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Starting a Restaurant with the Right Supplies at ZESCO in Downtown Indy

Monday, October 26, 2015  
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So you’re an upstart restaurateur looking to create front-of-the-house ambience and back-of-the-house efficiencies for your new eatery. Should your dining room tableware feature coupe plates or glassware that showcase your craft cocktail? What about a gas or electric plancha grill for the kitchen?

If you’re unsure of your options, in Downtown Indianapolis can help. The locally owned distributor of food and beverage commercial equipment and supplies has the industry’s top design team and product experts to help restaurants from the ground up — and has been in the business of perfecting style for 43 years.

Some of ZESCO’s latest client projects in Indianapolis include:

A feature of the 25,000-square-foot ZESCO showroom is the demo test kitchen. Here, restaurant operators, chefs and their teams have the ability to see how a new piece of equipment works. A pizzeria owner, for example, may be mulling a switch from a conventional oven to a wood-fired stone oven but isn’t sure how the switch might impact the ingredients of a signature dish. Trying it on at ZESCO is the answer.

Heather Tallman, local food personality on TV and family meal advocate, used the test kitchen for the first time in November 2014. She used the location to shoot promotional video of a cooking demonstration using fresh steelhead trout from Bell Aquaculture in Redkey, Ind.

“Everything I needed was right there at my fingertips and in top condition. The backdrop and the pristine space at ZESCO was perfect. It is a great place for chefs or others in the food service industry to give something a test run — and for vendors to train staff on the use of certain equipment,” Tallman said.

While the test kitchen isn’t open to the public for use, customers are welcome to shop the ZESCO showroom, which features kitchen gadgets, glassware, cutlery, china, flatware, induction cookware, and much more. There’s even an “Inventory Blowout” clearance aisle where one can hunt for deals. The welcome sign is always out for any and all types of cooks.


Owners/Founders: Mark Zoll and Clark Zoll

Year Founded: 1973

Location: 640 N. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis, Ind.




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