Cafe Reopens Following Kitchen Grease Fire

After closing for 19 days following a kitchen grease fire that broke out after hours on the night of Aug. 9, Sweet n Savory Cafe has reopened for business.   Owner Rob Shapiro said the fire resulted from an effort to start up an older piece of kitchen equipment, which then caught fire. The fire…

Reduce Kitchen Exhaust Maintenance costs

Prefer Your Kitchen Exhaust Maintenance Costs To Be Relative To Sales?

Amid the constant expenditures that foodservice businesses must cover, how much is spent on kitchen exhaust maintenance and repairs? An American study on over two million businesses revealed that they spend around US$100 billion on repairs and maintenance (R&M) annually. What’s more, $20 billion of that is unnecessary.   In other words, 20% of R&M…

Shepherd Filters Emerging & Micro Business Winners

Shepherd Filters Wins Emerging & Micro Business Award

Shepherd Filters is truly honoured to win the Emerging and Micro Business Award category at the Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards held on Wednesday 29 July at the Southport Yacht Club. The Emerging Business Award recognises Gold Coast businesses for their innovative, unique and strong business practices and how these enhance a company’s continued growth.…

wool and fire

Wool Protects From Flames – The Right Fibre For The Job

Australian Wool Innovation Limited (AWI) has funded a new scientific study, undertaken by AgResearch, to test the fire resistance of nine fabrics used as base-layer garments for military and first responder personnel (i.e. firefighters).   The key concern with synthetic fibres (even flame-retardant ones) is that, when they are exposed to flame or extreme heat,…

exhaust fan grease

Kitchen Fan Fire Guts Restaurant at Yarra Valley Winery

Restaurants have always battled the grease build-up cycle within kitchen exhaust systems, which includes the filters, hood/canopy, ducting and the kitchen fan. Grease accumulations on rooftops from leaks from the kitchen exhaust fan often cause extensive roof membrane damage and what’s more, has the potential to create an uncontrollable fire hazard like the one that…

Kitchen grease filters comparison to traditional filters

Comparing Hood Filters – Metal or Disposable? You Decide!

An endless debate in the world of commercial kitchen grease filters is whether metal hood filters are better compared to disposable ones. Metal filters have been the face of kitchen exhaust systems since day one. But just because something has been around for as long as we can remember, can we automatically assume it’s also…