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The Smiling Bison Restaurant & Pelican Water


The Smiling Bison Restaurant and Bar in Orlando, Florida, prides itself on handcrafted, locally sourced, and delicious meals. The restaurant knows the quality of water used in food preparation has a significant impact on the taste of the meal. To offer the best possible taste experience, The Smiling Bison recently installed a Pelican combination filtration and water softening system, and the results have been extraordinary.

Smiling Bison Chef & Co-Owner, Josh Oakley

“We recently installed a Pelican Water Filtration System at our restaurant in Orlando and couldn’t be happier that we did. Not only is does the drinking water taste better but the improvements in our recipes are remarkable too. Great cooking requires the purest water possible and there has been a noticeable difference in all of our stocks and sauces, pizza and pasta dough, rice, grits, cocktail ice cubes, and everything else that includes water as an ingredient.” – Smiling Bison Chef & Co-Owner, Josh Oakley

First cleaner, fresher water in food production helps the natural flavors of The Smiling Bison’s locavore meals shine through. Drinks made with filtered water taste better as well whether you request a hot cup of coffee or a glass of freshly brewed iced tea accompanied by ice made from filtered water.

Easy access to freshly filtered water provides both the restaurant and its customers with an environmentally conscious alternative to costly and wasteful bottled water. It takes three gallons of water to produce a single bottle of commercial water, so the ecological advantages of a water filtration system cannot be understated. With fewer customers drinking bottled water, the Smiling Bison is reducing its impact on the environment.

In the back of the kitchen, the system’s salt-free water softening is making restaurant management simpler too. Softer water reduces unsightly spotting on glassware, dishes, and utensils while dramatically reducing the scaly buildup of heavy minerals on the delicate mechanisms of ice machines and industrial dishwashers.

Because the combination system uses no electricity, the Bison hasn’t seen an increase in its utility bill while the salt-free water softener produces none of the wastewater seen with salt-based systems, keeping the restaurants water bill as low as possible.

Pop by The Smiling Bison next time you’re in Orlando, and have a cold refreshing glass of filtered water with your meal. As you do, remember Pelican combo filtration and water softening systems provide the same quality of water in homes as they do in restaurant settings.

Pelican Combo System Salt-Free Water Softener Whole-House Water Filter