Palki Restaurant & NFPA-96

If you’re going to eat Traditional East Indian food in North Vancouver locals would tell you Palki is the spot.  However all was not well in the kitchen, ventilation issues for years caused the employees discomfort.  Further to this we found many NFPA-96 fire hazards that required attention.  The owner took corrective action and retained Evolve… Read more »

Deadly Kitchen Installation

Evolve Mechanical Solutions were retained to inspect a very popular down town Vancouver venue that is now closed. What we found within 10 minutes of walking around was frightening. How this tenant was aloud to operate for so long is beyond belief. See pictures below with comments. The photograph below is of the cooking line up… Read more »

The Kurtosh a Healthy Donut?

The Kurtosh, located in Kerrisdale; 2285 W 41st Ave, Vancouver has a unique twist on what North Americans would believe to be a donut. Evolve Mechanical Solutions were retained as the mechanical engineers and designed a Class 2 Ventilation system.  That is: steam and heat removal only, no grease laden vapours were present thus NFPA-96 welded ductwork… Read more »

Kitchen Exhaust Fail

Kitchen exhaust is always a point of contention.  Where to locate it and how much to exhaust can be a challenge to determine.  Luckily there is code out there to assist the engineer in determining this.  Unfortunately a lot of engineers don’t know this or do not follow it. In this particular Kitchen Catastrophe Evolve… Read more »

Ritual Restaurant Living Wage Policy

Ritual Restaurant located near the corner of Robson street and Denman brings a Gas Town feel to the Westend.  The twist with this restaurant is the Living Wage policy, that is there is no tipping required. BEFORE: AFTER:   BEFORE: AFTER: BEFORE: AFTER: BEFORE: AFTER: I sat down with owner and executive Chef Nevada Cope to… Read more »

Before & After

Original Cafe Mexicano in New Westminster sky train station finally opened it’s doors a few weeks ago serving authentic Mexican cuisine. Some of the major issues included installing an ecologizer because of proximity to residences above. The grease interceptor was a challenge as it had to be installed in the parkade on structural/ seismic supports.  Often… Read more »

Kitchen Catastrophe: Access Panels Fire Hazard

Kitchen Catastrophe: Access Panels Fire Hazard!!!  What’s wrong with this Grease Duct Access panel and inline fan connection? Well there are three obvious things:  The first problem is the fasteners (screws) penetrate into the grease duct, which is a big no no in NFPA-96: Fasteners, such as bolts, weld studs, latches, or wing nuts, used… Read more »