DIY startup restaurant – this too shall pass

Starting up any kind of business is a daunting task. When it comes to restaurants, the big boys have a full startup team on their side- from general contractors, project coordinators, accounting personnel, electric consultants, subcontractors to consultants and representatives, vice presidents of this and vice vice presidents of that. So, it’s not surprising when you’re trying to do a DIY startup project that there are going to be hiccups. After all when you have a super star team like the big boys you are paying for their experience, they’re “been there done that” school of hard knocks experience with code, placement and tech needs and their professional relationships with inspectors.

At the Frog, we understand folks do a lot of things to save money. Saving money on the right stuff is good in our book. The imperative point here is “right” stuff. If you save money but it costs you more in the long run it’s not a savings.

A few years back we saw a number of general contractors move from residential to commercial building. The transition wasn’t so smooth for their clients that they learned on. One story I heard just the other day cost the client several thousand dollars and at least a few weeks in build out.

Here is a tidbit of wisdom one of our clients who builds at minimum one concept a year told me, “well you expect about 50% of the stuff to go wrong.”

(brief writing interlude as aforementioned client stops into the Frog for another fryer and shares more advice)

In our conversation he said, “I don’t recommend you manage your own construction unless you have a construction background. You can bleed yourself dry.”

Their last well-thought out concept (they’ve completed over 20 projects) was budgeted under $360k with approximately 10% budgeted for incidentals, oops, mistakes and problems. All in the project ballooned to right around $900k! He attributes delays with construction and city cost the majority of the overage. One word of advice looking back, he wished he had gotten the building inspected prior to signing the lease. Once construction began they opened up drywall and found mold and other extensive issues on what they thought to be rather turnkey.

One of their strong points was lease negotiation. You can imagine this seasoned team has put together many a lease to include free rent, build out credit and graduated payments. Problem in this case was the delays of construction and city that pushed the project beyond free rent period. This cost hard cash where weeks of free rent came and went.

When we built our new facility at the Frog we encountered build out delays… let’s just say it was ugly when we gutted our main showroom. Having someone come in at the right time and project manage and smooth things with inspectors sure helped us. Again, sometimes you don’t save money at the wrong places.

DIY… sure… but there’s a cost for everything. If you’re going to do your own build out know that the cost may be in time and ease.

Growing pains are hard

Growing pains are hard- it was near implosion this weekend and morning. It wasn’t because of our great staff; it was because of our growth.

We had a number of food trucks go out this weekend and going out this week so teams have been working above and beyond to make the food truck magic happen. It’s also been a big tech expansion weekend at the Frog. This weekend we had the first phase of our network upgrade go into effect. I’m a little techie and a lot geeky so I’ve been looking forward to this for a while! The whole premise excited me (almost more than I get excited over restaurant equipment and food trucks).

So, long story short. We survived! There was this little glitch of no phone or internet for hours … oh how we’re dependent on both. Reminded me of business back in the 80s before the internet when you’d just hear the clack of the typewriter. At that time you could have heard a pin drop in the showroom. Normally we’re a sing-a-long karaoke crowd… You might want to as a few hardy souls about the Karaoke spotlight to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody at the night of our big party… I think my blood pressure ratcheted upwards during a little stress moment with Brighthouse, Shoretel and our IT team but then it all came together blissfully.

So we’re very, very excited about the new black sleek computers on our desks, the oversized monitors and the new possibilities but basic network issues remained a problem.

Anyway, onward at the Frog. Look for more great growth changes in coming months.

I can’t tell you all my secrets but baby this Frog is going thru a facelift… something like that.

Thanks for bearing with us as we grow. We’re constantly dedicated to improving our program for YOU. Without you we couldn’t be we. Thanks, thanks, thanks and from our kids, parents, uncles, cousins, dogs and all the other mouths that eat because you trust us, we thank you!

OUR PHONES ARE BACK UP

EVERYTHING IS BACK TO NORMAL MY FROGGERS. I know you guys were worried. All’s good :) 407-480-3409

PHONES DOWN AT THE FROG- CALL OUR WORK PHONES

Hello all! We came into work today and was wondering why no calls were coming through. We got a new server over the weekend and somehow the frog phones got disconnected in the process :( We have techs in house working on it now. But do not fret, we can now address your restaurant equipment needs with some work cell phones. Isn’t technology just the best?

update: everything is back to normal froggers

PLEASE CALL US, WE ARE LONELY!

