(RestaurantNews.com) A seasoned restaurant owner or chain restaurant CEO might think they’ve seen it all in the restaurant business, but a new invention has heads turning and customers talking. Experts at Innovative Restaurant Engineering recently designed and installed the Food Roller Coaster prototype, which is currently patent pending #62/083,795. The unique and unusual Food Roller Coaster is a first in the United States and has been installed at the Sunny Side Cafe in West Point, Nebraska.
The system begins with a thin belt conveyor to lift each plate of food as the cooks finish it. Dishes are lifted to the highest point just below the ceiling and then transferred onto roller conveyors by gravity. This allows the plates to move smoothly and evenly down and around a spiral and into the centrally located personnel stations. Customers can watch their food go on a roller coaster ride as it comes out hot and fresh from the kitchen. Besides the instant entertainment appeal of a food roller coaster, restaurant owners also appreciate the improved efficiency created by this type of meal delivery system.
In traditional kitchen and dining room layouts, wait staff must return to a station to pick up orders. Food often sits for a few minutes while staff refill drinks or take new orders, letting dishes cool before they reach customers. When the dishes arrive in the staff station from the kitchen via a Food Roller Coaster, the food is still hot and more easily distributed on the tables in the room. Servers spend more time on the floor tending to customers and less time walking back and forth in the kitchen. Meals are delivered faster, which makes customers happier. The system can even reduce labor costs by requiring fewer servers to serve the same number of diners.
The Sunny Side Up Cafe is approximately 120 feet long. Engineers from Innovative Restaurant Engineering installed an 80-foot-long conveyor system. They customize each roller coaster to the size and shape of the location for maximum efficiency. For restaurants with large or divided dining areas, the team can install diverters that separate plates and send them to multiple pickup stations. Spiral sizes start as small as three feet to save valuable space. Since the ride is smooth enough to keep food on the plates, it is possible to seat customers under the higher parts of the roller coaster without wasting floor space.
Innovative Restaurant Engineering offers roller coaster design and installation services nationwide. The food roller coaster is designed to be maintenance free for years.
Anyone looking to increase wait staff efficiency while becoming the talk of their town should contact the design team to order their very own Food Roller Coaster.
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