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Andy Husbands is the Chef/Owner of The Smoke Shop BBQ in Boston, MA. After a storied career cooking and traveling, which you can find out about here, Chef Andy owned and operated Tremont 647 for 20 years, from 1996-2016. in 2018, he opened The Smoke Shop BBQ in Boston, which he created with the intention of scaling the concept. There are currently five locations in and around the Boston area.

Check out The Thrill of the Grill by Christopher Schlesinger as mentioned in today's episode!

Check out all of Andy's books:


Wicked Good Burgers

Wicked Good Barbecue

The Smoke Shop's Backyard BBQ

Grill To Perfection

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favor success quote/mantra:

  • "Every day - just a little bit better."
  • "Have the best time possible in all circumstances."

In this episode with Andy Husbands we will discuss:

  • Having a competitive nature
  • The importance of "getting involved"
  • Establish roots before you open your own restaurant
  • Leadership advice
  • Empathetical management
  • Is your concept scalable?
  • The importance of a multi-cultural team
  • Responding to reviews

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Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Ability to roll with it
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Too quick
  3. What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team?
    • Can they be pushed?
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Growing quickly
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Community
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Treat everybody like Grandma
  7. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
  8. What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations?
  9. What is one thing you feel restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough?
    • Take time off and vacations
  10. 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?
    • Enjoy
    • Focus
    • Relax


Instagram: @andyhusbands


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Huge thanks to Andy Husbands for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

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