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Art Murray was a restaurateur and entrepreneur in Minneapolis, MN. His first invention, in 1946, was a domed ashtray with a "Push-for-Service" light used to signal wait staff in his nationally acclaimed restaurant, Murray's Steakhouse. Shortly after, he designed the Thermo-Plate® Sizzling Platter to keep steaks hot without causing them to lose their integrity or become overcooked. Other restaurant owners took notice and his serviceware quickly gained popularity. And so began Service Ideas, Inc.

Art's son, Patrick, joined the two companies in the early '70s. He expanded Service Ideas across the nation and extended the product line to include beverage serviceware. Products like the Thermo-Serv® and New Generation® server quickly became industry staples and secured Service Ideas' position as a superior provider in the service industry. Three generations later, both Murray's Steakhouse and Service Ideas continue the long tradition of great service and quality products.


All NEW Products

At Service Ideas, we strive to bring the best in serviceware. We're focused on expanding our offerings of hydro and painted finishes. Our 981 Servers are now available in 5 finishes. For more information on how to get a completely customizable finish for your restaurant, contact The YES Group.

Beverage Servers

Service Ideas supplies an extensive line of commercial beverageware. Whether you're setting an intimate table for two or a reception hall for two hundred, Service Ideas has the beverage server for you. Our variety of insulated servers will keep coffee hot and dairy cold for hours. For cold beverage options, try our ice tube pitchers to keep beverages cooled and undiluted.


Service Ideas provides tabletop collections for creating an unforgettable experience. Seventy years ago, Art Murray began Service Ideas with a vision to improve table service. His founding item was a domed ashtray with a "Push for Service" light to signal wait staff. Since then, our tabletop solutions have expanded to sizzling plates, barware, table set-ups, and beyond.


Set yourself up for an unforgettable display with our selection of premium buffetware. We understand that each buffet has many elements. From beverage and food dispensers, to accessories, Service Ideas can fulfill all of your needs for a buffet that's as beautiful as it is delicious.