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What Insurance Might a New Restaurant Need?

Opening a new restaurant is an exciting time. There’s so much to think about – setting it up, branding and finding staff, for instance.

Aside from these basics, insurance is one of the most important considerations you will need to make.

There are different insurances the proprietors may require so they are comfortable that their risks are managed through insurance and other mitigation strategies, to be able to focus on building their business.

Public liability insurance

Public liability insurance is crucial for businesses that interact with the general public. This insurance safeguards against potential incidents where individuals may encounter accidents on the business premises or due to the policyholder’s actions. Additionally, it offers protection in cases where individuals suffer from foodborne illnesses due to consuming food or beverages purchased from the business.

Property insurance

Property insurance covers unforeseen damages to various restaurant items, including inventory and essential equipment such as ovens and refrigerators. When determining the cost of your premium and during policy renewal, your insurance provider might inquire about how you maintain your business and its property. In the case of restaurants, particular attention may be given to the cleaning process of grease traps due to their potential fire hazard. Your insurer may ask about the methods employed to clean this equipment. Additionally, they may inquire about your cooking procedures, especially if deep fryers are used, and seek information about the cleaning process for such equipment and related components like extraction fans. In hospitality establishments, cool rooms often incorporate an EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) system, which insurers may also scrutinise. Furthermore, insurers may investigate the effectiveness of the sprinkler system to ensure its proper deployment in the event of a fire.

Business Interruption Insurance

Business interruption insurance provides coverage for restaurants if unforeseen circumstances, such as a fire, disrupt the business and result in loss of income, profit, or turnover. While it can be more challenging for new businesses to determine the protected turnover, insurers may request proprietors to create a business plan with reasonable estimates to ensure the appropriate level of coverage is established.

Workers’ compensation insurance

Worker’s compensation insurance is a legal obligation and essential protection for businesses employing staff and contractors. It provides comprehensive coverage and support when workers experience work-related accidents or illnesses. This insurance ensures necessary medical treatment, rehabilitation, and financial compensation for affected workers. It also offers peace of mind to employers by mitigating the financial burden of potential lawsuits and protecting the business’s stability and reputation. Worker’s compensation insurance promotes a culture of safety, risk management, and productivity within the workplace, leading to long-term success and sustainability for businesses.

Check with your local Ausure Broker to find out more.


Restaurants should consider the inclusion of theft coverage in their insurance policies. This type of coverage offers protection against damages caused by break-ins and covers the cost of stolen goods within the limits specified in the policy. By having theft coverage, restaurants can mitigate the financial impact of theft incidents and ensure they are adequately protected.

If you’re taking out insurance for your restaurant business for the first time, there’s a lot to consider. An Ausure broker can help make sure you’ve got everything covered. Talk to one of our Ausure brokers today

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