Restaurant Unstoppable with Eric Cacciatore

In 2004 the Young family bet it all to purchase the Squeeze In restaurant in Truckee California. Business advisors told the family to run away from the deal but they had a passion and a whole lotta grit and have now grown the company to 8 figures with 12 locations in 4 states.

With parents now retired, daughters Shila and Kay run the company and continue to build the brand with aspirations for more growth.

Both Misty, their mom, and Shila are past guests and now I'm pleased to welcome sister Kay to the show.

Check out Episode 081 and Episode 179 with Misty Young as mentioned in today's episode!

Shila is Episode 303 with Shila Morris as mentioned in today's episode!

Today, I'm reconnecting with Shila and sister, Kay to discuss their recent growth and how the franchise industry is different than the independent and what that transition has looked like.

Show notes…

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "Consistency compounds."

In today's episode with Shila Morris and Kay Salerno we will discuss:

  • Consistency
  • Keep showing up
  • Growth and expansion
  • What we learn from franchises
  • Community and soul in franchises
  • Everything you need to know to franchise
  • Capital (time AND money)
  • Take time to evaluate your past decisions
  • Multiple angles for location assessment

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Contact info:

The Squeeze In franchising website

Instagram: @kayandshi

Thanks for listening!

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Huge thanks to Shila Morris and Kay Salerno for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!


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