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Add kitchen names to items

Who is this article for?
This article is for business owners and team members with item creation permissions adding kitchen names to menu items. Learn more about team member permissions with Square for Restaurants.

Before you begin

Kitchen names let you customise how your items appear on printed order tickets and kitchen displays. A kitchen name is an internal name for any item, variation, or modifier you can set to the preferences of your business. You can create custom names that are shorter, more detailed, or in the preferred language of your kitchen staff.

Kitchen names only display on your KDS and on printed kitchen tickets and will not show on your point of sale or on your customers’ printed receipts.

To add kitchen names, you will need access to your Square Dashboard. To display your kitchen name on your Square KDS and kitchen tickets, you will need access to your Square Restaurants POS app or Square KDS.

Create a kitchen name

You can create kitchen names in your Dashboard from your Square for Restaurants menus or from your Item Library.

Menus

  1. Log in to your Square Dashboard and click Items & orders > Menus.
  2. Select an item, item variation or modifier from your menu.
  3. Enter your kitchen name in the Kitchen Facing Name field.
  4. Click Save.

Item Library

  1. Log in to your Square Dashboard and click Items & orders > Item Library.
  2. Select an item, item variation or modifiers from your Item Library.
  3. Enter your kitchen name in the Kitchen Facing Name field.
  4. Click Save.

Display kitchen names on tickets

From your point of sale or Square KDS printer settings, you can specify if an order ticket will use the kitchen name for each printer station. Kitchen names always display on Square KDS, and you cannot turn off, edit, or remove kitchen names from your Square KDS.

  1. Open your Point of Sale or Square KDS and tap Account > Settings > Hardware > Printers.

  2. Tap an existing printer station or tap Profiles > Create profile.

  3. To display kitchen names for in-house orders, tap In-Person Orders and toggle on Use this printer for in-person order tickets. To display kitchen names for online orders, tap Online Orders and toggle on Use this printer for online orders.

  4. Toggle on Print Kitchen Names

  5. Tap Back > Save.

Next steps

Learn more about menus and items from one of these Support Centre articles:

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