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The Essential Ice Machine - Scotsman's New Line

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By Lee Davis

In the years I worked in the restaurant business, it seemed there was never an ice machine close to where I needed it. The ice machine was always in the basement, the back of the kitchen or out by the loading docks somewhere. So whenever I needed ice, I had to leave my station, and with ice buckets in hand, make the long trek through dining rooms, across slippery kitchen floors or down steep stairs, to wherever the ice machine was hiding. Then of course, after filling the buckets, I had to lug the heavy load back through the same terrain to my workstation.

It always seemed like ice machine placement was an afterthought in restaurant design. It also seemed as though restaurant operators really preferred one large machine in a single location than several smaller machines strategically located where the ice was needed. In so many situations, it would have been safer and more efficient to have had a small basic ice machine behind the bar or in the waiter station where I needed the ice. Apparently, I’m not the only one that felt that way.

Just two weeks ago, Scotsman Ice Systems introduced its new Essential line of ice machines. “Our customers asked for a basic, under-100-lb cuber … and we are happy to deliver that need,” said Jeff Biel, Director of Marketing at Scotsman Ice. It’s a great solution for low ice production operations or remote areas within an operation. The Essential Ice Machines are 15″ or 20″ wide, 38″ tall and 24″ deep with 6″ adjustable legs and the ability to fit under 34″ countertops with an optional floor mount kit. The line consists of three different units with daily production rates of up to 58, 80 and 100 pounds.

Essential Ice BannerThe Essential line is easy to use with its built-in sliding back door to conserve space and allow easy access to the ice bin. The line has an ample access area complete with a large dishwasher-safe scoop to make it easy to reach the ice. Additionally, the Essential line has an intuitive control panel that features a prominent on/off/clean switch and easy-to-see buttons to adjust ice thickness and harvest time.

The line is built with an innovative horizontal evaporator that eliminates minerals in ice cubes and ensures quality ice, every time. Essential also comes with a 3-year warranty that assures operators are getting the best ice machine for their operation. VisitScotsman-Ice.com for more information.

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Union 50 Named On OpenTable's Hottest Restaurant List

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OpenTable, an online reservation service, recently published the list of #OpenTable100 Hottest Restaurants in America, and Union 50 made the list again! OpenTable determines "the list of honorees after analyzing more than five million reviews of more than 20,000 restaurants across the country."  Union 50 was the only restaurant in Indiana to be honored.

Union 50 is in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana just off Mass Avenue at 620 N. East Street. Check it out! See what all the fuss is about.

Union 50 is one of Cunningham Restaurant Group's (CRG) many concepts. Scott Ellerhorst, out of the C&T Design Cincinnati office, works with CRG on their concepts' foodservice design layouts, equipment specification and project management.

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Leasing Options Tab Added to C&T Design Website

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The reality for restauranteurs, particularly people new to the business, is that financing can be difficult to come by. We have compiled a list of companies some of our customers have used and the names of contacts within those organizations that will do their best to help you get the financing you need.

Leasing Options Page

If you need foodservice equipment today but have to spread the cost of that equipment out over a period of time to effectively manage your business expenses, then look no further.

The leasing options page is also accessible under the Resources tab from any page on our website.

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True’s Re-Designed Glass Door Merchandisers

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By SEFA's Carla Landi
True's Re-Designed Glass Door MerchandisersTrue’s re-designed Glass Door Merchandisers increase product capacity, lower energy costs, and offer new accessories that make it even easier to move product.
The re-designed GDM-10-LD provides four levels of storage space instead of True's Re-Designed Glass Door Merchandisers three, increasing the capacity to 168 20oz. bottles while still maintaining the 54″ height.
Like all equipment from True Manufacturing, these attractive units can be enhanced with custom graphics to help promote brands and/or products. Impressive LED lighting integrated into the door illuminates and draws attention to the unit’s contents.
As one has come expect from True, these Glass Door Merchandisers are EnergyStar Certified. One of the re-design features is True’s patented reversing condenser fan motor. This motor helps maintain a clean condenser while using less energy than other units. In fact, the low energy usage on these units exceeds EnergyStar standards by 31%.
Step it up even further with the new TrueFlex Shelving Option. TrueFlex Shelving provides flexibility for a variety of product types. The TrueFlex Gravity Feed Organizer, with an enhanced silicon slip agent, offers the perfect glide system for both cans and bottles.
Watch the video below for a closer look at the features and benefits of True’s re-designed Glass Door Merchandisers.
 

