Ice Dispensers

  1. Thieves Steal Ice Machine from Restaurant

    ThiefIt seems that thieves will steal just about anything. Usually, they are after money, televisions, and other high-end electronic equipment. However, in Philadelphia, two audacious individuals apparently walked out of a restaurant with two ice machines.

    On Monday, December 21st, two thieves walked into the Honey's on South restaurant, located at 21st and South Street. They claimed that they were there to take the two ice machines out for repairs. The restaurant was in the middle of the dinner rush at the time.

    The restaurant owner stated that the staff was busy dealing with a full dining room at the time and thought little of the supposed “repairmen.” One of the thieves had an assertive attitude and asked a manager, “Aren't you glad we were able to get in here before the holidays?”

    Both thieves wore sweatshirts that bore a company logo and at least one was familiar to restaurant staff.

    “They knew where to park and got right to work,” restaurant owner Jeb Woody said.

    The thieves disconnected and carted out two ice machines, each about six feet tall and weighing about 350lbs. One of the machines came from the kitchen and one from the basement.

    The restaurant was able to reopen with a replacement ice machine. A new ice machine retails for about $3,500.

    In a twist of fate, two police detectives had just walked in to sit down to dinner as the thieves walked out with the machines. They initially took the police report.

  2. Ice Machine Leads to Home Remodeling

    Small Scotsman Ice MachineSometimes, remodeling a house starts with the ice machine. One couple out there wanted a Scotsman ice machine so that they could have the wonderfully delicious Sonic ice available anytime. With the change in the water filters and water lines, they then realized that they might as well take the plunge and remodel the whole kitchen.

    Then… it grew. If they were going to remodel the kitchen, they might as well take a look at the rest of the house. They decided to change up the rest of the house with painting the walls, adding new textures into the place, and even more. It was an adventure when they pulled in an interior designer.

    Yes, John and Minerva Esquivel began their journey to exquisite design with an ice machine. They’ve even developed a small cave as their living room which they’ve now dubbed the jazz room. The Esquivels can simply relax with a glass of scotch and listen to wonderful music.

    Decorated in all grey, it goes well with the stainless steel of the ice machine that they installed. They can crunch on their ice, listen to their sweet, sweet tunes and relax in the comfort of their ‘new’ home.

  3. What's the Ice Machine at your Favorite Fast Food Restaurant?

    Fast Food Ice MachineThere are some of us at the office who love going to fast food restaurants. They’re terribly convenient, and some of these fast food options have healthier choices than the food that they serve at the office. One of the things that a lot of them do have is countertop Scotsman ice makers.

    The reason that so many folks choose Scotsman ice makers is because they have at least two sizes of cube available. You can get the full cube, of course, or you can get the small cube – sometimes called the half cube. These are much more crunchable than the others, making tiny rectangular cubes.

    The condensers on many of these countertop ice machines are air cooled, meaning that they’re going to be cooled by the air around them. They’re much more efficient than the water cooled systems, but not only that, they make sure that water isn’t wasted.

    One of the neatest things about the Scotsman machines is the fact that they’re made to prevent scale buildup and eliminate the mold, algae, and other microbes which might contaminate your ice. While it doesn’t completely eliminate these threats, they are significantly reduced.

    And last, but not least, you can put these ice machines anywhere, whether you’ve got a fast food restaurant or you’re wanting to put something in your office. Countertop machines are the way to go.

  4. How do you Purify your Water?

    Water PurificationThere are plenty of ways that you can purify the water that goes into your patron’s drinks. For commercial purposes, you want to use one of the water filter systems which attaches right onto the pipes. In fact, this is probably required by your local health code! Dirty water leads to dirty ice. While tap water might be clean, if your water isn't purified you'll end up with cloudy cubes.

    For home use, you can get clean water by using a point of use water filter. Think about this like a filter that’s attached right to the tap. The reduction of contaminants is impressive, with many of them reducing 99.99% of all pathogens, volatile organic compounds, and other items. No more chlorine!

    You can even filter the water that you get while you’re on the road. There are bottles which are designed to make sure that the drinker gets exactly the water that they need – something clean, pure, and tasty.

    Water purification is a big problem around the world. There are several organizations and individuals who are pushing towards new and cheaper purification methods. Maybe we'll see some of these new technologies filter their way into the ice machine space over the next few years. Ceramic filters anyone?

  5. Does Ice Selection Drive your Choice of Convenience Store?

    Convenience StoreWe have one person at the office who has admitted it, and there are most likely several more. They will go to a convenience store specifically for the ice that they serve out of their ice machine and dispenser. You see, they’re absolute fanatics about the nugget ice that they can get.

