While most bars begin as a place focused on beverages, food service is becoming a key factor in sustaining a profitable business and turning first time customers into loyal fans. From a menu crafted around specialty cocktails and craft beers, to weekly 10¢ wing nights, bars have a unique advantage in that many customers expect food service while drinking. Not every customer will need something to offset their alcohol consumption, but a large portion of customers prefer to have food to munch on while having a drink. But they’re not looking for canned nuts or stale popcorn, instead, today’s bar food needs to be on par with the best that restaurant kitchens have to offer.
How does AutoFry and MultiChef Fit in?
Food at the bar can be tailored to a variety of different audiences, from the gourmet foodie to your local town wing-man, you can customize your menu to meet any need. Leading industry expert, Nightclub & Bar magazine, recommends offering more snacks and small plates, over entrée-sized items, to encourage sharing and experimentation. The easiest, most cost-effective way to start a small plate food program is with the ventless kitchen technology the AutoFry and MultiChef delivers.
Because both of our innovative machines are self contained and ventless, you don’t need to spend money on costly renovations to add hoods or venting, all you need is counter or floor space and a plug and you’re ready to go. Moreover, both machines cook at high speeds which mean you’re serving your customers faster than ever before. Best of all, because bars are fun, social atmospheres, bar food can also be fun and imaginative, perfect for the endless food item possibilities the AutoFry and MultiChef provide.
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Notes & Quotes from Satisfied Equipment Users:
Poor Richard's Pub
“I have had my AutoFry for a little over four years and have only had to replace one minor part in all these years. Located in a building that would not allow for open frying, the AutoFry was a blessing. Being in a restaurant and not able to offer French fries or onion rings can sometimes mean loss sales. Now I can offer our customers not only chips, but fries and onion rings. In addition, for the pub at night, we can also add wings and egg rolls etc… I’m not sure I would even go to open frying even if permitted. It’s easier to clean and maintain than conventional frying. If you own a pub or restaurant that doesn’t allow for open frying, or requires you to spend thousands for installing a hood with fire suppression, I would look into the AutoFry. I can guarantee the AutoFry will add that missing dollar to the bottom line. It has paid for itself many times over for me.” - Tod Clissold, Poor Richard’s Sandwich Shop & Pub, Manteo NC (Featured Image)
The Gay Bar
“I purchased my first AutoFry in 1996 for my Pub in Lake Linden, MI. Due to my satisfaction and success with my first AutoFry I purchased another AutoFry when I opened my second location in Gay, MI. The AutoFry is ideal for my business because I can serve a wide variety of pub favorites without building a kitchen or hiring additional labor. My bartenders have fun using the AutoFry, my patrons appreciate the menu offerings and I enjoy the revenue the Autofry generates each and every day. I have been an AutoFry customer for over twelve years and have no regrets. The equipment and company have been incredibly reliable.” – Bruce Fountain, The Gay Bar, Gay MI
Sample Bar Food Menu:
Crispy Fried Mozzarella Sticks ($1.50 cost / $3.50 profit)
Seven perfectly fried mozzarella sticks served with a side of marinara $5.00
Fried Ravioli ($1.75 cost / $3.25 profit)
Seven delicious Italian breaded fried ravioli with Sauce $5.00
Sriracha Chicken Lettuce Wraps ($1.47 cost / $3.53 profit)
Three mini crisp lettuce cups filled with juicy sriracha chicken, mushrooms, onions and water chestnuts $5.00
Sweet and Sour Drum Sticks ($1.22 cost / $3.78 profit)
Three skewers stacked with sweet and sour chicken and roasted veggies $5.00
Sweet Po-tater and Bacon Tots and Sauce ($.74 cost / $4.26 profit)
Crisp fried sweet potato and bacon tots served with a creamy mustard dipping sauce $5.00
Fried Dough Bites ($.72 cost / $4.28 profit)
Deliciously fried dough bites tossed in sugar and served with a chocolate dipping sauce $5.00