21 of the Most Exciting Restaurant Products from 2017

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Crystal clear

Leonardo’s La Perla line showcases a pulled Morani glass pearl between the goblet and stem. Featuring trend-forward designs, La Perla is available in wine, champagne flute, and cocktail/martini glasses, with colored stems in purple, maroon, green, and aqua. Leonardo glassware is crafted to withstand the demands of rigorous daily use and is dishwasher safe, making it fast and easy to clean. 

Starting at $13.75


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Tip-top shape

Quarter Sawn Table Tops sport a wood-grain pattern, which is achieved through a unique cutting process. This not only reveals the growth rings of the source tree, but it also makes the wood less likely to warp or crack—a huge benefit to restaurants serving high volumes. The tabletops are available in three different stains, meaning they fit nearly any aesthetic. 



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Fine seasoning

Zassenhaus Mills’ new line uses the brand’s 100 percent corrosion-free ceramic grinding mechanism to yield salt and pepper ranging from coarse to fine. The line includes the Berlin Mills, made of beechwood, and the Sydney and Trattoria Combo Mills, which feature two separate ceramic grinding mechanisms—one for salt and one for pepper. 

Starting at $21.95


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Vermont Farm Table
Gathering round

Vermont Farm Table’s new line of Round Tables encompasses six designs, including the Dairy Table with a three-way lap joint at the center and the Joining Table with a base of intersecting bases around a center column. Each table can be built to custom specifications and made from woods such as walnut, chestnut, oak, pine, cherry, and more.

Starting at $1,404


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Modern Forms
Let there be light

The new Catalyst collection features LED chandeliers from Modern Forms, a WAC Lighting Company. These luminaires are designed with polished nickel, adjustable arms, and mouth-blown, free-formed art glass diffusers. Each Catalyst chandelier can be mounted individually or grouped together to create larger chandeliers for ballrooms, lobbies, and large living areas.



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It’s a grind

Peugeot’s Royan Mill features a beechwood body with a delicate metallic tint that complements the natural veining of the wood. At 5.5 inches tall, the gray mill is pillar-shaped with rounded edges and a gently curved indentation, where a stainless-steel ring bisects the head from the base. Peugeot’s spice-specific, patented steel mechanism has a lifetime guarantee. The wood used for all Peugeot Mills is sourced from sustainability certified forests across Europe. First introduced in March 2017, the Royan Mill is optimized for either sea salt or peppercorns.



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A better basin

The OmniDeck with WashBar Technology is Bradley’s latest commercial fixture to incorporate the WashBar’s signature, touch-less “clean+rinse+dry” feature. Designed to enhance hand washing, WashBar is comprised of a single piece of chrome-plated stainless steel that combines soap, water, and dryer in one fixture. The OmniDeck line of basins is known for clean and contemporary lines, a smooth finish, flexibility, simple installation, and easy maintenance. 

Priced to order


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Moonlight cheers

Available in two classic patterns, the Constellation collection from Syracuse is available in the brand’s brightest white porcelain, Lunar White. Constellation is also the first-ever porcelain dinnerware with Microban technology. Integrated into Constellation’s fully vitrified glaze, this silver-based technology doesn’t wash off and creates an inhospitable environment for microbes. 

$128–$593 per dozen


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Astutely situated

Designed in collaboration with internationally acclaimed design firm busk+hertzog, Allseating’s latest line, Astute, is well equipped for a variety of design schemes. With elegant curves and real wood finishes, Astute is available in variations, as made possible with numerous base, back, and seat styles. It can be used in both indoor and outdoor bar areas, as well as table-height settings. The new collection showcases the modern, sleek style of designers Flemming Busk and Stephan Hertzog. 



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Homer Laughlin China Company
Earth inspired

Homer Laughlin China Company’s Fresco dinnerware line was created in collaboration with studio potter John Britt, who specializes in ceramic glazes and glazing. Fresco’s soft matte glaze uses minerals in the pottery-making process to reveal swirling patterns. The line offers the strength of HLC’s American-made ceramic dinnerware while delivering the look and feel of a handcrafted original. 

