Patent Number: 7,708,135

Title: Food transport system and method

Abstract: A food transport system and method are provided for transporting a packaged food item from one floor of a restaurant, such as a cooking or preparation floor, to another floor of the restaurant, such as a serving or dining floor. The food transport system includes a conveyor that transports a food-item supporting carrier along a closed-loop pathway. The carrier includes a rack with a plurality of spaced-apart food-item support members. On an upward portion of the pathway, the carrier passes a pick-up station having a pick-up rack with a plurality of spaced-apart food-item support members, the carrier support members passing between the pick-up support members to pick up the food item. On a downward portion of the pathway, the carrier rack passes through a drop-off rack in a similar manner, thus depositing the food item on the drop-off rack.

Inventors: Ellerth; Ken (Glen Ellyn, IL), Walker; Gavin (Matcham, AU)

Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.

International Classification: B65G 17/16 (20060101); B65G 17/12 (20060101); B65G 17/32 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/04/12018