Restaurant Unstoppable with Eric Cacciatore


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Key Takeaways

  1. Most landlords are being helpful--talk to yours NOW
  2. For the relief bill states, you hire the same number of employees, not necessarily the SAME employees
  3. The reasons why insurance doesn't cover COVID-19
  4. Some restaurants have created non-profits to feed first-responders
  5. Feeding those in need gives you goodwill which will last and keep you alive when this is over
  6. This is your chance to plan for the future now that CARES has passed

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Dean Small is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, where he apprenticed for two years at Windows On The World.

In 1985, Dean became Director of Culinary Development and Purchasing Manager at El Torito Restaurants, which operated more than 220 units and 12 restaurant concepts, with operations grossing over $420 million.

In 1988, Dean founded Synergy Restaurant Consultants to provide innovation and efficiency strategies to restaurants and food manufacturers. Since then, Synergy has been a food, beverage, and operations resource to over 225 national restaurant chains and independent operators.

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Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "You only know what you know."

In today's episode with Dean Small we will discuss:

  • Most people are not born restauranteurs, there is so much you have to learn
  • Working at Windows on the World, the busiest restaurant in the world
  • Productivity, Motivation, high volume kitchen work
  • Working for a Rockefeller
  • How does skiing relate to restaurant hospitality?
  • Cooking in a pineapple cooking contest
  • High-end catering in Aspen
  • Becoming the best caterer in a very busy ski town
  • Failure based on uncontrollable circumstances
  • Meeting challenges as opportunities
  • The immensity you can learn from a massive corporation
  • Leverage buy-outs and how they work
  • Look for "white spaces" where services are needed but don't exist
  • The 8 ways to become more profitable:
    1. Brand Positioning
    2. Guest Experience/Emotional Connection
    3. Management Team and Execution of Strategy
    4. Menu Innovation
    5. Off-Premise Cattering
    6. Labor Costs
    7. Food Costs
    8. Marketing

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