For decades, the Sher family and their Day & Nite team has set the bar for the highest quality service both in Metro New York and up and down the East Coast. With a portfolio of service customers that encompasses many the nation’s leading restaurants, corporations, stadiums/arenas, colleges & universities, the Day & Nite brand has become synonymous with creative approaches to the most complex of kitchen service challenges.
That very same success may have in fact led to some oversight from the foodservice industry to a skill set that has been a cornerstone of the Long Island firm since its launch:
“There are so many core skills that installation shares with service,” noted Day & Nite’s President Matt Sher. “Keep in mind that our ability to build and work within the shop drawing and rendering has always been a staple for us. In most cases, the warranty on a branded piece of equipment needs to be installed by a company and technician that have been certified by that factory. Day & Nite has worked diligently to check all of those boxes by continually sending our techs to factories.”
So for decades, Day & Nite has been brought in by Metro New York and the nation’s leading dealers and consultants to protect manufacturers’ warranties. “This has also enabled us to understand and master the key differences between needing to service and existing piece of equipment and the installation of new equipment,” Sher continued. “It begins with developing an ability to anticipate the needs of the dealer.”
Most recently, Day & Nite was brought in to support the work being done by Monsey, NY dealer Culinary Depot at the iconic TWA Hotel at JFK Airport. “That project really represents how we are best able to support the needs of a dealer with a multitude of challenges throughout the project that encompassed both refrigeration installation and the start-up of much of the kitchen equipment to get the TWA kitchen opened on time,” Sher explained.
The TWA Hotel project illustrated why it takes a unique skill set to execute comprehensive kitchen installation. “We needed to be in step with Neil Posen of Culinary Depot as he coordinated with the trades and met a series of intense deadlines. This also includes an understanding of what goes into the staging of a project with a large inventory of custom fabrication, which most service companies never experience,” Sher said.
Day & Nite’s portfolio of successful installations continues to grow in all segments of foodservice. The company recently completed full HVAC Renovations of 5 New York City McDonald’s locations. “We took them from rooftop units to energy efficient
Mitsubishi City Multi Equipment,” noted Brett Sher, Day & Nite’s Vice President.
Day & Nite recently completed the commissary for NY’s #1 rated BBQ restaurant Hometown BBQ. “We furnished and installed the complete HVAC system and ductwork,” Brett Sher added. The Fall has been very busy for Day & Nite’s installation team with current projects including the replacement of a 100 ton chiller at Bubba Gump’s Times Square. Day & Nite is also completing the HVAC replacement of three rooftop units and supplemental cooling with Mitsubishi Ceiling Cassette units at Advance Tabco new corporate offices on Long Island.
At the core of both Day & Nite’s installation and service portfolio has been its’ award winning refrigeration expertise. In addition to completing the installation of the refrigeration at the TWA Hotel, the Shers and their team recently completed the refrigeration at the new Dock 72 building at Brooklyn Navy Yard and at a number of the new eateries at the West Side’s Hudson Yards. Day & Nite’s Metro New York installation portfolio continues to grow as New York City’s schools have specified the company to handle installation at PS101 and PS19X.
“We have also been able to bring much of this installation expertise to our work outside of New York,” Matt Sher added. Day & Nite’s most recently hub in Boston completed a renovation of their Mitsubishi City Multi System at Wagamama. “This presented an interesting challenge that required we right size and re-piped everything to the correct line sizes to increase efficiency,” Brett Sher said.
Day & Nite’s New York team recently supported the firm’s New England expansion with its completion of the refrigeration installation at the MGM Hotel & Casino in Springfield, MA. “This is one of the largest projects we have ever taken on. We came in on time and on budget,” Brett Sher said.
Day & Nite’s Mid-Atlantic operation has also seen exponential growth with installation. The company installed a new refrigeration rack system in the café renovation at JP Morgan Chase in Delaware. Day & Nite is currently working on the W Hotel in Philadelphia where they are handling the refrigeration for the entire hotel, The company is also working on the Pennsylvania Convention Center with the installation of its’ refrigeration renovation project.
Day & Nite’s brand growth in the Carolinas has been built on the foundation of a number of high profile projects. These include the full installation of refrigeration and kitchen equipment in the corporate cafeteria Corning Optical Headquarters in Charlotte, NC. The second generation firm also installed a full café renovation with a rebuilt kitchen line, new walk-ins, and added outdoor pizza ovens. Compass Group headquarters are in Charlotte. In Raleigh, Day and Nite was chosen to install a complete washroom up fit at Rex Healthcare.
For many service companies, combining multiple disciplines of working with gas and electric to install cooking equipment and then water for the plumbing of a dish machine suite can prove to take them out of both their comfort zones and factory certification. “Our commitment to both training and technology has given us the manpower and tech/savvy to deploy the right teams and expertise to deliver quality installation for our customer base,” Matt Sher concluded.
Once again as it did with service for 40 plus years, Day & Nite has set a new standard for installation expertise for the commercial kitchen industry in Metro New York and up and down the East Coast.