2416 sand lake road, Orlando fl, 32809

Phone/ internet

Come in 2416 Sand Lake Road, Orlando FL 32809 today Monday

Phone & internet upgrades may cause hiccups. If phones are not successfully forwarded later today we will post a company cell phone

We are worth the drive. Help if you have an emergency. Know this is being monitored via cell phone by one person- not our entire staff so be gentle with the deluge.

And please tell us this network upgrade will be worth it. I think we were just fine living in 1999.

Rebates for Using Natural Gas Restaurant Equipment

Who doesn’t love keeping the environment as environmentally friendly as possible? And who doesn’t love getting paid for it?! That was a rhetorical question, because I know you all love THE MOOOLA. When you use certain natural gas products ,you’ll be eligible to receive a rebate from Florida Public Utilities. Some of the equipment which qualifies includes fryers, ovens and ranges.

If the mere thought of pocketing a sizable amount of extra money doesn’t immediately peak your interest, and your left wondering “Why should I use natural gas?”, let this frog educate you. Natural gas is totally awesome. Not only is it the cleanest source of fossil fuel, but it eliminates the release of harmful toxins into the environment, such as  carbon monoxide, which can be harmful to your health.  Natural gas is basically it’s own health care package.

Now, let’s talk about how economical natural gas is. Natural is guaranteed to lower your energy bills. It costs less than electricity, propnane, and heating oil. When you’re a restaurant owner and using all that energy, I know how important it is to get those costs DOWN. And, we don’t have to worry about natural gas becoming a scarce resource because% is produced in North America. If I haven’t completely swayed you about the awesomeness of natural gas and rebates (how many times have I used awesome), I don’t know what else I could possibly say. Plz leave suggestions.

http://www.fpuc.com/naturalgas/rebates-conservation/commercial-rebates/

2416 Sand Lake Road, Orlando Fl, 32809

407-480-3409

Super Glue Should Be Feared

This morning I decided it would be a smart idea to use maximum strength krazy glue to fix a container that broke. Within two seconds I managed to glue my thumbs together. How I accomplished this is the question that will keep me up at night. The bottle says not for children, but I think they should maybe extend that age range to anyone between the ages of 0 and 99. This stuff is no joke. I immediately called my dad and began hyperventilating. He started laughing and got me some acetone and had me soak my thumbs. Aren’t dads just the best? He told me I wasn’t allowed to use super glue anymore. There was also maybe an incident where I spilt a whole bottle of krazy glue on our vintage wood dining table. My dad and I tried to hide it from my mom for as long as possible by always managing to have a table cloth on the table but eventually she discovered it…bad bad day that’s all I have to say.

Moral of the story: avoid super glue at all costs.

Second moral of the story: come to one fat frog for your commercial restaurant equipment needs. You knew I had to talk about the best company evaaaa somewhere on this post. I love me some One Fat Frog.

2416 sand lake road, orlando fl, 32809

407-480-3409

Equipment stands just in

A load of equipment stands came in. I noticed because they fascinate me. I liken them to a herd of wild animals, making more rabbit babies and multiplying before my eyes. It’s fun on the days when our truckloads are delivered. You never quite know what will be unpacked. In the case of the equipment stands they seem to multiply, first there’s one and then we get a sea of them.

Popular sizes of restaurant equipment stands are 24″ , 36″ and 48″. We do have other sizes available.

One Fat Frog

Walk in refrigerator & cooler, beer cave & large refrigeration

The Frog offers commercial refrigeration packages at a great discount. Due to our high volume business we’re able to pass on significant savings to you on popular sizes of custom walk in coolers. We move more walk in coolers than any other dealer out there… well at least we’d like to think so. So when we’re not busy being humble we’re busy selling discount commercial refrigeration.

Whether you’re looking for 8 x 8 or 40 x 40, let the Frog get you a competitive price and chances are we’ll save you thousands of dollars.

While you’re in why not chat with one of our Finance and Lease Managers about the ease of getting money to fund your commercial walk in project!

The Frog has indoor and outdoor units for sale. We do have a walk in cooler and freezer in stock if you need same day delivery!

Walk in refrigerator & cooler, beer cave & large refrigeration

The Frog offers commercial refrigeration packages at a great discount. Due to our high volume business we’re able to pass on significant savings to you on popular sizes of custom walk in coolers. We move more walk in coolers than any other dealer out there… well at least we’d like to think so. So when we’re not busy being humble we’re busy selling discount commercial refrigeration.

Whether you’re looking for 8 x 8 or 40 x 40, let the Frog get you a competitive price and chances are we’ll save you thousands of dollars.

While you’re in why not chat with one of our Finance and Lease Managers about the ease of getting money to fund your commercial walk in project!

