Restaurant Unstoppable with Eric Cacciatore

Allan Beetle is the Co-founder of Patrick’s Pub. Before opening Patrick's Pub & Eatery, in Gilford, NH, Allan had a successful career in computer technology sales, allowing him to retire at the age of 38. It was in 1994 when Allan’s brother, and brother’s wife, Approached Allan with an idea to open a restaurant togher. Allan had zero restaurant experience, but his brother was a chef who had worked in hotels prior. Together they put their heads down and ground. After 5 years of hard work they finally felt like they caught a rhythm. 27 years later, today, Patricks Pub & Eatery is an Iconic part of the Winnipesaukee Lakes Region identity.

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Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "Make someone's day."

In this episode with Allan Beetle we will discuss:

  • Enterprise solutions
  • Language use and choices
  • Advice on paying attention to your lease when buying a restaurant
  • Seasonal restaurant service (summers only in a tourist town)
  • True Irish pubs
  • Events in your restaurant or pub
  • Collecting emails
  • Real estate

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Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • I like helping people
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Self-centered
  3. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Staying profitable
  4. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Have fun and make people's day
  5. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Actively engaged in the common standard
  6. What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations?
  7. Name one service you've hired.
  8. What is one thing you feel restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough
    • Finding a passion within their community and engaging with it
  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?
    • Make people's day
    • Have fun
    • Leave things better off after you've been there

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Huge thanks to Allan Beetle for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

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