Restaurant Unstoppable with Eric Cacciatore

Born and raised in North Kingstown, Kevin got his feet wet in hospitality early on. Starting as a cabana boy at Bonnet Shores Beach Club at just 15, he then worked at a variety of mom and pop spots throughout high school, gaining experience from dishwasher to pizza cook. It wasn’t until he graduated, however, that he truly stepped into the restaurant industry. Under the mentorship of Chef Walter Slater at Junction Pizzeria in Wickford, Kevin truly fell in love with cooking and the undeniable adrenaline of the kitchen.

While there, Kevin was inspired to enroll in Johnson & Wales’ Continuing Education program which afforded him the chance to intern in Italy – an exciting opportunity to connect with his heritage and explore its cuisine. After four months, he returned home where he met his next mentor – and now-collaborator/Giusto General Manager – Aaron Edwards, and joined him at his new restaurant, Trattoria del Corso, as Chef de Cuisine. Here, Kevin’s love for Italian food blossomed, but after a year was pulled back to Italy.

For two and a half years, Kevin fully immersed himself in Italian culture and cuisine under Chef Lorenzo Polegri at Ristorante Zeppelin in Orvieto. It’s here that he first experienced the creativity of freestyle, non-traditional Italian cooking, and Kevin credits this time and Polegri’s tutelage with inspiring him to think outside the box while inside the kitchen.

Back in the States, Kevin cooked at the famed Castle Hill Inn in Newport and then the Michelin-starred Del Posto in New York City. Opportunity again came knocking, and he headed back across the pond, this time to Paris. As Executive Chef, Kevin opened L’Office, a tiny bistro that garnered rave reviews and recognition both locally and internationally for its melding of French and Italian cuisine.

In 2012, Kevin joined forces with the owners of The Salty Pig in Boston and developed its pasta program. Three years later, the team collaborated on a brand new restaurant concept, and in June 2016 opened SRV with co-chef Michael Lombardi. The Venetian-style Bacaro and wine bar was an immediate success, earning a 4-star review from Boston magazine, James Beard Award nomination, and continued critical acclaim since.

Now, Kevin returns home with his high school sweetheart, Sarah, and young son to open his first independent restaurant concept in Newport. Giusto is a labor of love where familiar flavors come together in creative ways for a fun dining experience.

Check out episode 269 with Kevin O'Donnell as mentioned in today's episode.

Check out episode 861 with David Helbraun as mentioned in today's episode.

Today’s feature affiliate: Bentobox. In need of a restaurant website? Click this link to find out why so many of my guests use Bentobox!

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "Keep moving and looking ahead. Don't be afraid to evolve."

In this episode with Kevin O'Donnell we will discuss:

  • Educating staff
  • Milling your own flour
  • Partnerships
  • Communication
  • Lease negotiation
  • Opening a restaurant within a hotel

Today's sponsor:

This episode is brought to  you by Plate IQ, your Accounts Payable Automation and Expense Management solution. PateIQ works with 20,000 restaurants across the country. Plate IQ uses OCR "Optical Character Recognition" and Deep Machine Learning to eliminate manual data entry from the AP process. Automate the full life cycle of your invoices from General Ledger coding to bill payment via PlateIQ’s VendorPay network. With PlateIQ’s VendorPay you can seamless flow from invoice upload to paying your bills. You can earn cashback on invoices from over 180,000 vendors. With Plate IQ Vender Pay, you can see what is due when. Schedule payment by check/ACH/or Plate IQ Card. Lastly, VendorPay is also FOR Vendors. Keeping your vendors happy will give you leverage in negotiating your terms. Vendors participating in Plate IQ’s VendorPay network LOVE it because it shortens Day Sales Outstanding by 25% - AKA: Vendors get paid 25% faster. To learn more head to plateIQ.com/unstoppable to get at least 25% off implementation.

Fluctuating food prices. Staffing challenges- Now more than ever you need to control costs to remain profitable. MarginEdge is a restaurant management software that lets you see your food and labor costs in real time. By automating your invoice processing and totally digitizing your back office, MarginEdge saves your team hours on paperwork and gives you instant insights to manage your prime costs. Try MarginEdge free for 30 days. No contract. No setup fee. Learn more at marginedge.com/unstoppable

Over 20,000 restaurants trust ChowNow (chownow.com/unstoppable) for their online ordering. With ChowNow, you'll take control of your online presence, connect with more local diners, and keep your hard-earned profits. Join the free ChowNow Marketplace to reach new customers without commissions. Want to go big? Put your restaurant in the spotlight with ChowNow Direct—a full suite of branded ordering and marketing tools, including your own app! For a limited time, Restaurant Unstoppable listeners save 30% on a ChowNow Direct annual plan.

Contact info:

Instagram: @giustonewport

Website: giustonewport.com

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to Kevin O'Donnell for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

Direct download: Kevin_ODonnell_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

With excitement allow me to introduce to you today’s guest, the Founder, and CEO of Flyfish Club, David Rodolitz. David's entrepreneurial drive in the hospitality industry started at an early age. In 2003, he founded Impulse Productions, a premier Event-Planning company that works with some of the largest Fortune 100 & 500 companies around the world. David is a founding partner of the Empellon Restaurant Group, which he operated and built alongside Chef Alex Stupak from 2011 -2019. During this time, he opened multiple concepts, including a 3-star NYTimes, 7,500 sq ft flagship in midtown, NYC. During the pandemic, David started kicking ideas around with friends Gary Vaynerchuk, Josh Capon, and Conor Hanlon to start Flyfish Club (FFC), the world's first member's only private dining club where membership is purchased on the blockchain as a Non-Fungible-Token (NFT) and owned by the token-holder to gain access to our restaurant and various culinary, cultural and social experiences.

