The Kitchen Repairmen Who Keep New York Cooking

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ABC Kitchen: There is a pilot light that never goes out. Photo: Hannah Whitaker / New York Magazine

When the salamander is on the fritz, the stove won't start and all your heat lamps have gone cold, restaurant equipment repairmen are like special-ops soldiers who reach under the ranges, crawl through crawlspaces, and swap out a lot of thermocouples, the Times reports. Places like ABC Kitchen and Balthazar pay anywhere from $425 to $1,000 per month so that the burners keep burning and the fridges stay cold. They're the unsung heroes of restaurants, and literally, the industry's ultimate insiders. [NYT]