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C&T Design Opens New Office in Northeast Indiana

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C&T Design kicked off 2015 by opening a brand new office in Fort Wayne, Indiana to better serve the northeast part of the state! 

Please join me in welcoming Rob Niman, C&T Design Fort Wayne's Branch Manager. Rob comes to us with a wide variety of experience in the foodservice industry. He spent more than 10 years with the steam equipment manufacturer AccuTemp as a Territory Manager covering Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois. From AccuTemp he moved to Duncan Supply as a Foodservice Territory Manager. There he handled refrigeration, water treatment and ice producing equipment. Rob has more than 20 years of foodservice industry experience in not only commercial kitchen equipment sales but also kitchen operations arming him with the knowledge and expertise to be your foodservice design, solutions and equipment partner. Please join us in welcoming Rob Niman and the Fort Wayne Branch to C&T Design!

C&T Design - Fort Wayne Branch
260-443-6759

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Happy New Year from C&T Design!

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Whoa! It's almost 2015...
With the eve of the New Year upon us, it is the perfect time to reflect on 2014. This past year was a great one for C&T Design. We are so excited to have expanded west midway through the year having opened an office in Portland, Oregon, and we are thrilled to announce that we (only in the past few days) just opened a brand new office up north to serve the Fort Wayne, Indiana area better than we have ever been able to before. (The Fort Wayne, Indiana branch page is under construction but coming soon.) Several of our offices, namely our Evansville (Indiana), Miami (Florida), and Valparaiso (Indiana) branches, all found new places to call home and to better serve our customer's needs this past year, and we could not be more excited for them. 

We want to thank any and all of you who may have contributed to a wonderful 2014!
Thank you C&T Design employees, customers, and industry partners. We are so grateful to all of you and hope you understand how much your support means to us.

Happy New Year! 

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C&T Design Website Gets a New Look

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After several years since the last update, C&T Design made an executive decision that it was time to modernize and update the look and functionality of our company website. Our responsive site now adapts to whatever size device you are interacting with our website on and is easier to use for that reason. 

In the way C&T is constantly looking to improve on the layout and functionality of the foodservice kitchens we design and the way the manufacturers whose equipment we sell are always looking for ways to improve on that foodservice equipment, we wanted to take steps to ensure that our online visitors have a pleasant experience at www.c-tdesign.com.

We truly hope that you enjoy C&T Design website's updated look and ease-of-use.

A huge THANK YOU to the web designers and developers at Marketpath! We love the new look.

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C&T Design Opens Office in the Pacific Northwest

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Keith Ireland manages new C&T Portland OfficePlease welcome Keith Ireland, the newest member of the C&T Design team! Keith is managing our brand new Portland office covering the Pacific Northwest. He comes to C&T with more than 21 years of foodservice design and equipment supply experience. Starting with Boxer Northwest in 1992 as a sales rep, Keith worked in every aspect of sales and project management. He is particularly knowledgable about foodservice equipment, application, remodels and new kitchens. As a commitment to excellence Keith earned his Certified Foodservice Professional certification almost a decade ago.
 
Keith has worked with customers from just about every industry imaginable. Notably, he has completed projects for Oregon Health Sciences University, Elmers, Nike, St. Vincent's Hospital, Loaves and Fishes, and many more.
 
Keith was introduced to the food industry at an especially young age as his mother was a chef in Hawaii. He worked his way up the ranks on the restaurant side of the industry starting in the back of the house as a dishwasher at 14. Keith worked extensively in the back of the house through high school and worked his way through college in the front of the house.
 
Keith's cumulative experience has armed him with the knowledge and expertise to ensure that your commercial foodservice operation is efficient and works for your operational needs and budget.

Contact the C&T Portland office here.

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Pass & Provisions Up for Best New Restaurant

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Pass & Provisions Up for Best New Restaurant
Pass & Provisions, a dual concept restaurant in Houston, Texas, was recently named one of Bon Appetit's 50 nominees for best new restaurant in America. Charles Munro, Sales and Design Manager in the C&T Houston office, took the lead on this project designing the kitchen layout and managing the installation process. Congratulations, Pass & Provisions!

Click here to read the article in more detail in the Houston Chronicle.