Today’s feature affiliate: Bentobox. In need of a restaurant website? Click this link to find out why so many of my guests use Bentobox!

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "I never dreamed of success; I worked for it.

In this episode with David Rodolitz we will discuss:

  • Membership models
  • New business models
  • Modernizing and monetizing restaurant models
  • NFT's

Today's sponsor:

This episode is brought to  you by Plate IQ, your Accounts Payable Automation and Expense Management solution. PateIQ works with 20,000 restaurants across the country. Plate IQ uses OCR "Optical Character Recognition" and Deep Machine Learning to eliminate manual data entry from the AP process. Automate the full life cycle of your invoices from General Ledger coding to bill payment via PlateIQ’s VendorPay network. With PlateIQ’s VendorPay you can seamless flow from invoice upload to paying your bills. You can earn cashback on invoices from over 180,000 vendors. With Plate IQ Vender Pay, you can see what is due when. Schedule payment by check/ACH/or Plate IQ Card. Lastly, VendorPay is also FOR Vendors. Keeping your vendors happy will give you leverage in negotiating your terms. Vendors participating in Plate IQ’s VendorPay network LOVE it because it shortens Day Sales Outstanding by 25% - AKA: Vendors get paid 25% faster. To learn more head to plateIQ.com/unstoppable to get at least 25% off implementation.

Fluctuating food prices. Staffing challenges- Now more than ever you need to control costs to remain profitable. MarginEdge is a restaurant management software that lets you see your food and labor costs in real time. By automating your invoice processing and totally digitizing your back office, MarginEdge saves your team hours on paperwork and gives you instant insights to manage your prime costs. Try MarginEdge free for 30 days. No contract. No setup fee. Learn more at marginedge.com/unstoppable
 
Diageo Bar Academy equips bartenders, servers, managers, and hospitality professionals with the insights, stories, and tools to be better - raising the bar on industry standards. Diageo Bar Academy reaches a diverse audience, with backgrounds and skill levels of all ranges- providing them with skills, knowledge, and the techniques they need to improve their personal and professional lives.

Contact info:

Website: flyfishclub.com

Instagram:

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to David Rodolitz for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!
Direct download: David_Rodolitz_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, the Founder of the McHenry Group, Michael McHenry. From selling his first self-built business at the age of 19, Michael has made one thing clear – “a good business only scales or sells.” Over the past decade, this 39-year-old industry disruptor has built a world-class team and honed skills in all aspects of experiential brand and concept creation, culture building and high-performance operations from start-up to multi-million-dollar enterprises. Michael’s dedication to “Championing others to their Fullest Potential” is evident having created more than 2500 jobs, 7 viable brands and opening more than 65 restaurants, Michael has a gift for influencing others and creating one of a kind brands. National award-winning concepts under TMG’S crest have changed the course of the restaurant industry.

Today’s feature affiliate: Bentobox. In need of a restaurant website? Click this link to find out why so many of my guests use Bentobox!

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "Championing others to their fullest potential."
  • "I understand what it takes to win, and it's hard."
  • "70% right, 110% sure."

In this episode with Michael McHenry we will discuss:

  • Starting as an entrepreneur at 10 years old
  • Branding
  • Metrics
  • Anthropology
  • Being a leader

Today's sponsor:

This episode is brought to  you by Plate IQ, your Accounts Payable Automation and Expense Management solution. PateIQ works with 20,000 restaurants across the country. Plate IQ uses OCR "Optical Character Recognition" and Deep Machine Learning to eliminate manual data entry from the AP process. Automate the full life cycle of your invoices from General Ledger coding to bill payment via PlateIQ’s VendorPay network. With PlateIQ’s VendorPay you can seamless flow from invoice upload to paying your bills. You can earn cashback on invoices from over 180,000 vendors. With Plate IQ Vender Pay, you can see what is due when. Schedule payment by check/ACH/or Plate IQ Card. Lastly, VendorPay is also FOR Vendors. Keeping your vendors happy will give you leverage in negotiating your terms. Vendors participating in Plate IQ’s VendorPay network LOVE it because it shortens Day Sales Outstanding by 25% - AKA: Vendors get paid 25% faster. To learn more head to plateIQ.com/unstoppable to get at least 25% off implementation.

Fluctuating food prices. Staffing challenges- Now more than ever you need to control costs to remain profitable. MarginEdge is a restaurant management software that lets you see your food and labor costs in real time. By automating your invoice processing and totally digitizing your back office, MarginEdge saves your team hours on paperwork and gives you instant insights to manage your prime costs. Try MarginEdge free for 30 days. No contract. No setup fee. Learn more at marginedge.com/unstoppable

Over 20,000 restaurants trust ChowNow (chownow.com/unstoppable) for their online ordering. With ChowNow, you'll take control of your online presence, connect with more local diners, and keep your hard-earned profits. Join the free ChowNow Marketplace to reach new customers without commissions. Want to go big? Put your restaurant in the spotlight with ChowNow Direct—a full suite of branded ordering and marketing tools, including your own app! For a limited time, Restaurant Unstoppable listeners save 30% on a ChowNow Direct annual plan.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Never give up
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • I care too much
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • Can you go all in?
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Removing the romantics of the business
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Never lie, never steal
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Be the best part of someone else's day
  7. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
  8. What is something restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough?
    • Take care of their people
  9. What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations?
  10. Name one service you've hired.
    • Brand builder
  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?
    • The greatest investment is one you make in others
    • Make sure your heart is bigger than your balls
    • Leave the world better than you found it

Contact info:

Instagram: @michaelmchenry

McHenry Group website: themchenrygroup.com

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to Michael McHenry for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!

