For the past 23 years, the kitchen staff at our pub has been showing up in t-shirts and shorts. It's pretty much the norm for the area. We're directly across from the beach in a comfy Florida beach town. But, May 1st, I'm going to be 'relaunching' the pub. No major changes, we're just increasing quality. (i.e. No more prepackaged, frozen fried crap. Instead, we'll make our own fried crap from scratch.)
We're also re-launching a new website and logo at the same time. I want to emphasize our commitment to quality to the kitchen staff and supply them with uniforms. I'm thinking lightweight, short sleeve chef coats.
Right now I'm paging through a HappyChef clothing catalog and looking at their Cookcool line. I'm debating between that and a lightweight coat.
Enough with the backstory! Anyways, my questions are:
1) Typically, do restaurants outright purchase chef coats, or use a towel vendor (like Cintas, for example)?
2) How many coats are given to each staff member? One per # of times he/she works per week, maybe?
3) Are there any owners out there who have done the math and found out what's the better deal between option 1 & 2?
Dave @ Coasters Pub