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Fun Facts About Coffee

The caffeinated beverage that took the world by storm, coffee is loved in so many forms, styles, and varieties. We have restaurants all across the state that serve up this brew to their customers, so we’ve spent our fair share of time repairing commercial coffee machines in Mid-Missouri. If you enjoy the hearty roasted brew on a cold, snowy morning, here are a few fun facts that you may find pretty interesting next time you’re in your favorite Missouri restaurant!

1. Did you know that the average American spends more than $1000 on coffee each year? You’d think that this would make America the world’s most caffeinated nation - but you’d be wrong!

2. The actual coffee capital of the world is Finland. They don’t produce any beans of their own, but their citizens drink the most out of any country in the world!

3. Rumor has it that Beethoven enjoyed a cup of joe, but he was incredibly particular (even more than your average coffee drinking hipster!). He required that each cup he consum…

Most Common Breakdowns in the Kitchen

It doesn’t take long in the restaurant industry to realize that there are a few curveballs that come your way. From equipment breakdown to employee challenges, you won’t know until you jump in. Here at Fast Fix, we can’t help with every single issue you run into, but we can help keep your commercial kitchen equipment repaired in Mid-Missouri! Here are a few of the more common reasons why your equipment could breakdown and ways that you can avoid it!

No Regular Maintenance The fact is, for every restaurant that keeps up on regular maintenance, there are several others just skating by on a hope and a prayer. Regular preventative maintenance may seem like an unnecessary cost, especially when you already have a lot of bills to keep up on - but that’s why it’s so important. Regular maintenance of your equipment can save you hundreds of dollars when you account for costly repairs that happen at the most inopportune times.

Employee Negligence Unfortunately, we’ve seen it many times - a…

Gearing Up for the Holiday Rush

As you find yourself in between Thanksgiving and Christmas, you may be in a bit of a holiday haze. Don’t get too discombobulated, though! Christmas is a HUGE season for restaurants in Missouri, so it’s a great time to take advantage of the holiday traffic, festive moods, and even traveling guests for the holiday. At Fast Fix LLC, we know what a strain the holiday season can place on our customers, so we have a few tips to help you prepare for the holiday rush, and of course, a few ways we can help as well!

Introduce Holiday Menus Did you know that at least one-third of consumers say that they see out seasonal menus during the holiday season? From Hanukkah to Christmas and beyond - specialty menus can help set your restaurant apart during the holidays. You can create a prix fixe menu, or you can add appetizers, entrees, desserts, or cocktail specials throughout the season.

Promote Gift Cards This Season! The holidays are the PERFECT time to promote the gift cards to your facility, so m…

Preparing Your Restaurant for Holiday Groups

We’re knee-deep in the holiday season, which means that holiday gatherings, groups, and parties are going to be happening. Whether you are already booked up for the holiday party season, or you still have openings, there are a few things you can do to get your staff and your restaurant ready for the rush. Fast Fix is also here to help make this a successful holiday celebration!

Prepare Your Staff There are many ways you can prepare your staff for the busy season. From creating clear expectations of what to do through even hiring seasonal help. Some ways to help your team speed up the serving process can include pre-bussing the tables, suggesting dishes and seasonal items while the guests are being seated, and offering the bill as soon as they’re done eating (but making sure they know you aren’t in a rush!).

If you need seasonal help, there are several ways to make the process easier for you. Sometimes you can use sales forecasting to predict how many additional staff members you will …

Holiday Beverages to Serve in Your Coffee Shop

The holiday season is upon us, and if you haven’t unearthed your holiday-themed menu, now is the time. Whether you manage a coffee shop, a breakfast nook, or any other restaurant that serves up delicious lattes and steamy beverages - it’s time to put your Santa hat on and start bringing Christmas joy in a cup - aka sugary caffeine. Fast Fix LLC helps repair commercial restaurant equipment in Mid-Missouri, and this includes espresso machines. Check out these lattes and drinks that are brewing with holiday magic, and don’t be afraid to spice things up!

Chai Eggnog Looking to spice things up this season? Chai eggnog is the best of both worlds. The homemade eggnog will inspire the flavors of hearth and home, while the touch of chai tea and dash of bourbon can make for an extra special, toasty, beverage.

