When world-class chefs open a new restaurant, they want to create a unique dining experience that keeps guests enticed from the moment they walk through the doors until the next day when they inevitably tell all their friends about it. Richard Blais, winner of Bravo’s Top Chef All-Stars and host of several network television cooking shows, does this by using science and technology to offer dishes unlike any other. Think nitrogen-frozen desserts that melt as your waiter pours hot fudge over them.
In his new San Diego restaurant Juniper & Ivy, Blais matched his penchant for high-tech cooking with a comprehensive audio-video, security, and climate-control system that ensures the restaurant operates smoothly. Using an ELAN g! Control System designed and installed by local integrator Paradise InfoTech, the staff at Juniper & Ivy has instant control over all of the lights, 11 distinct zones of audio, and 10 zones of climate control, ensuring every guest has the best experience possible.
With the ELAN g! system running things behind the scenes, select Juniper & Ivy staff can make adjustments right from their mobile phones to cater to any guests’ music and volume request. Crucial to this operation is the separation of zones, offering different volume levels and audio sources for the main dining area, three semi-private dining cubes, a private dining room, two offices, the kitchen, the bar, the lounge, and the outdoor patio. Each of these zones also has its own climate control, so a private party can set the temperature to exactly what they want.
Using the ELAN g! app on their mobile phones and house iPads, select staff can view any of the establishment’s 13 IP video cameras even when they are offsite. This gives owner Michael Rosen extra peace of mind, because he can ensure that everything is going smoothly no matter where he is in the world, and if anything does go wrong, he can log in to view it firsthand.