Three Great Breakfast Places Brought to You by Fort Worth Hood Cleaning

In my opinion breakfast is the best meal of the day.  Mostly I cook breakfast at home but once in a while I love to go to a good breakfast place.  I tend to only try a couple of items like chicken fried steak and eggs or huevos rancheros.  A restaurant can either make them really good or they can really mess them up.

I have selected three places in Fort Worth, Texas that serve breakfast and have good ratings.

Fort Worth TX RestaurantFixture Kitchen and Social Lounge is on the Southside of Fort Worth.  Chef Ben Merritt was dubbed in Texas Magazine’s 2016 Top Chefs and in 2017 Chef Master.  His restaurant was acclaimed Best New Restaurant, Best Appetizers and Best Brunch.  I’d say he has a pretty good track record.

As a certified Culinarian with the American Culinary Federation, Chef Ben has spent ten years in the restaurant industry.  He traveled the world with the U.S. Navy developed his passion for food and cooking.  He has studied under some of the most prestigious chefs to hon his cooking skills.

Using an eclectic twist, Chef Ben creates some amazing American dishes in the Fixture Kitchen and Social Lounge Kitchen.  He believes he needs to give back by supporting his local community.  One of the places he gives back to is the Fairmont Community Library.

They also support the community by using American wines, craft beer made locally as well as spirits.  This creates a stronger sense of community that the clientele keeps coming back for more.  No wonder they have over three hundred and fifty positive posts online.

rise n 3 is near Texas Christian University in the West Cliff part of Fort Worth, Texas.  This restaurant specializes on French cuisine, especially soufflés due to one of their Founders, Hedda Gioia Dowd.  Her mother was French and her father was Italian American.  She spent every summer in France as a child and there was a lot of food.Fort Worth Texas Restaurants Photo

She watched her grandmother and mother work together in the kitchen to create mouthwatering soufflés.  Amazed at the puffiness and aroma, it left her with a dream of opening her first restaurant in the United States.

Hedda paired with an esteemed chef and lifelong friend Chef Cherif Brahmi.  Born in the food capital in France, Chef Cherif is an award-winning chef that brought the right combination to Hedda’s dream of a restaurant.  rise n 3 gets four and one-half stars on the internet.

Fort Worth Restaurants PictureTaco Heads opened their brick and mortar restaurant in 2016 in the Arlington Heights area of Fort Worth.  Originally one of Fort Worth’s first successful taco trucks, they created a loyal following for tacos.

Taco Heads is the combination of Sara and Jacob Watson.  They found each other on an Uber ride and their partnership grew from there.  Sara had a passion of r creating the perfect taqueria for taco lovers.  She told her mom of her dream and her mother quickly got behind her.  She found all of her old family recipes and she and Sara went to work creating amazing taco recipes.

With over five hundred and forty posts on the web, they truly have a loyal following.

Hood Cleaning Fort WorthFrom food trucks to restaurants, employers who have commercial kitchens should keep in mind they need to have a hood cleaning done on their kitchen exhaust equipment systems.  Grease and particulates are filtered out by these systems and gather in the filter system.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, a commercial kitchen should have a thorough hood cleaning done at least quarterly.

Fort Worth Hood Cleaning has certified professionals that do hood cleaning for restaurants all over the Dallas, Fort Worth area.  They are trained and bonded and used by some of the best restaurants.

Expanding Our Business to Include Hood Cleaning

My husband and I have had our janitorial business for several years now.  Recently we decided we wanted to expand our business to include commercial kitchen hood cleaning.  We really did not have much experience in hood cleaning, so we decided to reach out to our friends at Tampa Hood Cleaning Pros in Tampa, Florida.

Our friends were delighted to hear from us and invited us to travel to Tampa to see their business first hand.  We found a delightful place to stay in Clearwater through a Bed and Breakfast site.  We packed our bags and made the journey to Tampa.

