Foodservice Equipment & Supplies

JAN 2019

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people & events 16 • FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES • JANUARY 2019 MOBILE | MODULAR | CONTAINERIZED From planned renovations to unplanned emergencies, interim facilities from Kitchens To Go keep you cooking. Our experts equip your team with mobile and modular Solutions To Go ™ to keep foodservice operations flowing. Operations flow with Kitchens To Go! See how our operations flow at KitchensToGo.com/video, or contact us at (888) 212-8011. Renovation Modular Installation Modular Kitchen www.KitchensToGo .com Stop by booth #2935 to discuss your next project during NAFEM! Antunes, a Carol Stream, Ill.-based foodservice equipment manufacturer, was named one of Chicago's Top Workplaces 2018 by the Chicago Tribune. Antunes ranked 33rd out of the companies in the midsize category (250-999 employees). The Chicago Top Workplaces list is based on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by Energage, a workplace survey and improvement special- ist, in partnership with the Chicago Tribune. To qualify, a workplace must have at least 100 employees in the Chicago area. Thanks to a strategic growth investment, Luminate Capital Partners has become the majority shareholder in AutoQuotes, a technology company for the foodservice equipment and supplies industry that provides an online catalog as well as quotation and design applications. Multiconcept operator FAT Brands Inc. has acquired Yalla Mediterranean, a Los Angeles-based restaurant chain specializing in Mediterranean cuisine and environmentally friendly operations. Franke Foodservice Systems bought Chain Link Services LP of Fort Worth, Texas. Chain Link Services is a specialty distributor focused on national foodservice and convenience retail chain customers. Chain Link has two principal business activities. Turnkey Resources has a comprehensive services package enabling store openings and upgrades to large c-store chains. In Step Foodservice helps restaurant companies with ground-up development, remodels or system upgrades. Ice-O-Matic presented its 2018 Distributor of the Year Award to Norm's Refrigeration & Ice Equipment. The ice machine manufacturer also added Western Refrigeration & Beverage Equipment to its distribution network. Western now represents Ice-O-Matic in Alberta and British Columbia, Canada. Insinger Machine Company was awarded the 2018 Family-Owned Business of the Year by the City of Philadelphia and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. Insinger was recognized for its five generations of family owner- ship, 125 years of continuous operation, dedication to the foodservice industry, and applauded for the company's ongoing diversity employment initiatives and advancement of the technical trades, per a release. LTI added Foodservice Equipment Agents (FEA) to its network of indepen- dent manufacturers' reps. The Anaheim, Calif.-based FEA will represent LTI in the California and Nevada markets. Midwest Equipment Company has transitioned ownership of the distributor of foodservice equipment to its employees. Midwest, founded in 1993, is headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., and has locations across Missouri, Kansas, Illinois and Arkansas. Financially troubled Taco Bueno Restaurants has filed for bankruptcy and may soon have a new owner in Sun Holdings Inc., a multiconcept franchisee based in Dallas. Taco Bueno has 169 locations systemwide. As part of a financial restructuring process, Taco Bueno and its subsidiaries filed voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas and filed a prepackaged plan of reorganization. During the restructuring process, Taco Bueno expects to continue operating restaurants across Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana and Missouri, which includes restaurants independently owned and operated by franchisees that are not a part of the Chapter 11 proceedings. Prior to the filing, Sun Holdings acquired all of Taco Bueno's outstanding bank debt and provided a commitment for up to $10 million in debtor-in-possession financing that, subject to court approval, will support the Tex-Mex chain's operations during the financial restructuring process. InBrief

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