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Mel Harrington Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Mell Harrington is the Chef and Owner at Sunday Supper Society in Kittery, Maine. Mel grew up working in the restaurant industry since the age of 15 & has never been happier. Most days you can find her in the garden planning dinner or in the kitchen making fresh pasta. Her love for food, travel & culture shines through in everything she does. Mel is currently working towards her sommelier certification, learning to speak Spanish & growing a garden.

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "Bitches get shit done."

In today's episode with Mel Harrington we will discuss:

  • Leaving the industry only to return
  • The importance of travel
  • The benefits of a financial background before entering the restaurant industry
  • Investors
  • Why isn’t restaurant work, especially FOH, respected more?
  • The host position
  • Getting fired
  • Partnerships
  • Transition from FOH to baking

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Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • My work ethic and drive
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Perfectionism
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • Positive attitude
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Perfectionism
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Be welcoming and kind
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Attention to detail
  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?
    • We've lost sight of the passion
  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?
    1. Be kind
    2. Work hard toward what you want
    3. Don't take any shit

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Huge thanks to Mel Harrington for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!


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