Restaurant Unstoppable with Eric Cacciatore

Nick Tillinghast is the Founder of DMDT Hospitality and Lifestyle. Nick has an untraditional pathway into the hospitality industry. Prior to founding the DMDT Hospitality and Lifestyle Group with partners Ryan Hutchinson and Kyle McClain, Nick had a career in PR. Enamored by the extreme restaurant design and architecture found in Las Vegas, where he worked as a Hospitality PR Specialist, Nick wanted to bring that same shock and awe experience to the nightlife of his home city, Des Moines. In 2016 he willed into existence DMDT Hospitality and Lifestyle. Today, Nick serves as the sole proprietor of DMDT, and his portfolio includes: Hello Margorie, Good News Darling, and Secret Admirer.

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Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "Do cool shit."

In this episode with Nick Tillinghast we will discuss:

  • Interior restaurant design
  • Private club hospitality
  • PR
  • Las Vegas hospitality
  • Proper leadership
  • Bar service
  • Pop ups

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Creativity
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Delegation
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • Are you passionate about cocktails?
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Making sure that we build a team of people who are passionate
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Be respectful always
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Detail and experience
  7. What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations?
  8. What is one thing you feel restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough?
    • Piecing everything together: cocktails, music, environment
  9. 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?
    • Be kind
    • Take risks
    • Do what makes you happy

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