Patents Assigned to Restaurant Technology, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10373223
    Abstract: A system for enabling the remote ordering of products, primarily for use in a multi-vendor system, is disclosed. Orders are placed remotely, such as through wireless devices connected to a central server. The central server, in turn, is in communication (wireless or otherwise) with a server located at one or more venues within the organization operating the system. The one or more venues provide products or services available for ordering through the system. Where multiple venues are involved, the system is designed to handle differences in the product or service availability at those different venues, and provides for an ability to make corrections to orders that may be or may become necessary on account of those differences. The system provides for multiple options through which users can pay for and receive orders, and also provides methods for synchronizing the remote ordering system with pre-existing, conventional methods of ordering and product/service order fulfillment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Roger D. Carroll, Natalie Muhs, Jeff Pollard, Jeffrey Steres, Kim Wilson
  • Publication number: 20170303739
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for cooking food on a grill having opposed upper and lower platens wherein a gap spacing between the platens is automatically adjusted in an initial stage and in subsequent stages of the cooking time for the food. The food is caused to be located between two opposed platens, the opposed platens each having opposed cooking surfaces and the opposed cooking surfaces defining a gap spacing that is adjustable. A controller and drive mechanism adjust the gap spacing between the platens so that during an initial stage of the cooking the gap spacing is equal to or less than the nominal initial uncooked thickness of the food, and during one or more subsequent stages of the cooking, after the initial stage, the gap spacing between the platens is varied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Applicant: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Manuel Calzada, Paul G. Simmons, Jerry Sus
  • Patent number: 9700173
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for cooking food on a grill having opposed upper and lower platens wherein a gap spacing between the platens is automatically adjusted in an initial stage and in subsequent stages of the cooking time for the food. The food is caused to be located between two opposed platens, the opposed platens each having opposed cooking surfaces and the opposed cooking surfaces defining a gap spacing that is adjustable. A controller and drive mechanism adjust the gap spacing between the platens so that during an initial stage of the cooking the gap spacing is equal to or less than the nominal initial uncooked thickness of the food, and during one or more subsequent stages of the cooking, after the initial stage, the gap spacing between the platens is varied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Manuel Calzada, Paul G. Simmons, Jerry Sus
  • Patent number: 9232875
    Abstract: A fryer pot for a deep fryer having a pair of opposed sidewalls, a pair of opposed end walls and a bottom wall. Each of the pair of opposed sidewalls has three successive vertical portions. Wherein each of the three successive vertical portions of each of the pair of opposed sidewalls is inboard of a preceding vertical portion to thereby taper the fryer pot towards the bottom wall. A fryer pot for a deep fryer having a pair of opposed endwalls and a pair of opposed sidewalls and a bottom wall. Each of the pair of opposed endwalls has a first vertical portion and a second vertical portion that are each connected by an angled offset portion to decrease a volume of the fryer pot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Lamont Eric Lackman, Charles Milton Hutchinson
  • Patent number: 9198450
    Abstract: A cooking device is provided for steaming food items and transferring steamed food items from the device to a work surface. The device includes a platform for placing food items thereon mounted to a support for movement to and from food steaming and food removal positions. The food items can be transferred from the device without being individually handled by an operator. A method of steaming food items is provided using the cooking device. The food items do not need to be individually handled after they are steamed. A method of transferring steamed food items from the cooking device to a container or a work surface is also provided. The steamed food items are transferred without individual handling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry T. Ewald, Paul G. Simmons
  • Publication number: 20150305554
    Abstract: Two-sided grills are provided having a positively controlled vertical gap between two opposed cooking surfaces, means for detecting initial contact of an upper cooking surface on a food item placed on a lower cooking surface, means for measuring the gap between the cooking surfaces at the initial contact position to determine a thickness of the food item and a food-item type, and a control system for automatically initiating a pre-programmed cooking routine based on the food-item type. The cooking routine includes varying the gap dimension between the platens while cooking the food item, the range or sequence of gap dimension variation being based on either the measured thickness of the food item or a nominal thickness associated with the identified food item type. In other aspect, grills according to the invention may include a lower platen mounted for vertical movement and an upper platen mounted only for pivoting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Publication date: October 29, 2015
