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Take a Look Inside Central – Ongoing Training

If you are already a Central Restaurant Products customer, then you’ve had the chance to interact with our team of knowledgeable product consultants.

You already know that many have been working in our industry most of their careers; others have experience working and managing restaurants before their Central careers. You know that you can trust their experience when seeking advice on the right equipment or supplies that fit both your application and budget. Whether you place your order via phone, fax or online – you know that they’ll have your back.

Ongoing Training


Your product consultants get ‘hands-on’ with the different styles of Server Products’ beverage servers.

But, did you know that our consultants regularly attend vendor trainings held right here in our offices? Each week they learn about new products, industry trends and how to serve their customers better. In May alone, our product consultants met with Lakeside Manufacturing, Metro shelving and carts, Globe Food Equipment, Scotsman Ice, Moffat Commercial Ovens, Service Ideas and Manitowoc Ice Machines. Each brought in some of their products for hands-on learning.

It’s a quick half-hour session that allows vendor reps to teach directly to our consultants and answer their questions about ever-evolving product lines. When Service Ideas stopped by, our consultants were able to see hands-on the differences in their varied lines of beverage pitchers. They learned how each style was designed for specific applications – from self-service to elegant dining services.


Globe demonstrates the features of their slicers, scales and patty presses.

When Manitowoc brought both local and company representatives to a recent training, they explained in depth how to determine the production capacities needed for a wide variety of food service customer types. Did you know that a full service restaurant should plan to use 1-1/2 lbs. of ice per person, while a hotel should budget 5 lbs. of ice per room? How about which food service segments should consider nugget and flake ice? Our product consultants have the tools to answer these questions for our customers.

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It’s all part of our greater effort to maintain our high levels of customer service and ensure every one of our customers can make an informed decision when investing in new equipment for their restaurant, school, institution or catering business. It’s our commitment to supplying you with the right product, at the right price in a timely manner.

So, if you’re not already a Central customer – give us a try. We hope after this look inside our company that you will consider us for your next food service equipment or supply purchase. For more information, be sure to sign up for our emails, request a catalog be mailed to you, or call 800-215-9293 to speak to a product consultant today. Hablo Español? We have product consultants who can help you too.

Central Ready to Fill Your True Refrigeration Needs for the Summer Season

True Commercial Refrigeration Exclusive Central Promotion

Is your your refrigeration equipment ready for the heat and increased use of the busy summer season? If not, read on about the advantages of owning a new True commercial refrigerator, freezer or prep table.

Central Restaurant has once again teamed up with True Commercial Refrigeration to offer an exclusive multi-faceted promotional message to our customers nationwide. True has been a world leader in refrigeration since 1945, and Central proudly offers their full line of products at the lowest prices with free shipping. Also, hundreds of True’s best sellers are in-stock at our Indianapolis warehouse and available for same day shipping when ordered by 5 p. m. ET. This promotion is valid through July 6th.

Other Benefits of Buying True

In its commitment to quality and efficiency, all of True’s products are made in the USA and tested thoroughly to ensure customer satisfaction. True is committed to eco-friendly ideals, as many of their products are Energy Star rated and the company recently redesigned all of their Glass Door Merchandisers with energy-efficient LED lighting standard. Plus, True has been a Foodservice Equipment and Supplies “Best in Class” brand for 13 years in a row.

Central carries True’s full line of products including bar refrigeration, prep tables, merchandisers, reach-in refrigerators and freezers, ice cream equipment, milk coolers and undercounter and worktop refrigeration. Central has made it easy for customers to shop True’s full line of products online – find a link to all their products on Central’s website at

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Click below to shop all True products, and don’t hesitate to contact a Central Product Consultant at 800-215-9293 with any questions.  You can also request a catalog for offline reference.


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Central Restaurant Products Celebrates Annual “1010 Day”

Central Restaurant Products “1010 Day” History

Over Central Restaurant Products’ 32 years in business, we’ve celebrated “1010 Day” almost every year for the past 12.  “1010 Day” is our founders day and takes place on, or close to, October 10. To celebrate, we take a few hours out of our day to eat lunch and play games.

