Local restaurants have to stay busy to keep afloat. This means two things: lots of customers in and out, and lots of wear and tear on their kitchen. Every appliance breaks down over time even with normal, careful use. Every part of your ovens, for instance, have a limited operational life, and someday they’ll be pushed too far. That’s just the nature of the business.
This poses a unique problem for small establishments. Remember what a mess it was the last time one of your kitchen appliances went down? How many items couldn’t be ordered that day? How much business did you lose? Having to take an appliance offline for even a few hours is frustrating, and most repairs simply take too long. Even if you have a repair crew on hand, you won’t necessarily have the necessary components.
A trend we’re seeing today, especially with fewer people eating out and thinner margins for small restaurants, is managers keeping replacement parts on hand. You can find nearly every individual component of your kitchen online, from entire mixers to specific Blodgett oven parts. Just like homes with unreliable fuse boxes tend to stock spare fuses, many restaurant owners have taken to keeping spare parts on hand for their most-used devices.
With fewer people eating out overall, we’re seeing an increase in self-sufficiency on the part of restaurant owners everywhere. Considering the convenience associated with simply having what you need on hand, it’s hard to miss why. While it still takes appropriate training to safely repair any given piece of your kitchen, having the necessary pieces online can keep a crisis from taking any longer than it needs to to resolve.