We recently had a real treat: an opportunity to stay at one of the hotels in the area. Being a supplier to the restaurant business, we can’t help but notice how people run their bars, restaurants, and other food service areas.
Since it was a trip for pleasure, we didn’t ask for a tour behind the scenes. What we did notice, however, was that on the Friday night that we went to the hotel bar, he was the busiest man in the house. He was taking care of folks for the playoff games, fielding questions from patrons, and simultaneously mixing drinks. Another thing we noticed was that there was a huge pile of glasses piling up in his 3-area undercounter sink.
For that kind of volume, our friendly bartender might have benefited from a Fagor AD-21W Undercounter Glass Washer. These machines do around 22 racks an hour, using .65 gallons of water for each run – much less than the undercounter sink.
The Fagor Undercounter Glass Washer also has an attached booster heater, meaning that our wonderful bartender wouldn’t have to worry about sanitization and burning his hands in the process (something nobody, much less bartenders, wants to do). Since he was handling some of the dinner dishes that were coming back from the bar’s patrons, he could have loaded those into the warewasher as well. He might have been enamored by the fact that washing dishes would only take a couple of minutes. Also, the noise level isn’t too bad to drown out the sound of the patrons.
Now, we’re not sure why our bartender didn’t have a Fagor undercounter dishwasher, but we imagine that there was a great reason. He was definitely as efficient as his equipment would let him… now if only he could have done something about the $10 margarita!Read moreor
A few days ago, I spent some time visiting a friend who was tending bar at a small, downtown pub. While it was nice to catch up, I was still keen to observe the place, noting what type of restaurant equipment was being used (a couple of back bar coolers, one from True, one from Beverage Air, a Hoshizaki ice machine and ice storage bin, and an ice well were all noted if you were interested.) While all of these fine products are available at Ice Machines Plus, I was more concerned with whatwas missing from the bar – a quality undercounter glass washer.
When the bartender began washing glasses by hand in the three bay sink, she put on disposable latex gloves – something I found to be a bit odd. When I inquired, she noted that the hot water and chemicals in the water wreck her hands, causing them to crack, drying them out, and causing them to itch incessantly – all things no bartender wants to deal with throughout a shift. While washing glasses without a glass washer is not difficult work, and does not take a great deal of time, it can become a thorn in the side of your employees and your customers for a variety of reasons, while a quality glass washer behind the bar alleviates many of these issues.
Not having an undercounter glass washer for your bar means that your bartender must take time to wash glasses many times throughout the night. The task cannot be ignored or put off as glasses are required at all times to provide proper service. This means that your employees spend more time ignoring customers and their needs for 2 to 3 minutes every 15 minutes to half hour. This time may seem inconsequential, but it can take up to 20% of your bartender’s time, and in a busy bar, it does not take a long time to get backed up or “weeded” with dirty glasses. When your bartender is occupied washing glasses, customers are not being served, server tickets are not being tended to, and money is not coming across the bar. Requiring your bartender to hand wash glasses may save a little money, but it is nothing compared to what you lose without a steady flow of income.
Undercounter bar glass washers are not as expensive as large commercial dishwashers. They do not require the same amount of space to operate either. Most bar glass washers were designed to fit under the standard bar counter, so they are easier to accommodate. This also means you will have more room behind your bar since the three bay sink can be eliminated and removed if desired. Most bar glass washers wash at a rate around 20 racks per hour. At this rate, you can keep the glasses clean, and get them back into the hands of your customers faster. A quality glass washer like Fagor’s AD-21W also comes equipped with a manual “cool water rinse” feature, so glasses are ready for use as soon as they come out of the glass washer. (Trust us, your bar patrons hate drinking from those warm, wet glasses fresh from the sink water).
Having a bar glass washer makes your bartenders’ job much easier. It will free up time that can be devoted to more pressing tasks, like serving and interacting with customers, or cleaning areas or items that cannot be cleaned or washed automatically. Undercounter bar glass washers take a tedious task and make it simple. Most glass washers are operated by simply loading them, pressing a button, and unloading them. They’re not meant to be glamorous, but the job they do is incredibly important. Save your bartenders’ hands, their time, and make your bar more money by not requiring your bartenders to wash glasses by hand any longer. Check out our line of undercounter glass washers and dishwashers to find the best one for your establishment. They will undoubtedly improve productivity and free up time to generate more revenue as your bartenders are allowed to serve more customers.
Who knew your bar sink was causing so many problems?Read moreor