Direct download: Michael_McHenry_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

Jake Brewer is the Chief Strategy Officer of Miso Robotics where he oversees products, innovation, and marketing. He brings leadership, operations and product development experience from the restaurant and food service industry. Prior to Miso, Jake was VP of Restaurant Excellence at CKE Restaurants, the parent company for Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurants, where he led multiple functions including restaurant innovation, engineering, ops commercialization/analytics, and field training. Prior to CKE, Jake led teams at Kroger and Yum! Brands in corporate and field operation roles. He has a degree from Purdue University in Industrial Engineering.

Today’s feature affiliate: Bentobox. In need of a restaurant website? Click this link to find out why so many of my guests use Bentobox!

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "Be replaceable as quickly as possible."

Today's sponsor:

This episode is brought to  you by Plate IQ, your Accounts Payable Automation and Expense Management solution. PateIQ works with 20,000 restaurants across the country. Plate IQ uses OCR "Optical Character Recognition" and Deep Machine Learning to eliminate manual data entry from the AP process. Automate the full life cycle of your invoices from General Ledger coding to bill payment via PlateIQ’s VendorPay network. With PlateIQ’s VendorPay you can seamless flow from invoice upload to paying your bills. You can earn cashback on invoices from over 180,000 vendors. With Plate IQ Vender Pay, you can see what is due when. Schedule payment by check/ACH/or Plate IQ Card. Lastly, VendorPay is also FOR Vendors. Keeping your vendors happy will give you leverage in negotiating your terms. Vendors participating in Plate IQ’s VendorPay network LOVE it because it shortens Day Sales Outstanding by 25% - AKA: Vendors get paid 25% faster. To learn more head to plateIQ.com/unstoppable to get at least 25% off implementation.

Fluctuating food prices. Staffing challenges- Now more than ever you need to control costs to remain profitable. MarginEdge is a restaurant management software that lets you see your food and labor costs in real time. By automating your invoice processing and totally digitizing your back office, MarginEdge saves your team hours on paperwork and gives you instant insights to manage your prime costs. Try MarginEdge free for 30 days. No contract. No setup fee. Learn more at marginedge.com/unstoppable

Over 20,000 restaurants trust ChowNow (chownow.com/unstoppable) for their online ordering. With ChowNow, you'll take control of your online presence, connect with more local diners, and keep your hard-earned profits. Join the free ChowNow Marketplace to reach new customers without commissions. Want to go big? Put your restaurant in the spotlight with ChowNow Direct—a full suite of branded ordering and marketing tools, including your own app! For a limited time, Restaurant Unstoppable listeners save 30% on a ChowNow Direct annual plan.

Contact info:

Miso Robotics website:

https://misorobotics.com

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to Jake Brewer for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!

Direct download: Jake_Brewer_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

With excitement allow me to introduce to your today's guest, Director of Hospitality and Managing Partner at Rossoblu, Hans Lüttmann. Hans has over 20 years of experience working in fine-dining restaurants with the majority of his career taking place in Los Angeles. His breadth of experience includes a year with Providence, Los Angeles, CA, as captain. Three years with Hatfields Restaurant in West Hollywood, CA, as Server/Sommelier and eventually as Director of Hospitality for an additional four years before joining the Rossoblu team. Hans is proof that if you treat it like you own it, eventually you will.

check out Traction by Gino Wickman as mentioned in today's episode.

Today’s feature affiliate: Bentobox. In need of a restaurant website? Click this link to find out why so many of my guests use Bentobox!

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "Let's take of the restaurant, take care of one another, then let's take care of the guest."

In this episode with Hans Lüttman we will discuss:

  • What is the definition of a server?
  • Lessons taken from working at LucasFilm
  • Arrogance
  • Partnerships
  • Coaching
  • Sobriety
  • Leadership
  • Core values
  • Mental health in the industry
  • Meditation

Today's sponsor:

This episode is brought to  you by Plate IQ, your Accounts Payable Automation and Expense Management solution. PateIQ works with 20,000 restaurants across the country. Plate IQ uses OCR "Optical Character Recognition" and Deep Machine Learning to eliminate manual data entry from the AP process. Automate the full life cycle of your invoices from General Ledger coding to bill payment via PlateIQ’s VendorPay network. With PlateIQ’s VendorPay you can seamless flow from invoice upload to paying your bills. You can earn cashback on invoices from over 180,000 vendors. With Plate IQ Vender Pay, you can see what is due when. Schedule payment by check/ACH/or Plate IQ Card. Lastly, VendorPay is also FOR Vendors. Keeping your vendors happy will give you leverage in negotiating your terms. Vendors participating in Plate IQ’s VendorPay network LOVE it because it shortens Day Sales Outstanding by 25% - AKA: Vendors get paid 25% faster. To learn more head to plateIQ.com/unstoppable to get at least 25% off implementation.

Fluctuating food prices. Staffing challenges- Now more than ever you need to control costs to remain profitable. MarginEdge is a restaurant management software that lets you see your food and labor costs in real time. By automating your invoice processing and totally digitizing your back office, MarginEdge saves your team hours on paperwork and gives you instant insights to manage your prime costs. Try MarginEdge free for 30 days. No contract. No setup fee. Learn more at marginedge.com/unstoppable

Over 20,000 restaurants trust ChowNow (chownow.com/unstoppable) for their online ordering. With ChowNow, you'll take control of your online presence, connect with more local diners, and keep your hard-earned profits. Join the free ChowNow Marketplace to reach new customers without commissions. Want to go big? Put your restaurant in the spotlight with ChowNow Direct—a full suite of branded ordering and marketing tools, including your own app! For a limited time, Restaurant Unstoppable listeners save 30% on a ChowNow Direct annual plan.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Perseverance
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Too much detail
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • What do people misinterpret about you?
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Time
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Passionate
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Guests need to be guided
  7. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
  8. What is something restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough?
    • Hear and respect their employees
  9. What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations?
  10. Name one service you've hired.
    • Facility maintenance
  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?
    • Live in the moment
    • Love hard
    • Trust God

Contact info:

Rossoblu website

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to Hans Lüttman for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!
Direct download: Hans_Lttman_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

Erik Oberholtzer is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University and has worked in some of the best restaurants around the world. Today, he is a social entrepreneur and Co-founder of Tender Greens. Founded in 2006, Tender Greens is a fine casual restaurant that serves healthy, high-quality food at an affordable price, or in other words, slow food, done fast. In this episode, Erik teaches us about: achieving mindfulness through meditation; why it is important you know your why and to be able to communicate it to others; The power of combining partnerships with “knowing your lane”. In 2020 Erik and his partner walked away from Tender Greens to focus on their individual passions. For Erik, that was improving the broken food system. Today Erik creates awareness about biodiversity, regenerative farming and food transparency.

