Catering Design To Accommodate Take Out

With many kitchens struggling to cope after the stresses of the past year, many have turned to takeaway to keep business going. While many restaurant kitchens are planning on how they’re going to reopen their dining space when the time is right, some are also thinking of how best to implement a permanent takeaway space to bring in all kinds of diners in the future.

Making the necessary changes to your kitchen’s design to accommodate the demands of customers wanting a take away option can not only bring in new customers, but also make regular customers feel well looked after, no matter their views on returning to restaurant dining.

We’ve put together some of the things you may want to consider in the design of your kitchen to accommodate take out options, and just how Swift can help you get the kitchen you want with the space you have, whether you’re opening your doors for the first time, or have a restaurant people already know and love.

Speed of workflow

Creating a logical, great flowing space in your kitchen is essential for the fast-paced demand of takeaway. Think about the equipment you have and how easy it is to access. Are preparation areas close to cooking equipment? Are storage and preparation areas easily accessible? Organising this space so staff can work efficiently and work in a chronological ‘production line’ is essential to pick up the pace for diners requesting take out.

Choosing the right equipment

The food you plan to serve for takeaway needs the right catering equipment to ensure standards are maintained and the quality of your food is at the highest possible. Think about whether you’ll have a separate menu for take out items or whether you’ll only serve popular menu items for take away, as well as whether you have the equipment available to balance both sit-in diners and takeout orders.

Here at Swift, we can point you in the right direction when it comes to quality equipment. We take great pride in providing the finest standard of commercial catering equipment to businesses throughout the UK, including commercial ovens and refrigeration.


Having the right storage space and enough storage space is always going to be a big factor for incorporating take out facilities in your kitchen design. Making sure you have enough fridge/freezer space, general storage space for ingredients, as well as space to temporarily store take out deliveries that are ready to go or ready to be packaged will make that production line much more effective.

Packaging and pick up points

If you’re going to allow customers to come and pick up their takeout orders instead of relying on a delivery driver, then your front of house area will need a specific pick up point for customers. This will also have to lead on from the kitchen to make all processes as smooth as possible. You’ll also need adequate space where staff can work to pack orders, especially at peak times as the kitchen can be a highly fast paced environment.

With all these processes, social distancing measures will need to be adhered to as well as making it easier for staff to wash their hands at regular intervals. Swift can help you with all your kitchen design needs and together, we can create a kitchen space that works for you, something that you’re proud of.

Can Swift help with your kitchen design?

Let Swift assist you in the creation of your desired commercial kitchen. With more than four decades in the industry, Swift has helped thousands of clients with their commercial kitchen design, making kitchen processes effortless and efficient. Book an appointment with our team today by calling us on 0121 505 4001.

Diversify Your Menu To Suit Your Diners

The way we eat and the options we choose has changed dramatically over the years, and it’s up to restaurants, cafes and other foodservice establishments to keep up with these changes in order to deliver what customers want.

From vegetarian and vegan options to Gluten Free and Low Carb, diners now take a lot into account before they settle on a place to dine. It’s crucial that your restaurant or cafe is able to cater for the diverse needs of diners by creating a menu that keeps every customer in mind.

Menu changes can have such a positive impact on restaurants and cafes. Just why can wider choices on your menu help your restaurant become more successful?

Gain an advantage over other restaurants and cafes

The customer is the one who will be purchasing your meal options, eating your food and hopefully recommending it to friends and family. With a more diverse menu, you’re not only attracting more customers, but you also have a reason for them to return again and again.

With large groups of diners returning when the industry begins to get some more normality once again, you can expect at least one person in that group wanting a vegetarian or vegan meal option, a low calorie or low carb option, or even someone who has some sort of intolerance, such as lactose or gluten. If you don’t cater for that one person, that whole group of hungry diners will be lost.

Look after your diners and they’ll stick around!

Cater for different times of the day

Keeping in mind the range of options available to your diners, you’ll also want to include a whole range of food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, depending on your opening hours. Diners may be on the lookout for a quick grab and go meal option for weekday breakfast and lunch if they’re in a rush (cafes, take note!) or they may be planning an evening meal with others. Giving your customers a variety of menu options at all parts of the day will keep them satisfied and more likely to return.

Upgrade your kitchen to widen your offering

If you have the space available, new additional catering equipment could help you to really spruce up your menu to cater for a whole new set of diners. However, sometimes there’s just no wiggle room in the kitchen! That’s where our team of designers come in.

We can work with you to make the most out of your space. Whether you’re in need of a complete refit or looking for some additional pieces of quality equipment, we can help with everything. Our designers can bring your kitchen visions to life through 2D and 3D design mockups, and we can recommend the best equipment in the industry to help you satisfy the needs of your hungry diners.

Could Swift help you to diversify your menu?

Swift Maintenance offers commercial kitchen design, installation and maintenance throughout the UK. To request a quote or book an appointment, get in touch with us today on 0121 505 4001 or fill out our contact form and we’ll get back to you!