Restaurant Unstoppable with Eric Cacciatore

Nick Bishop Jr grew up in a restaurant family and today is the Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Hattie B's. Hattie B's Hot Chicken is a family business, founded and operated by father-and-son team Nick Bishop, Sr. and Nick Biship, Jr., and is headquartered in Nashville, TN, where there are three locations. The fast-casual eatery expanded first to Birmingham, AL, in 2016, followed by openings in Memphis, TN, and Atlanta, GA, in 2018. In the late summer of 2018, they opened their most recent location at Block 16 Urban Food Hall at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Check out A Lapsed Anarchist's Approach to Building a Great Business by Ari Weinzweig as mentioned in today's episode.

Check out Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek as mentioned in today's episode.

Check out Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't by Simon Sinek as mentioned in today's episode.

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "Smile and hustle."
In today's episode with Nick Bishop Jr. we will discuss:
  • Creating core values
  • Family businesses
  • Seeing and acknowledging opportunity
  • Retaining employees
  • The history of hot chicken in Nashville
  • Creating a brand around one item
  • FOH
  • Make your staff's lives better and they will make your customers' lives better
  • Tip-sharing
  • Inward growth
  • Existing to make people's lives better
  • How to know when you're ready to scale
  • Modern society NEEDS restaurants for human-to-human contact in a digital age
  • The weird bright side of COVID-19 in the industry

Today's sponsor:

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Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • I care to point where I take it home with me
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • I care to point where I take it home with me, try to keep it separate
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • What gets you going outside of work and restaurants?
  4. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Smile and hustle
  5. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Recognize customers and knowledge it, take care of locals and regulars
  6. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
  7. What's one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough?
    • Take themselves too seriously
  8. Name one service you've hired.
  9. What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influenced 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?
    • Surround yourself with good people
    • Don't continue to do things toast don't fulfill you
    • Be open, be an open book

Contact info:

Hattie B's website

Instagram: @hattiebs

Facebook: @HattieBsMidtownNashville

Twitter er: @HattieBs

Thanks for listening!

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Huge thanks to Nick Bishop Jr. for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!


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