Though ghost restaurants started becoming trendy prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was only during 2020 when these delivery-only restaurants really started to skyrocket in popularity. According to a recent report by CBRE, ghost kitchens could account for as much as 21% of the restaurant industry’s total profits by 2025. That’s big business. So what is a ghost kitchen exactly? Let’s take a closer look at what they are, how they operate, and what their impact will be on the industry going forward.
Scratch and dent restaurant equipment may not always look pretty, but it works just like new equipment, and can save you a lot of money!
Sustainable cooking and kitchen practices are major factors influencing the recent proliferation of plant-based restaurants, but they’re not the only ones. From vegan fast food options designed to attract new customers, to a heightened focus on catering to diners with food sensitivities, there are a variety of reasons why vegan options should be on your restaurant’s radar.
If you find yourself dreaming of a simpler life from the Before Times, you’re not alone.
While we may all wish for things to be like they were before the pandemic, the fact is that restaurant sanitation has been fundamentally changed for the foreseeable future. We’re getting a feel for what a lot of people are calling “the new normal” and it’s important to keep ourselves aware of current trends and our customers’ new expectations as well as educated on the science behind it all. In this article, you’ll find links to FDA guidelines by state and up-to-date guidance from the CDC, as well as checklists and practical advice on staying safe and staying open for business in today’s post-pandemic foodservice industry.
The Covid-19 pandemic inspired an unprecedented wave of innovation and creativity throughout the restaurant industry, as businesses struggled to stay afloat while reducing capacity limits and practicing social distancing. Now that the world is starting to open back up again, industry experts have been speculating about how many of these Covid-era innovations will stick around for the long haul. Home meal kits and grab-and-go options are two of the most popular trends of 2020, but will they continue to be viable in 2021 and beyond?
Which refrigerated prep unit is right for you? Does your kitchen have enough space? If you have questions, you’re in luck, because Prep School is now in session.
When you add a new worktable to your space, you’re adding valuable storage space and prep space, but all worktables are not created equal. There are a few factors to consider when choosing the worktable that most effectively meets your needs, and we’re going to talk about them all.
Take an in-depth look at the factors to consider when choosing a steamer and the various types of steamers available on the market.
Don’t toil over oil: Central Restaurant Product’s oil guide for deep frying. Featuring frequently asked questions about the different types of deep frying oil, and a handy guide for which oil is best for different types of food.
Holding cabinets keep food in the perfect environment until ready to be served. But does your kitchen need an insulated or non-insulated model? Let’s take a look.
Cross-contamination is a significant cause of foodborne illness. There are different types of contamination that can occur in your commercial foodservice, from biological, chemical, and physical. Learn how it occurs and how to prevent cross-contamination from harming your guests and business.
Normal tap water contains a number of suspended and dissolved solids, such as chlorine, bacteria, sediment, chemicals, and other harmful elements. These solids can cause water to look cloudy, smell bad or taste funny, and can also affect any menu item that is prepared with water. Luckily, a water filter can help.
Whether you have an undercounter ice machine, a countertop ice machine, or a cuber head and bin setup, this article provides a basic overview of the essential steps for cleaning and sanitizing your ice machine.
Ventless hoods enable you to take your cooking operation anywhere, providing portability, flexibility, and resolving space constraints. Learn all the pros and best use situations, and how they’ve helped operations flourish during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cleaning and maintaining your commercial mixer is the best way to protect and ensure longevity of your investment. Here are some tried and true dos and don’ts for operating, cleaning, and lubricating your mixer for optimal performance.
Keep every area of your commercial kitchen, restaurant, or home safe. What is the difference between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting? Let’s review.
Adding pizza to your menu is a great way to drive revenue, especially in down times. Due to high demand and low production costs to lend themselves to high profit markups, offering pizza is an ideal way to boost sales and keep your business on track. Learn all the pros to adding pizza to your menu, how to equip for such an operation, and tips for sustainable success.
As the foodservice industry continues to adapt to stricter sanitizing guidelines, new innovations are hitting the market to enhance efficiencies and help operators to prioritize the health and wellbeing of patrons and staff.
Though bleach can be used as a powerful disinfectant, it’s not without its cons. The concentrated Q.A. disinfectant solution is EPA-approved for killing viruses similar to the coronavirus, and less corrosive. Read for more benefits.
Holding cabinets keep food at safe temperatures and limit contact before service. We discuss benefits of holding cabinets.
As schools begin reopening after a prolonged shutdown in light of a pandemic, traditional cafeteria lunchtime must adapt for the wellbeing of students and staff. There are many options and solutions for what the new, not-so-traditional lunchtime (and school year) could look like, including serving lunch in the classroom, remote service, or limited cafeteria serving. Here are the solutions you’ll need to pull it off.
Central laid out the best places in your school to set up sanitizing stations. Keep everyone safe when reopening schools and public places.
Price, ease of cleaning, strength, and more all vary greatly between different types of metals.
With increases in the millennial generation’s spending share, there is also an observable demand for sustainable offerings. Nielsen reports approximately 75% of millennials are willing to pay more for products and services that make an effort to positively impact and preserve the environment. Likewise, more than half of the Baby Boomer generation are also willing to support companies in this endeavor.