The Frog offers free delivery to most of the state of Florida of custom walk ins. While we heavily discount to save you money we do take great pride in delivering our equipment. One of the ways we can maintain quality control is by sending our own delivery team to take the equipment. This means we send guys who know how to move big equipment and understand the needs.

Call 407-480-3409 or info@onefatfrog.com

South America Restaurant Equipment

One Fat Frog has restaurant equipment for South America. We will deliver for free to Florida ports or to your own personal shipper. We are experienced in loading containers. We have Spanish speaking staff members. If you would like to see equipment without traveling to us, we can video chat on FaceTime or Skype. We can also chat online through Facebook or Twitter. If you want to travel to Florida to see the equipment, we provide a free shuttle service to our warehouse. We specialize in most restaurant equipment, including hotline. Some of out hotline equipment includes have charbroilers, convection ovens, pizza ovens, ranges, charbroilers fryers and more. We have equipment for school kitchens, hospitals, bakeries, and more.

Countries we have provided equipment for include Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina,  and more.

Email us at info@onefatfrog.com or call at 407-480-3409.

Export Import Restaurant Equipment to Caribbean Islands

One Fat Frog Restaurant Equipment exports to the following island locations. Our export specialists help minimize the stress of importing restaurant and commercial kitchen equipment. Here is just a sample of countries and islands we export to and have previously dealt with:

Antigua and Barbuda (Covered by Barbados)
Bermuda
British Virgin Islands
Cayman Islands
Curacao / Aruba
Dominica (Covered by Barbados)
Grenada (Covered by Barbados)
Guadeloupe
Guyana
Martinique
Puerto Rico
St. Kitts and Nevis (Covered by Barbados)
St. Lucia (Covered by Barbados)
St. Maarten
St. Vincent and the Grenadines (Covered by Barbados)
Suriname
Turks and Caicos Islands
U.S. Virgin Islands

Call (407) 480-3409 to speak with an equipment specialist. Our team can pick you up at the airport should you schedule a pleasure/ business trip to Orlando FL USA or we would be happy to skype/ facetime/ viber appointment with you to see our 100,000 square foot facility and meet our team.

Info@onefatfrog.com

We also offer free regular delivery of equipment (singly crated) or stage your container in our ample parking lot.

Export commercial kitchen & restaurant equipment

The Frog exports restaurant equipment all around the globe. With experts who speak German, Arabic, Spanish and some Klingon we can help most customers. We offer free Florida port delivery and have experience loading containers. You are welcome to have your container dropped at the Frog. Call (407) 480-3409. Islands , South America, Europe, Asia and Middle East. Global franchise and concept financing available.

A Dad Makes the Coolest Pancakes

First things first, I feel a little lame using the word “cool” in the title. It kinda makes me feel like a middle aged man trying to rediscover my youth and bond with the “hip” kids, but I’ll leave it be. If there is one thing that can brighten my day at any moment, it would have to be pancakes. I feel like pancakes are what dreams are made of. I still remember the first time I had pancakes. My mom thought it was a monumental moment in time and wasn’t light handed with the camera. I was around five years old. My outlook on life changed that day. I finally realized what hope was. They were seriously  the most delicious pancakes known to man. If waffle lovers only tasted them they would switch teams immediately.

As I thinking about what to blog today, I saw something that would make any pancake lover stop dead in their tracks. It read ” This Dad Makes The Most Amazing Pancakes You’ve Ever Seen”, and my heart immediately started to race. Anything to do with pancakes is my type of thing. A dad whose name I do not know and couldn’t find (which makes this all the more mysterious) creates the coolest pancake art I’ve ever seen. Not that I’ve ever really seen pancake art. The most artistic pancakes ever really gets for me is aligning the chocolate chips in a smiley face. It takes some real talent if I do say so myself.

This man has some serious talent. These pancakes almost look too amazing to eat….but they still are pancakes and should be eaten.

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HOW COMPLETELY AWESOME ARE THESE?!?! Check out the full gallery at http://imgur.com/a/vLCi2

P.s I have a proposition for you. Bring me in some nice homemade fluffy pancakes and I’ll give you an instant discount on whatever you purchase from One Fat Frog.

P.s.s don’t forget the syrup.

