Designing or coming up with a layout for your kitchen is very important as it will end up greatly determining how the entire process in the restaurant will go about. There is no exact layout for a restaurant kitchen.
Every restaurant is different and will work uniquely compared to others so it is essential to think about what will best suit your kitchen requirements. However, there are three basic restaurant kitchen layouts to consider which are very efficient when it comes to creating a good mixture of kitchen components and design principles. Below are these layouts.
1. Island Style Layout
In this layout, the fryers, grills, ovens, ranges and other cooking equipment are placed all together in a single module based at the center of the kitchen. Other kitchen sections are designated on the perimeter walls in the correct order to maintain good circular motion.
Any section in the kitchen can be the island depending on individual needs or requirements. If your restaurant kitchen is open, encourages supervision and communication, while also leaving plenty of space to allow cleaning to be done quickly, this is an excellent choice.
It is more efficient when implemented in a kitchen area that is large and has a square shape, but it can also be modified and made to work with other sizes and shapes.
2. Zone Layout
The Zone Layout has typically the kitchen arranged in small clusters and most of the critical kitchen equipment placed along the walls. Just like the Island Layout, all sections adhere to the correct order that gives you a storage area, an area for preparing food, a dishwashing block, etc, thereby providing increased flow.
Supervision and communication can also be handled well in this layout as the center of the space remains open.
3. Assembly Line Layout
The Assembly Line Layout is well suited for a kitchen that serves a large number of customers and needs to do it as quickly as possible such as cafeterias and correctional facilities.
It is best suited for restaurants or establishments that have a limited menu which serve vast quantities of the same food type such as a pizza shop or a sandwich shop, but it can also be applicable on any other kitchen type. In this layout, the kitchen equipment is organized in such a manner that allows the food preparation area to remain on one end and the service area on the other all in one line.
The cleaning and storage areas can be placed on the assembly line ensuring that they remain out of the way. This will make the kitchen very efficient and keep it open for excellent flow and communication. Most of the time, equipment in a kitchen can be linked together thereby removing any wasted space.
After you’ve considered the different layouts and components of varying restaurant kitchen design, there are two important details that you should also keep in mind. These are health codes and ergonomic design.
Sticking to an ergonomic kitchen design layout tends to mean that you have to carefully place all the equipment in the kitchen with effectiveness and comfort in mind.
The fundamental principle of ergonomic design has the employees using as little energy as possible to complete various tasks in a brief time. This design also applies to other things such as lighting and equipment selection.
Every state and country has its health codes. Therefore, it is critical to ensure that you have entirely familiarized yourself before you begin designing your kitchen.