Check out episode 277 with Erik Oberholtzer as mentioned in today's episode!

Check out episode 882 with David Dressler as mentioned in today's episode!

Check out episode 711 with Denyelle Bruno as mentioned in today's episode!

Get The Ten Year Plan by Erik Oberholtzer and David Dressler  as mentioned in today's episode!

Today’s feature affiliate: Bentobox. In need of a restaurant website? Click this link to find out why so many of my guests use Bentobox!

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "Progress over perfection."

In this episode with Erik Oberholtzer we will discuss:

  • Biodiversity
  • Regenerative farming
  • Food transparency
  • Convenience culture
  • Conscious capitalism
  • How can all of this make you more profitable?

Today's sponsor:

This episode is brought to  you by Plate IQ, your Accounts Payable Automation and Expense Management solution. PateIQ works with 20,000 restaurants across the country. Plate IQ uses OCR "Optical Character Recognition" and Deep Machine Learning to eliminate manual data entry from the AP process. Automate the full life cycle of your invoices from General Ledger coding to bill payment via PlateIQ’s VendorPay network. With PlateIQ’s VendorPay you can seamless flow from invoice upload to paying your bills. You can earn cashback on invoices from over 180,000 vendors. With Plate IQ Vender Pay, you can see what is due when. Schedule payment by check/ACH/or Plate IQ Card. Lastly, VendorPay is also FOR Vendors. Keeping your vendors happy will give you leverage in negotiating your terms. Vendors participating in Plate IQ’s VendorPay network LOVE it because it shortens Day Sales Outstanding by 25% - AKA: Vendors get paid 25% faster. To learn more head to plateIQ.com/unstoppable to get at least 25% off implementation.

Fluctuating food prices. Staffing challenges- Now more than ever you need to control costs to remain profitable. MarginEdge is a restaurant management software that lets you see your food and labor costs in real time. By automating your invoice processing and totally digitizing your back office, MarginEdge saves your team hours on paperwork and gives you instant insights to manage your prime costs. Try MarginEdge free for 30 days. No contract. No setup fee. Learn more at marginedge.com/unstoppable
 
Diageo Bar Academy equips bartenders, servers, managers, and hospitality professionals with the insights, stories, and tools to be better - raising the bar on industry standards. Diageo Bar Academy reaches a diverse audience, with backgrounds and skill levels of all ranges- providing them with skills, knowledge, and the techniques they need to improve their personal and professional lives.

Contact info:

Email: erik@cohere.nyc

Instagram: @erikoberholtzer

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to Erik Oberholtzer for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!
Direct download: Erik_Oberholtzer_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

Check out regardingherfood.com as recommended by Dina in today's episode.

Today’s feature affiliate: Bentobox. In need of a restaurant website? Click this link to find out why so many of my guests use Bentobox!

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "Take the meeting."

In this episode with Pedro Shanahan we will discuss:

  • Learning how to manage people
  • Reaching out to people you know
  • Raising money
  • Dealing with insurance when you have a fire in your restaurant
  • Getting a public adjuster
  • Scaling
  • Empathy vs. compassion
  • Implementing extended training hours for staff to learn while at work
  • Alternative business models for restaurants

Today's sponsor:

This episode is brought to  you by Plate IQ, your Accounts Payable Automation and Expense Management solution. PateIQ works with 20,000 restaurants across the country. Plate IQ uses OCR "Optical Character Recognition" and Deep Machine Learning to eliminate manual data entry from the AP process. Automate the full life cycle of your invoices from General Ledger coding to bill payment via PlateIQ’s VendorPay network. With PlateIQ’s VendorPay you can seamless flow from invoice upload to paying your bills. You can earn cashback on invoices from over 180,000 vendors. With Plate IQ Vender Pay, you can see what is due when. Schedule payment by check/ACH/or Plate IQ Card. Lastly, VendorPay is also FOR Vendors. Keeping your vendors happy will give you leverage in negotiating your terms. Vendors participating in Plate IQ’s VendorPay network LOVE it because it shortens Day Sales Outstanding by 25% - AKA: Vendors get paid 25% faster. To learn more head to plateIQ.com/unstoppable to get at least 25% off implementation.

Fluctuating food prices. Staffing challenges- Now more than ever you need to control costs to remain profitable. MarginEdge is a restaurant management software that lets you see your food and labor costs in real time. By automating your invoice processing and totally digitizing your back office, MarginEdge saves your team hours on paperwork and gives you instant insights to manage your prime costs. Try MarginEdge free for 30 days. No contract. No setup fee. Learn more at marginedge.com/unstoppable

Over 20,000 restaurants trust ChowNow (chownow.com/unstoppable) for their online ordering. With ChowNow, you'll take control of your online presence, connect with more local diners, and keep your hard-earned profits. Join the free ChowNow Marketplace to reach new customers without commissions. Want to go big? Put your restaurant in the spotlight with ChowNow Direct—a full suite of branded ordering and marketing tools, including your own app! For a limited time, Restaurant Unstoppable listeners save 30% on a ChowNow Direct annual plan.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Open and flexible
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Time management
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • Compassion
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Choosing the right opportunity
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Compassion
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Learn one thing new about someone every day
  7. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
  8. What is something restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough?
    • Check in with their team
  9. What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations?
  10. Name one service you've hired.
  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?
    • Build a community around you
    • Take care of yourself
    • Compassion

Contact info:

Rossoblu website

Superfine Pizza website

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to Dina Samson for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!

