Restaurant Unstoppable with Eric Cacciatore

Brandon Knoepfle Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

With excitement allow me to intro owner-operator Acorn Grill Restaurant Brandon Knoepfle.

Check out episode 782 with Ryan Gromfin as mentioned in today's episode.

Brandon recommends Hireme - hiring software for restaurants!

Brandon also recommends Ovation - Restaurant Unstoppable hosted an Ovation workshop in the restaurant Unstoppable Network and you can check that out right here.

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "Patience and persistence makes for an unbeatable combination for success."

In today's episode with Brandon Knoepfle we will discuss:

  • Growing up in restaurants
  • Working at Applebee's and finding mentors there
  • Going to prison
  • Living with addiction
  • The power of writing/journaling
  • Bootstrapping and building out a gutted restaurant
  • Learning how to build a restaurant through audio books
  • Branding and marketing
  • Learning marketing through app development
  • Creating a name for your restaurant and your concept
  • Consumer-first marketing approach
  • The hiring process
  • Creating checklists
  • Using profit first
  • Partnerships

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Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Work ethic
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • The negative side of my personality
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • A genuine smile
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • My lack of skills. Always learning and absorbing
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Run a tight ship. What you do outside work is your business, but at the restaurant, you're here to work
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Find a way to deeply connect with your staff and customers
  7. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
  8. What's one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough?
    • Putting themselves first. Letting their family go by the wayside
  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?
    • Don't stop trying
    • Be willing to say yes
    • Be mindful

Contact info:

Instagram: @acorngrill_

Thanks for listening!

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Huge thanks to Brandon Knoepfle for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!


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