Captain D’s, a fast-casual seafood restaurant, announced today that its vice president of construction, Larry Jones, will be recognized at the NAFEM Show.
Jones will be celebrated during the event for his work with Vulcan, a supplier of energy-efficient foodservice equipment.
Together, Jones and Vulcan developed a countertop electric fryer, which will be on display at the show’s WHAT’S HOT! WHAT’S COOL! What Works! gallery.
Jones partnered with Vulcan in 2016 to design the countertop electric fryer, which was integrated into Captain D’s restaurants in July 2017.
The fryers have reduced Captain D’s cook times by 30%, enhanced food quality and improved ergonomics for employees.
Alongside this, Jones worked very closely with premier refrigeration brand Traulsen to develop a new line of freezer equipment stands which act as a suitable base for mounting fryers.
With this, Captain D’s was able to make more use of available vertical space in its kitchens, saving franchisees upwards of $10,000 in development costs.
Brad Reed, chief development officer of Captain D’s, said: “For several years, Captain D’s has been regarded as the leader of the fast-casual seafood segment, recognized for its quality product and state-of-the-art equipment, franchisee satisfaction and consistently delivering best-in-class experiences for both guests and franchisees.
“Much of this success can be attributed to Larry’s contributions, including the countertop electric fryer with Vulcan, which has significantly assisted in our franchise development efforts and cut costs for our franchisees.”
The company said its commitment to kitchen equipment innovation has fuelled recent franchise development.
Franchisee Amin Gulamali has recently opened a new restaurant in Orlando and also plans to develop tow more over the next few years.
In addition to its development in Florida, Captain D’s has opened more than a dozen new locations and signed numerous franchise development agreements over the past year.
There are plans to open new restaurants in Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina, Illinois, Michigan and Oklahoma.
Headquartered in Nashville, Captain D’s has more than 530 restaurants in 22 states.