The 24-year-old, independently-owned Bridges is popularly known in the San Francisco area for its casual-elegant dining, and also as the location for actor Robin Williams' comedic multiple costume changes in the 1993 Hollywood movie, "Mrs. Doubtfire."
Chef Kevin Gin: This is really a common problem (inadequate cooking hood drafting) I think many restaurants suffer from and don't realize there's a simple, inexpensive solution. We once thought replacing the HVAC system would improve our kitchen ventilation challenges, but we now realize it probably wouldn't have remedied what was actually a ventilation problem that fabric ductwork solved."
The simple and effective design for the D-shaped KitchenSox fabric diffuser system.
The ceiling-mounted device disperses airflow uniformly, parallel and in front of the kitchen exhaust hood. The fabric diffuser is an easy-to-install replacement for metal air distribution diffusers that commonly cause kitchen exhaust hood overflow.
This is the table used for the hilarious scene in which Robin Williams plays two characters, Dan Hillard and Mrs. Doubtfire.
Prompted by many restaurants experiencing similar kitchen ventilation problems, the FSTC lab tested different solutions and prepared a report for the Customer Energy Efficiency Programs division of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. In the 2011 report, "KitchenSox™ Air Diffusers Performance Report" the FSTC found that fabric ceiling diffusers mitigated high velocities and turbulence from the HVAC system versus four-way ceiling diffusers that caused well-performing hoods to spill smoke from cooking.