Equipment

New restaurant equipment and back-of-the-house technology

While solar energy hardly is new technology in the U.S., just 5 percent of restaurateurs in a National Restaurant Association survey said they use solar panels in their operations. That may be about...

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Operators are looking to new blender models to speed up production, avoid cross-contamination and create housemade sauces and other concoctions beyond drinks.

Today’s restaurant guests demand both speed and quality. In fact, some 91 percent of consumers say that offering value through quick, high-quality service is important to them at fast casuals,...

It’s no secret that rent is going up, footprints are getting smaller, labor is getting pricier and food costs are a constant concern. So inside restaurants, the pressure is on to save both money and...

Although many operators want to reduce food waste because it’s the right thing to do for the environment, some are being pushed by government mandates to put systems in place. In states and...

Only so many customers can come through the door of a restaurant—and even that remains a challenge. According to The NPD Group, a market research company in Port Washington, N.Y., traffic continues...

Made-to-order pizza concepts rely on speedy, high-temperature ovens to fire up customized pizzas. While this Chipotle-style fast-casual category experienced rapid growth in 2014, according to Chicago...

Matt Anderson calls it a “napkano,” the volcano that erupts when guests at Zaxby’s leave a pile of wing-sauce-stained paper napkins—many barely used—on the table. “It’s a struggle,” says Anderson,...

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Ice machines have come a long way to meet the needs of restaurants. The most obvious case is Sonic Drive-In. When the chain wanted chewable ice for its drinks, manufacturers caught up with that need...

Several overriding themes are influencing contemporary restaurant kitchen design and will continue to have an impact in the near future. A number of these themes are on display in the What’s Hot!...

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