Monthly Archives: August 2015

  1. Praise for the Barback

    BarbackWe love going to busy bars and seeing how they operate. The bartender entertains the guests and makes sure that the drinks are delivered on time, but it’s the bar back that is often the true hero of the bar. They are the ones who keep it running smoothly by making sure that all of the ingredients are in place for a successful performance.

    If the bartender doesn’t have an undercounter ice machine, barbacks are the ones who are in the kitchen, speedily working their ice scoops and ice shovels at the combination ice machines to get their ice buckets back to the ice storage bins.


  2. Will Ice Machines Move into Hotel Rooms?

    Hotel RoomRight now, in most hotels, you’ll find one ice machine for each floor. In a lot of cases, these hotel ice machines are your standard full cube or half cube ice machines - the same cubes that you’ll find in restaurants, buffets, and convenience stores everywhere. What do you think that the ice machine of the future is going to look like?

    Do you think we’ll see more ice machines in the rooms?

    We hope that there will be more ice machines in the rooms. There are several quiet ice makers, and since there are some hotel rooms which can accommodate several people, it only makes sense to put a crushed ice maker in the room to make room parties even better.

    What about the standard hotel ice machines?

    There are a few

  3. Ted's Montana Grill Impresses us by Ice Choices

    Ted's Montana GrillRecently, we went to Ted’s Montana Grill to have a couple of their Caesar salads. We didn’t get a good look at their ice machines to find out whether they’re Ice-O-Matic, Hoshizaki, or Scotsman ice machines, but we did get a sampling of their ice. My friend ordered water, and I ordered a soda. And, something fascinating happened.

    Each of us got different types of ice for our drink. One of us got the nice finely crushed ice, the other got the standard half-cube that you’ll see everywhere. It was wonderful, because the ice itself was tailored to the drink. That’s the primary reason that there are so

  4. Don't Clean your Ice-O-Matic Ice Machine? Ew!

    Ice-O-Matic Ice MachineAs a restaurant owner, you know how important it is to clean your Ice-O-Matic ice maker. There’s nothing so bad as to get a nearly perfect score on the health inspection, but then have it come down to a few demerits on the ice machine.

    There are some restaurants who are definitely not in the running for being the cleanest in the land. We’re just waiting for a version of the Columbus ABC6 On Your Side Dirty Dish Award to come out on a nationwide basis.

    One restaurant, a Chinese buffet, has had the distinction of winning this award twice. One of the violations was black residue spotted in the ice maker and brown residue in the ice bin. It’s very disappointing to read about these because we know how easy it is to clean an Ice-O-Matic ice maker and other restaurant ice machines.

    When it comes to c

  5. Where did that Hoshizaki Ice Machine in your Hotel Come From?

    Hoshizaki LogoWhen we’re thinking about hotel ice machines, the name of Kemmons Wilson comes to mind. He was the first one to offer ice to the guests. He decided that ice would be free in all hotels. And, through his Holiday Inn chain, he made that happen.

    Other hotels decided to keep up, because the ice on the floors was quite the selling point. On a hot day, guests would be ordering up the room service, but with Mr. Wilson’s idea, guests could get it themselves – leaving the kitchen to work on more lucrative ventures.

    If we flash forward to today, there’s a Scotsman, Ice-O-Matic, or Hoshizaki ice machine on every floor. There are specially made nooks for the hotel ice machine so that guests within the hotel aren’t bothered

  6. Ice Chewers Love Crushed Ice

    Crushed IceTake a moment to think about all of those people who are chewing ice. They’re on, by the way, and there are recipes for creating the best cup of ice, stories about chewing ice, and places where the ice chewers of the world can unite. Get a crushed ice maker, and you can tap into the thousands of ice connoisseurs that might want to have YOUR ice.

    Having a crushed ice maker on the scene of your restaurant has the chance of boosting your profits. Right now, there is a bit of a rush to get residential ice machines that makes crushed ice, or nugget ice, but there are several crushed ice makers that are already on the market for commercial use.

    All of the major brands make some form of crushed ice maker, it just depends on the volume that you’re wanting. There is the

  7. Want Smoothies? Need Ice!

    SmoothieIce makers are crucial to the making of smoothies, especially to the chefs in their institutional settings. We’ve recently discovered some of the trends that are becoming more popular with the kids in schools. Fruit and vegetable smoothies are not only becoming more popular with the kids at school, their popularity means that we can see more ice machines there.

    There are two big pieces of equipment that you need for your perfect smoothie. The first is going to be your ice machine. We suggest that you use one of the Manitowoc ice machines that makes the small cubes. That way, it will be easier to blend. Add to that a high powered blender for the mixing, and you’re on the way to fruity Nirvana.

    Now, having the fruits and vegetables available to students means that you’ll need to source local produce, but there are severa

  8. Countertop Ice Dispensers for the Break Room

    Countertop Ice DispenserIce machines can be used for many purposes. You can use a flake machine to pack in your meat and fish for the night. You can use cubes from your restaurant ice machine, and you can even have a few nugget ice machines for your stay at the local hotel. Today, however, we’re going to talk about countertop ice dispensers.

    A long, long time ago, one of our employees used to work in a real estate office. The real estate office itself was kind of boring (from what they said), but the biggest perk about working there was the fact that their office was near the break room where there was a full convenience store soda setup for coworkers.

    Yes. Everyone could have sodas on demand. And,

  9. Ice Machines in Converted School Buses

    School BusTransforming school buses into living quarters has been around for at least 75 years. The premise is simple: get a school bus and start converting it to resemble the home that you’ve always wanted. Don’t forget the ice machine, though.

    Regulations prohibit the rolling homes from being their original color, and they need to be stripped of the stop gear, but having a school bus might be perfect for those who are wanting to wander around the country and have their home life right with them.


    When people are thinking about converting their school buses into rolling homes, they measure their available space in windows. The bed might take up 3 windows, where the bathroom might take up only 1. The installation of a U-Line ice machine in the bus only takes 1 window, as well if you get the right model.


  10. Hospital Donates Old Ice Machine to Clinic in Africa

    When new hospitals open, there is usually a lot of equipment that’s left over in the old building. There are decisions which need to be made about that old equipment, including perfectly working ice machines. Preston Memorial Hospital in Kingwood, WV did very well by its peers and to its mission by donating some of the equipment to a hospital in West Virginia and a clinic in Ghana.

    The Webster County Memorial Hospital was the beneficiary of this equipment, as their own equipment was damaged by flooding. Preston Memorial just had it on hand, and knew that the other hospital needed that type of equipment. “When we caught word that Webster County Memorial was in need of some items that were lost, it was easy to decide where the best use and utility of the items woul

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