The first day we met with our friends they toured us through their shop and discussed what types of businesses need to have their hoods cleaned on a regular basis.  It is required by law that kitchen exhaust systems be cleaned on a regular basis.  While in our minds we thought we would only be cleaning commercial kitchens in restaurants it was surprising to hear there are several other places commercial kitchens exist.  There are Hotels, Schools, Airports, Nursing Homes, Malls, Hospitals, Summer Camps and Food Trucks to name a few.

They recommended we get ourselves certified as a professional hood cleaning and commercial kitchen business.  They stressed we needed a clear knowledge of the NFPA 96 regulation.  The NFPA 96 is the standard for fire protection and ventilation control of commercial kitchens.  Being certified can be a powerful selling tool when talking to owners and managers of commercial kitchens.

Hood Cleaning Tampa FloridaThat night we dined at one our friends’ favorite places, Rooster and the Till.  Rooster and the Till was rated #1 Restaurant in Tampa Bay by the Tampa Bay Times – 2018.  Located in Seminole Heights, this thirty-seven-seat restaurant was opened in 2013.  It now seats seventy-two people.

This restaurant has two partners, Chef Ferrell Alvarez and Ty Rodriguez.  They love to greet new customers and welcome return customers.  The atmosphere was warm and welcoming, and their food was amazing.

While dining with our friends, they gave us some pointers on best practices for a hood cleaning business:

  • Be good at marketing our kitchen exhaust business – once you have landed a client, be sure to get them on a regular cleaning schedule
  • Build relationships with the local inspectors and fire departments
  • Maintain accurate records of each hood cleaning we do
  • Learn how to manage wastewater when cleaning a commercial kitchen. We must stay in compliance with the Clean Water Act and the EPA
  • Be sure to get the best insurance coverage possible
  • Most importantly – maintain our kitchen hood cleaning equipment. This will maximize efficiency and help you keep your clients

I must say my head was spinning when it hit the pillow that evening.  So much to think about and take on!  Both my husband and I were getting more excited and wanted to learn more.

Day two we returned to our friends’ hood cleaning business to go over what type of equipment we should invest in.  Over breakfast at the Maplewood Street Biscuit Company on N. Dale Mabry Hwy, they gave us a great marketing tip; since most hood cleaning is done during the evening to early morning hours, send your crew to breakfast before they go home.  This can be a great way to find a new client!Hood Cleaning Tampa Florida media

They encouraged us to find a good supplier of commercial kitchen cleaning equipment.  Here is some of the items they recommended:

  • Professional grade pressure washer
  • High Pressure hoses
  • Hose Reels
  • Duct Access doors
  • Cleaning Agents – preferably Eco Friendly
  • Grease and Oil Spill Absorbent
  • Spray Guns
  • Magnets
  • Floor Dryers
  • Commercial Fan Hinge Kits
  • Personal Protective Gear
  • Scrappers and Blades
  • Plastic Sheeting
  • Poly Wash Pads

Hood Cleaning Tampa Florida pictureDay three we decided to take off and see some sites.  We went to Tarpon Springs then had an amazing lunch at Gill Dawg in Port Richey.  There was so much to talk about and plan to put this business together that we needed one day of downtime to put our action plan in place.

Day four we returned to our friends’ hood cleaning business to experience a hood cleaning job in person.  This hood cleaning was in a commercial restaurant that had not been cleaned in a while.  They put up the plastic sheeting and went about their task (which was held by the magnets).  Once the job was done, we saw the amazing transformation to their equipment.  It almost looked like new.  Then the hood cleaning crew talked the owner into putting them on a regular schedule.  This is important as some people just don’t realize how the grease can build up and cause a fire hazard.

That evening we dined at Yah Mon an Elegant Dining establishment with authentic Caribbean food.  They are rated the highest for Caribbean food in Tampa, Florida and I would highly recommend it.

We went home with a renewed excitement to expand our janitorial business to include commercial restaurant hood cleaning.