The Boiler Room Blog

Advice on commercial water heater selection, maintenance and safety issues for businesses that rely on a steady supply of hot water.

year-round outdoor dining

The Benefits of Year-Round Outdoor Dining

While eating outside during the summer is the best time, it’s not the only time.

Eating outdoors is one of the simple pleasures of the restaurant experience. When the weather is good, the food tastes better, the drinks seem stronger and the experience can’t be found anywhere else. In places like the Midwest, setting up an outdoor dining areas might seem foolish for a space that can only be enjoyed a few months out of the year. The truth is an outdoor space can be enjoyed without the permission of Mother Nature for those restaurants willing to put in a little extra effort beyond the slow and easy days of summer.

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Best Beer in the Midwest

Midwest is Best: The Best Beer in the Midwest

The Midwest has hundreds of breweries, taprooms, gastropubs and other businesses pumping out beer on a daily basis. Let’s take a look at the best beer in the Midwest.

Seeing as the Midwest known for amber waves of grain, it makes sense it would also gain a reputation for producing some of the country’s heartiest beers. Milwaukee and St. Louis have been brewing hubs for decades. The craft beer explosion has also roped in brewers from small towns featuring big tastes. If you’re looking for a new brew to sell in your restaurant or something to inspire your brewmaster, check out the beers we’ve selected here as the best beer in the Midwest.

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housekeeping tips

Housekeeping: Overlooked Tasks When Cleaning Guest Rooms

Your housekeeping staff works hard to ensure the best experience for your guests.

Humans are a messy species. Your housekeeping staff likely has some fascinating anecdotes about the strange things left behind by guests at your hotel. They should have a checklist of all the common things they need to do after a guest checks out, like change the bedding and towels. But there are a lot of other small things that should be considered while your staff is in the room. These small tasks can add up to big savings by keeping guests happy and avoiding the hassle of switching rooms or offering refunds should the guest find something amiss.

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hotel restaurants

The Importance of In-House Restaurants To Hotel Profits

Take the time to go beyond customer expectations. Hotels CAN offer much more than great room service.

On the list of reasons to stay at your hotel, your restaurant is likely ranked pretty low. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Hotels are expected to have restaurants even if most guests think they only need them for breakfast and room service.  The rooms division of a hotel will always be the leader in profitability but other revenue streams can make the difference between scraping by and looking to expand. Taking the time to make your hotel’s restaurant stand out can mean not only keeping more guest dollars in house, but representing your local community.

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Food Poisoning

How To Keep Food Poisoning Out of Your Restaurant

There’s no trick to keeping food poisoning out of your restaurant. Prevention is key, but when that doesn’t work, swift & honest corrective action is imperative.

Nobody wants to deal with food poisoning. Seriously, it’s the worst. Your customers don’t want to suffer the effects. Your employees don’t want to be accused of causing it. Restaurant management and ownership don’t t want to have to overcome an accusation of it. There are plenty of steps that can be taken to prevent food poisoning from striking. Education, training and discipline work to keep your restaurant clean, which is the majority of the battle.

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sustainable brewing

Craft Breweries are Going Green with Sustainable Brewing

Craft breweries can embrace sustainable brewing and take steps toward going green…

In an age where water rights are contested and droughts are increasingly common, craft breweries can stand apart from their industrial competitors by taking advantage of newer, environmentally friendly trends. Not only do customers want the unique brews that only craft brewers provide, they want to buy products that make them feel good about supporting an environmentally responsible company.

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cooking with beer

Cooking with Beer 101

The next best thing to drinking beer? Cooking with it, of course!

German, Belgian and Irish heritages in the Midwest make it a common concept in the region, but the idea has spread to brewpubs and restaurants across the country. Ears perk up when they hear about a recipe influenced by beer. Not only does it give your restaurant a chance to experiment with new flavors (or your brewery a chance to test the food service waters), it can also be a good way to use up any seasonal beer stock your customers might not get around to drinking. You can find tons of excellent beer-based recipes online (start with the one at the end of this article, or find more here or here), or why not try making up your own concoction? Let’s look at some reasons why you might want to consider adding a few new beer-based recipes to your menu.

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new restaurant tips

So You Opened A Successful Restaurant. Now What?

Congratulations! How do you keep things rolling forward once the novelty wears off?

All that blood, tears, toil and sweat finally paid off. Not only did you open your restaurant, you’ve also kept happy customers coming in the door, day after day. It’s an amazing accomplishment few people ever get to experience. Congratulations! Hidden inside most goals are the first steps to the next challenge. How do you keep things rolling forward once the novelty wears off? To keep your restaurant running successfully you’re going to need a new set of skills. Here are a few things to keep in mind…

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gluten-free beer

Gluten-Free Brew: Benefits of Keeping Gluten Out Of Your Beer

Why make should breweries begin brewing craft gluten-free beer? Read more to find out!

The variety of beers available at pubs and restaurants expands every month. Many places not only carry different types of beer but also specialty beers made out of special ingredients. A wide selection of beers satisfies the palates of a wider variety of customers. Not every customer wants the same thing. Some customers wish to balance going out to eat with their healthy living choices. Gluten-free beer falls under this category, thanks to a growing awareness of dietary restrictions. Some restaurants now carry gluten-free beer to court these new diners and drinkers.

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hotel competition

Prepare for Competition: How to Survive When New Hotels Come to Town

We have a few tips for how established hotels can stay ahead of new hotel competition.

There will always be new competition for your clientele. Whether your hotel exists in a tourist town, near an airport or other public transportation, or in a drive-through city that resides along the route of a popular road trip, your hotel can’t rest on its laurels for long. Newcomers always challenge decade-long-standing hotels—all thanks to novelty. Hotels with a few years under their belts can do a few things to push back against new hotel competition and fight to stay on top of the market.

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