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Jamila West is the owner of Rosie's in Miami. Jamila began working in restaurants at the age of 16 as a buster. She attended and graduated from both the C.I.A. and Johnson and Wales. She worked for upscale restaurants in New York, LA, Kuwait, Dubai, and Miami. She and Chef Akino West opened The Copper Door, a bed and breakfast, in Miami, which operated from 2018-2020. They transitioned that business into the currently thriving Rosie's Miami, a full-service Southern-American restaurant.

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Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote/mantra:

  • "Capitalize on things that are easy for you."

In this episode with Jamila West we will discuss:

  • Self-awareness
  • Graduating from both the C.I.A. and Johnson and Wales
  • Working Kuwait as a young restaurant professional
  • Restaurant openings
  • Training
  • Being in business with your significant other
  • Mental health in the industry

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Knowledge bombs

  1. Which “it factor” habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Sense of people
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Organization
  3. What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team?
    • Smile
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Evolving the business financially
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Have pride in what you are doing
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Uniform choice
  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?
    • Being on the floor and out of the office
  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?
    • Give back to your community
    • Lead by example
    • Have fun


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Huge thanks to Jamila West for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

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