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June 11, 2019 Restaurants and Hotels

Four Helpful Tips for Taking Your Foodservice Operation Outdoors

Summer weather has finally arrived, which means your table service is likely expanding to your outdoor dining patio. At first glance, opening your patio might seem like it only involves giving everything a thorough cleaning; however, there are other factors to consider from the back of house perspective that you need to consider.

Keep Lighter Fare Cool

Hotter weather means lighter fare on your menu, but what affect does this have on your foodservice equipment? Make sure all of your dining areas, especially outdoors, have ways to properly refrigerate menu items for optimal serving temperature and to avoid spoilage. Whether it’s under a bar or near a door, smaller, more mobile refrigeration units should be accessible for patio service.

Take Your Grill Outdoors

Consider moving your grill operation outdoors to maximize food freshness and provide an entertaining, aromatic draw for passersby. When prepping your grill for the season, make sure to use manufacturer recommended cleaning solutions that don’t leave a lasting taste on your grates. Check Simple Fix™ components like knobs and casters, and test thermostats to ensure you’re producing high quality meals as requested by your patrons.

Move the Beer to the Garden

A mobile bar or beer garden is a popular way to take the party outside. Besides giving your bar a thorough cleaning, check to make sure your keg/bottle coolers, sinks, faucets, glass washers, coolers, blenders, and frozen drink machines are functioning properly. Two items that could need attention are gaskets that can become cracked and motors that can seize due to inactivity.

Fight Back the Flood

Front and back of house foodservice tend to be top of mind when you start to your patio, but a less-obvious component that can wreak havoc if it’s not functioning properly is drainage. Make sure that your wastewater drainage is unobstructed to prevent stagnant water from pooling, and replace cracked or corroded drain grates and covers.


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