To prolong the life of our ice machines and extend the time between maintenance calls, many choose to spend a little more time on the extras! With a few simple add-ons, one can turn their ice machine into a long-lasting, energy saving unit.
Holidays bring with them a surge in business for restaurants, and the fourth of July is no different! With unique themes and festive accoutrements, Independence Day is a holiday where you can integrate the traditional and the modern. While some may simply add a few patriotic decorations, the truly business-minded restaurants will take full advantage of a holiday to reap the most benefits. Entertaining your guests can be both rewarding and fun for your restaurant and staff on the 4th of July!
Food safety is a critical component to any restaurant operation. Having a thorough understanding of the HACCP system will ensure that your restaurant stays on top of its game when it comes to food safety!
While every restaurant or commercial eatery knows the importance of getting customers to come in, sit down, relax and enjoy the atmosphere, we also must not overlook another segment of business that has very low overhead and the possibility for an added revenue stream with high profitability.
Temperatures are at their yearly high, and your restaurant should also be turning up the heat on your summer marketing promotions! Now is a better time than ever to solidify existing customer relationships by offering hot deals and cool treats!
About 65% of Americans enjoy football, and the season is just beginning. While this brings in a whole new wave of influences in the restaurant market, the sport itself also has a lot to offer in return. Football leagues keep their fans engaged, and it’s through the use of these marketing tactics that football still remains the highlight of the season. Use some of these ‘fan engagement’ tactics within your restaurant's own walls to reap the benefits of engaged customers as well!
We’ve all had that customer that seems to gripe about everything, but many customers who may sit in silence could actually also have some issues with your restaurant as well. While you may think that this isn’t necessarily of concern when these issues aren’t brought up within your own four walls, the fact of the matter is that those complaints may result in less loyalty, return patronage, and even some social media blunders down the road. So what are some of the most common complaints that customers have about restaurants?
Your menu - along with your restaurant’s atmosphere and waitstaff - are what needs to sell each and every meal. But there’s more to your menu than just a layout of pretty pictures. In fact, in today’s society, many have become accustomed to certain structures and setups that help lead them through a menu and to the exact item they’ve been looking for.
Purchasing items in bulk, prepping items for a buffet/catering line, sealing items for freezing...all of these tasks have one thing in common. Foods that aren’t prepackaged or need to be divvied up for storage or transport will likely need covered for a variety of reasons, and while many may choose to use containers with lids, the fact of the matter is that plastic wraps are used most often by experienced bakers, chefs, and food prep employees alike. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of wrap stations for your commercial kitchen.
Americans spend over three billion dollars on hot dogs and sausages each year. Knowing this, it only makes sense that you would want to add hot dogs to your menu. Luckily, with the right equipment, hot dogs are very easy to cook and serve. In addition, the right hot dog equipment keeps hot dogs at a warm, safe temperature for human consumption.
Your refrigerated merchandiser is meant to capture the attention of your customers and reel in some impulse buys, but if it’s catching their attention in all the wrong ways due to its broken-down appearance, then it may be time to replace.
For many breakfast-style eateries and other types of restaurant that use a griddle as a focal point in their kitchen, servicing their commercial griddle should be one of the top priorities. Indeed, a breakdown of this unit can close your shop indefinitely, so take care to follow a few of these tips when servicing your commercial griddle.
Chef uniforms exude professionalism while serving the purpose of protecting the wearer as well as your customers, and they’re an essential piece of protective wear for food safety purposes as well. As an operative tool in any kitchen, you should know the true purpose of each piece as well as the dos and don’ts in regards to your chef’s uniforms.
Stainless steel equipment in your kitchen may only need a simple wipe-down at the end of the night to keep up appearances, but pots and pans tend to see more action during the course of any given day and can accumulate grime and buildup that can burn out your supply of ‘elbow grease’ when you’re only using cleaners designed for easier-to-clean appliances.
Like brick-and-mortar restaurants, food truck designs, menus, and themes can influence the flow of traffic and interested patrons. One of the best parts about food truck ownership is one’s ability to get creative with a specific cuisine type and style, allowing for more unique flavor profiles. As food trucks become more competitive in their styles and selections, some trucks are coming out on top as customer favorites.
In the proclamation in 1984 designating Ice Cream Day as the third Sunday in July, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with "appropriate ceremonies and activities." Here are a few ways your restaurant can incorporate this frozen, creamy treat.
A set deadline for December 2015 was causing restaurant owners nationwide to scramble. The deadline indicated the date for which restaurants would need to provide nutrition information about every menu item to their customers. While some restaurants may have had an easy time with this new regulation, many smaller businesses and supermarkets were realizing that the looming deadline was likely to not be met. Now, the deadline has been moved back a year to December 2016 to give businesses extra time to plan and execute.
Catering involves the purchase of equipment that is specialized for the transportation of foods in a safe and sanitary manner from your restaurant to a venue. For those offering buffet-style catering, hot and cold food bars are one of the most important pieces of equipment. To stock your bar, you’ll need to invest in food pan carriers to get the prepared items to the venue.
Summer brings with it new waves of trends and demands - many of which center around seasonal items like seafood! Shrimp are a classic choice, and restaurants across America will see a spike in shrimp sales during the warm weather months.
Commercial kitchens are loaded with industrial equipment that can cause a fire. From hot surfaces to open flames to multiple electrical and gas connections, fires can start with a simple accident or overlooked precaution.
If you’re a pizzeria owner, you’re probably no stranger to conveyor ovens. True, conveyor ovens can improve your kitchen’s speed, durability, and overall efficiency, but these ovens are sometimes taken for granted, and the basics of proper installation, operation, and maintenance can get left by the wayside.
Hands-free faucets have become a widely-accepted part of restaurant bathrooms. But have you considered using them in the kitchen as well?
There are many advantages to using a touchless sink, and those advantages can be compounded in a commercial kitchen environment! From an economical, environmental, and food safety standpoint, switching to hands-free faucet technology might be the way of the future - and a great means of improving your restaurant as a whole!
The benefits of hands-free faucets can affect many areas of the kitchen and your restaurant.