WGO June 2022
The Swamp Restaurant is returning to Gainesville later in 2022 in brand-new building that will capture the charm and likeness of the original, historic landmark. The Swamp Restaurant owner is Ryan Prodesky. It is a grill, bar, and event venue that served as a staple cultural landmark in the Gainesville community from its establishment in 1994 to its closure and demolition in the Summer of 2020. It will be located at 1026 SW 2nd Ave.
Creative Funding Group, LLC has announced new restaurant financing options:
- Financing where the property is owned by the principal(s) of the restaurants
- 100,000-10 million and Larger loans available
- Renovation loans
Interest rates as low as 4.99%+5,7 or 10 year terms
*No raw land or primary residences, no ground up
*Fast closing -from executed term sheet-30 days
*Also short term bridge money available for other types of real estate-very competitive rates ~ Call Bruce @ 914 522 2375.
Hot Rocks is a revolutionary pizza oven combining the artisan quality of stone deck ovens with the convenience and speed of a conveyor. A spin-off of Canadian manufacturer Picard Ovens, with over 60 years of experience in the baking industry, the Hot Rocks oven is manufactured in North America to the highest quality and an eye toward improving pizza restaurant operations. Now in its third generation, the Hot Rocks oven relies on research and development and restaurant owner feedback to deliver quality pizza and increased volume and labor and cost savings to restaurant operators. Visit hotrockovens.com.
Nemco Food Equipment, a foodservice industry leader in food prep and other countertop applications, has acquired Meister Cook, LLC, a custom food equipment designer, based in Indiana, that has developed a range of proprietary solutions for large restaurant chains throughout North America. With the acquisition, Nemco gains Meister Cook’s Hot Hold® series of dry/moist food warmers that instantly take the Nemco food-holding line into new kitchen spaces—particularly right on the plate-prep assembly line, where labor-strapped operators are looking to optimize order-fulfillment speed without sacrificing food quality. Visit nemcofoodequip.com.
Capital Tacos, based in Tampa, will nearly double its presence with, three new upcoming restaurants in Pinellas and Pasco counties. The fast-casual Tex-Mex chain is expected to open in or around Trinity, Palm Harbor and Tarpon Springs between this summer and 2025. They will be locally owned franchises.
Finless Foods, a pioneering company in the alternative seafood space, known for being the first company globally to serve cell-cultured seafood, nationally launched its first official product, plant-based pokè-style tuna, at the National Restaurant Association Show held in May. Finless Foods’ plant-based tuna offers an option for diners who care about a thriving ocean, want to enjoy a seafood dish without the catch, who are prioritizing their health or who can’t eat seafood because of allergies. The company’s new plant-based tuna is minimally processed, low in sodium and fat, contains Omega-3 Fatty Acids, and is made from nine plant-based ingredients to mimic the taste and texture of tuna. To learn more about the company’s debut product visit finless.culinary.com.
Acrelec, a global technology company reinventing the customer experience for restaurants and retail brands, expands its product line with the global launch of Double-Check, an AI-powered accuracy solution. Recognizing a void in the market for restaurant technology that reduces order errors, Acrelec developed a simple yet efficient solution that helps restaurant operators significantly improve order accuracy. This new addition to Acrelec’s rich suite of end-to-end software and hardware solutions is ideal for streamlining home delivery and drive-thru operations.
Shipley Do-Nuts, makers of gourmet, made-fresh-daily do-nuts for more than 85 years, has Georgia on its mind as it plans expansion into the state with newly signed deals to open 30 locations. The state’s first location is planned for Duluth, Georgia, in Q4. The expansion is driven by two franchisee groups. Dallas-based ARFD Foods LLC, operated by Andrew Robertson and Franklin Diaz, signed an agreement in mid-March to open up to 25 Shipley Do-Nuts locations, including the first one in Duluth. Diaz, who is originally from the Atlanta area, discovered the brand when he moved to Dallas. Shipley is currently in rapid growth mode, with agreements in place for more than 350 new locations throughout Texas, Georgia, Maryland, Tennessee, Florida and Colorado over the next five years.
Velociti Inc., a global technology services provider, announced the expansion of VeloCare, its subscription-based technology operational support program. With over 25 years of experience as a strategic technology innovator, Velociti is well positioned to meet the critical needs of today’s technology-driven industries, including facilities, hospitality, healthcare, and retail. “In our tech-driven world, the future of business is increasingly smart, connected and autonomous,” said Deryk Powell, president of Velociti. “In such a world, a comprehensive management program is more important than ever to ensure that companies are able to maintain their technology investments and maximize uptime.” Velociti – www.velociti.com – serves transportation, retail, food service, manufacturing, distribution, healthcare, government, hospitality, and outdoor venues, including many Fortune 500 companies.
With more restaurants seeking carryout and delivery options, Eco-Products® is introducing a new compostable wrap that is ideal for swaddling sandwiches, snacks and more. The new wrap is made from wax paper, is ASTM D6868 compliant and is certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute as compostable in commercial facilities. It conveniently works as a basket liner, food wrap or as a scale or pick-up sheet. Eco-Products offers a wide range of plates, cups, utensils and containers made from renewable or post-consumer recycled resources. Learn more about this new food wrap or other items at www.ecoproducts.com.
Slice, the innovative tech platform powering over 18,000 local pizzerias nationwide, just launched new advanced marketing offerings to help pizzeria owners spend less time worrying about marketing and more time focusing on what really matters: PIZZA. Slice offers proprietary marketing services offering tools and services that support all aspects of a restaurant — helping it be more efficient and more profitable without the extra hassle, labor, and heightened costs. Visit slicelife.com.
The NAFEM Show is scheduled to be held Feb 1-3 2023 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The NAFEM Show is the world’s leading foodservice E&S showcase and experience. The Show will be surrounded by the top manufacturers of foodservice prep, cooking, storage, table service and cleaning. For all details visit www.thenafemshow.org.
Seapot located at 1900 N. Central Expressway in Plano Texas will open this fall. The GM is Zhen Hou and this is their 1st in Tx. This is a California-based chain.
Mugshots Grill and Bar has announced the signing of its fifth franchise group. The latest group is Lauren and Chris Brink who are slated to open their first restaurant in Florence, Alabama early this fall. Founder Ron Savell said, “We are excited Lauren and Chris have decided to join the Mugshots Family and the Florence location is ideal for our 21st Mugshots with its historic downtown locale and the proximity to the University of North Alabama.” www.mugshotsgrillandbar.com.
Today’s Restaurant Networking Groups has welcomed BUNN Tying Machines as its newest member. Bunn has been manufacturing tying machines since 1907. For information on how to join go to www.trnusa.com/network-group
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