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December 18, 2014

Designing Foodservice for the Tech Crowd

Tech companies continue to generate public attention with their innovative devices and apps. Today, though, they also make headlines for their innovative foodservice designs aimed to boost employee productivity and loyalty. Here we share a few lessons and trends from the tech segment that can impact foodservice designers regardless of what industry segment they are working on.


Facility Design Project of the Month: Marina Café on Great Kills Harbor in Staten Island, New York

Two years ago, Hurricane Sandy blasted the East Coast, leaving devastation and tragic loss in its path. One of the most heartening survival and renovation stories has been that of Sam and Joy Corigliano, owners of the Marina Café, located on Great Kills Harbor on New York’s Staten Island.

Master-Bilt Glycol Parallel Rack Systems

Master-Bilt Glycol Rack System
  • Reduces energy consumption by as much as 25% over conventional glycol parallel systems
  • Winner of NRA’s 2013 Kitchen Innovations Award
  • State-of-the-art digital controls for greater precision, diagnostics, data logging and monitoring
  • Refrigerant charge and piping reduced for less chance of refrigerant leaks
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Restaurant Automation: Are We Close to the Tipping Point?

When I was a kid, my parents used to take me to a restaurant that brought your food via a train that ran on a track right in front of you. Little did I know it then, that this was likely my first encounter with automation in a foodservice application, writes consultant Juan Martinez.


Mirkovich-Casper Grows by Opening a Test Kitchen, Adding Two

Mirkovich-Casper, an independent manufacturers’ rep firm serving Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, hired Dave DeBrot and Rob Wolfe to serve as corporate chef and sales associate, respectively. In addition, Mirkovich-Casper announced plans to open a showroom and test kitchen in Wisconsin on January 1, 2015.


Remembering Joel Kulwin

Longtime foodservice professional Joel Kulwin passed away on November 10, 2014. He was 61 years old.

Schurter’s High Impact Piezo Switch, PSE HI

Schurter Piezo Switch

PSE HI, robust piezo switch has an anodized aluminum surface, available in various colors, pre-formed with raised symbols, letters or numbers. The switch withstands harsh environments due to its hermetic seal and impact rating of IK06. Rated 0.1A at 42VAC/60 VDC.
Find out more: http://pse-hi.schurter.com/.
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The Fifth Wall

Great ceiling designs add eye-popping aesthetics, important functionality. To achieve a distinctive look for the new Freehouse restaurant in downtown Minneapolis, Blue Plate Restaurant Co. and its design firm, Gensler, didn’t forget to look up. When patrons in the bar area of the operation’s third-floor Volstead Lounge tilt their heads up, their gazes land on 50 beer keg tops affixed to the ceiling.

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