Foodservice Equipment Reports

Diners In Different Parts of the World Still Hesitant to Eat Inside

While restaurant customers have returned to indoor dining in some parts of the world, a new global study by Technomic shows that many people still aren’t ready for it. The economic forecasting firm Technomic asked 8,704 consumers in 25 countries when they think they will be comfortable dining indoors again, and nearly half (49%) say …

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McDonald’s Canada Is Getting Rid of Plastic Cutlery, Stir Sticks and Straws by December

McDonald’s Canada is saying goodbye to plastic cutlery (except its McFlurry spoons), stir sticks and straws and replacing them with wooden and paper alternatives by December. This phase-out is occurring at all of the more than 1,400 Canadian locations and comes as the government of Canada moves to ban single-use plastics, with regulations expected to …

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Breaking Down the Walls Between Back-of-the-house and Dining Rooms

There’s something magical about watching a talented cook prepare a vegetable stir-fry or flame-grilled burger in front of you. Red peppers and broccoli florets sizzle in the wok; the flame of the grill reaches up to surround the freshly-formed patty. Now more than ever, customers want to participate in the culinary experience. Operators and consultants …

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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 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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