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Friendly’s Kitchen Designed for Efficiency

New England Chain Rolls Out Upgrade Prototype Gray-on-white cone graphics. LED lighting.  Settee seating.  Online ordering. Friendly’s has come a long way from its staid New England origins.  Friendly’s new prototype, opened in Marlborough, Mass., marks a great leap...

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Little Caesar Arena

Little Ceasars Has a Mission: to Serve as the Heart of Detroit City Arenas are usually all about sports and entertainment. But for Little Caesars Arena, opened one year ago in downtown Detroit, the venue has a larger mission: to serve as the heart of a city. The...

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ChopShop Gets It Right

Big plans lie ahead for ChopShop: 4 projects are better than 1 When private equity firm Hargett Hunter Capital Partners, Raleigh, N.C., purchased in 2016 the Original ChopShop, an approachable, natural food restaurant with three units in the Phoenix area and a nearly...

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The New Concept of Italian Cuisine in Miami

Schwartz’s vision drew on his love of Italian cuisine and renowned French interior designer Philippe Starck created Fi’lia’s front-of-house décor. In 2015, Chef Michael Schwartz (above)—iconic South Florida restaurateur, owner of The Genuine Hospitality Group, James...

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Showing Off Gelato

  Creamy, dense, and intensely flavored, gelato is hard to resist, and a growing number of consumers don’t even try. However, this traditional Italian treat is generally an impulse buy. So, as you seek the right setting for this frozen gem, you need to start by...

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Life In The Fast Lane

How fast is fast? When you have a line of very hungry customers, “now” sometimes isn’t fast enough. At least three potential challenges can stand in the way of fresh food fast: a location that can’t accommodate ventilation over the cooking equipment; a staff not...

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Convection Oven Care

We live in a world of multi-functional equipment, designed to make our lives more efficient, but sometimes the simple approach is still the best. And so it is with standard convection ovens. Although there are other ovens that cook as well as do so much more, many...

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Anatomy Of An Island Suite

For the best tips on designing an island suite, we turned to J. Russell Stilwell, FCSI, Principal of Next Step Design, Annapolis, Md., who has designed hundreds of these compact powerhouses over the past 30 years. Island suites, which must always be built...

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Fab-Tastic Journey

  So you need to spec some equipment, or maybe some décor items. As if you don’t have enough choices among the thousands of suppliers of off-the-shelf pieces out there, there’s a whole other universe of custom fabrication. You can get custom-spec stainless...

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The Communicating Kitchen Movement

  Operating a restaurant profitably is a complex process built on many tasks and many costs. In a business environment that’s more competitive than ever before, site operators and chain executives alike are on the hunt for any way to trim costs without...

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Cold to Go

  They’ve become ubiquitous. You see them everywhere—on end aisles and the foot of the checkout lanes in supermarkets, on the counter of a snack cart in an office lobby, against the wall of a campus or retail bookstore, in the middle of a cafeteria servery, even...

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Cooking from the Hearth

There’s nothing quite like coming home to a fire on the hearth, the warmth and allure of the flames drawing us in. That’s one reason more and more healthcare facilities are making hearth ovens the centerpieces of their retail cafeterias. Perhaps more importantly,...

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