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Speed Racks


Today we are going to begin discussing kitchen design. Basically, everything about a commercial kitchen is for efficiency and the useful fellow known as a speed rack is found everywhere as they are shelves on wheels. The restaurant does have a speed rack by the way, though I didn’t know its name or versatility until recently. It is currently used for storing sheet pans, unfolded pizza boxes and cutting boards. What are its other uses? Thanks to the dreamy rollers one might place a speed rack in the walk-in refrigerator for a myriad of reasons such as cooling items, when closing up and everyone is beat, and to load up on the way to a particular station. It can be found with dirty dishes going in and clean ones out. Unbaked to baked. You get the idea.

The restaurant seats 120. If the place is hopping that is a lot of stations and stations need speed racks. Double digits? We’ll see.

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What Lies Beneath

A real shelf clearing day. The ice maker at the end of the hall was unplugged weeks ago and still has ice by the way. Next up is taking out the counters and shelves moving towards wall demolition. The counters are marvelously heavy. Lead lined perhaps. Also – very important – a materials order was placed including plywood and osb for the IB manifolds which will hopefully arrive Thursday and then watch out.

Happy New Year Everyone!!

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Thank You For Listening

Dorell came today and we chatted about the many upcoming changes and timing and ballpark costs. And the roof raise is looking to be a tough one to justify. Which is what I heard from Burt just the other day. The rafter condition can’t be certain; who knows what is square; there is a lot of demolition involved; we’ll see.

The four FiCarAudio 18″ IB subwoofers have arrived. Each one is 40lbs! The plan is to use the utility closet where the forced air heater resides with its pal the 76 gallon tank for the manifold spot for one pair and the other in the clock tower. I’m going to cut additional holes in each manifold so that if needed, 2 more pairs can be added. This what the manifold will look like, though I am most likely mounting the drivers with the magnet out and will probably have a layer of OSB inside a layer of MDF rather than 3/4 ply which means a 10 ton box before any drivers are added. We want full, rich sound rather than loud, and the large building volume requires a correspondingly large subwoofer system.

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Many Meetings

The interview with Lori was fun and we are honored to be considered interesting enough for such attention.

Next Moses came to talk roofs and glad to say the entire roof is going to get attention in 2022. He recommended replacing the skylights with identically sized ones and then I had a conversation with a friend who swapped skylights for light tubes to simply avoid the leak potential.

Later still I met with Alejandro to discuss adding a second water heater dedicated to kitchen hand & dish washing and the upcoming mat washing & mop station. Per the health department the mop station along with one additional wash sink is on the list of mandatory upgrades to be in place before we’re certified for operation and Carol would prefer two. Add to that 3 more sinks and thus we have the need for another hot water heater dedicated to the kitchen needs. The two water heaters allow for the kitchen washing and cleaning faucets to bypass the whole building filter.

The remaining parking lights are disconnected from power thanks to Abraham, and Nathan and Peter are going to manage their gentle migration somewhere on Nathan’s farm down south. We are looking to make something like this ultimately to bring light and delineation to the parking area, though about 3 feet tall and each topped with something more climate appropriate such as juniper bushes.