THE DISHWASHING SOLUTION
Brian began searching for an outdoor space suitable for use as a restaurant. After reaching out to one of London’s most renowned speciality coffee roasters, Climpson’s and Sons, they arranged to open a pop-up on the outdoor space at Climpson’s Arch cafe in London Fields, Hackney for three months, serving the menu from Brat. They worked with Advance Catering to specify and install the new operation. “Advance were fantastic,” says Brian. “We wouldn’t have been able to get up and running on such a tight schedule without them.”
The new pop-up is based underneath a railway arch, and has plenty of space outside for safe, socially distanced dining. “It’s an amazing space, in one of the busiest and coolest neighbourhoods in London,” explains Brian. “We have a maximum of 50 diners at once here. On the weekdays that’s working out at about 150 covers a day, but at the weekend it’s over 200. The menu offers many of the classic dishes from Brat, including whole turbot and our amazing Cornish beef.”
Winterhalter was the obvious choice for the new location’s washing needs. “We have them in our existing restaurants, so the staff already know how to use them which makes it easier for us to hit the ground running,” says Brian.
Two undercounter models were chosen for Brat at Climpson’s Arch, one for dishes and one for glasses. As well as the staff’s familiarity with Winterhalter, the fact that the range is hygienically certified was very important. “Knowing that the Winterhalters are powerful enough to kill virtually all germs makes them a key part of reaching the higher standards for cleanliness required now,” says Brian.
As with any start-up, keeping the costs down was very important. To this end, Brian took advantage of Winterhalter’s Pay Per Wash contract. This is a no risk, no money up front option that includes not only the dishwasher, but all chemicals and consumables as well as a comprehensive service and support package. Operators only pay when the equipment is operational, helping to reduce costs and eliminate the upfront costs.
“Pay Per Wash is fantastic value,” says Brian. “It means we can use the same best-in-class equipment that our staff already know and trust, without the initial outlay.
“Pay Per Wash is also very easy to use, you just log on to the portal and buy the wash cycles you need and it’s ready to go immediately.”
Pay Per Wash is one of Winterhalter’s latest innovations, but the company is not resting on its laurels. The company has been working hard to further improve its range of chemicals, and Brian is impressed. “We were offered the chance to trial the new Winterhalter chemicals and they’ve knocked my socks off,” he says. “The range is going to be another huge step change when it’s launched, Winterhalter is raising the standard again!”
Pay Per Wash is designed to be flexible in order to help businesses adapt to changing circumstances. “Initially we’re looking at a three month residency here,” says Brian, “but if we decide that we need the equipment for longer, we can easily extend the term, or even buy the machines outright.”