When Bill Nelliger and Mark Smith were creating the motif for their new Metro restaurant
in downtown Tampa, Florida, they had a minor functional issue integrating their lower
3000 square feet of floor space with a 1500 square foot balcony along two walls.
Although adding to the style and ambiance of the design the balcony caused logistical
problems for their servers.
Looking for an option they contacted Russ Lester, the president of Ultimate Die
Corporation and manufacturer of the Vertical Valet dumbwaiter, to see if a dumbwaiter
might mitigate some of their issues. Ultimate Die Corporation, UDC, along with their
standard line of dumbwaiters specializes in custom dumbwaiter designs for difficult
applications. Some of their projects have included stainless steel weather proof units
for penthouse decks in Manhattan and Honolulu, and personal man lifts to carry an
elderly Yacht owner from the deck to his bridge.
The requirement was perfect for the use of a dumbwaiter.
However, following the standard procedure for
dumbwaiters would require construction of a dedicated shaft
for the unit which would require extensive renovation work plus a delay in the
The solution was a free standing unit. The design requirements were aided by the
general retro decor of the facility. The unit consists of a metal frame with the
openings filled with diamond-perforated panels.
Diners are protected from any danger
but can fully view all the working elements of the unit.
The unit was completed and functioning at the UDC facility before it was delivered to
the site. It was equipped with a removable set of casters. Upon delivery it was
wheeled into the restaurant, raised into position, leveled, the casters removed,
fastened to the structure, plugged in and it was operational.
The unit is equipped with a counter and each evening a lucky guest who can guess the
number of trips The Vertical Valet has made, receives a free treat.
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