thousands of commercial supplies and accessories for restaurants, kitchens, bars, and homes.

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    Restaurant Equippers.

    Restaurant Equippers, Incorporated is based in Columbus, Ohio and is one of the oldest in the industry having been in business since 1966. The Company ships to all registered U. S. Post office, commercial and residential addresses throughout the United States. It offers restaurant equipment from ranges to fryers, sinks, and refrigeration. Restaurant Equippers. Inc. is one of the largest equipment and supply businesses in the industry providing services to more than 100,000 food service operators.

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    Big Tray.

    BigTray was formed in October 1999 and is based in San Francisco, California. They service all types of foodservice businesses including independent restaurants, chain operators, caterers, country clubs, schools, universities, and government institutions. They also provide layout advice and consultation for those setting up a new facility or making big changes to an existing one.

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    Best Restaurant Equipment Suppliers
    Bake Deco.

    Bakedeco / Kerekes is a distributor of quality tools, supplies, and equipment for every food service establishment and restaurants. Their on-line catalog has over 25,000 items in stock, featuring a full line of quality kitchen products for every chef.

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    Mission Restaurant Supply.

    Mission Restaurant Supply is a leading equipment and supply dealer for the foodservice industry. Since 1988, continues to provide products from manufacturers for your restaurant, bar, bakery, catering business, or commercial kitchen. They are based in San Antonio, Texas.

If you can, choose a local restaurant equipment supplier that offers to service your purchases. Many repairs can be made yourself, but for more technical stuff, you want to have a repairman available to avoid the least amount of downtime in your kitchen. Factor in freight costs when searching for a new kitchen appliance. Used appliances are also a viable choice. Just make sure the salesman guarantees they work for an extended period and you get the agreement in writing.