Supporting our industry is our number one priority in this challenging and uncertain time. As restrictions and guidelines change on an almost minute-by-minute cadence, restaurants are forced to adapt to ensure the health and safety of our employees and communities. As a result, many have made the decision to scale back operations and shut down a portion of their kitchen as they shift exclusively to delivery and takeout models, or temporarily close their doors.
Even if the reason for temporarily closing is new, the process for managing a temporary closure is not. We compiled this guide to help restaurants navigate this unchartered territory. While none of us knows exactly what the future holds - we are certain that the restaurants we love to support will emerge on the other side of this crisis.
Taking these steps now will help you get your kitchen back up and running quickly when you're ready to reopen. If you have any questions about an item on this list, or are in need of a trusted service provider in your network to help you temporarily close down our kitchen, please let us know. We’re here to help.
- The 86 Repairs Team
Thank you to the following best-in-class service providers for their willingness to share their expertise and help our team build this list: Mike Cnossen (Armock Mechanical Contractors), Joe Davita (Restaurant Systems Management), and Jason Freeman (Technical Hot and Cold).
1. Remove grease from frying units
2. Shut off water heaters
3. Shut off gas hookups to equipment
4. Check for gas leaks
5. Idle HVAC in the 50's
6. Remove grease from frying units and thoroughly clean
7. Move remaining food to walk-in coolers
8. Shut down small refrigeration units and freezers and sanitize interiors
9. Flush your beer taps
10. Cover and seal liquor bottles
11. Turn off dimmer switches
12. Consider turning off your water (case-by-case scenario)
Here is an ongoing list of resources to help you and your restaurant in this challenging time. This list is a living document and will be updated as more resources become available. Updated March 19th, 2020.