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Rocco Mangel Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

With Excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest Owner of Rocco's Tacos and Tequila Bar, Rocco Mangel. Born and raised in New York, Rocco grew up in the restaurant business. First, studying his grandfather’s prowess as general manager of New York City’s famed Copacabana Nightclub. Rocco continued to develop in the business, opening his first Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar in 2007 on Clematis Street in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Nine years and countless trips to Mexico later, the well-researched visionary sits atop the Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar empire, as co-owner and managing partner of locations including Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach and Orlando, Florida along with a 2014 New York homecoming in Brooklyn.

Rocco’s commitment to success extends beyond his restaurants and into the communities they serve. Over the last four years, he has raised more than $100,000 for breast cancer research with his annual ”Taco, Tequila & Tatas Tuesdays.” He has also contributed time and energy to various philanthropic causes including ALS Association, Leukemia/Lymphoma Society; JustWorld International; YMCA's Polo for Pedro fundraiser; Vanilla Ice’s Toys for Tots fundraiser; Habitat for Humanity; Genesis Work Dogs; Tri-County Humane Society; March of Dimes; Palm Beach Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, to name a few.

When Rocco is not at one of his restaurants or planning the next phase of Rocco’s Tacos expansion, he loves to travel and spend time with his family, especially his baby girl Charley.

Check out episode 719 with Vaughan Dugan as mentioned in today's episode.

Check out Eat The Frog! by Brian Tracy as mentioned in today's episode!

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only option."

In today's episode with Rocco Mangel we will discuss:

  • Failure and learning from it
  • The nightclub business
  • The taco business
  • Sobriety in this industry
  • Fundraising
  • Take a bad situation and make it better
  • Mentors and what they teach you
  • Accountants
  • Restaurant groups
  • Consulting companies
  • Time management

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Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Generosity
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Failure
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • Honesty
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Fatigue
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Compassion
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • No smoking/no cellphone
  7. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
    • The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A Fuck by
  8. What's one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough?
    • Give thanks
  9. Name one service you've hired
  10. What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations?
  11. 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?
    • To love
    • To share
    • To be kind

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Huge thanks to Rocco Mangel for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!


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