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Restaurant cash & carry supply places that sell to the public.

For a while now I have been driving up to Jessup Maryland to a Sysco store get a few things.
Gas is creeping up to $5 a gallon, so time to look closer to home.

Is there a place in the DC metro area that sells items to the public?
I know Sam's club sells some items, but others can only be gotten at places like Sysco.

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  1. if you have a tax id# and a resell certificate you can shop at Restaurant Depot they have all kinds of items at low prices

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    Restaurant Depot
    1032 Hampton Park Blvd, Capitol Heights, MD 20743

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    1. re: agarnett100

      Have you tried the Florida ave market?

      1. re: sharonc

        Nope, looking for spots that deal with the public Ihave NO tax #

        1. re: RobertM

          Try

          Best Supply

          413 Morse Street Northeast, Washington D.C., DC 20002

          American Restaurant Supply Co

          2110 5th Street Northeast, Washington D.C., DC 20002-1266

          (202) 635-1703 ‎

          1. re: RobertM

            You don't need a tax exemption certificate to shop at Restaurant Depot, but you need to be some sort of business or organization. They're pretty liberal, though. If you don't have a better reason, you can tell them that you're from a church group and they'll give you a card.

            Whether it's worth the bother depends on what you want. Most of their cookware and restaurant hardware is really only useful if you cook or serve big portions. About the only thing I buy there is 20 pound (and getting smaller) bags of real charcoal, which are enough cheaper there than at my local hardware store so it's worth the 12 or so mile round trip.

            1. re: MikeR

              Mike R you are mistaken I never said anything about a tax exemption certificate. "if you have a tax id# and a resell certificate". I usually buy the 4 pounds of frozen tiger shrimp and cans of lump crab meat.

              1. re: agarnett100

                What else is a "tax ID# and a resell certificate?" With it, you get to buy without sales tax because you are obligated to collect sales tax when you sell what you've bought. It's a valid way to identify a a legitimate retail business, but it's not necessary to get a card from Restaurant Depot.

                When you have a tax ID number (at least in Virginia), you establish an account with the county and you're obligated to file monthly or quarterly returns reporting your sales (even if it's zero) and pay the tax that you collected on sales. Perhaps there's another "Tax ID#" that I don't know about. What does that get you (other than a Restaurant Depot card?)

                I think I showed them my Fairfax County business license (which I had to get because I file a Schedule C with my taxes). A friend of mine got a card in the name of an organization she belongs to that serves refreshments at their meetings. I'm not advocating "cheating" but anyone can write a letter explaining why they may need to buy what RD sells. They don't validate your application, they just put it on record. At least that's the way it went with me.

                1. re: MikeR

                  If that work for you cool when I setup my account several years ago at the Alexandria store they had a major issue with my company not having a resell certificate. Your experience was definitely different from mine.

                  1. re: MikeR

                    Note, please, that in your quarterly sales tax report, you must also pay tax on "goods removed from inventory for personal use", which is what I consider items I buy tax-exempt at Restaurant Depot. So you don't escape tax on food or other goods you buy there but don't use in your business.

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                    Restaurant Depot
                    1032 Hampton Park Blvd, Capitol Heights, MD 20743

                    1. re: wayne keyser

                      Thanks for the note but I already knew that. I file monthly in VA and quarterly in MD

        2. If you're looking for cookware and the like (no food) try Next Day Gourmet - 5701 General Washington Dr # Q Alexandria, VA 22312 - (703) 333-5878

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          1. re: wayne keyser

            Honestly looking for Pro-Kal Deli containers: 16oz, 8oz, 6 oz sizes, 50 count, and the lids.
            Great for taking stuff to work, or portion control when at home. I tend to cook a lot stuff on Saturdays & Sundays, then munch on the rest of the work week. And they come in handy to carry to work and toss in the microwave. As well as creating fruit cups, Strawberry, berries, pineapple, mango, what ever, you can eat em and just toss the container in the recycle box.

            1. re: RobertM

              Don't recognize your brand, but sturdy reusable cylindrical deli containers are definitely available at Restaurant Depot.

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              Restaurant Depot
              1032 Hampton Park Blvd, Capitol Heights, MD 20743

              1. re: RobertM

                If you want a greener option, nearly all the large Asian groceries sell plastic containers with gaskets and locking lids (snaps on the outside) that work very well. Just sent my daughter off to school with 3 of them in her lunch bag. Most of ours come from Super H in Fairfax, but I've seen them in most of the other stores, and Target also offers some, though in fewer size variations and with a higher price point.

                1. re: RobertM

                  I get a cheap Chinese lunch at Hong Kong Express about 3-4 times a month, and take home the soup so I don't eat too much. It comes in nice sturdy round 16 oz plastic containers with tight lids, and because I can't stand to through anything this nice away, I accumulate the containers at an alarming rate. When I have a stack of 20 or so, I post them for giveaway on the local FreeCycle board and usually get a taker. You might want to look there. I see them posted by others, too.

                  Go to http://groups.yahoo.com and search for FreeCycle and your local area (Arlington, Falls Church, Silver Spring, etc - there are hundreds of 'em). Join your local group and check the posts or post a "Wanted" and you're bound to score. No business license or resale tax ID needed. ;)