    Now, the crazier part is that there are distinct differences between the nugget ice. One nugget ice cube dispenser is not like the other one, if it’s from a different brand. Most of the customers that go into the store will just know that there are differences in the crunchability, but those who are in the ice game can tell the difference between Scotsman and Follett ice machines.

    Mom and Pop convenience stores everywhere know this, and try to add a little bit of customization to their selection. There’s something enticing about getting the right type of ice, or being able to find 16 brands of jerky within the store. We’ve been saying all along that it’s the little things which attract people to specific convenience stores. For some, it’s pristine bathrooms. For our coworker, it’s ice.

    Are there certain things which will drive you to one convenience store over another? What makes something stand out in your eyes?

  6. What Makes an Ice Machine ADA Compliant?

    ADA15IMB-00The Americans with Disabilities Act has been a savior for the rights of disabled people. It mandates many improvements to equipment and buildings to allow handicapped people to have the same access as non-handicapped people, among other provisions. Some restaurant equipment is certified to be ADA-compliant including ice makers.

    What makes an ice maker ADA compliant? Let's take a look at the U-Line ADA15IMB-00 as an example. This machine is quite small at only 32” high and just shy of 15” wide. The machine opens from the front. The small dimensions make it easy for someone in a wheelchair to get ice from the ice maker.

    This ice maker would be a great addition in a home. It needs no drain line and only holds 25 pounds of ice, which is more than enough for most homes. The style of ice it makes is crescent ice. The advantage of crescent ice is that you can pack more cubes in a smaller space. Also, it is energy efficient. It uses less energy than a 75-watt light bulb!

    Finally, this U-Line model is certified to be ADA-compliant. People who cannot reach very high or very low should be able to get ice from this machine with ease. Ice Machines Plus has a range of ADA compliant ice machines. Take a look at our full range at this link.

  7. How to Get Along with your Bartender

    BartendersBeing a bartender offers great responsibility, as there is quite a lot more to do than simply get ice from the undercounter nugget ice machine. There is a mixture of people skills and technical skills required, skills which make the bartender stand at the forefront of any restaurant – they are the ones who make the show and provide the experience.

    Reader’s Digest offered some ideas for how you could better get along with your bartender – little tips and tricks which will make your bar experience that much better.

    Start a tab with your bartender. Really. They have a lot of work that they have to do, and they don’t want to be repeatedly swiping your card when they could just do it once. Make it easier for them and they’ll make it easier for you.

    Your bartender doesn’t want to get in the middle. Your bartender wants to serve drinks. Don’t invite them into your petty arguments, because they are busy and have other work to do.

    It’s not good to argue when you’re cut off. These bartenders are paid to keep the peace and make sure that you’re having a good time. If you’re making a scene and otherwise being a pain, then the bartender has every right to call you on it.

    Your bartender not only holds the key to the alcohol and undercounter nugget ice machine, but they also hold the key to your experiencing the time of your life. Let them make you their specialty.

    You can read the full article 13+ Things Your Bartender Won’t Tell You here.

  8. 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.

    These people are also responsible for making sure that the undercounter refrigerators are well supplied, cutting and preparing fruit, and getting everything in place. They’re the ones who wash the glasses, take the plates back to the kitchen, and wash everything.

    The barback’s position is a hands on apprenticeship with a lot of physical labor. They are the ones who make it happen so that the bartender looks good. This is the perfect position for those who want to learn the field, or be in a place where they can be the person behind the bartender.

  9. 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 by the ice machine’s rumbling (or, the hotel managers are getting the newer and quieter ice machines).

    So when you’re chilling drinks in your room and you make that trek out and down the hall to the Hoshizaki ice machine, you can thank Mr. Wilson that you didn’t get charged for the chance to chill your drink. There’s nothing like freshly iced soda in those wonderfully heavy glasses that some of the more popular hotel chains have.

  10. Combo Ice Machines from Manitowoc

    Office SpaceCombo ice machines from Manitowoc truly make the difference between frustration and satisfaction in churches, offices, and meeting spaces. Having a combo ice machine, one which produces 300-400 pounds of ice per day, can be a lifesaver for any caterers which come to your meeting space.

    You can get an office style ice machine with water dispenser, or you can get a hotel type combo ice machine if you’re filling lots of pitchers. In either instance, those who are in charge of food and drink have it just that little bit easier.

    What makes it a combo ice machine? It can produce both water and ice for your clients, your customers, and your thirsty employees. No worries about filling ice trays. No need for two separate machines sucking on your energy bill. It's just a better solution for delivering ice-cold water to those who use your break rooms and meeting rooms.

    A combo ice machine in the breakroom can also lead to better health habits for your employees. What better than to drink a cold glass of water as opposed to a can of soda. These combo ice machines have the potential to take you and your company to the next level of health, hydration, and happiness.

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