The name and date of the event, and our company name for that matter, comes from our original location: 1010 Central Avenue in downtown Indianapolis. We have since moved to the northwest side of the city (7750 Georgetown Road) to accommodate the foodservice industry’s increasing demand of equipment and supplies.

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Food and Activities

The event kicked off with an italian lunch from Bluebakes Inc. at 12 p.m. Employees enjoyed salad, bread and lasagna.  Ice cream donated from Sesco was available as well.

After lunch was over, everyone moved outside to our back lawn to take a company photo. The weather was impeccable with blue skies and temperatures in the 70s. This was such a relief as temperatures were at record lows last October 10–and everyone felt it.

Once the picture was taken, everyone dispersed for games.  This year everyone was able to play bingo, putt-putt, corn hole, high striker, and basketball shooting.

Central Restaurant Products golfWinners of the games consisted of:

  • Bingo Most Wins: Susan VanWort
  • Bingo Coverall: Danielle Deppert and Brett Cunningham
  • Putt-Putt: Jacob Seprodi
  • Corn Hole: Nat Norris & Nathan Smith (they take over almost every year!)
  • Hi Striker: T.J. Bradley
  • Basketball: Drew Johnson

Visit our Facebook page to see all photos from our “1010 Day” celebration. It was a very successful event!

Side note: Historic Indianapolis has a very interesting article about the history of 1010 Central Ave. It mostly covers the time leading up to when Central Restaurant Products occupied the space.  It also mentions when we moved and it was converted to apartments. The old location has a very interesting history!

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Connect With Central Restaurant Products!

Connect with Central Restaurant Products

Whether you’re on our website or flipping through our catalog, you’ll notice Central Restaurant Products‘ electronic footprint.  While we are a commercial restaurant and foodservice equipment and supply distributor, there so many other things we do for those in the foodservice industry.

From product consultant advice to industry news, Central Restaurant Products wants to make sure you have everything you need to make educated purchasing decisions and are caught up with industry news.  Here are the places you can find us!

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You’ve made it to Central Restaurant Products’ blog! If you are a long-time subscriber, we thank you. If you just stumbled upon our blog in a search, welcome! We update our blog every Monday through Friday with content for the foodservice industry. Since we cater to such a wide range of customers on our sales side, we also cater to those audiences online as well through the content we write. So basically, if you are a member of the foodservice industry, there is something for you on our blog.

On Mondays you can find a video of a product along with some information. Tuesdays and Thursdays are dedicated to some heavy hitting content.  So if you’re looking for tips or advice, those days we publish blogs to help you.  On Wednesdays we have some fun with our “Wordless Wednesday” which is just a posting of a simple picture. (Well, we sneak a few words in there sometimes, but usually never much). Last, on Fridays we feature the Foodservice Industry Week in Brief. This covers the top 10 news stories of the foodservice industry as well as Central Restaurant Products’ product of the week, blog post recap and our current promotions.

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Social Media

Since so many restaurants and foodservices choose the social media platform best for them, Central Restaurant Products can be found on practically all of them to ensure you can find us on what is most convenient for you. We cater to each platform’s style as well since they all aren’t the same. Click on the links below to find and follow us! And don’t hesitate to drop us a message, comment, etc.

Promotional Emails

If you’re looking for ways to save money then you have to sign up for Central Restaurant Products’ emails.  Upon signing up, you’ll receive an email each week featuring a special promotion. (Our designers are very creative, so it’s worth signing up just to see what they come up with each week–on top of the great deals! And don’t worry, we don’t clog up your email).

Buying Guides

Central Restaurant Products always wants you to make informed decisions when it comes to purchasing commercial foodservice equipment and supplies.  If you need some guidance, view our buying guides which feature helpful buying information for the following categories: Refrigeration, cooking equipment, food preparation, furniture, dining room, dishwashing and sanitation, pizza and concessions and shelving.  But don’t ever hesitate to call one of our product consultants if you are in need of more assistance at 800-215-9293. They are here just for you!

Meet Our Product Consultants

It’s always nice to match a name to a face, right? On the Central Restaurant Products blog, visit our Sales page to see who your product consultant is.  Anyone that has a blue “About Me” box you can click to read a little more from.


