Restaurant Unstoppable with Eric Cacciatore

Hailing from Ranchi, India, Akash Kapoor started studying business communication, law, finance, and economics in the mid 80's. In the summer of 2009 after being inspired by Roi Choi’s Kogi BBQ trucks, Akash and a few of his friends immediate got to work planning their Indian street food concept. Two months later, Curry Up Now was officially in business. 10 years later, Kapoor and his team has scaled the operation to, at one point 5 food trucks, 6 brick and mortar locations and the team also started accepting franchisees into their model. To date they are developing 41 total locations.

Show notes…

Favorite success quote or mantra:

"Status quo sucks. There has to be change."

"If you don't get better you get worse."

In this episode with Akash Kapoor, we discuss:

  • Challenging the status quo. don't just accept things how they are.
  • When developing your brand, really digging at what makes you different.
  • Why its worth taking care of your employees.
  • Never turning people away, even if you're closed.
  • How in today's market, it has never been easier to exceed guest expectation, because they bar has been set so low.
  • Some of the reasons why the bar for hospitality and service has been set so low.
  • The story behind Curry Up Now.
  • Having a, "failures not an option mentality." and just knowing in your gut that it will work.
  • Scaling into your business VS going all in on day one.
  • Being super cautious about hiring the right people. Imagine who your perfect employee is, then hiring for those attributes.
  • Having clear expectations.
  • Staying ahead of the curve with your brand.
  • Being mindful of how you can remove barriers the barriers between your guests and your food.
  • How to maintain the quality of your brand and culture while you scale.
  • Using technology to keep your presence and values top of mind at all of your restaurants.

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  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Getting better everyday.
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    •  Having high expectations from his team.
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    1. They have got to love food.
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    1. Making sure there is someone in each one of his restaurants who cares about as much as he does.
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • If you take care of people the people will take care of your P&L.
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Touch your guest at least 5 times (fast casual concept).
  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?
    • Take care of their guests.
  9. What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your four walls restaurant and how has it influence operations?
    1. Revel
    2. C-tuit
  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. getting better with your values
    2. taking care of your employees and they will take care of your guest. Akash Kapoor Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

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Huge thanks to Akash Kapoor for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!


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