Restaurant Unstoppable with Eric Cacciatore

David Scott Peters is the founder of, a company specializing in coaching and training independent restaurant owners.

He is the developer of SMART Systems Pro, an online restaurant management software designed specifically for independent restaurant operators.

David is a regular speaker at food industry events all over the country, is a regular guest contributor to restaurant industry publications, and enjoys teaching restaurant owners how to live their passions while also operating a profitable business. 

This is David's 3rd time on the show! I HIGHLY suggest you check out his first 2 interviews:

Today we're here to discuss budgeting. Specifically, we'll cover:

  • Why a budget is so important,
  • Why Most Restaurant Owners Don't have a budget,
  • The benefits of having a budget, and
  • How to build a budget the right way
  • Also we'll discuss the first steps you can take to getting a budget

Show notes…

Favorite success quote or mantra:

"Trust the process."

In this episode with David Scott Peters, we discuss:

  1. Why a budget is so important to controlling costs. 
    • Responsibility to be profitable.
    • Roadmap to profits.
    • Goal setting and tracking.
  2. Why Most Restaurant Owners Don't have a budget. 
    • Follow their gut.
    • Think they know their number in the head.
    • Don't want to give up control. 
    • Don't want to share their numbers.
  3. Benefits to having a budget.
    • Reactive VS Proactive.
    • Recover From Unexpected road blocks.
    • Management bonuses.
    • Labor Controls.
  4. How to build a budget the right way.
    • Right tool- Budget Creator Pro.
    • Prime cost, the prime cost formula.
      •  Materials and labor involved in it is production, excluding fixed costs. Rent? 
    • Where to get the numbers.
    • What to do if you don't have the numbers.
    • Budget Webinar

Resources Mentioned

    • Smart Systems Pro 
      • CALL 1-877-457-6278 EX 106 MENTION "RESTAURANT UNSTOPPABLE" AND GET Smart Budget Pro FREE!

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Contact info:

1-877-457-6278 EX 106 Mention "RESTAURANT UNSTOPPABLE" get Smart Budget Pro software free, and be sure to learn more about Smart Systems Pro

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Huge thanks to David Scott Peters for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

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