 

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C&T Parkview Project Named FE&S Facility Design Project of the Month

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A Rep shows Parkview's Kitchen Manager and a few team members how to properly use a piece of equipment.C&T Design completed the installation of the Parkview Regional Medical Center project in Fort Wayne, Indiana in February of 2012 for its March soft opening. C&T Project Manager Randy Truitt worked on this project for this a year and half providing the equipment and overseeing the installation for the servery, main kitchen and a small coffee shop called the Heart Cafe. C&T's scope of work consisted of providing the foodservice equipment and the installation, but was asked to redesign the Room Service section of the main kitchen to provide a more efficient flow for the staff preparing trays.

This project is being featured in this month's Foodservice Equipment & Supplies Magazine as the Factility Design Project of the Month. Nice job, Randy! Beautiful project.


Click here to read the article in its entirety.  

 

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Indianapolis Monthly Names The 25 Best Restaurants

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Indianapolis Monthly Announces The 25 Best RestaurantsCongratulations to all named one of Indy's 25 Best Restaurants by Indianapolis Monthly. C&T Design is proud to be able to say that several of those bestowed with this honor in 2013 are clients we call our very own.

 

I, for one, know where I will be eating dinner over the next month.. If I can get a table at these amazing places! All of the restaurants named truly are gems for their own reasons.

 


 

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C&T Design Houston Project Published in FE&S Magazine

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C&T Design's Houston Branch's Carrabba's Project is on the Cover of this Month's FE&S MagazineGracing the cover of this month's Foodservice Equipment & Supplies Magazine is a C&T Design project! Tom Cook, the manager of the C&T Design branch in Houston, Texas, provided design services for the kitchen on this project and did a fantastic job. Read the full story here (beginning on page 41).

Congratulations to Johnny and the Carrabba's team on yet another beautiful restaurant!

Congratulations, Tom, on this well-deserved not. What an honor.


 

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Featured Project - Aristocrat Pub & Restaurant

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Aristocrat Pub & Restaurant Reopened in October of 2012Aristocrat Pub & Restaurant is a local mainstay near the South Broad Ripple (SoBro) and Meridian-Kessler neighborhoods of Indianapolis. In August of 2011, an electrical fire started in the early hours of the morning in the restaurant. Aside from several pieces of stained glass, the resulting smoke damage deemed the entire front and back of the house a complete loss. The owner, Rick Rising-Moore, turned this devastating event into an opportunty to rethink the design and layout of the kitchen to accomodate the expansion of the surrounding neighborhoods. The restaurant was rebuilt and reopened in October of 2012.

Click here to read the rest of the story...

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OpenTable Announces Top 100 Restaurants in Nation

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OpenTable.com announce top 100 restaurants in the countryOpenTable, Inc., a leading site for online restaurant reservations, recently announced the Diners' Choice Awards for the top 100 restaurants in America specializing in American food. More than 10 million reviews were submitted between November 2010 and October 2011 that were used to determine the winners. Out of the 12,000 restaurants across the country up for the awards, Indiana's own Eddie Merlot's in Fort Wayne and Kelties Restaurant and Catering in Westfield made the list.

Congratulations to Eddie Merlot's and Kelties, whose amazing food and superior service helped them earn this title! We are so proud to have partnered with you both!

To read the entire article on Inside INdiana Business, click here.

 

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C&T Design Launches New Website

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C&T Design and Equipment Company Launches New WebsiteC&T Design and Equipment is proud to announce the launch of its new website today.  The new site, designed and developed by Indianapolis based Marketpath, Inc., will provide C&T's customers and partners with enhanced industry knowledge, detailed product information, and expertise into commercial kitchen and food service solutions. 

The new site includes a resources and education area, a section on "Green" products and design, and a new C&T blog to improve communications with customers and partners.

Visit the new C&T Design and Equipment site at http://www.c-tdesign.com.
 

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C&T Design and Equipment Promotes "Green" Design

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C&T Design and Equipment Company promotes Green Building and DesignVisit C&T Design and Equipment's new Green Kitchen Design area on the C&T's new website for "Green design" ideas, "Green products", and information on how to save both money and the environment.  With C&T Design, our Green Strategy isn't just about being socially responsible - that is only part of it.  Our strategy is also geared towards saving money with energy efficient and eco-friendly products and design principals.

Learn more...
 

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Annual ISNA Conference

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Indiana School Nutrition AssociationThe 2011 Indiana School Nutrition Association's Annual Conference kicks off today in Fort Wayne!

The Exhibit Hall is open tomorrow, Friday, October 28th, from 2:30 to 7:00 pm.

Come see C&T Design at Booth #101 for a chance to win a $50 gas card!          We will be a hop, skip and a jump to the right of the main entrance.

