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Are you interested in expanding your brewery? This Q&A with Lakefront Brewery president Russ Klisch will show you the pros and cons of owning a brewery restaurant business.
Breweries & Craft Brewing, Food and Beverage & Food Manufacturing, Industry News & Tips, Restaurants

Q&A with Lakefront Brewery: The Pros and Cons of Running a Brewery & Restaurant 

Lakefront Brewery is a thriving and beloved brewery and restaurant at the heart of Milwaukee’s riverfront.

Founded in 1987 by two brothers, Russ and Jim Klisch, this iconic beer establishment has been providing the Milwaukee community with good beer, good food, and even better memories for over 30 years. Interestingly, their ever-popular restaurant, located in the brewery’s beer hall, wasn’t always part of the plan.

We sat down with Russ Klisch, president and co-founder of Lakefront Brewery, and Mike Walker, Lakefront Brewery Front of House Manager to learn more about what it’s like to run a brewery restaurant business, how to create great brews, and the details of Lakefront Brewery’s journey to becoming a treasured Milwaukee staple.

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Reduce Restaurant Water Costs
Booster Heaters, Energy Savings & Money Savings, Hot Water

Cut Water Costs: How to Reduce Expenses in a Restaurant

Running a profitable restaurant requires more than creating delicious meals.

You need to watch your bottom line and reduce expenses too. Cutting water costs is a great place to start. Restaurant owners know to stay on the lookout for ways to save. Running a watertight ship is essential to keep your place afloat. Without watching utility costs, you could be flushing water down the drain. Here’s how to cut your water costs and boost those profit margins.

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how to choose commercial water heater options
Hot Water Equipment, Water Heater Sizing

Correct Commercial Water Heater Sizing: It’s No Guessing Game

When you’re in the market for a new or replacement water heater for your restaurant, hotel or apartment property, correct sizing is crucial to the success of your business. With so many commercial water heater options out there, here’s what you need to know to get it right.

Depending on how much hot water you need to run your business, there may be multiple commercial water heater tank sizes to meet your needs. With so many options available, how do you know what type and size water heater to choose? We can help point you in the right direction.

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Hot Water Equipment, Water Heaters

How To Ensure Your Water Heater Never Goes Down

How great would it be if your business never experienced downtime due to a broken water heater?

That’s where water heater redundancy comes in. So what does it mean to have redundancy in your water heating system?

No, we’re not talking about the phrase “hot water heater,” though that’s definitely an example of redundancy! In this case, water heater “redundancy” essentially means having one or more backup water heaters in place that are configured to work automatically in case one (or more) of your water heater(s) fail.

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Commercial Water Heater Options
Hot Water Equipment, Water Heaters

In the Know: High-Efficiency vs. Standard-Efficiency Water Heaters

The more you know, the more informed your choice – and that’s good for business!

In today’s economy, the term “high efficiency” is often a draw for business owners looking for long-term money savings with the latest and greatest equipment. Whether you own a restaurant, hotel, apartment building, or any application that requires a great deal of hot water, your decision to purchase high-efficiency or standard hot water equipment should be an informed choice.

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rent a water heater
Energy Savings & Money Savings, Hot Water, Water Heater Repairs, Water Heaters

Why Would Anyone Rent a Water Heater?

With so many great reasons to rent, why wouldn’t you make this choice?

When people ask “What do you do?” the short answer is simple – HOT water! More specifically, Reliable Water Services rents commercial water equipment – water heaters, boilers, softeners & more – to businesses that need it. The question that typically follows is “Why would anyone rent a water heater?”

To that we say, “Why would anyone not rent a water heater?”

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exploding water heater
Hot Water, Water Heater Damage, Water Heater Safety, Water Heaters

Your Water Heater Can EXPLODE! Mythbusters, Revisited

Mythbusters confirmed it. Everything you need to know about exploding water heaters!

Hot water is as simple as turning on a faucet—it’s a basic part of living as a human being in the developed world. It hasn’t always been that easy though. Before the modern standard of water heating units in every building and home, hot water was considered a luxury; it was not a necessity, nor a standard. Happily for us modern folk, hot water is readily available and no longer a luxury.

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2 male plumbers working plumbing maintenance under kitchen sink
Energy Savings & Money Savings, Hot Water, Water Heater Repairs

Proactive Plumbing Maintenance Tips To Prevent Common Commercial Plumbing Issues

Preventative plumbing maintenance is the first step to avoiding the worst problems.

Plumbing problems are a fact of life—they’re going to happen, no matter what. You have one of two options: wait for problems to manifest and try to deal with the unexpected expenses (and headache), or you can be proactive about your plumbing.

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slab leak crack in ground sign
Hot Water, Water Heater Damage, Water Heater Repairs, Water Heaters

Slab Leaks: A Costly Problem

Don’t let a slab leak get the best of you! Early detection is key to preventing further damage.

A slab leak, also known as a foundation leak or concrete slab leak, is a plumbing industry term for a leak within the waterline piping below the concrete floor of your home or business. Slab leaks are an issue in homes and buildings of all ages, and can quickly become a very costly problem. Not only does a slab leak waste an excessive amount of water, but a leaking pipeline system can quickly cause damage to the foundation of your home or business, not to mention compromise your entire structure.

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pilot light flame on booster heaters
Booster Heaters, Hot Water, Water Heater Safety, Water Heaters

Booster Heaters: Electric or Gas?

Last week on The Boiler Room, we talked about using booster heaters for hot HOT water warewasher sanitation vs. chemical sanitation without a booster heater.

Do you need a booster heater for your restaurant or other commercial establishment? You can read all about it here: To Boost or Not To Boost?

Now let’s talk electric booster heaters vs. gas booster heaters. I’m inclined to suggest you go with a gas booster heater for your restaurant, hotel, or other commercial enterprise. Here’s why…

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