If you want to save big in the kitchen, shop where the professionals do and get an 11Alive Ways to Save discount through the month of April.
Many restaurant supply stores are not open to the public, but ACityDiscount in Norcross, Georgia is. The showroom on Dawson Boulevard in Gwinnett county has both new and used restaurant equipment. Out of state residents can also shop online.
Customers can find professional quality plates, barware, utensils, party supplies and kitchen tools for prices that are in many cases, far below regular retail. "I've seen this whisk for $18 down the street. Here it's $3.50," said showroom manager Mike Ellin as he demonstrated a large selection of whisks in varying sizes.
The showroom also has a large selection of professional quality knives and stainless steel, aluminium and cast iron cookware. "Good commercial grade has to do with durability, thickness, and life span," Ellin said. Among the best bargains are the kitchen gadgets and cast enamel cookware. A Lodge brand 6 quart cast enamel dutch oven is $68, compared to $305 for a similar LeCreuset model at LeCreuset.com
The showroom also has furniture, refrigerators, ranges and other appliances for restaurants. Ellin says most of the restaurant quality ranges wouldn't be appropriate for the home and that the refrigerators are noisier than residential ones. He said ACityDiscount recently began carrying high end residential dishwashers and ranges made in Italy.
Cooking aficianados can shop in the showroom or online. The selection of used items changes every week.
ACityDiscount is located at 6286 Dawson Boulevard, Norcross 30093. Hours are 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday. (404) 752-6715.
Throughout the month of April, visitors to the showroom who mention Ways to Save on 11Alive you'll get an extra five percent off anything you buy. Online shoppers can use the coupon code Ways2Save.