Restaurant Unstoppable with Eric Cacciatore

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Originating from Ocean County, NJ, today's guest is Rob Giuliani, a graduate of Rutgers University, a veteran, entrepreneur, restaurateur, surfer, and the co-founder & CEO of Playa Bowls, which just opened its 99th location.

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "Anyone can give up. It's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart? That's true strength."

In today's episode with Rob Giuliani we will discuss:

  • Giving up is easy
  • Partnerships
  • Taking the leap
  • Early entrepreneurial leanings
  • Being calculated
  • Entrepreneurs are risk-takers
  • An aversion to borrowing money
  • Franchising
  • Giving up a six figure salary to sell açaí bowls
  • The fear of failing makes you stronger
  • Pop ups
  • Collaborations are key
  • Unrealistic expectations for opening a new space
  • Marketing
  • Lead by example
  • Third-party delivery
  • COVID-19 adaptations
  • Able and willing to communicate with your team

Today's sponsor:

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Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Passion
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Kindness
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • Passion
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • COVID-19
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Loyalty
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Customer service. Go above and beyond. Walk the bag around the corner and give it to the customer, as an example.
  7. What's one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough?
    • Customer service
  8. Name one service you've hired.
    • Book keeping/Accounting
  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?
    • Eat good, healthy food
    • Find good financial guidance
    • Be kind

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Huge thanks to Rob Giuliani for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!


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