With focus on employee and customer safety and the need to accelerate recovery while operating at lower capacities, foodservice operators continue to show resiliency as they adapt their dining and kitchen spaces.
One of the primary concerns is maintaining social distance between customers and employees. Capacity in the dining room and kitchen has been reduced for many operators through altered layouts in the kitchen and dining room.
Optimizing Kitchen Space
In the kitchen, ventless, compact and multi-functional equipment could be the solution for enabling social distance between cooks while cooking food at the highest quality. Vector® H Series Multi-Cook Ovens feature up to four ovens in one, allowing operators to cook a variety of food items simultaneously while reducing labor and simplifying steps in food production. H Series ovens offer a compact, 21” footprint and are certified ventless, allowing operators to place the oven anywhere — to free up crowded kitchens, especially under kitchen hoods — while increasing food production. Featuring Structured Air Technology®, Vector ovens cook food at the highest quality, two times faster than conventional technology to keep up during peak service times.
Equally important to the kitchen layout, kitchen workflow and reducing steps in food preparation and production will be key. The right holding equipment allows operators to prepare menu items in advance, so that the kitchen is not crowded and employees are not working on top of each other. Operators can keep food at its perfect serving temperature and hold for hours without overcooking or drying out. Alto-Shaam’s heated holding cabinets with Halo Heat® technology make time stand still in terms of product quality, with gentle, radiant heating technology.
Maximizing Off-Premise Success
Moving forward, takeout and delivery will continue to be a key driver for foodservice operations — as customers re-acclimate to dine in and operators look to diversify their business and maintain revenue streams. As restaurants continue to focus on building to-go programs in the coming months, long-term sustainment will be essential. By choosing simple, easy-to-install equipment, operators can ensure that their existing equipment and systems are not pressured as they adapt their on-premise dining programs.
The easiest way to ensure that to-go orders do not disrupt future dine-in service is to dedicate a specific area for to-go orders. An existing kitchen design might not have room to duplicate equipment, which is why compact, ventless technology systems are crucial to support delivery and takeout programs. Ventless equipment provides added flexibility in terms of kitchen design. Operators are able to place this equipment anywhere outside of a traditional kitchen hood — maximizing floor space while improving efficiency and workflow. From cooking to holding to chilling, Alto-Shaam offers a complete system of foodservice equipment designed for delivery and takeout programs.
As you adapt your foodservice operation, Alto-Shaam’s team of culinary experts are available to provide guidance tailored to your challenges and needs — from streamlining labor to kitchen layout to menu development and more.
Contact an expert today at: alto-shaam.com/CulinarySupport.