Thinking of opening your own café?

Starting a business in the hospitality industry can be a rewarding undertaking but like all businesses, it comes with its share of challenges.


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Layout and Design

Professional assistance should be sought from reputable restaurant consultants when contemplating the layout and design of your restaurant, café or take away business.

Consideration should be given to:

Adequate space for tables, seating, serving areas, bathroom facilities, bar administration,

Staffs change rooms, disabled access

A kitchen that allows efficient and effective food preparation, interaction between staff

Safety in movement, dry and cold storage, convenient food delivery zone

Ease of cleaning, and maintenance, adequate temperature, lighting and ventilation

Heating and cooling

Signage, traffic flow

Linen, cutlery, crockery, glassware

Appropriate equipment purchased

Ergonomic work spaces, e.g. consider bench heights and equipment positioning 

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Here’s the ultimate checklist of some of the equipment you may require

Commercial Refrigerators/display cabinets - In order to keep your food fresh for as long as possible, it's crucial that you buy top-quality commercial refrigeration equipment – consider the size and capacity you’ll require. 

 We recommend Skope Active Core™ multipurpose general display and storage reducing your energy spending and increase your profitability 

Bench top display solutions double glazed glassadjustable shelves, digital temp control with read out

 We recommend FED SL840V Bonvue Chilled Food Display

 Commercial Grill – flat top grills, or griddles are great all-around options – Panini grills have a lid that can be pulled down to press and cook. 

We recommend Benchstar Toaster/Griller/Salamande

Ware washingunder counter dishwasher/glass washer or pass through the dishwasher, with or without hood are some options.

 We recommend Axwood underbench glass/dish washer

 Ovenconvection, combo ovens

 We recommend JZH-RP-6LPG GASMAX LPG Gas 6 Burner Top on Oven with Flame Failure

 A POS System and Printer

 We recommend Lenovo 19.5” Touchscreen Standard Pos Turnkey Systems


 To conform to most council health and building codes, certain standards are required.

The Building Code of Australia (BCA) is a uniform set of technical provisions for the design and construction of buildings and other structures throughout Australia. It's produced and maintained by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB), whose primary aim is to achieve nationally consistent, minimum standards.  


  • A commercially constructed canopy is required overall cooking equipment - domestic range hoods are not permitted. Grease filters must be fitted and be easily removable to encourage regular cleaning. 
  • The preferred height for equipment is 900 mm with a minimum of 150 mm clearance from the floor. 
  • The exhaust canopy is generally required to have a minimum extraction rate of 500 liters/ per second / per square meter across the base of the hood installed. 
  • The canopy should extend 150 mm minimum beyond the perimeter of the cooking equipment to be ventilated. 
  • Dishwashers requiring greater than 7.5 kW electrical supplies should have their own exhaust canopy. 
  • Ceilings must be dustproof, smooth-faced, non-porous material painted with washable light paint. 

Contact us today, for your obligations free quote, and let’s get you set up.




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