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Add prep stations to menu items

To assign prep stations to your menu items you must have the Restaurant Admin > Edit Full Menu access permission. Then, follow these steps.

  1. Access the Toast administration back-end.

  2. Choose Menus > Menu management > Advanced properties. An interactive grid with rows for each restaurant menu appears.

  3. Click the menu name to expand the grid and show the groups in a menu. Repeat this step to show menu items, modifier groups, modifiers, and options.

  4. To view and add prep stations, use the Show/Hide drop down list above the table to select Prep Stations. The interactive grid adds a column for prep station assignments.

  5. In this grid, you can assign a prep station to an entire menu, a menu group, a menu item, or a modifier option. To assign a prep station, click in the Prep Stations cell for that menu and then select the prep station from the drop down list.

    If you assign a prep station to a menu or menu group, the system assigns that prep station to all of the items and modifiers in that menu or group. For example, you assign your "online" menu to a prep station dedicated to fulfilling those orders, and your "in store" menu(s) to different prep stations. You can then override this default assignment as needed for individual menu items and modifiers.

    In the illustration that follows, the "Mains" menu group is assigned to the Hot Station, so orders for all of the items and modifiers in that group are also assigned to the Hot Station. To send orders for the side green salad to the Cold Station instead, the inherited assignment is overridden.

    A screenshot of a the Advanced Properties page with a column for prep station assignments.
  6. Save and publish your changes.

The system immediately begins routing order tickets to the kitchen printers and KDS devices at the assigned prep stations.