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Aug 13 2019

Historic Minnesota Brewery Gets a Modern Reboot

When Schroeder’s revealed the building’s origins as a beer saloon dating back to 1857, restoring it as a brewery became his goal. When Tom Schroeder decided to buy and restore a historic limestone building at 445 Smith Ave., St. Paul, Minn., ...

Jul 30 2019

A More Efficient, Larger Display Kitchen at Prototype Chain Restaurant

Southwest Grill Chain Experiments With Layout to Optimize Flow In a time where many multiunit chains are shrinking kitchens, Moe’s has gone in the opposite direction. Its prototype and test restaurant, The Oasis, which opened November 2018 in Kennesaw, Ga., ...

Jul 22 2019

How The French Laundry’s New Kitchen Combines Aesthetics with Efficiency

In Yountville, Calif., Chef Thomas Keller’s award-winning, Michelin-starred The French Laundry restaurant has leapt into its next 20 years of operation with a re-invention/ renovation that spanned four years and cost some $10 million. The resulting project preserved the original, ...

Jul 9 2019

Upstate New York Hotel Restaurant Combines 21st Century Amenities with Roaring 20s vibe

Hotel Saranac has been awakened, not with a kiss but with an expert, respectful restoration. When the Roedel Cos. purchased Hotel Saranac, it was a ghostly presence at the heart of the mountain village of Saranac Lake, N.Y., looming over the ...

Jul 5 2019

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. ...

Jun 28 2019

Foodservice Industry is Making Wide Use of BIM

BIM works at its best when everyone is working in it. Mention the word “Revit” to a room full of foodservice facility designers and the resulting groans are likely to be louder than a pond full of croaking Kermits. By ...
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