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 IRS Section 179 Capital Equipment Deduction

IRS Section 179 Capital Equipment Deduction

Owning a small business is costly, and the government is providing tax deductions for those who qualify, making the financial burden a little less heavy. While planning your finances for your new restaurant, it pays to become familiar with Section 179 in order to assist you with making smart capital investments.

Menu Analysis

Menu Analysis

Marketing is what drives sales in your restaurant, and your menu is the best marketing tool for customers who are inside your establishment.


Rotisserie Chicken Is Rolling Onto A Menu Near You

Rotisserie Chicken Is Rolling Onto A Menu Near You

There was a time when chicken was seen as a plain food - a good staple in the home kitchen, but nothing you'd order off the menu, unless you're counting calories.

Should Your Restaurant Use Gas Or Electric?

Should Your Restaurant Use Gas Or Electric?

When it comes to choosing a range for your cooking needs, the issue of using gas vs. electric is sure to create debate. Here are some things to keep in mind for both types of ranges.

Pizzerias May Step Out Of The Norm With Unique Toppings And Crusts

Pizzerias May Step Out Of The Norm With Unique Toppings And Crusts

Though regular cheese pizza has become a staple in many diets, sometimes these pies can be a bit bland.

Buffalo Or Zesty Sauce Can Be Added To Anything For A Tangy Kick Of Flavor

Buffalo Or Zesty Sauce Can Be Added To Anything For A Tangy Kick Of Flavor

Though it is uncertain when buffalo sauce was invented, all signs point to the city of Buffalo, New York as the home of this tangy sauce.


Reggae-Themed Restaurant Stirs Up California Restaurant Life

Reggae music conjures images of Jamaica and the Caribbean, everything from palm trees and clear skies to the tropical cuisine served at beachfront restaurants.

The Right Way to Make Braised Short Ribs

The Right Way to Make Braised Short Ribs

One of the best pieces of restaurant equipment to invest in is a commercial braising pan. This useful piece of cookware allows you to create the most sumptuous and flavorful braised meats and vegetables with minimal effort.


Antique Establishments Should Consider Purchasing Modern Restaurant Equipment

Antique Establishments Should Consider Purchasing Modern Restaurant Equipment

Around the world, there is always a certain amount of nostalgia that surrounds an old restaurant or diner.

Restaurant Owners Look To Expand Into New Markets

Restaurant Owners Look To Expand Into New Markets

Restaurant owners can explore their management skills by investing in convenience stores. These professionals may want to broaden their repertoire of establishments after they have successfully opened a few restaurants.

Urban Farming: A Viable Option

Urban Farming: A Viable Option

While small farming towns may not have the luxuries of exotic cuisine and commercial restaurants, they do have one benefit over their urban counterparts. There are downsides to using a hydroponic system, as Mitch Hagney, co-founder of LocalSprout in San Antonio, points out!


Mobile Food Providers Can Use A Commercial Oven To Improve Operational Efficiency

Mobile Food Providers Can Use A Commercial Oven To Improve Operational Efficiency

Commercial ovens can allow volunteer organizations to churn out massive amounts of food.

Perfect Burgers Require The Right Restaurant Equipment

Perfect Burgers Require The Right Restaurant Equipment

If you own a local diner or a restaurant that specializes in serving the perfect burger, you know that the secret to great food is having the right restaurant equipment for the job.

Don't "Nuke" It!

Don't "Nuke" It!

Many professional chefs hate the thought of sliding their completed presentations under heat lamps so that it doesn't get too cool before it's presented to diners.

Owners Experiencing Unfortunate Circumstances Can Get Back On Their Feet With Restaurant Equipment

Owners Experiencing Unfortunate Circumstances Can Get Back On Their Feet With Restaurant Equipment

Natural events like hurricanes or man-made hazards like an electrical fire can destroy a building within a few hours.

Wrap Food In Bacon For Delicious Results

Wrap Food In Bacon For Delicious Results

There are few things in life that are more rewarding than a crispy piece of bacon.

The Importance of Proper Sanitation and Foodservice Safety

The Importance of Proper Sanitation and Foodservice Safety

Sanitation is a key component to foodservice safety, and it’s a responsibility that you accept as a foodservice provider for your customers. From allergen management to contamination reduction, sanitation promotes the well-being of your equipment, your workers, and your customers.


Commodity Cost Changes

Commodity Cost Changes

When ordering commodity food items like breads, milks, and eggs for instance, restaurants generally have a ballpark figure that rarely swings to extremes. This helps with planning and finance management, but commodities that we may take for granted in terms of pricing are about to throw us for a loop. Nation’s Restaurant News reports on some of the key commodity cost changes that we may already be seeing or can expect to see change in the near future.

Fines From Health Inspectors Can Be Avoided With Proper Restaurant Equipment

Fines From Health Inspectors Can Be Avoided With Proper Restaurant Equipment

Despite the fact that their jobs entail the most responsibility in the culinary business, health inspectors are sometimes viewed with fear amongst the restaurant community. A single violation can result in hefty fines for an establishment, and in the worst-case scenario, an eatery can be shut down indefinitely.


Best Items For Your Commercial Grill This Fall

Best Items For Your Commercial Grill This Fall

All good chefs know that offering delicious, seasonal produce is best. Seasonal veggies are not only fresh from the soil, but in most cases they also come from local farms, allowing restaurants to help bolster their community's economy.