Direct download: Dina_Samson_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, Spirit Guide, Growth Support Manager and career Barback at Pouring with Heart, Peter (a.k.a. Pedro) Shanahan.

Pedro Shanahan had about 10 years of experience working in bars before joining the team at all Seven Grand Whiskey Bar in Downtown Los Angeles, a Pouring With Heart bar concept. Pedro joined the team as a barback, and even though he excelled and was offered a bartender position he chose to remain in his supportive role. However, he would take his support far beyond the expectation of a typical barback. Pedro took it upon himself to learn all he could about whisky, and he would take this knowledge and share it with his coworkers and patrons, earning him the title of "Spirit Guide". His passion for learning and sharing knowledge about spirits led to Seven Grand's "Whiskey Society" A community for whiskey enthusiasts in LA. This effort led to the formation of the Spirit Society Podcast. On top of this, Pedro spearheaded the Pouring with Heart's Wellness Program, where he encourages other team members to meet around their shared wellness interests. Today, Pedro's focus is on being the Growth Support Manager for Pouring With Heart, where he helps team members achieve their life and career goals through the framing of the Pouring With Heart organization.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpFlGKgWWQM

Today’s feature affiliate: Bentobox. In need of a restaurant website? Click this link to find out why so many of my guests use Bentobox!

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "Persistence and energy overcomes all."

In this episode with Pedro Shanahan we will discuss:

  • Combating hate with love
  • Failing forward
  • Your culture and defining it
  • The importance of tracking "giveaways" or "promotions"
  • What is "heads up bartending"?
  • Reading body language/alternative forms of communication
  • Scaling culture

Today's sponsor:

This episode is brought to  you by Plate IQ, your Accounts Payable Automation and Expense Management solution. PateIQ works with 20,000 restaurants across the country. Plate IQ uses OCR "Optical Character Recognition" and Deep Machine Learning to eliminate manual data entry from the AP process. Automate the full life cycle of your invoices from General Ledger coding to bill payment via PlateIQ’s VendorPay network. With PlateIQ’s VendorPay you can seamless flow from invoice upload to paying your bills. You can earn cashback on invoices from over 180,000 vendors. With Plate IQ Vender Pay, you can see what is due when. Schedule payment by check/ACH/or Plate IQ Card. Lastly, VendorPay is also FOR Vendors. Keeping your vendors happy will give you leverage in negotiating your terms. Vendors participating in Plate IQ’s VendorPay network LOVE it because it shortens Day Sales Outstanding by 25% - AKA: Vendors get paid 25% faster. To learn more head to plateIQ.com/unstoppable to get at least 25% off implementation.

Fluctuating food prices. Staffing challenges- Now more than ever you need to control costs to remain profitable. MarginEdge is a restaurant management software that lets you see your food and labor costs in real time. By automating your invoice processing and totally digitizing your back office, MarginEdge saves your team hours on paperwork and gives you instant insights to manage your prime costs. Try MarginEdge free for 30 days. No contract. No setup fee. Learn more at marginedge.com/unstoppable

Over 20,000 restaurants trust ChowNow (chownow.com/unstoppable) for their online ordering. With ChowNow, you'll take control of your online presence, connect with more local diners, and keep your hard-earned profits. Join the free ChowNow Marketplace to reach new customers without commissions. Want to go big? Put your restaurant in the spotlight with ChowNow Direct—a full suite of branded ordering and marketing tools, including your own app! For a limited time, Restaurant Unstoppable listeners save 30% on a ChowNow Direct annual plan.

Contact info:

Email: pedro@pouringwithheart.com

Instagram: @pouringwithheart

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to Pedro Shanahan for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!

Direct download: Pedro_Shanahan_2_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:14am EDT

With excitement, allow me to introduce you to today's guest, Co-founder of Kitchen United, CEO of Piestro, Board of Directors member at Miso Robotics, Strategic Board Member of Ghost Kitchen Brands, Equity Partner at KRP and nurish, Massimo Noja De Marco.

Because of his constant pursuit for Innovation in the Food Industry, Massimo made the Top Ten in the 2020 NRN Power List of Restaurant Leaders changing the industry at # 7.

This year’s list focused on technology and innovation, and featured individuals bringing game changing solutions and unrivaled creativity to the biggest issues facing restaurants today.

As CEO and Co-Founder of Piestro, a Fully Automated Pizzeria, Massimo is now raising funds for this new revolutionary Company that will deliver a delicious Artisanal Pizza in 3 minutes or less.

After launching Kitchen United in 2017, Massimo drove all aspects of design innovations of KU Kitchen Centers. As KU “Idea Man” Massimo's goal became to design and deliver a perfect workspace for Virtual restaurants.

With a keen eye for Innovation and Technology, Massimo sits on the Board of Miso Robotics, has a stake in Bowlton Robotics where he runs Development and advises for OrderMark, Babylon Micro Farms, and Nurish. Automation, Robotics, AI, and Facial Recognition are some of Massimo's priorities.

Prior to launching Kitchen United, Massimo owned and operated PH+E, a boutique consulting firm focusing on opening restaurants, hotels and bars across the US, Mexico and Europe. He served as Vice President of Operations for SBE Entertainment, controlling all operational aspects for the Restaurants and Nightlife division. Previously he covered the same role at Wolfgang Puck Catering and Events, overseeing operations for all venues in S. California, including major events and awards shows, such as the Academy Awards.

