(45) Date of Reissued Patent: Mar. 18,2008
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Primary Examiner—Mohammad M. Ali
(74) Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Senniger Powers
A merchandiser that is capable of holding and displaying both cold foods and warm foods includes a cold pan which has walls that are recessed into the top of a counter to provide a cold compartment that opens out of the counter top. The cold foods occupy the cold compartment. In addition, the merchandiser has a closure assembly which rises upwardly form the cold pan and includes side walls that support a shelf above the cold pan and also housing above the shelf. Front and rear doors are attached to the side walls to close the space between the shelf and housing at the front and rear, respectively, of the closure assembly, so that the doors, the side walls, and shelf and the housing enclose a warm compartment that holds and displays warm foods. Both doors pivot about horizontal axes to provide access to the warm compartment. The housing contains a fan and heating element for circulating heated air through the warm compartment. A refrigerator unit within the counter includes an evaporator coil that lies along the walls of the cold pan.
42 Claims, 6 Drawing Sheets