Restaurant Unstoppable with Eric Cacciatore

Kevin Boehm Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, CO-CEO and CO-Founder of BOKA Restaurant GroupKevin Boehm. After opening 30 restaurants over the last 27 years, James Beard-winning restaurateur Kevin Boehm has become one of the nations foremost visionaries in the field of hospitality. Kevin, along with his partner Rob Katz have built BOKA Restaurant Group on great chefs, inspired design, and enlightened hospitality.Kevin grew up in Springfield, Illinois, and knew at a young age that he wanted to be in the restaurant business. After working in the industry for just a few years, he saved enough money to open a 6 table restaurant in 1993 called the Lazy Daze Café in Seaside, Florida. Restaurants in Blue Mountain Beach, Florida, Springfield, Illinois, and Nashville, Tennessee would follow, and Boehm got his education opening and selling 4 restaurants all before the age of 30. In 2002, Boehm would partner with Rob Katz, and the two would open 26 places together in less than 16 years.

We reference Kevin's first episode often, so check it out here.

Check out Restaurant That Work: Case Studies Of The Best In The Industry by Martin E. Dorf as suggested in today's episode!

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "Continue to be a student of the game."
  • Last time Kevin was on the show, he said: "The key is not the will to win, it's the will to prepare to win."
In today's episode with Kevin Boehm we will discuss:
  • Mentors
  • Communication
  • Major business advice for a FIRST restaurant
  • Early mistakes
  • Choosing the right city to start your career as a restaurateur
  • Learning from failure
  • Navigating partnerships

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Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Doer
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Say Yes too much
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • Emotion
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Finding staff
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • People here like taking care of people
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Black card system
  7. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
  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 influence 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?
    • Kindness reciprocates
    • Nothing is more important than true relationships
    • Your own mental health is the true definition of success

Contact info:

Instagram: @kevinboehmboka



Thanks for listening!

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Huge thanks to Kevin Boehm for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!


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