Restaurant Unstoppable with Eric Cacciatore

Albuquerque native, Tanya Sanchez, developed a passion for food at a young age while cooking with her father. Her dreams of becoming a restaurant owner began to bubble up during her years as a college student working in both corporate and independent restaurant settings.

Fast forward through 10 years in marketing, design, and as a small landscaping business owner, and it was time for Sanchez to take action on her dreams of being a restaurant owner. In 2015 the process leading into what would become Brixens started.

It's been nearly a 5 years uphill battle for Sanchez, overcoming one hurdle after another. Her hard work and dedication are finally paying off as Brixens is rapidly becoming a staple in Albuquerque's dining scene.

Show notes…

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "If you settle for good you will never have the courage or the motivation to be great."

In this episode with Tanya Sanchez we will discuss:

  • Parents as mentors
  • Show guests you care
  • Treat your team as well (or better) than your guests
  • Lead by example
  • Major differences between corporate and independent
  • Importance of systems vs. heart
  • Don't be afraid to take advice from your team
  • The IMMENSE importance of lawyers
  • Partnerships
  • Labor and overtime management
  • Budgeting
  • POS systems and the best ones to utilize and why
  • Inventory time management

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Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Constant desire to learn and to get better.
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Take on too much and try to do too many things at once; prioritize.
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • The best servers walk with a sense of purpose so we have an exercise that tests that. Also test their ability to sell a food item.
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Labor
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Do whatever you can to blow the guest's mind
  6. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
  7. What's the one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough?
    • Appreciate your team and tell them so.
  8. What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your four walls restaurant and how has it influence operations?
    1. Toast
    2. Open Table
    3. 7 shifts
    4. Foodager
    5. Tablee
  9. 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?
    • Your actions matter
    • Keep getting better, don't be complacent
    • Let the people that you love know that you love them

Contact info:

Brixens website


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Huge thanks to Tanya Sanchez for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!


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