Memorial Day weekend has kicked off summer festivities, and restaurants all over the nation should be looking forward to busier summer days. Be prepared for the hectic hotter months and make the most of the season with this short summer restaurant preparation checklist from Short Order:
1. Finish Any Last Minute Spring Cleaning
If you still haven’t gotten around to scheduling a cleaning day for your restaurant, do so before the busy summer season hits. Take a few days to freshen up your interiors and do the heavy cleaning that doesn’t get accomplished during daily sidework. For example, wait stations often accrue a lot of dirt and grime and could use a thorough cleaning, and any carpeting that gets a lot of foot traffic should be shampooed. Take the time to properly deep clean frequently-used restaurant equipment like fryers and stoves.
2. Service Your Commercial Restaurant Equipment
The heat of summer in some places in the nation can do a number on heavily used restaurant equipment, like your commercial refrigeration and walk-in freezers. The last debacle you want to deal with during the summer heat is a broken air conditioner or freezer with melting perishables. It’s a good idea to hire a professional to clean and service your restaurant equipment at least once a year to keep it in good shape – hoods, sinks, ice machines, and all.
3. Update Menu Items
Food trends are constantly changing, and so should some parts of your menu. While plenty of loyal customers have their go-to dishes, many others also appreciate novelty and creativity in a summer menu. During warmer weather, light dishes like salads, gazpacho, and trendy new beverages tend to be popular options. Go above and beyond with your summer dishes by taking advantage of local summer produce, sourcing fresh ingredients from nearby farmers markets.