Wrought Iron furniture can be perfect for outdoor use due to the durability and attractive look. Restaurants, bars, and cafes often furnish their outdoor patios with wrought iron because of the look and sturdiness. This material is known for its longevity, making it perfect for commercial and residential use. We discuss how to keep this furniture looking and performing its best and go through refinishing those pieces that aren’t well maintained.
Developing a HACCP plan is important to proactively identify risk areas and working out resolutions ahead of time. This is part of active managerial control, an important system of food safety practices to prevent foodborne illness and ensure your operation stays on track.
As schools prepare for the return of staff and students, it’s important that safety precautions are impletemented to protect against the threat of COVID-19. Our guide outlines cleaning and disinfecting procedures, adapting the classroom to accommodate social distancing practices, and extra steps to protect those at a higher risk of severe illness. Is your school ready to reopen?
The country is beginning to open in phases from medical offices and restaurants to schools and parks. Every industry is taking precautions to safely reopen to the public. This means that facilities are more focused than ever on the health and safety of their guests, including schools.
As restaurants across dine-in services, there are essential products that must be kept readily on hand to ensure the safety and wellbeing of patrons and staff is top priority. These include personal protection gear, cleaners and disinfectants, hands-free solutions, sanitizing stations, and more. See our top products for safe reopening here.
As state-mandated restrictions regarding COVID-19 begin to lift around the country, many restaurants will be resuming dine-in service. Precautions must be taken to protect your staff and patrons. Learn what steps to take to safely reopening your restaurant with our how-to guide.
Have you ever dreamed of starting your own food truck? Learn what an average day in the life looks like from the view of two successful food truck operators.
Frequent and thorough handwashing is the best preventative measure to reduce the threat of illness. Learn when you should wash your hands, and how to effectively do so to kill bacteria and viruses to protect yourself, your staff, and your patrons against illness.
The COVID-19 coronavirus can live on a stainless steel work surface for up to three days. Cleaning and polishing aren’t enough. Step by step instructions for thoroughly killing bacteria and viruses on stainless steel work surfaces.
During the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, we’re committed to developing updated resources to help the foodservice community navigate these uncharted and uncertain times. See best practices for restaurants and government resources.
COVID-19 is the latest coronavirus that’s currently spreading across the globe. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that commonly circulate among humans, causing mild illnesses such as the common cold. COVID-19 is the latest strain that’s having a wide-ranging...
We are living in uncertain times. The outbreak of COVID-19, better known as coronavirus, has brought normal life to a halt around the world. Each day, new guidelines are being put forth by state and federal governments in order to help stunt the growth of this highly...
Shared kitchens are rising in popularity, providing sanitary commercial spaces to expand your operation, great for catering and delivery services.
Whether you’ve always dreamed of opening a restaurant or you’re searching for an opportunity to be your own boss, knowing all the types of restaurants and what’s required to operate will go a long way in helping you make the right decision for your goals.
Before you run out and buy a food truck, you need to give your idea all the careful scrutiny you’d give a restaurant or any other business. That means doing some research and making a plan.
Many dream of opening their own restaurant. If you’re interested in making your dream a reality, we’re here to help with this definitvie guide to opening a restaurant, which explores restaurant concept development, seeking expert advice, writing a business plan, securing funding, site selection, operations and staffing up, and training and startup.
Practicing proper food safety is hugely important to the success of your commercial foodservice. Improper techniques could lead to costly consequences like loss of customer trust and business reputation, negative exposure, decreased morale, lawsuits and legal fees, and more. This crash course is intended as an overview of common food safety precautions.
Every business needs a plan. Learn the basics and how to write your restaurant business plan to optimize your success upon opening.
Before you start designing your dream restaurant, you need to evaluate what’s behind the walls. This includes building and fire codes, utilities, HVAC, ventilation, safety considerations, and more.
Whether you’re making fresh hamburger patties or stuffed sausage, a meat grinder will help make the most of your time and effort in the kitchen. While a grinder is useful and powerful, it’s important to know how to operate this machine safely.
Anchor Hocking, one of the leading powerhouse glassware manufacturers serving both the commercial and residential glassware markets, answers the four questions they’re asked the most about bar glasses. They also offered up their rules of thumb when selecting the right type of glass for your bar or restaurant.
The meat slicer in your commercial kitchen carries dangerous bacteria that can lead to foodborne illness. We’ve laid out an easy guide to fully clean your meat slicer.
Keep your knives sharp and staff safe by regularly utilizing a sharpening stone. So what is the best knife sharpening method? Let’s break it down.
Serving the perfect sandwich starts with more than just the ingredients. Having the right equipment and supplies sets up your sandwich shop for success.
Composting and recycling food waste is growing in popularity in the United States, and it’s because of programs implemented in restaurants, businesses, and homes. The concept of saving and repurposing food waste is appealing because of its potential to help the environment as well as people in need. We discuss how to recycle food waste and why it’s a good idea.
Food Truck Regulations: What They Are, Why They’re Important, and How You Can Cut Through That Red Tape
Standing between you and your new food truck business are a lot of regulations. Learn how to navigate through the red tape.