2416 Sand Lake Road, Orlando Fl, 32809
407-480-3409

NEW EQUIPMENT IN STOCK

I know this is the day you have all been waiting for. It’s obvious you froggers have been watching our blog like a hawk eagerly awaiting the moment I would announce the Frog got in some more equipment. Well, the day has come my restaurant equipment enthusiasts. We got in truckloads of new and used equipment today that’s begging to be bought. If you go out in the warehouse and lean in really close to a convection oven, you can hear it whisper “somebody cook in me….”. It’s a really weird thing. Kind of like Toy Story but instead toys are replaced with ovens and freezers. But isn’t restaurant equipment just big kid toys anyway? I legitimately get excited when I see we get a new oven in stock. I don’t know if I’ve talked about it on here before but ovens are really my thang. They just do it for me. Anyway, I digress. I feel like I do that a lot. But that’s what blogs are for right? This is like the forefront of digression. ANYWAY, some of the items we just got in stock include:

  • Carter Hoffman Warming Cabinet
    • Single door
    • Push cart style
  • 3 compartment sinks
  • Blodgett double stacked glass door convection ovens
  • Stainless steel work tables
  • Sandwich prep tables
  • 5 keg holding kegerators
  • Single stack gas Blodgett convection oven
  • Alto sham halo heat warmers
  • Sliding top bottle coolers
  • Double stack Blodgett pizza oven WITH NEW STONES
    • Holds eight 14” pizzas
    • Eighteen 10” pizzas
  • A STAGE? Yes, a stage. We have a stage in stock.

COME SEE US TODAY AND TALK ABOUT OVENS WITH ME.

2416 Sand Lake Road, Orlando Fl, 32809

PUMPKIN FROG

One Fat Frog Annual Party Aftermath

The Frog had our annual party Monday night. I had never been to one before, and let me just say there is really no way to prepare. I will never be the same. It was one of the most awesome nights ever. Let me just take you guys step by step with me. The party started at 8 and I arrived at around 8:25….fashionably late and all. I had been anticipating the party for a while but I didn’t want to seem too eager (I don’t think I hid it well). When I got inside I immediately yelled “WHERE’S THE NAKED DESSERT BAR?!?!?!”. I just couldn’t hold it in. I had seen naked sushi once on America’s Next Top model and had always wanted to experience such a quirky delight first hand. I finally had my chance. And I freakin love desserts so there could really never be a better opportunity. She was still being painted when I arrived but I let her know that I was super excited. We were talking a little bit in the bathroom, like us ladies like to do, and she was just the coolest. 

There was an open bar and believe me when I say the majority of the party go-ers were taking complete advantage of it. But not me my froggies. I was strictly coca cola and water. I think some people might have been nervous because they knew the sober college student would remember it all. Let me just say I have many memories ingrained in my little brain for life. One Fat Frog does not disappoint.There were some body shots being taken, but I wont get into too much detail…if you were here, you know what was going down.

The in house psychics were totally awesome as well. They went around the room and and told everyone who wanted to participate their fortunes and some things about them and it was a truly great thing to witness and was extremely intriguing. 

All in all Monday Night was definitely a huge success. We had lots of peeps in the house, eating, drinking and just enjoying life. If you have any ideas for next years party, let us know! I’ll most likely blog more about the party in days to come….I could go on for days about it.

2416 sand lake road, orlando fl, 32809

407-480-3409

The Holy Grail of Frog Cakes

Let me tell you guys something about the most fabulous cake One Fat Frog has ever seen. Linda from Cake So Simple made us the greatest cake ever. A 3D frog cake….it looked identical to our logo and the highest of props have to be given to her.

I got a sneak peak before it was unveiled at the party and lemme tell you it was amazing the attention to detail that was paid to the cake and how life like it looked. You know when something it just too beautiful to eat sometimes? That’s exactly the kind of situation I found myself in when it was decided the cake should be cut. I had mixed emotions. Half of me wanted to devour the cake and the other wanted to put it on display on a mantel. I quickly tried to devise a plan where I had the cake all to myself but it sadly didn’t work out. When it was cut, I had to look away; it was too much to bear.  

frog cake

The cake was not only visually appealing but also tasted incredible. What adjectives are used to describe something so delightful to the palette? All I can really say is, I know who I’m calling when I need a cake made. 

Please please please, if you ever need a cake made for any occasion visit Linda’s shop, Cake So Simple.  Check out her website: http://cakessosimple.com/. She has a new location in orlando and can be reached at 321-312-9300.

Zombie Day at the Frog

So apparently it was decided yesterday that today would be zombie day at the Frog. I wasn’t here, so I wasn’t able to get the message. No one even texted me. I think this may be lingering repercussions of when I forgot to wear baby blue on Baby- Blue- Friday. There is a blog post about that whole fiasco a couple of weeks down. I will never forget a Frog dress up day again.

