Stainless steel countertops are fully fabricated in our 20,000 square foot facility in Mississauga, Ontario. The process usually begins with a site measure. In some cases a template is created which is then professionally measured and entered into CAD. Once we have the shape fully defined in CAD we can finish the design by adding any additional items such as sinks, backsplashes, drainboards, faucet holes, and/or any other cut-outs. We also define which edges will be finished and in what edge style. After the design is approved it is unfolded in CAD and nested by our cutting edge software which is sent directly to our laser cutting machine. With our powerful laser we are able to cut through stainless steel with ease with clean and smooth edges. The next step is to fold or brake form the flattened part. We have three press brakes capable of bending and forming stainless steel countertops. Large oversized countertops are easily formed on our 14-foot press brake. Countertops exceeding 12-feet in length are commonly fabricated in sections with seamless welded joints. These welded joints are also common on ‘L’ Shape and ‘U’ Shape counters. Our skilled welders are capable of fusing sections of stainless steel together with no visual distortion. Once the welded seams are ground and polished it is virtually impossible to detect where the welding took place — the countertop will appear as one seamless piece. Stainless steel countertops are then mounted onto a wooden core which adds some rigidity but also acts as a sound-deadener. Below find some photos of a ‘L’ Shape countertop that has been fully welded, ground, and polished and is now ready to be mounted to a wooden substrate.
Silver Star Metal Fabricating proudly supports local charitable organizations. Below find some photos from the kitchens at the Bluffs Food Bank [33 East Road, Toronto, Ontario] where we replaced the existing countertops with new stainless steel countertops with integrated sinks, backsplashes, and kitchen pass-throughs.
Silver Star Metal Fabricating is proud to help local communities with their stainless steel needs. Below find some photos from the kitchen at the Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities (The Hub mid-Scarborough) [2660 Eglinton Avenue East, Scarborough, Ontario] where we completed a full stainless steel kitchen complete with cabinets and stainless steel countertops.
Stainless Steel offers more than just a hygienic surface for a counter top. It matches well with other stainless steel equipment such as fridges, microwaves, cook tops, and stoves. The surface is extremely durable, easy to clean, and reflects natural light for a brighter kitchen. Custom stainless steel counter tops also allow you to integrate a seamless sink, drain board, backsplash, or no-drip (marine) edges. Below are some photos taken of the stainless steel countertop installed in our own office kitchenette.
Widely know as the most hygienic surface for a counter top, Stainless Steel also offers a touch of class and durability unlike any other material. The usage of Stainless Steel allows us to seamlessly integrate sinks directly into the counter-top. It also allows us to create drainboards, backsplashes, compost bins, and (no-drip) marine edges. This beautiful Stainless Steel ‘U-Shaped’ countertop showcases all the options available. Made in sections this counter top was professionally welded together, polished to a brush finish, and installed as a single seamless piece. A must-have for any culinary expert.
14 Gauge Type 304 Stainless Steel #4 (Brushed) Finish
Integrated 2″ Backsplash
No-Drip 1/8″ Marine Edge
Drop-in Cooktop Cut-out
Integrated Stainless Steel Blanco Double Sink (Niagara U2)
Integrated Stainless Steel Blanco Single Sink (Supreme U1)
Integrated Stainless Steel Blanco Solon Compost System
Things you will need:
Napkins, plates, straws, plastic utensils, condiments, sauces, paper bags
- Ask someone familiar with the route what sells and what doesn’t. If you are buying a route, ask the seller or the person that previously serviced it. If the route is new, find out about the people you will be serving. For example, if your catering truck is going to industrial parks, go to the businesses and find out if there is a predominate ethnicity represented. Stock ethnic foods to match your customers.
- Locate the local commissary, which is a facility that provides food and beverages to catering trucks. Here, you can buy hot foods, sandwiches and all items necessary for your operation.
- Alter your menu to match the time of day. If you are selling in the morning, breakfast fare such as coffee, scrambled eggs, wraps, muffins, biscuits and gravy is appropriate. A coffee break would include some healthy snacks, yogurt parfaits, granola, fruit cups, with the usual coffee, tea, and biscuits. The afternoon and evenings will bring out people looking for sandwiches, wraps and fried chicken. Meat dishes and mashed potatoes and gravy are also good to stock later in the day, and can make your customers feel like they’ve had a real meal. Include salad and vegetables in your menu, changing the type on a daily basis. Pizza can be a good seller any time, and you can make a deal for a few pizzas from a local shop. They will be happy to have them ready for you at a certain time every day.
- Stock a variety of soda and packaged snacks. Include variety drinks like fruit drinks, coffee, hot chocolate and iced tea. They have a long shelf life and a good selection of these items is better than a large amount of one or two things. Make sure you have diet and non-diet drinks. The same goes for snacks, such as cookies and chips.
- Include high-quality hot beverages. Coffee is perhaps your biggest and most important seller. A catering truck selling bad coffee is a bad advertisement, so only serve fresh coffee. If you have a long route, pull over and make a fresh pot. Hot chocolate, especially in cold months, is also a good seller and is easily stored in individual serving packets. Stock a variety of tea bags as well, ranging from black and green to herbal varieties. To complete your hot beverage service, make sugar, sweetener, cream and creamers available to your customers. Keep three different sized cups so your customers can get exactly the size they prefer.
- Have a different special each day if possible. It won’t be long before the people on your route will know your daily special and will look forward to it. Try out such popular specials as spaghetti, Chinese food or Polish sausages to see what works best with your customer base.
- Stock cigarettes. It’s impossible to stock all brands, but make sure you have each type available including menthols, filters, 100’s and light brands.
- If you don’t carry something that someone asks for, write that item down and tell the customer you will stock it.
- Don’t sell day old sandwiches. They may look okay, but one bad sandwich can ruin your business.
- Be a good shopper, watch your prices and find the best deal.
- Make sure you have all the proper permits before you begin your business.