When you think of Iowa’s must popular foods, you probably think about:
Even though these are the most popular dishes, every restaurant – even those serving the same types of foods – will have different types of restaurant insurance. But no matter what insurance you need, an independent insurance agent will always be there to help you along the way. This includes basic coverage issues and the risks that drive coverage, too.
Insurance coverage will differ due to various factors, including:
You’re going to need three types of insurance for your restaurant, regardless of what you serve, how you prepare it, and a number of other factors. These three types of insurance are:
Each has general coverage and more specific policy options depending upon your unique restaurant and needs.
General property insurance coverage will pay for the replacement value of:
That being said, you’ll have immovable property, too. Think about your kitchen equipment: It’s bolted down to the floor. This isn’t typically covered under a general property policy like your furniture or other personal possessions would be. The best thing you can do to evaluate what additional coverage you’ll need for this immovable property is to talk to your independent insurance agent.
In addition to the building and movable and immovable property inside it, there are other types of specialty property coverage that you should be aware of. The most popular of the specialized policy choices include:
Commercial general liability coverage is good for two types of issues that may arise in your Iowa restaurant:
You’ll typically need liability insurance if a customer slips and falls (say on a wet floor). You’ll also need liability insurance if you prepare food incorrectly and it causes illness.
It’s important to note that general liability insurance only covers these two issues. Two types of specialty liability coverage you’ll want to consider are:
Most restaurants serve, brew, or distill alcohol in some way. If yours does, you’ll need a liquor liability policy to cover property damage and bodily injury that may result from an alcohol-related accident. This will apply if you overserve a customer and they get into an accident after leaving the restaurant. Standard liquor liability has a $1 million policy limit, but if you serve a lot of alcohol, you may want to increase coverage.
Directors and officers liability is a much more specialized type of policy. It kicks in if there isn’t an injury or damage, per se, but stockholders, a city, or employees allege that the directors or officers have made a poor corporate decision. This is more applicable if you’re operating an Iowa restaurant on a large scale and are afraid that this kind of issue is going to arise.
Employee insurance for your Iowa restaurant is twofold and includes:
Workers' compensation is required by law in Iowa. It will cover expenses if an employee is injured and has to pay:
Workers' compensation will also pay lost wages to employees while they recover. Generally speaking, the cost of workers' compensation coverage will hinge on (1) your payroll (per $100); and (2) the risk classifications for employees in your restaurant. The higher the risk – such as if you serve a lot of deep fried food and employees are around hot oil – the higher the cost of your workers' compensation coverage.
The other type of employee-related insurance that you may choose to get is employment practices liability insurance. This insurance will cover lawsuits brought for workplace problems like:
If you’re ever sued, this coverage will pay for the cost of litigation by defending the restaurant and officers, too.
Restaurants in Iowa have a lot of unique features, and few are exactly alike. Here, we're talking about whether a restaurant decides solely to do carry-out and has no wait staff. We’re also talking about situations where a restaurant has a buffet, drive-through window, or any number of other features.
Let’s examine some of the most common features and how (or if) they’ll affect your coverage or costs:
Keep in mind that these are just a few of the many factors that may affect your insurance costs. However, as some of the most common features of most restaurants, they’re the ones that are likely to affect your coverage the most.
Insurance coverage doesn’t change much from state to state. However, coverage needs and costs do change depending on the:
As we mentioned above, Midwest food is typically frozen and flown in. This means it’s important for almost every restaurant to get spoilage coverage in case there is a refrigeration problem. After all, you could lose some or all of your food, and that would cost your restaurant a fortune.
Based on the types of dishes that are the most popular in the Iowa, you may also need to pay additional workers' compensation coverage as well. Deep fried foods mean hot oil in the kitchen, which increases the risks to employees in a big way.
These are just some of the issues that might arise, all of which you’ll want to keep in mind when you’re talking to an independent insurance agent about coverage for your Iowa restaurant.
It’s impossible to provide a hard and fast rule about insurance costs. However, we can break down how the costs balance out and a broad range of factors that may affect insurance costs for you.
Generally speaking, insurance coverage for your Iowa restaurant is going to break down into two separate expenses:
Workers compensation coverage is charged separately because it’s calculated differently. There are two factors that affect cost: (1) Payroll (per $100); and (2) risk classification (how dangerous it is for employees in the kitchen).
Property and liability coverage can cost as little as $1,000 annually or as much as $100,000 or more. It depends on all of the factors we’ve mentioned above. As an example, if you’re operating a corner hotdog stand, are the only employee, and don’t have much risk, you’ll be on the low end.
If you’re operating a multi-location restaurant that has significant risk in food preparation, lots of employees, and valuable personal property inside, you’ll pay more.
Speaking of valuable personal property: You’ll need to get it appraised to ensure that you aren’t shorted on its replacement value. This often comes into play with paintings or other décor that may have a higher resale value than what the materials themselves are worth.
Remember, you’ll need general insurance coverage for:
That being said, you’ll also need to consider all of the specialty policies and coverage that comes with operating an Iowa restaurant. Your Trusted Choice independent insurance agent will evaluate all of your options with a range of carriers to ensure you’re paying the best price, for the best coverage – guaranteed.