Formerly, Massimo owned and operated restaurants in NYC and Los Angeles and ran the Food and Beverage Department for The Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey and Hillcrest Country Club in Beverly Hills.

Massimo was raised in a seven-generation family in Hospitality in the Lake District outside of Milan, Italy. For three years he ran the family business composed of boutique hotels and restaurants in Italy.

Today’s feature affiliate: Bentobox. In need of a restaurant website? Click this link to find out why so many of my guests use Bentobox!

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "Here's to all the mad ones."

In this episode with Massimo Noja De Marco we will discuss:

  • What is Italian hospitality?
  • FOH best practices and true hospitality
  • Correcting systems and profitability
  • Creating the most efficient dine-in/take-out kitchen
  • Creating the first "ghost kitchen" in the US
  • How to attract investors
  • The economics of implementing robotics in your kitchen
  • The future of robotics in the commercial kitchen

Today's sponsor:

This episode is brought to  you by Plate IQ, your Accounts Payable Automation and Expense Management solution. PateIQ works with 20,000 restaurants across the country. Plate IQ uses OCR "Optical Character Recognition" and Deep Machine Learning to eliminate manual data entry from the AP process. Automate the full life cycle of your invoices from General Ledger coding to bill payment via PlateIQ’s VendorPay network. With PlateIQ’s VendorPay you can seamless flow from invoice upload to paying your bills. You can earn cashback on invoices from over 180,000 vendors. With Plate IQ Vender Pay, you can see what is due when. Schedule payment by check/ACH/or Plate IQ Card. Lastly, VendorPay is also FOR Vendors. Keeping your vendors happy will give you leverage in negotiating your terms. Vendors participating in Plate IQ’s VendorPay network LOVE it because it shortens Day Sales Outstanding by 25% - AKA: Vendors get paid 25% faster. To learn more head to plateIQ.com/unstoppable to get at least 25% off implementation.

Fluctuating food prices. Staffing challenges- Now more than ever you need to control costs to remain profitable. MarginEdge is a restaurant management software that lets you see your food and labor costs in real time. By automating your invoice processing and totally digitizing your back office, MarginEdge saves your team hours on paperwork and gives you instant insights to manage your prime costs. Try MarginEdge free for 30 days. No contract. No setup fee. Learn more at marginedge.com/unstoppable
 
Diageo Bar Academy equips bartenders, servers, managers, and hospitality professionals with the insights, stories, and tools to be better - raising the bar on industry standards. Diageo Bar Academy reaches a diverse audience, with backgrounds and skill levels of all ranges- providing them with skills, knowledge, and the techniques they need to improve their personal and professional lives.

Contact info:

Connect with Massimo on Linked-In

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to Massimo Noja De Marco for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!
Direct download: Massimo_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

With excitement, allow me to introduce to you today's guest, author, journalists, and historian, Christine Sismondo. Christine Sismondo is the author of America Walks Into A Bar: A Spirited History of Taverns, Speakeasies and Grog Shops

I discovered Christine's book while reading Pouring With Heart by Cedd Moses

In this book, Christine points out the significant role the hospitality industry played in forming society as we know it today. I believe our industry still holds this transformative power and that's what I hope to explore in this conversation.

Today’s feature affiliate: Bentobox. In need of a restaurant website? Click this link to find out why so many of my guests use Bentobox!

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "No matter what your problem is, no matter how hard you think it will be to solve it, just go to a bar and someone will help you solve it."

In this episode with Christine Sismondo we will discuss:

  • The history of taverns/bars
  • Taverns/bars as an early place for Americans to gather
  • Political influence in bars
  • Social influence in the hospitality/bar industry
  • History and reasons for Prohibition

Today's sponsor:

This episode is brought to  you by Plate IQ, your Accounts Payable Automation and Expense Management solution. PateIQ works with 20,000 restaurants across the country. Plate IQ uses OCR "Optical Character Recognition" and Deep Machine Learning to eliminate manual data entry from the AP process. Automate the full life cycle of your invoices from General Ledger coding to bill payment via PlateIQ’s VendorPay network. With PlateIQ’s VendorPay you can seamless flow from invoice upload to paying your bills. You can earn cashback on invoices from over 180,000 vendors. With Plate IQ Vender Pay, you can see what is due when. Schedule payment by check/ACH/or Plate IQ Card. Lastly, VendorPay is also FOR Vendors. Keeping your vendors happy will give you leverage in negotiating your terms. Vendors participating in Plate IQ’s VendorPay network LOVE it because it shortens Day Sales Outstanding by 25% - AKA: Vendors get paid 25% faster. To learn more head to plateIQ.com/unstoppable to get at least 25% off implementation.

Fluctuating food prices. Staffing challenges- Now more than ever you need to control costs to remain profitable. MarginEdge is a restaurant management software that lets you see your food and labor costs in real time. By automating your invoice processing and totally digitizing your back office, MarginEdge saves your team hours on paperwork and gives you instant insights to manage your prime costs. Try MarginEdge free for 30 days. No contract. No setup fee. Learn more at marginedge.com/unstoppable
 
Diageo Bar Academy equips bartenders, servers, managers, and hospitality professionals with the insights, stories, and tools to be better - raising the bar on industry standards. Diageo Bar Academy reaches a diverse audience, with backgrounds and skill levels of all ranges- providing them with skills, knowledge, and the techniques they need to improve their personal and professional lives.

