Posts by Foodservice Equipment Reports

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 forward for the iconic ice-cream-and burger chain that dates back to 1935. The prototype easily handles fullservice…

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How a Commercial Laundry Facility Was Transformed Into a ‘Magic Bar’ of Chicago’s Past

Chicago Magic Lounge: Everywhere you Look, There’s Something to Delight the Eye. The Chicago Magic Lounge building, located in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood at 5050 N. Clark Street, is easily overlooked by the uninitiated. Its unremarkable brick exterior sports no signage except for a plain white rectangle with an open circle in the center. Old magic…

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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 20,000-seat Little Caesars Arena, home to both 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 cult following, it had big plans: to take the concept national. But…

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