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Nate Tilden has been in the restaurant business for over 23 years. Tilden started out as a dishwasher then worked his way up to a chef. He managed Castagna for two years before opening Clyde Common in May 2007. In 2010, Nate also opened Spirit of 77, an eclectic sports bar. Today Tilden is the Co-owner of Olympia Provisions, Clyde Common, Spirit of '77, Pepe Lo Moko, The Richmond Bar, Bar Casa Vale, Rushmore Baking and a new project on the horizon.


Show notes…

Favorite Success Quote or Mantra.

"Never waste a crisis." 

In this episode with Nate Tilden, we discuss: 

  • How to make the most of a bad situation.
  • Sticking with it and keeping a positive attitude when you're just starting out in the restaurant business. 
  • Paying attention to what the universe tells you. 
  • Doing what interests you until you've found your passion. 
  • How if you can dream it you can do it. 
  • Taking jobs for who you're going to work with and what you're going to learn. 
  • How you can use lighting to influence your guest. 
  • The power of a positive attitude. 
  • How to raise a half million in 90 days. 
  • The rules of the bar. 
  • Surrounding yourself with other passionate, like minded individuals who are strong where you are week and making them your partner.     
  • If going into business with partners, making sure they have the same vision. 

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Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?

    • His ability to deal with crazy shit while staying positive.
  2. What is your biggest weakness?

    • Spreading himself too thin.
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?

    • Ask where people want to be later in life. 
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?

    • Underperforming restaurants. 
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.

    • Be nice to each other.
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?

    • Do the job you hate the most better than everyone else and you'll never have to do it again. 
  7. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?

  8. Share an online resource or tool.

    • Instagram. 
  9. What's one piece of technology you've adopted in your restaurant and how has it influence operations?

  10. If you got the news that you'd be leaving this world tomorrow and all memories of you, your work, and your restaurants would be lost with your departure with the exception of 3 pieces of wisdom you could leave behind for the good of humanity, what would they be?

    1. Opportunity is just around the corner.
    2. Do what you think you love. 
    3. Practice positive thinking.  

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Huge thanks to Nate Tilden for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!


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