But, less about me and more about zombie day.Or maybe some more about me. I was just casually sitting at my desk when I felt a presence staring at me. You know those moments I’m talking about? You just know when someone is behind you…. I looked and immediately screamed. Our in house finance manager thought it would be comical to scare the living (insert appropriate word) out of me. He was dressed up in a black hooded cape and a mask. Below is a pic of scary finance man.

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We had lots of employees on their zombie A Game today. Initially when I came into work before knowing about Zombie Day I thought one of my co workers just had a rough night. I asked if she was okay and she then informed me that “No Bri, this is not my everyday makeup. It’s zombie day you hooligan.” Another coworker of mine came in and let me just say, she brought her inner zombie out to play.

I think it’s essential that others experience the beauty of the zombies. Here they are in some pics posing with various equipment in the Frog warehouse. I’m really hoping they scared some of the boys out in the warehouse…that would literally make my day. 

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Things such as Zombie Day are very common here at one fat frog. We kind of create our own holidays here at one fat frog on an everyday basis, so before you come in here just be prepared for anything. If you’re coming to our annual one fat frog party, REALLY BE PREPARED. I’m talking an open bar with a very attractive bartender, naked desserts, full body painting with models, a psychic, live DJ, free food and much more my friends. If you haven’t RSVP’d you better get on it. The party takes place Monday, September 8th in the frog warehouse from 8pm-2am. Be there or be square miss the best day of your life (not an exaggeration). 

Making Your Community a Better Place

We at One Fat Frog pride ourselves on supporting organizations which strive to make the world a better place. I was able to meet some really awesome and caring individuals from Pathways Drop In Center today. Pathways Drop In Center opens their doors and welcomes those struggling with mental illness. Many of these people are homeless and Pathways offers them a roof over their heads and food to eat.

One Fat Frog has been lucky enough to have a relationship with Pathways over the years. So, we asked them if we could donate small wares that might be useful to their organization. One of their team members, Menchie, was able to come out today and have a look around the warehouse and choose what she needed. 

Our boys out in the warehouse were able to able to learn about the organization while they helped Menchie and her partner load the items into their vehicle. Menchie shared with me that there are roughly 500 residents at Pathways at any given moment. This is such a great organization that recognizes mental illness in our community and takes proactive steps to help all those who need it.

Pathways Drop In Center is truly a heroic organization in our community and you can be a hero too by donating to Pathways. Visit their website at http://www.pathwaysdropin.org/ to read up about them and if possible, to donate. Every cent counts!

Here are some pictures from their visit today!

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Food truck challenge Froggy Style

When you’re building out a food truck there are a number of challenges. The Frog doesn’t take challenges lightly. We grab the proverbial bull by the horns and say, onward, let’s go!

When you come in the office you’ll meet a team of driven individuals. We’re a team first and foremost who is driven to serving you and providing the best possible services to you. Over the years our program has grown slowly so we could manage growth.

The Frog started in equipment sales- used equipment and moved solidly into that as the need to quality control came to a head. We are a multi-million dollar company with sales internationally from our little odd 100,000 square feet facility (you’re more than welcome to visit 2416 Sand Lake Road, Orlando FL 32819). With one of the nation’s most extensive floored food service inventory, our sales floor is stainless and sexy! Okay, a lot more stainless than sexy because our clients feed us very, very well!

Over the years we’ve been quietly building out food trucks for clients, helping them as the need arose. What we keep hearing is that our prices are tens of thousands of dollars cheaper then what they’re getting quoted elsewhere. Now time is money and we’ve never been one to run you around for the lowest quote. In fact we’ll be the first to say we’re not a quote or bid-spec house. The Frog is selective in buildouts to offer the best price. This means no super fancy quote, but of course you’ll get a great invoice and personalized service. In fact we probably don’t have all the fancy shiny handouts and business cards that other folks have. We’re just too busy for it!

Yesterday a client pointed out a super fancy website that showed the company was the “largest” dealer and did high volume, yet there was no address to do a site visit…? what? At the Frog we expect you to come visit us. After all this will likely be one of your larger purchases in life, don’t you want to come shake our hands and meet us?

As friends of the Frog have challenged us to provide a discounted food truck buildout of high quality we’ve continued to refine our process. We’re students of the industry and combine our knowledge from other industries as well as our equipment knowledge and auto knowledge to build a good product.

One Fat Frog Restaurant Equipment is offering food trucks… we’ve never advertised it but it’s time you knew. Come on in- we’re worth the drive- I guarantee it!

(407) 480-3409