We look forward to seeing you there!



 

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Tax Incentive - Foodservice Equipment Buyers Take Note! Take Advantage While This Offer Lasts!

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While perusing some months-old issues of Foodservice Equipment Reports magazine, I noticed a small article that I wanted to bring to your attention immediately! If you are looking to buy foodservice equipment in the near future, you might want to look into purchasing sooner rather than later. The article below outlines an amazing opportunity that allows foodservice operations to write off equipment costs immediately, instead of spreading it out over several years, you must purchase before the end of the year to receive the maximum benefits this bill allows! I included a copy of the article found in the magazine's online archives followed by a link to the particulars of the Act on http://www.irs.gov below:

Tax Incentive Makes Sense For Equipment Buyers

04/01/2011

April may be tax month, but there are still eight months left this year to secure some important tax perks for purchasing or selling equipment. The Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010, signed by President Obama last September, provides tax relief for foodservice operations and small businesses and assistance in gaining access to capital.

The legislation allows foodservice operations to write off up to $500,000 of equipment costs immediately, rather than recovering the entire cost over a multi-year depreciation schedule. The purchase must be completed during the ’11 tax year.

The bill also extends expensing limits to restaurant structural improvements, new construction and leasehold and retail improvements. As part of the proposed $500,000 limit, operators can expense $250,000 of those costs the year they incur them, through ’11. Previously, operators could recover these costs only through a 39½-year depreciation schedule.

The legislation also includes incentives that make it easier to obtain Small Business Administration-backed loans.

This article can be found at: http://www.fermag.com/about-us/current-issue/single-issue-article/tax-incentive-makes-sense-for-equipment-buyers/461c372276.html

For help in navigating this in-depth process, call C&T Design today!

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Diagnosing Non-Warranted Refrigeration Problems

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Is your refrigerator or freezer not holding proper temperature?

Before making a service call that could turn out to be unnecessary and expensive, please be sure the following guidelines have been met:

1. Make sure the condenser is clean and not blocked by dust or dirt which WILL prevent a freezer or refrigerator from holding proper temperature. For example: If a refrigerator's holding temperature is a few degrees or more higher than a manufacturer's spec, there is a good chance that the condenser needs to be cleaned. Dirty condensers block the outside air needed to remove heat from the cabinet. Dirty condensers can also cause component failures. Be sure to clean every 4 to 6 weeks with a brush or vacuum!

2. Make sure the interior temperature control is NOT set to high which could cause the evaporator to freeze thus preventing the cabinet from pulling down to proper temperature. If the evaporator is frozen, unplug the unit overnight to thaw. Plug back in the unit in the morning.

3. Make sure the cabinet is level. Unleveled cabinets caused by uneven floors can prevent the doors from leveling and sealing properly thus allowing outside warm air inside the cabinet. Please call C&T if castor shims are necessary to level the cabinet.

4. Make sure product temperature is being checked which is normally 33° to 38°F inside a refrigerator, 41°F at the top of a prep table and minus 0° to -10°F in a freezer depending on the product load.

If these suggestions do not correct your temp issues, please call your nearest C&T Design location today.

 

 

These suggestions are courtesy of True Refrigeration.

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Buffalo Wild Wings 2010 Franchisee Founder's Award

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Buffalo Wild Wings®, Inc. Congratulations to Brad Haber,  Buffalo Wild Wings®, Inc.'s franchisee from Dayton, OH, for receiving the 2010 Franchise Founder's Award. Brad's franchise groups, Carolina Witt, Inc. and ThreeWitt Enterprises, Inc., are responsible for running 12 restaurants in Ohio, South Carolina and Indiana. C&T is currently working with the group on their next store in Florence, SC.

Congratulations, Brad! 

C&T Design - Cincinnati ~ 4025 Port Union Road ~ Fairfield, OH 45014 ~ 888-282-8282

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Congratulations, Brian, on being named FE&S Magazine's April DSR of the Month

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Brian Van Skyock - FE&S Magazine's April DSR of the MonthWe are so proud to announce that C&T Design's very own Brian Van Skyock was recently named Foodservice Equipment & Supplies magazine's DSR (Dealer Sales Representative) of the month! This is a huge honor! I personally get to see Brian day in and day out work extremely hard for every single one of his customers. It is so nice to see him recognized for all of his efforts and hardwork.

Congratulations, Brian!

Click here to read the full article on Foodservice Equipment & Supplies website.

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