Restaurant Unstoppable with Eric Cacciatore

Ellis Winstanley Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, President of El Arroyo, Ellis Winstanley.


Check out episode 641 with Greg Scheinman about restaurant insurance as mentioned in today's episode.

Check out A Lapsed Anarchist's Approach To Building A Great Business by Ari Weinzweig as mentioned in today's episode.

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "Let's give it hell."

In today's episode with Ellis Winstanley we will discuss:

  • Employee-guided culture
  • Being someone's exit strategy
  • Labor management
  • Costing
  • Reverse engineering a labor plan
  • Menu engineering
  • Business interruption insurance! GET IT!
  • Dealing with employees who steal
  • Flipping restaurants
  • Operating a sign in front of you restaurant
  • Brand awareness
  • Merch best practices
  • Delivering margaritas
  • Building in-house software for your restaurant

Today's sponsor:

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Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Intensity of interest
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Over-commiting, helping people who maybe should be trying to help themselves
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • Are you a contributor?
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Scaling the team
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Empathetic, emotional intelligence
  6. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
  7. What's one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough?
    • Financial literacy, better planing
  8. Name one service you've hired.
  9. What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influenced operations?
  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?
    • Invest in your team
    • Invest in your family
    • Find a way to set up your life so that you're smiling

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Huge thanks to Ellis Winstanley for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!


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