Jay Bayer was raised in Augusta County, VA. With a passion for beer, Bayer got his brewer certification at Siebel Institute. Along side business partner and friend, Chef Adam Hall, the early conversations of opening a restaurant began over home-brewing sessions and dinner parties with friends. In 2012 with a passion for latin food, anthropology, and craft beer, Bayer and Hall opened their first restaurant, Saison. Saison was followed by Saison Market in 2014. in 2017 Bayer teamed up with Michele Jones and Jason Alley to open Flora. Most recently, the same trio are working on Bingo a brew arcade.
Favorite Success Quote or Mantra.
"You've got to know the basics before you can break the rules."
In this episode with Jay Bayer, we discuss:
- Paying your dues before making your moves.
- Constantly improving communication.
- The importance of being reliable and dependable.
- Taking a risk.
- The importance of a team that can communicate and work together.
- How quality of product influences moral.
- How to communicate directly and sternly, yet in a caring way.
- Why you should never berate someone in front of co-workers. Wait until after service in a private setting.
- How culture comes from the top down, so be mindful of what culture you're projecting.
- Using food and beer to foster relationships.
- Getting a sweet deal on restaurant space by being someones exit strategy.
- How getting out of the way empowers your people.
- How giving your people the opportunity to create and contribute increase their buy in.
- The benefits of being an "industry" focused bar.
- How you go further if you choose to collaborate instead of competing against one another.
Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
What is your biggest weakness?
What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
- Find out if they're can pick up on the details.
What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
- empowering your people to contribute and create.
What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
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- Guns Germs and Steel
- Eat that Frog!
- Attention Pays
Share an online resource or tool.
What's one piece of technology you've adopted in your restaurant and how has it influence operations?
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?
- empower your people with the tools they need
- Actively maintain your culture.
- Make time for you.
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