All Blog Posts Tagged 'equipment' (24)


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How To Save On Restaurant Equipment

The costs of running a restaurant can add up quickly, making it difficult to earn a profit. It’s especially hard in a tough economy. That’s why some restaurant owners often prefer to leave maintenance of their equipment out of their budgets. They simply feel the funds could be better spent elsewhere.

 

Sometimes it takes an emergency to discover why regular equipment maintenance is worth the price tag. Steve Pottinger, vice president of operations at the Greer Companies,…

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Added by Aprons & Smocks on July 17, 2013 at 9:26am — No Comments

Restaurant Equipment Financing

 

 

Whether operating a restaurant, bar or even a grocery store, it is important to have the right equipment to meet the demand of customers and the current market. Businesses need to provide optimal services and in order…

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Added by Jules Dalsey on July 1, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

It’s About The Food, Stupid!

I was reminded how insular the foodservice equipment and supplies industry can be when I went to a recent meeting. While attending the SFM’s workshop for vendors, I noticed that all talk centered around the procurement of comestibles. Supply chain management for the foodservice contract management firms revolves around their food buys. The purchasing by these largest of end-users pay scant attention, if any, to E&S specifications.

Although this is a mostly proper strategy for…

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Added by Joe Ferri on April 30, 2012 at 5:30am — No Comments

Making Succesful Concessions

Is it an impulse or a compulsion that makes you want to eat that soft pretzel? Or is it simply the tangy mustard pumped onto it? Displayed food must look its best when laid out for speed and convenience, even for captive audiences at arenas, stadiums and outdoor entertainment venues.

No matter whether concession fare is pretzels, hot…

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Added by Joe Ferri on February 12, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

The Lady Troubles

A buddy, PT, secured a large equipment order.  It should have been his all along. 

 

Vendors compete fiercely for business.  Buyers factor in price, quality, availability and price when make purchasing decisions. Did I mention price?

 

PT was awarded only a small fraction of the contract for a large project.  When the end-users inquired of his competitor (whom they favored with the greater portion of the work) as to the status of the impending delivery, they were…

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Added by Joe Ferri on June 7, 2011 at 6:23am — No Comments

For $10 Billion, Can’t We All Get Along?

You’d think that $10 billion was a lot of dough.  The equipment and supplies side of the foodservice industry is worth that much in annual U.S. sales.  With that kind of bread at stake, why are all the members of the E&S supply chain so out of synch?  End-users are subjected daily to our ‘dysfunctional family’ turf wars.  Don’t they (and we) deserve better?

 

Sure, we’re all competing on some level, and will therefore have conflicting interests. “After all we are not…

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Added by Joe Ferri on April 9, 2011 at 12:37pm — No Comments

Restaurant Text Pager Systems and Cell Phone Pager Systems - A Cost Benefit Analysis

The purpose of this article is to explore the practical applications of Cell Phone Pager or Restaurant Text Pager system, to evaluate their return on investment and speculate as to the future of the guest pager.



Guest Pager system technology has evolved beyond the Coaster Pager to what is now known as the "Cell Phone Pager" or "Restaurant Text Pager".

Savvy…

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Added by Brandon Munson on July 4, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments


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When keeping it Clean, Safety Comes First

Cleaning chemicals can be friends or foes when using them in commercial kitchens. Chlorine, ammonia and iodine are the most commonly used sanitation chemicals but they can seriously harm your employees. To reduce cleaning-related risks, we’ve compiled a laundry list of hazards and how to prevent them.



» Soaps and detergents can cause skin irritation.



» Being allergic to latex isn’t uncommon these days, choose non-latex gloves for your workers and play it safe.



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Added by Dean Small on January 25, 2010 at 11:08pm — No Comments

The gospel according to Tony

For my birthday, I got a copy of Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, and I've been laughing my way hysterically through each chapter.



If you aren't familiar with Anthony Bourdain, in addition to being a well-known author, he's also host of Travel Channel's culinary and… Continue

Added by Dani on August 26, 2009 at 5:35am — No Comments

Order Taker Or Consultant?

It is so important to find the equipment you NEED not the equipment you WANT. According to Jerry Kraushaar, chef and restaurant equipment sales consultant: As a sales person in the food service equipment industry we come across a great deal of people that want to start a restaurant with very little knowledge or experience. They should seek out a professional who can listen to what they want to accomplish and then guide them through the process.