Contact info:

America Walks Into A Bar: A Spirited History of Taverns, Speakeasies and Grog Shops

Go to Christine's website: christinesismondo.com

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to Christine Sismondo for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

 

Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!
Direct download: Christine_Sismondo_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

With excitement allow me to introduce to you todays guest, David Dressler. David began his hospitality career at age 6, working in a family-run hotel in the Adirondacks. After graduating from the Ecole Hôtelière, David built a career in luxury hospitality with Four Seasons hotels. Combining his professional experience with his personal style, he shaped and scaled Tender Greens' distinctive heart-centered culture. After leading as Tender Greens President and Chief People Officer, David founded Quiet Advisory where he holistically coaches and advises purpose-driven entrepreneurs, executives, and their teams. He is married to Randi and they have two amazing kids.

Get David's book, The Ten Year Plan right here.

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • Happier at work is happier at home and happier at home is happier at work.

In this episode with David Dressler we will discuss:

  • Hospitality abroad vs. in America
  • Systematization and documentation
  • Leadership
  • Partnerships and why they fail or succeed
  • Scaling
  • Recovering from a failing restaurant
  • Lessons learned from a partnership with Danny Meyer
  • Transferring to coaching

Today's sponsor:

This episode is brought to  you by Plate IQ, your Accounts Payable Automation and Expense Management solution. PateIQ works with 20,000 restaurants across the country. Plate IQ uses OCR "Optical Character Recognition" and Deep Machine Learning to eliminate manual data entry from the AP process. Automate the full life cycle of your invoices from General Ledger coding to bill payment via PlateIQ’s VendorPay network. With PlateIQ’s VendorPay you can seamless flow from invoice upload to paying your bills. You can earn cashback on invoices from over 180,000 vendors. With Plate IQ Vender Pay, you can see what is due when. Schedule payment by check/ACH/or Plate IQ Card. Lastly, VendorPay is also FOR Vendors. Keeping your vendors happy will give you leverage in negotiating your terms. Vendors participating in Plate IQ’s VendorPay network LOVE it because it shortens Day Sales Outstanding by 25% - AKA: Vendors get paid 25% faster. To learn more head to plateIQ.com/unstoppable to get at least 25% off implementation.

Through the combination of innovative bar and restaurant inventory management software and highly-skilled inventory management experts, Sculpture Hospitality uses drilled-in reporting functionalities to find opportunities in your inventory management processes where you can drive real profit growth. Are you interested in learning more about how you can use data to improve your restaurant or bar’s profitability? Get in touch with Sculpture Hospitality today.

Over 20,000 restaurants trust ChowNow (chownow.com/unstoppable) for their online ordering. With ChowNow, you'll take control of your online presence, connect with more local diners, and keep your hard-earned profits. Join the free ChowNow Marketplace to reach new customers without commissions. Want to go big? Put your restaurant in the spotlight with ChowNow Direct—a full suite of branded ordering and marketing tools, including your own app! For a limited time, Restaurant Unstoppable listeners save 30% on a ChowNow Direct annual plan.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Stay in your heart
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Judgement
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • Tell me a story about you doing something great
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Balance
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • The golden rule
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • See when you look, hear when you listen
  7. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
  8. What is something restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough?
    • Take care of themselves
  9. What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations?
  10. Name one service you've hired.
    • PR/branding - Christina Wong
  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?
    • Hug everybody that you love as much as possible
    • Talk through things because communication can resolve anything
    • Have fun because life is short

Contact info:

Quiet Advisory website: quietadvisory.com

Socials: @davidtdressler

Learn more about the book: tenyearplan.co

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to David Dressler for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!
Direct download: David_Dressler_NEW_PODCAST_2_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

With Excitement, allow me to introduce to you today's guest, Chief vision Officer at Pouring With Heart, Cedd Moses. Prior to starting Pouring With Heart, Moses was busy creating financial algorithms that made rich people richer. In addition, he opened Liquid Kitty which he sold to purchase the Golden Gopher, the first of Pouring With Heart's bars. Today, Pouring With Heart is a hospitality company that operates twenty-five bars, historic restaurants, and beer halls across Los Angeles, San Diego, Austin, and Denver. Moses and his team of pioneers garnered national recognition for their part in revitalizing downtown LA circa 2002. Today, you can find their bars growing across the country, with Moses also spearheading the For Each Other Fund, a charity that supports Pouring With Heart Bar Staff in Need.

Check out episode 877 with Cedd Moses as mentioned in today's episode!

Get Pouring With Heart: The Essential Magic Behind the Bartenders We Love by Cedd Moses

Today’s feature affiliate: Bentobox. In need of a restaurant website? Click this link to find out why so many of my guests use Bentobox!

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "The mission is to build 2030 careers by 2030."

In this lecture with Cedd Moses we will discuss:

  • What does it mean to "pour with heart"
    • The importance of vulnerability
    • Scripted service loses heart
    • Promote based on values, not seniority
  • What is the significance of a bar back OR a bartender
  • What is the cultural and historical meaning of bars in the USA

Today's sponsor:

This episode is brought to  you by Plate IQ, your Accounts Payable Automation and Expense Management solution. PateIQ works with 20,000 restaurants across the country. Plate IQ uses OCR "Optical Character Recognition" and Deep Machine Learning to eliminate manual data entry from the AP process. Automate the full life cycle of your invoices from General Ledger coding to bill payment via PlateIQ’s VendorPay network. With PlateIQ’s VendorPay you can seamless flow from invoice upload to paying your bills. You can earn cashback on invoices from over 180,000 vendors. With Plate IQ Vender Pay, you can see what is due when. Schedule payment by check/ACH/or Plate IQ Card. Lastly, VendorPay is also FOR Vendors. Keeping your vendors happy will give you leverage in negotiating your terms. Vendors participating in Plate IQ’s VendorPay network LOVE it because it shortens Day Sales Outstanding by 25% - AKA: Vendors get paid 25% faster. To learn more head to plateIQ.com/unstoppable to get at least 25% off implementation.

