The Kitchen Repairmen Who Keep New York Cooking

ABC Kitchen: There is a pilot light that never goes out.

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]