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The family business

Five portraits form a multi-generational celebration of life in the family store.

Operations

Customer paging systems evolve

Customer paging systems have moved far beyond the days of the microphone and public address system. Today’s equipment combine sophisticated paging capabilities with increased opportunities for promotion and customer data collection.

Hyperactive Bob brings artificial intelligence to the drive-thru.

You can’t run a restaurant without ice—and lots of it.

With health and freshness two of the major forces driving menus today, produce is top on operators’ purchase orders. Indeed, restaurants have been making a big effort to put more fruits and vegetables on the plate. But this effort hit a roadblock with recent E.coli scares and salmonella outbreaks. As a result, food safety has become the priority for suppliers and buyers of fresh produce.

Foodservice suppliers provide a look at products designed to make an operator’s job easier.

Labor, food, energy, insurance, real estate—you name it, the fundamental prime costs of doing business are up, in some cases dramatically.

A new generation of small “speed-cook” ovens is on the market, using various combinations of heat transfer including microwaves, convection blowers, hot air impingement and infrared browning elements. They’re creating an entire, new oven category.

The new Whole Foods Market in Portland, Maine, is a 48,000-square-foot behemoth, just two blocks off the turnpike spur that connects Maine’s largest city with a string of affluent towns along the coast.

Buying a tv for your restaurant isn’t as simple as picking out the right size screen anymore.