Restaurant Unstoppable with Eric Cacciatore

Monte Silva has over 40 years of experience in the restaurant industry. He has worked for Wolfgang Puck, Acme Feed & Seed, Fleming’s Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Merchants, Bound'ry, Watermark, Piatti Italian Restaurant, and Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment. He has 20 years in management as Director of Restaurants, Director of Operations, General Manager, Regional Training Manager, Chef, Wine Director, Service Manager, and Bar Manager. Monte has also worked as a Regional Sales Manager for a Wine Importer in Los Angeles, and consulted at Vine Street Wine & Spirits and Premiere Liquors, as well as for restaurant groups.

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Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "Attitude determines altitude."

In today's episode with Monte Silva we will discuss:

  • Hospitality, gratitude, making people smile
  • Working in restaurants allows you to work literally anywhere in the world
  •  Mentors
  • MAJOR ways to cut cost
  • Linen costs
  • Working with Wolfgang Puck
  • How do you make food look sexy?
  • What a manager can do from home to help his/her restaurants
  • Importance of tracking
  • Guest interaction is critical for a manager
  • Hospitality is a team sport
  • How he is dealing with COVID-19 within his restaurants

Today's sponsor:

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Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Care about people, guests and staff
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • "Hard for me to watch bad decisions being made that are out of my control."
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • I care more about character than talent
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Raising money during COVID-19
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Honesty and owning up to our mistakes
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Lack of leadership on the floor in most restaurants. Not with us.
  7. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
  8. What's one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough?
    • Tell their staff their doing a great job
  9. Name one service you've hired.
  10. What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations?
  11. 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?
    • Be kind
    • Learn empathy
    • Be you

Contact info:


Instagram: @themontesilva

Facebook: @MonteSilva

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Huge thanks to Monte Silva for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!


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