Priced to order


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A sip above

Master’s Reserve Renewal is a new selection of modern, handcrafted cut glass. Its craftsmanship allow for exquisite presentations and superior service life. Its ClearFire glass contains no potentially harmful metal oxides. The bead-less edge provides high definition and durability. These products maintain their integrity even after 2,000 washings in professional-grade dishwashers. 

$197–$211 per dozen


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Plastic made pretty

Libbey’s Infinium Wake collection of premium plastic drinkware is made of 100 percent BPA-free Tritan copolyester, lasting longer than acrylic, SAN, or polycarbonate and making it virtually unbreakable. This innovative design is stackable for the utmost space efficiency and convenient storage. It is also dishwasher durable with industry-leading resistance and temperature resilience. 

$74–$113 per dozen


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Smart combination

Rational’s SelfCookingCenter utilizes built-in cooking intelligence to monitor the cooking climate and browning. It also sets the temperature, humidity, and cooking time by itself. The combi can fry, roast, grill, steam, poach, and bake various dishes through its seven touch-of-the-button cooking modes. SelfCookingCenter units are available in gas or electric, with capacities ranging from compact-size units to full-size roll-in models. 



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CDN Kitchen

CDN’s professional thermometer features dual functionality with infrared for non-contact surface temperatures and a thermocouple probe for internal temperatures. The non-contact infrared technology prevents cross-contamination. Integrated HACCP color-code backlighting instantly shows if temperatures are within HACCP guidelines for safe food temperatures. Auto-off preserves battery life and a thin probe measures internal temperatures.



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Cool runnings

Ice-O-Matic’s new Elevation line enjoys as much as 5 to 25 percent improvement in energy efficiency over existing machines. Designed to be easy to sanitize and descale, Elevation is fast and easy to clean, requiring no tools. Exclusive dual-exhaust technology allows hot air to exit from the side and the top of every machine, which increases installation flexibility and machine performance. Elevation is available in four cube sizes.

Priced to order


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CDN Kitchen
Portion control

CDN ProAccurate Digital Portion Control Scales are equipped with removable 304 stainless-steel platforms and heavy-duty, food-safe ABS casing. Sturdy and water resistant, the scales feature field calibration for accuracy over time, plus easy-to-read LCD displays and data hold functionality. Each comes with an AC adaptor to preserve battery life. The collection is available in six sizes with various dimensions to fit a variety of spaces.



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Shots, shots, shots

JURA WE8 Professional can easily prepare about 30 coffee specialties per day thanks to a 101-ounce capacity water tank and 17.6-ounce coffee-bean container. JURA’s exclusive Pulse Extraction Process optimizes extraction time on ristretto and espresso, while its One-Touch function offers 12 different specialties, all available at the touch of a button. Modern color display and buttons on the front facilitate ease of use. 



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Double duty

The CASO Pro-S Line1800 Induction Cooktop features two burners that can be used in tandem. Both burners offer precise control of cooking temperatures—ranging from 140 to 460 degrees Fahrenheit—with the convenience of intuitive displays. Its glass surface has eight power levels and can also keep food hot at a constant temperature. The induction cooktop also has 180-minute timer automatic shutoff.



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Tomlinson Industries
Put a lid on it

Tomlinson Industries’ new countertop lid organizer consolidates lids, straws, and other beverage accessories. Not only does it help operators quickly locate various items, but it also frees up valuable countertop space. Tomlinson’s countertop lid organizer brings orderly display to beverage centers and grab-n-go concepts. This organizer can also be used at checkouts and in the back of house to arrange lids, straws, beverage stirrers, sugar packets, and more.



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Lighten the load

The Cam GoBox is an ultra-lightweight transporter for catering and delivery. Thanks to temperature-retention technology, the product maintains a steady temperature to ensure food quality and safety. Cam GoBox is also durable enough to withstand heavy commercial use. Weighing 2.5 pounds, the transporter can be nested during storage, making it the ideal solution for restaurants that offer catering and delivering services.



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Rewarding insights

Upserve’s new customer loyalty program uses customers’ credit cards as their loyalty card, granting restaurants access to insightful data about individual guests, as well as loyalty members as a whole. Upserve Loyalty also makes it easy for guests to earn rewards without a branded punch card, app, or key tag. Sign-up information like email and phone help restaurateurs encourage repeat visits and learn what develops loyalty. 

Included in Upserve Pro subscription ($249/month)