Restaurant Unstoppable with Eric Cacciatore


In the summer of 2000, owner Leslie Martin took her passion for the artsy cafe and love of the service industry and started Bouldin Creek Cafe in a 700 square foot shack. 18 years later Bouldin Creek remains one of the most popular vegetarian restaurants in the country, employs 95 people, supports animal and human rights organizations, promotes local artists, and works hard to be as eco-friendly as possible.

Show notes…

Favorite success quote or mantra:

"Teamwork makes the dream work."

In this episode with Leslie Martin, we discuss: 

  • How to be a server that is control of situations. 
  • How accountability plays a role in consistency and employee retention. 
  • Going beyond creating a brick and mortar restaurant, to creating relationships, and community that support the restaurant.  
  • Just starting and learning as you go. 
  • Keeping your ear to the ground for closing restaurant in order to be someones exit strategy.
  • If you're driven, that may just be what it takes to win a future investor over. Don't let not having money or credit be what stands in the way of you taking a chance. Just go for it.  
  • Checking your ego at the door and being open to feedback and suggestions. 

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Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Acceptance.
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Too sensitive. 
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • Ask, "What did you hate most about your current job?"
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Being too sensitive.  
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    1. To be equally accepting to all guest, whether they eat meat or not.  
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
  7. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
  8. What's the one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough?
    • meeting with their staff. 
  9. What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your four walls 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. Take time for yourself.
    2. Never take your business for granted
    3. You can learn from everybody. 

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