Fried Foods are Back in Season!

Fried Foods are Back in Season!

The warmer weather is finally sweeping across America, and many are venturing to patio seating to enjoy the sunny season. With summer comes a shift in customer favorites from your menu, and you’ll probably find that fried foods are picking up in popularity


Fried Favorites

Fried Favorites

Fried foods tend to top the list for fattier, less healthy menu items. While the health trend is still in full swing, the demand for fried foods typically picks up in the warmer months - and this year is no different.


Food Transparency Demands

Food Transparency Demands

While America may not be well-known for its healthy consumerism with food, consumers are more and more interested in choosing healthy, organic, wholesome selections. From source to preparation, consumers are demanding food transparency across the board.


Serving Time: Correctional Facility Foodservice Needs

Serving Time: Correctional Facility Foodservice Needs

Correctional foodservice operators deal with equipment vandalism, budget constraints, complicated service repairs and a score of other issues. Serving food to those who are serving time requires appropriate equipment, and we’re here to help!


3 Foods to Put in Your Restaurant Menu This Autumn Season

3 Foods to Put in Your Restaurant Menu This Autumn Season

Are you looking for tasty and delicious foods to add flavor to your autumn restaurant menu?
Here are three fail-proof scrumptious meal ideas that are guaranteed to be a hit this Fall!

Ice Types and Their Various Uses

Ice Types and Their Various Uses

Ice machines have come a long way since they were first patented in 1851, and commercial ice makers now offer a variety of ice types. Knowing the difference in ice types and their various uses can help you choose the ideal ice maker for your business.

Better Ingredients? Fast Food Patrons Demand It

Better Ingredients? Fast Food Patrons Demand It

The demand for food transparency is leaving foodservice operators with a hard choice: Invest in better ingredients, or suffer the consequences.


Draft Beer Coolers

Draft Beer Coolers

Summer is the perfect time to invest in a draft beer cooler for your bar in order to serve beer on tap. It’s a customer favorite for a variety of reasons; Beer on tap tastes fresher and more flavorful than from a can or bottle, and it’s simply an option that your patrons cannot obtain from a simple liquor store! To make the most of your investment, spending the proper effort and time in choosing and maintaining a draft beer cooler is key!






Advances in Coffee Equipment

Advances in Coffee Equipment

The process of brewing coffee by dripping water over ground coffee beans has mostly gone unchanged for the past 80 years. In response, the selection of coffee equipment has evolved very little, hindering the advancement of our favorite caffeinated beverage (of course, unless you’re a soda drinker and prefer carbonation and caffeine over slow-roasted coffee beans!). Recently, though, many players have made advancements in the field, pushing the limits of coffee brewing as we know it!



Ice Machines: How to Decide on Details

Ice Machines: How to Decide on Details

Deciding on the details - from the size of your machine to the type of ice it produces - can make all the difference in its integration into the efficiency of your kitchen.







Tea Time!

Tea Time!

Hot beverages are the name of the game during cold-weather seasons, and while the more obvious coffee and espresso drinks are sure to grace most menus, many forget the value of adding tea to the mix.





Air-Cooled vs Water-Cooled Ice Machines

Air-Cooled vs Water-Cooled Ice Machines

Compressors come in three main types: air-cooled, water-cooled, and remote-cooled. Choosing between the three is dependent on your restaurant’s specific needs.



Choosing a Commercial Cooler/Freezer Compressor

Choosing a Commercial Cooler/Freezer Compressor

Commercial coolers and freezers are essential to any restaurant kitchen. If you’re new to the game, here are a few tips to choosing the right cooler or freezer compressor. 

Top vs Bottom Mount Refrigeration

Top vs Bottom Mount Refrigeration

Your refrigerator might arguably be the most important piece of equipment in your kitchen. There are pros and cons to both top and bottom mounted units, so finding which balance suits your restaurant best is the key to choosing the right refrigerator for you.







Support Independent Mom and Pop Restaurants

Support Independent Mom and Pop Restaurants

When do you ditch the default chain cuisine in favor of the perhaps untested waters of the small eatery down the road. Support the 'Mom and Pop' restaurants! 

Choosing the Right Ice Machine

Choosing the Right Ice Machine

Shopping for a new ice machine can be a little overwhelming, especially if you’re in the market for the first time. These units are critical for most food service operations, so choosing the wrong ice machine for your needs can spell disaster in the long-run.

Convection vs Standard Ovens

Convection vs Standard Ovens

Ovens are a focal point for any kitchen, and choosing the right one for your restaurant can improve efficiency and help boost profits! You'll inevitably come to the crossroad between convection and standard ovens, so what's the big difference? 

Convection Oven Basics

Convection Oven Basics

During your shopping endeavour, you’ll inevitably reach a crossroad between the standard oven versus convection ovens. Since the 1950s, convection ovens have made their way into restaurant kitchens around the world, and for good reason.


New Labeling Rule

New Labeling Rule

Under the Affordable Care Act, this new regulation requires caloric count to be listed, but only under certain circumstances. Here are a few of the basics of this new legislation!

The Importance of Customer Satisfaction

The Importance of Customer Satisfaction

With customer reviews and ratings easily available for potential patrons to see, it pays to keep your customers satisfied and your employees trained on the importance of customer satisfaction!


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