Advance enables a swift Super 8 pop up

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Advance Group helped the Brat at Climpson’s Arch pop up within 2 weeks.

Advance Group has helped to specify and install a new pop-up dining experience in Hackney.

The site was the brainchild of Brian Hannon, co-founder and director of Super 8 restaurants, which teamed up with speciality coffee roaster, Climpson’s and Sons to open a pop-up on the outdoor space at Climpson’s Arch cafe in London Fields for 3 months.

The socially distanced outdoor restaurant served the menu from one of Super 8’s London dine-in sites: Brat. Hannon reported: “Advance were fantastic. We wouldn’t have been able to get up and running on such a tight schedule without them.”

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The pop-up at Climpson’s Arch only took 2 weeks to set up, and already looks to be a success, according to Hannon: “We’re fully booked up for the 3 months, to the extent that we are very likely to be employing extra people – as far as we know we’re the only restaurant group currently doing this, which is great news!”

Advance specified Winterhalter warewashers for the location under a railway arch. Hannon commented: “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.”

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 said to be 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,” said Hannon.

The warewashers are provided with Winterhalter’s Pay Per Wash contract, which includes the machine, all chemicals and consumables as well as a service and support package.

Hannon concluded: “Pay Per Wash is fantastic value. 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 uses Winterhalter’s networking technology, called Connected Wash. This records all the operating data and allows it to be accessed by managers and service providers. “Connected Wash is really useful,” said Hannon. “It lets us keep full accurate records of each wash, as well as helping to identify issues and get them fixed quickly. With the standards we’re working to, we need the equipment to be working at peak efficiency all the time, and Connected Wash really helps with this.”

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