July 4 products

Celebrate July 4 with Restaurant and Foodservice Products from Central

July 4 Specials from Central

Kick off July 4 with restaurant and foodservice products from Central.  We have equipment and supplies to help you update your outdoor dining space, ice cream or beverage station, grilling area and more.  All just in time for the summer months.

You can also take advantage of our wide variety of melamine dinnerware and plastic drinkware to enhance your dining area.  Shop below or contact a Central product consultant with questions at 1-800-222-5107.

Also don’t forget our July master catalog drops Monday July 8. Stay tuned for more information and specials upon the release of our latest catalog.

July 4 restaurant equipment and suppliesUmbrellas and BasesIce Cream Server and ScoopsOutdoor GrillsBeverage CoolersMelamine DinnerwarePlastic Drinkware

Central Launches New Mobile Website For Smartphone Users!

Big Announcement: New Mobile Website

Exciting news for smartphone users, Central has launched our new mobile website.  Now you can shop anytime, anywhere—right at your fingertips.

It’s perfect for the foodservice professional because the foodservice environment isn’t a nine to five desk job. It’s on the go 24/7, so now we’re just one tap away at all times for you.

Features and Benefits

Our mobile website has all the same information and products as our desktop site, only in a convenient and simplistic format. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted with our logo, options to shop, account access and your cart.  Our rotating banner of promotions is there as well, so with a swipe of a finger, scroll through all our promotions and tap the ones you would like to view.

One of the most exciting new features is “tap to call”, which you will see at the top right corner of the screen. By default this button calls Central’s main telephone number. Once you log in, however, it’s a little different than just calling Central; it goes a step further. How? If you have a product consultant assigned to you, you’ll see their photo, and tapping the button will call them directly. Long gone will be the days of dialing an extension or going through the operator!

Shopping different categories is easier than ever with the ability to filter out the different attributes you need.  Then once you’re reviewing a product, we’ve made sure it’s easy for you to read all about it, view specifications and see any colors, options and accessories available. From there, you can add the product to your cart or email it to website

And as always you can access all the other great features from Central such as:

Be sure to review the bottom of our mobile website to find us on social media and read our blog.

User Information

Central’s new mobile website has been optimized for iPhones and Android devices. At this time, the site is only available for smartphones.

Go in, shop around and let us know what you think! We’d love your feedback. Happy shopping!

Central is One Stop Shop For All True Commmercial Refrigeration Equipment

True Commercial Refrigeration Exclusive Central Promotion

Exciting news for those in the market for new refrigeration equipment: Central has teamed up with True Commercial Refrigeration for an exclusive offer.  Now through May 5, 2013, Central will offer the lowest pricing and free shipping on all True products.  And when we say all, we really mean all because we offer their entire product line on

Bar refrigeration, prep tables, merchandisers, reach-in refrigerators and freezers, ice cream equipment, milk coolers, undercounter/worktop refrigeration—everything.

Other Benefits of Buying True

The low pricing and free shipping aren’t the only benefits; True alone is an excellent commercial refrigeration manufacturer.  First, all of their products are made in the USA.  Second, they’re committed to eco-friendly manufacturing with several Energy Star rated products.  They note on their website they pledge to reduce their carbon footprint to minimize the environmental impact of their products and operations.

Then if that isn’t enough, they’ve also been a Foodservice Equipment and Supplies “Best in Class” brand for 11 years in a row.

Shop Now!

Click below to shop all True products, and don’t hesitate to contact a Central Product Consultant at 800-215-9293 with any questions.  You can also request a catalog, which has additional information about our True promotion.

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Central Restaurant Products Teams Up With Vulcan

Central Restaurant Products released  our latest master catalog on Monday Jan. 14.

For the second year in a row Central has teamed up with Vulcan, which is one of the world’s largest commercial cooking equipment manufacturers. Through this collaboration, Central customers enjoy the lowest prices and free shipping on all Vulcan equipment. In addition, Central now features Vulcan’s full line of products at

Click below to shop! And don’t hesitate to contact a Central Product Consultant at 800-215-9293 with any questions.


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