    Applicant: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Ron Dorsten, Henry T. Ewald, Manuel Calzada
  • Patent number: 9084429
    Abstract: A food tray and tray insert are provided that are particularly adapted for use in a heated food holding compartment. Methods of storing cooked food are also provided using such devices. The devices and use thereof allows cooked food such as hamburger patties to be stored at elevated temperatures for extended periods of time without a significant deleterious effect on the organoleptic properties of the cooked food.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Fernando Esparza, Tim Traylor
  • Patent number: 9049875
    Abstract: In accordance with the invention, a device and method for steaming and toasting food items is provided. The device is particularly suited for steaming and toasting hamburger sandwich bun heels and crowns. The device in accordance with the invention may include a steam outlet for steaming food items by impinging steam onto the food item. A conveyor moves the food item along a toasting pathway in which the food item is toasted by a heated platen extending along at least a portion of the toasting pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry T. Ewald, Paul G. Simmons
  • Patent number: 8997636
    Abstract: An improved food storage device for holding food items in a controlled environment, typically heated, is disclosed. The device can hold different foods under different conditions for different amounts of time. Among the improvements is an intuitive programming interface. The device may be programmed by selecting different options displayed on different displays associated with different specific food storage positions by pressing a button associated with the display displaying the option. The device may have synchronized displays allowing users to more quickly assimilate displayed information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Kirby, Timothy A. Turcich, Ronald J. Dorsten, Edward P. Bridgman, Peter Rivera-Pierola
  • Patent number: 8974359
    Abstract: A food tray adapted to be removably located in a predetermined position in a compartment is provided having a tray body and a fixed movable stop member. The tray body includes a first end and a second end, a bottom and a sidewall structure defining a volume. The fixed movable stop member is located at one end of the tray body and is movable between a retracted position and an extended position. When the tray is inserted in the compartment in the predetermined position, the fixed movable stop member is in the extended position and restrains further insertion of the tray into the compartment. A method of making a food tray in accordance with the invention is provided. Also provided is a method of storing food within a food tray to be contained in a pass-through compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Manuel Calzada, James C. Purgatorio, Michael Theodos
  • Patent number: 8960488
    Abstract: A food tray device for maintaining food warm or cold is disclosed. The food tray device has a support and a disposable tray portion or container. The container generally does not need to be sturdy enough to reliably carry food without the support. Optionally the support and container may have holes for limited venting of the tray interior while maintaining the moisture content of the food.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce G. Feinberg, Daryl Kellenberger
  • Patent number: 8956674
    Abstract: A food holding device includes a holding bin and an optional heating component. The holding bin has a specified average surface roughness Ra on at least a portion of the surface intended to be contacted with food during storage of the food.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: James C. Purgatorio
  • Patent number: 8850969
    Abstract: An device and method are provided for steam injection heating to melt a cheese component of a food item of a food product. The device includes a housing for a steam generator and a steaming chamber. Generated steam is injected into the steaming chamber to melt the cheese component of the food item held in a container inserted into the steaming chamber. The device is configured to rest on a counter so that the counter provides an interior support surface in the steaming chamber. The counter also provides an exterior support surface for the container and a work surface. The container is inserted into the steaming chamber by sliding it on the exterior surface and is received and supported by the interior support surface. A food product having a melted cheese component is assembled, produced and packaged while the container is supported in the single plane of the counter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry T. Ewald, Paul G. Simmons
  • Publication number: 20140272060
    Abstract: A commercial cooking apparatus is provided for simultaneous steaming and two-sided grilling of food items having non-uniform thickness and/or variations in nominal thickness. The apparatus includes a compressible, heat-resistant ring member, and optionally a flexible, non-stick, heat-resistant film material associated with the ring member to form a cavity defined by the inner perimeter of the ring member. A cooking method is also disclosed, wherein a food item and a quantity of water are introduced into the cavity, and the food item is simultaneously cooked by the heated upper and lower platens of a conventional clamshell grill or similar apparatus and by steam generated by heating the water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Manuel Calzada, Henry T. Ewald, Paul G. Simmons
