DESIGN: 1,000 Degrees of Pizza

Tony Sacco’s Coal Oven Pizza relies on a single, massive oven fueled by the intense heat of burning anthracite. The coal-fired stone-hearth oven is used for practically every dish on the Sacco’s menu, from pizza to cake, and soon, pasta. Here’s how one artisanal restaurant ekes maximum quality and flexibility from a minimalist cooking battery.

FER FOCUS: Eco-Friendlier Cleaning Solutions

ECA—electro-chemical activation—is emerging as the eco-friendlier future of cleaning and sanitizing solutions. And the future is now.

DESIGN: Baptist Health Lexington Connects The Dots

Space constraints dictated a challenging three-floor layout for Baptist Health Lexington’s new kitchen, servery and dock. But smart design has linked the floors’ back-of-house systems in a ground-breaking feat of integration that covers water, oil, waste and much more.

FOCUS: Ice Age 2

New Energy Star specs have spurred a slew of new ice machines that make more ice in less space with less energy and water than ever.

UNIT DESIGN: Coba-Cocina: Three-Part Harmony

Coba Cocina, featuring three concepts under one roof, relies on a compact kitchen, just-in-time-style food prep and daily deliveries to serve the Lexington, Ky., 424-seat, destination restaurant.

DESIGN: View Finder

Action serving stations, flexible equipment and technology and panoramic sightlines put food front-and-center at Horizon Healthcare Services, Inc.’s new employee dining facility.

FER REPORT: Oil That Glitters Is Gold

Time to think of your fryer the way you do your car. Oil management systems save money—from purchase to disposal—and improve your food quality at the same time.

DESIGN: In The Loop

At The Loop Pizza Grill, a supersized, plain vanilla shell of a building gave the company space and opportunity to develop its prototype and test new ideas.

UNIT DESIGN: More Relish Please

A compact footprint, efficient cookline and flair-to-spare—not to mention some addictively delicious burgers—have created a cult following for Relish Gourmet Burgers in Atlantic Canada. This year, Relish heads stateside.

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