If a sales person just tries to “sell”… Continue

Added by Todd Norton on July 3, 2009 at 6:47am — No Comments

Used Restaurant Equipment And Your Business

If looking to buy Restaurant Equipment you may be considering the option to buy used. Know what your getting into before jumping in head first. Used restaurant equipment has many pros and cons. I will examine a few of these.

PROS: You save money! Used restaurant equipment can be nearly half the price of that same new product. More often than not, used restaurant equipment isn’t so old. Many restaurants go out of business within the first two years leaving many units available for… Continue

Added by Todd Norton on April 30, 2009 at 6:33am — No Comments

Recovery Act includes $100M in equipment grants for K-12 schools

In February 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 which provides a one-time appropriation of $100 million for foodservice equipment assistance to school food authorities.



What does this mean for you?



Your school could be eligible to receive a school equipment assistance grant to purchase new or replacement foodservice equipment during Summer 2009.* Your school equipment assistance grant may also be used to pay for costs… Continue

Added by Dani on April 2, 2009 at 12:15pm — No Comments

2009 tax incentives for restaurants and small businesses

Here are some updates to the tax law and some new incentives for 2009 -



Extension of the Commercial Building Tax Deduction



The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act (EESA) of 2008 (also known as HR-1424) extends the benefits of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, including the CBTD, until December 31, 2013.



The Commercial Building Tax Deduction (CBTD) establishes a tax deduction for expenses incurred for energy efficient building expenditures made… Continue

Added by Dani on March 26, 2009 at 5:39am — 1 Comment

Time to get really mad!!

Like Jim Sullivan and Paul Green, fellow FOHOBOHists, I"m mad as hell- I heard a brief comment on CNN this morning that was about opponents of the new stimulus package, complaining that it was a terrible "giveaway" because it includes billions of dollars for schools.



Schools! That means some of the money in that package may benefit the nation's youth - the future of our country. Wow - isn't that terrible!



School foodservice in many schools across the U.S.… Continue

Added by susan holaday on February 16, 2009 at 8:40am — 23 Comments


Non-Operator
Excited to be here

I've been a fairly active member of TRN's social network and am excited to find myself here.

My name is Connie Baugher and I hold the highly esteemed position of head bottle washer, marketing & sales at One Fat Frog Restaurant Equipment in Orlando FL. We do keep a regular blog at www.restaurantequipmenttogo.com.

Added by Connie, One Fat Frog on November 26, 2008 at 10:57am — No Comments

Resources on energy efficiency

Here's a list of sites and resources on energy efficiency I've been gathering...



  • FE&S Energy Efficiency webcast.
  • Performance data on commercial foodservice equipment.
  • Commercial foodservice equipment…
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Added by Dani on October 20, 2008 at 7:22am — No Comments

A crash course in food safety

Recent outbreaks of salmonella in the food supply have brought the restaurant and foodservice industry into the media spotlight. News of illness and recalls associated with spinach, tomatoes and jalapenos has been a serious cause for concern to those who make their livelihood in the foodservice industry. Yet, however widespread it appears to be, according to the National Restaurant Association, the U.S. food supply is the safest in the world.

While recent events have proven it is often…

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Added by Dani on October 20, 2008 at 5:48am — 4 Comments

If You Were Thinking of Buying Here......Caveat Emptor!

ATTENTION! Galasource.com Closed - Paid Orders Unfilled Across USA



Galasource, Inc., a Denver based web site that caters to restaurant, retail and hospitality businesses appears to have closed and may be leaving thousands of dollars of paid orders unfilled across the country.



As of June 20, the Galasource web site is still up, but states the shopping cart is inactive and the site is not accepting orders. BBB Denver/Boulder, where the firm is based, reports that… Continue

Added by Roy MacNaughton on June 21, 2008 at 12:03pm — 2 Comments

What to Consider When Buying A Commercial Refrigerator

If you own a restaurant, you know how important it is to have a good, efficient commercial refrigerator. I am sure that you are thinking that it’s a piece of cake to go buy the right refrigerator. But it is important to first think about what you want and need out of it. You would be amazed at all of the options there are on commercial refrigerators nowadays. It is important to know in advance what… Continue

Added by Debra on March 12, 2008 at 12:47pm — 1 Comment

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