Restaurant Unstoppable with Eric Cacciatore

Joe Fontana Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast 3

A product of Chicago, IL, Joe Fontana gave up his cush office lifestyle to pursue his passion for hospitality and food. At the time, this specific passion was meatballs. So he started where he could, selling meatballs at a farmers market, which lead to a Kickstarter campaign to support his brick and mortar. The meatball thing didn't work out, but it created opportunities, specifically, an opportunity for Fry The Coop.

Check out previous episode 425 with Joe Fontana as mentioned in today's episode!

He was also the guest for episode 715! Check that out too!

Check out Zap Props in Chicago as mentioned in today's episode.

Check out Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine by Mike Michalowicz as mentioned in today's episode and suggested by both Eric and Joe.

Also, check out Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler as recommended, quite highly, by Eric in today's episode.

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "If you want to prosper for a year, grow a plant. If you want to prosper for ten years, grow a tree. If you want to prosper for one hundred years, grow people."
In today's episode with Joe Fontana we will discuss:
  • Growth
  • Growing PEOPLE
  • Restaurant design
  • Publicists?
  • Creating opportunities FOR OTHERS
  • Inward growth
  • Promote within
  • Visioning
  • Communicating your vision
  • The importance of vocabulary and language for culture in your business
  • Use language to reinforce vision
  • Profit First Money Management
  • The Pivot

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Contact info:


Instagram: @frythecoop

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Huge thanks to Joe Fontana for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!


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