Coconut milk
Almond milk
Egg yolks
Maple syrup
Chai tea
Optional: bourbon, rum, or brandy

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate It’s not officially winter, yet, bu…

5 Appetizers to Serve Over the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us, and while the Christmas movies have been playing since Halloween was over, this is when everyone will start to get on the Christmas bandwagon. As you close in on Thanksgiving, it’s already time to start evaluating your Holiday menu and making some seasonal tweaks to make it feel festive and fantastic. Here at Fast Fix LLC, we may not be experts in fixing food, but we are experts in fixing commercial appliances in Mid-Missouri, and eating food … which is why we thought we should share a few delicious appetizers that would really make your holiday menu shine!

Cranberry Crostini Cranberries are the perfect seasonal addition to your menu. Not only are they IN SEASON (making them easy to get a hold of for a decent price), they are also something people come to expect as we move out of Thanksgiving with cranberry sauce and more. Cranberries aren’t just for eating cooked, though! They make a perfect addition to different dishes fresh as well. Pair them up with …

The Importance of Coil Cleaning

Commercial kitchen appliances need plenty of repair and maintenance to make sure that they function properly. This can include routine cleaning performed by your staff, but also regular commercial appliance maintenance in Mid-Missouri by your favorites, Fast Fix LLC! Not every task in regards to your appliances is going to justify a maintenance call, one could include your coil cleaning. Here are a few things to keep in mind about the benefits of cleaning your coils!

Inadvertent Insulation Did you know that dirt in coils can cause inadvertent insulation? In fact, just about everything that contacts the coil surface can have an insulating effect. This can include dirt, grease, dust, corrosion, smoke, and even bacteria or microorganisms. Sometimes insulating is good - but when it comes to your coils, insulating it NOT good.

Dirty Coils and Energy Costs Dirty coils can actually create higher energy costs as your HVAC system works harder to produce the cool air. In fact, did you know …

Ready … Set … Thanksgiving GO TIME!

It’s officially November, and time to start celebrating Thanksgiving in your restaurant. Some of you may already have your game plane from corporate, complete with menus and decorations. Others of you don’t answer to anyone, and you may not have even had time to consider Thanksgiving after the busyness around Halloween. Either way, this is your official warning, start nailing down your Thanksgiving plans! Here are a few things you can to do promote Thanksgiving in your restaurant and why it matters to you.

To Stay Open or To Not Stay Open … That is the Question The fact is, more and more of the younger Americans are choosing to still celebrate Thanksgiving, but just not do the preparations. This means that 15 million Americans prefer to have their holiday dinner at a restaurant, 4 million order full traditional home-style meals, and another 14 million Americans order a partial meal.

The Thanksgiving season can be a great time for your facility to stay open, especially as many others a…

Things You Need to Know About Commercial Steamers

Commercial repairs are just a given when you work in the restaurant industry. Equipment break downs happen to everyone, but the biggest problem is that they always seem to happen at the most unexpected times. If you need to have your commercial steamer repaired in Mid-Missouri, Fast Fix LLC is here for you! From water leaks to clogged water filters, and even doors that won’t stay closed, we can help you address these issues FAST and also help limit further complications. Here are a few things to look for as you maintain and repair your commercial steamer.

Do You Love Your Commercial Steamer? From seafood and vegetables to even bread and steaks, steamers can be a huge asset to your kitchen functions. If you haven’t included one in your appliances, this could be a great time to get one and try it out. You may not know that Fast Fix provides high-quality appliances in Mid-Missouri for your restaurant. If you are looking for a steamer, we would love to help you try it out! They provide…

Coffee Shop Talk

As we move into the winter months, there’s nothing more cozy and comforting than a coffee shop. From the scent of fresh roasted beans that hits your nostrils as soon as you walk in, to sitting down in a big cozy chair with a hot cup of joe on a brisk fall afternoon. The atmosphere and the menu options all work together to create a place where people love to be. If you own a coffee shop in Mid-Missouri or you are thinking about starting one, here are some interesting things happening around the coffee shop scene - and how Fast Fix LLC can help you reach your goals one piece of machinery at a time.

The Value of Coffee So many people rely on coffee (and, let’s be real, caffeine) to fuel their day and start their mornings. This could be something they brew up at home, but if very well could be some java from your coffee shop. Did you know that the average coffee drinker has three cups per day? Just in the US alone there are 150 million daily drinkers. This increasing (but not new) popul…