Facility Planning

Custom tailored for your specific foodservice enterprise. We coordinate, design and implement your vision.
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Mellow Mushroom

Take a look at a recently completed pizza concept in Coralville, IA.

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Layout & Design Services

Our on-staff experts are here to assist you with every detail in a personal, step-by-step process utilizing the latest technologies including CADD and 3D modeling. We’ll help you add your personal touch.

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Consulting Services

You can count on Rapids’ experience with healthcare facilities, K-12 education, college and univerisities, commercial cafeterias, and restaurants nationwide to find innovative, reliable and effective solutions. We will guide you to the perfect equipment solution whatever your endeavor.
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Equipment & Smallwares

Whether you need equipment for a nationwide chain, smallwares for an independent restaurant, or cookware for a catering business, Rapids Contract has more than 3,000 different items in stock in our combined 70,000 square feet of warehouse and showroom facilities.
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Award Winning People

Our organization was awarded the prestigious 2015 Management Excellence Award by Foodservice Equipment Reports
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Your Complete Commercial Foodservice Solution

Our goal is to provide an end product solution for foodservice operations that is attractive, functional, labor efficient, and that does not cost an extraordinary amount of money to build. We have extensive experience working with end users, contractors and architects, and we consider all aspects of a project. In addition, Rapids is well positioned to deliver your kitchen equipment to you at highly competitive price points.  Through our affiliation with some of our industry’s top buying groups we can deliver procurement of your kitchen package at a price that meets any budget. For innovative foodservice design services, creative yet practical consultative advice, and an award winning support staff to aid you every step of the way, get in touch with one of our experienced professionals today!

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Innovative Solutions: Feeding Students During a School Year Kitchen Renovation

The Problem: An area high school’s kitchen was shut down for a large building renovation, which meant the school was going to have to arrange for over 2000 meals a day to be prepped offsite and then delivered to the student body.

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Design Project Challenges: Preparing For and Handling Problems and Changes

“Even in the best-thought-out project, changes along the way are inevitable.” Eric Schmitt, Vice President of Rapids, hit the nail on the head with these words. No matter how carefully you plan, many aspects of your project will remain beyond your control.

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Sponsoring Future Foodservice Entrepreneurs at the 2018 Iowa ProStart Invitational

Each year, the ProStart Invitational is held by Prostart, a two-year educational program focused on providing the experience, skills, and connections future chefs and restaurants owners need to succeed in this volatile field. This competition is held at both the state and national levels, and gives students the opportunities to show off their skills, meet with industry leaders, and win thousands of dollars in scholarships.

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Benefits of Including Multiple Vendor Options in Kitchen Design Quotes

When it comes to designing a kitchen that will meet your customer’s expectations in terms of cost and efficiency, providing several equipment options from multiple vendors is extremely important.

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Rapids Receives 2018 Innovator of the Year Award

Rapids and Associates receives the 2018 MEDCO Innovator of the Year Award presented by the Corridor Business Journal

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Chef Tim Demos Merrychef Commercial Speed Ovens

Rapids Foodservice receives training from Chef Tim of Welbilt on the Merrychef line of High Speed Ovens

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Kip Opheim | ALL STARS of the Corridor Honorable Mention in Corridor Business Journal

Rapids Project Coordinator, Kip Opheim, was recognized as an ALL STAR of the Corridor Honorable Mention in the May issue of the Corridor Business Journal.

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Luke Green Honored as 2017 Dealer Sales Rep of the Year by FE&S Magazine

Rapids very own Luke Green is honored at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago as the FE&S 2017 Dealer Sales Rep of the Year!

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Get Consistently-Colored Tableware for your Restaurant or Bar

There are more than one shade of white. Learn how the names of the different variations of white china came to be, and what to look for when selecting china for your establishment.

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Linn-Mar High School Cafeteria Remodel Awarded FE&S Magazine Facility Design of the Month for April 2017

Once again one of Rapids’ High School Cafeteria redesign projects garners industry praise for its increase in efficiency and aesthetic appeal.

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