As a restaurant owner, it’s crucial for you to stock your establishment with all the equipment necessary to make both your employees’ jobs and your customers’ dining experiences as easy and enjoyable as possible. Wholesale plastic containers are included in the list of necessary equipment. Because you can display and store your merchandise in these containers, they help keep your restaurant organized and sanitary as well as help your cooks and wait staff perform their jobs efficiently.
Below are a few of the most common places in your restaurant where you can – and should – use plastic containers.
In the Kitchens
Whether it’s a fast food joint or an elegant establishment, your restaurant needs plastic containers in its kitchen. A restaurant’s food grade containers can:
- Store ingredients when your cook isn’t using them.
- Organize ingredients when your cook is preparing meals.
- Hold food that your cook has already prepared and is ready to serve.
You can also use large square plastic containers in your restaurant’s kitchen to hold your cook’s tools when they’re not in use, such as tongs, spatulas, and ladles. If you plan to use these containers to store food, make sure you choose food grade dispensers with lids. Likewise, if you think your staff will need to transport these containers often, select dispensers with handgrips for convenience.
On the Sidelines
During business hours, you will probably have a cart or two set up along the sidelines where your wait staff can easily access any additional items your customers might need during their meals. Such items might include extra silverware sets, napkins, straws, or condiments. Plastic containers work well to organize these items so your waiters and waitresses can easily find and retrieve them for your customers.
In Closets and Storage Rooms
Wherever your restaurant stores its nonfood supplies, you’ll need plastic containers.
These containers are great for organizing cleaning supplies such as counter, floor, and window cleaners, as well as rags, extra mop heads, and extra spray bottles. You might also want to use these containers to store bathroom items such as paper towels, soap, and toilet paper. You can also use these containers to organize and store customer items, such as all the extra utensils, napkins, straws, and condiments your wait staff keeps handy during business hours.
Near the Registers
If your restaurant is designed for customers to pay at a register on their way out, you can use these containers to display extra merchandise.
For example, you might use small plastic containers to offer your customers free breath mints, toothpicks, or hand wipes. At the same time, your restaurant might act as a retailer for certain companies and you might use a few containers to display additional merchandise from those companies, such as lip balms or hand lotions. Some restaurants with themes even have “mascots”; if your restaurant falls into this category, you might use a plastic container sizeable enough to hold merchandise in your mascot’s form, such as plush toys, key chains, or stickers.