  • Patent number: 8833243
    Abstract: A grill includes a lower platen assembly having a lower grilling surface and a pivotally attached upper platen assembly having an upper grilling surface. The upper platen assembly includes three motors encased in a shell. A cable attached to each motor suspends the upper grilling surface. The grill is automatically calibrated to ensure that the upper grilling surface is level. Each motor independently and sequentially raises the upper grilling surface from the lower grilling surface. When the upper grilling surface lifts from the lower grilling surface, the current in the motor changes. The settings of each motor at this instant are stored in a control to determine the calibration point when the upper grilling surface is level. The grill also automatically recognizes a food item placed on the lower grilling surface to determine the cooking parameters of the grill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Sands, Robert K. Newton, Ronald J. Glavan
  • Patent number: 8827185
    Abstract: A dispenser for granular materials and a method of seasoning using the dispenser is provided. The dispenser has multiple deflectors. The deflectors can deflect granular materials in tangential and radial directions. The dispenser has a dispensing mechanism actuated by a user-manipulable lever connected to a yoke in which a pin is received for rotating a member of the dispenser. The dispenser achieves consistent quantities with each dispense with three different features. One feature is having a rim partially raised around the first member aperture. Another feature is pushing elements that cooperate with the partially raised rim. A third feature is radially staggered dispensing apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul G. Simmons, Scott G. Peterson, Michael S. Tucker, James E. Johanson, Russell V. Plum, Jr., William C. Mulkey
  • Publication number: 20140220196
    Abstract: A device and method are provided for measuring and controlling temperatures of a cooking platen. In particular, according to the invention, a surface temperature sensor is configured to measure a temperature on or proximate to a cooking surface of the platen and an internal temperature sensor is provided to measure an internal temperature of the platen, which may be proximate to the hottest location in the platen, i.e., the opposite surface of an insulated platen or the core of an uninsulated platen. The surface temperature sensor provides an accurate reading of the actual cooking surface temperature, while the internal temperature sensor provides a better indication of total heat energy stored in the platen, being less sensitive to surface fluctuations. A microprocessor controls the rate of heat energy addition to the platen based on information from both temperature sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Balagru K. Veloo
  • Publication number: 20140193549
    Abstract: A food holding device includes a holding bin and an optional heating component. The holding bin has a specified average surface roughness Ra on at least a portion of the surface intended to be contacted with food during storage of the food.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: James C. Purgatorio
  • Patent number: 8770433
    Abstract: A tray for vibratory conveying of food articles from a hopper is provided. The tray includes a tray body, food inlet portion, and a food outlet portion. An upwardly extending dividing member divides the tray into at least two food inlet conveyor passageways, the inlet conveyor passageways merging into a single food passageway that extends to the food outlet portion. The single food passageway may have an initially wide portion and subsequently narrow to a narrow portion as it approaches a discharge end. This arrangement helps to declump food items, preferably causing food items the size of chicken nuggets to be conveyed in a single-file arrangement along the single food passageway. The single food passageway is preferably non-linear, and may, for example, have a zigzag or serpentine configuration to promote accurate dispensing of food items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald A. Sus, Glenn Schackmuth, Craig Conley, Ron Dorsten, Henry T. Ewald, Jenny M. Hong, David Bone, Brian Rudesill
  • Patent number: RE47380
    Abstract: A vehicular drive-thru food ordering and delivering system and method are provided. The system includes a lot, a drive-thru lane and a building for receiving and filling drive-thru orders. The building has a primary food delivery window for passing ready orders to drive-thru customers, and a downstream in-line parking area for drive-thru vehicles having a delayed order. Proximate to and downstream from the primary food delivery window is a doorway for attendant access from the primary food delivery window to the downstream in-line parking area. An attendant runway is proximate and downstream of the doorway and proximate to the in-line vehicle waiting area. A customer with a delayed order can be directed to wait in the downstream in-line waiting area. When the delayed order is ready for delivery, an attendant can deliver the ready order via the proximate doorway and proximate attendant runway to a vehicle waiting in the in-line vehicle waiting area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Ed Bridgman, Alison Guy, Denis Weil, Dan Wohlfeil