Through the combination of innovative bar and restaurant inventory management software and highly-skilled inventory management experts, Sculpture Hospitality uses drilled-in reporting functionalities to find opportunities in your inventory management processes where you can drive real profit growth. Are you interested in learning more about how you can use data to improve your restaurant or bar’s profitability? Get in touch with Sculpture Hospitality today.

Over 20,000 restaurants trust ChowNow (chownow.com/unstoppable) for their online ordering. With ChowNow, you'll take control of your online presence, connect with more local diners, and keep your hard-earned profits. Join the free ChowNow Marketplace to reach new customers without commissions. Want to go big? Put your restaurant in the spotlight with ChowNow Direct—a full suite of branded ordering and marketing tools, including your own app! For a limited time, Restaurant Unstoppable listeners save 30% on a ChowNow Direct annual plan.
 

Contact info:

Get Pouring With Heart by Cedd Moses right here

Website: pouringwithheart.com

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to Cedd Moses for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

Direct download: Cedd_Moses_PWH_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

With Excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, the Owner of Guerrilla Tacos, Tiago Coffee Bar & Kitchen, Gogo's Tacos, and Guerrilla Cafecito. Valles got her start at Coffee Roasters where she met Bill Chait and was recruited to work at Petty Cash Taqueria. During this time, Valles was studying law and started a bookkeeping business, where she'd help fellow business people. It was also during this time that she met Chef Wes Avila, who she partnered with to open Guerrilla Taco's brick and mortar location.

Today’s feature affiliate: Bentobox. In need of a restaurant website? Click this link to find out why so many of my guests use Bentobox!

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "Fake it til you make it."

In this episode with Brittney Valles we will discuss:

  • The importance of self-teaching through technology
  • Self-awareness
  • Non-monetary benefits to experiences
  • Kitchen layout
  • Employee-manager relations
  • Punishment vs accountability

Today's sponsor:

This episode is brought to  you by Plate IQ, your Accounts Payable Automation and Expense Management solution. PateIQ works with 20,000 restaurants across the country. Plate IQ uses OCR "Optical Character Recognition" and Deep Machine Learning to eliminate manual data entry from the AP process. Automate the full life cycle of your invoices from General Ledger coding to bill payment via PlateIQ’s VendorPay network. With PlateIQ’s VendorPay you can seamless flow from invoice upload to paying your bills. You can earn cashback on invoices from over 180,000 vendors. With Plate IQ Vender Pay, you can see what is due when. Schedule payment by check/ACH/or Plate IQ Card. Lastly, VendorPay is also FOR Vendors. Keeping your vendors happy will give you leverage in negotiating your terms. Vendors participating in Plate IQ’s VendorPay network LOVE it because it shortens Day Sales Outstanding by 25% - AKA: Vendors get paid 25% faster. To learn more head to plateIQ.com/unstoppable to get at least 25% off implementation.

Through the combination of innovative bar and restaurant inventory management software and highly-skilled inventory management experts, Sculpture Hospitality uses drilled-in reporting functionalities to find opportunities in your inventory management processes where you can drive real profit growth. Are you interested in learning more about how you can use data to improve your restaurant or bar’s profitability? Get in touch with Sculpture Hospitality today.

Diageo Bar Academy equips bartenders, servers, managers, and hospitality professionals with the insights, stories, and tools to be better - raising the bar on industry standards. Diageo Bar Academy reaches a diverse audience, with backgrounds and skill levels of all ranges- providing them with skills, knowledge, and the techniques they need to improve their personal and professional lives.
Knowledge bombs
  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Just go for it
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Cocky/ego
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • Flexibility
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • growing up while owning a restaurant
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Having grace
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • teach staff to be individuals
  7. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
  8. What is something restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough?
    • Advocate/proactive
  9. What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations?
  10. Name one service you've hired.
  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?
    • Have grace
    • Exercise
    • Just because you get a lot of it for cheap, doesn't mean it's good

Contact info:

Emails: brittney@guerillatacos.com

Instagram: @brittneyvalles

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to Brittney Valles for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

 

Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!
Direct download: Brittney_Valles_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

With excitement allow me to introduce you to today's guest, Founder and CEO of Kiwi Restaurant Partners and nurish, Troy Hooper. With 30 years of hospitality management in luxury and casual dining, Troy brings a breadth of knowledge and diverse experience to KRP. Troy has built new concepts, redesigned and rebranded existing restaurants and hotels, and improved upon well-established venues throughout the U.S. for iconic brands such as Hilton Corporate properties, Sheraton, TPC Golf Clubs, as well as luxury Caribbean resorts, and exclusive private memberships clubs. A business and operations specialist, Troy has a proven track record of aggressive top and bottom-line growth while attracting and training top talent and creating robust cultures that deliver world-class service.

Check out episode 760 with Nick Sarillo about creating paths for tangible growth in your restaurant, as mentioned in today's episode.

Listen to episode 437 with David Scott Peters on menu engineering as mentioned in today's episode!

Listen to episode 840: Trademarks 101 with David Lizerbram as mentioned in today's episode!

Listen to episode 675 or episode 765 with Shawn Walchef as mentioned in today's episode!

Listen to episode 769 with Kyle Inserra on Real Estate, Scaling, Partners, and Equity as mentioned in today's episode!

Listen to episode 771 with Kyle Inserra about Profit First and Partnership Agreements as mentioned in today's episode!

Tools recommended in today's lecture include:

Today’s feature affiliate: Bentobox. In need of a restaurant website? Click this link to find out why so many of my guests use Bentobox!

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "First seek to understand, then seek to be understood."

In this lecture with Troy Hooper we will discuss:

  • These are the 6 areas we will cover today:
    • Onboarding
    • Systematization
    • Financials
    • Supple chain
    • Marketing
    • First build/next location

Today's sponsor:

This episode is brought to  you by Plate IQ, your Accounts Payable Automation and Expense Management solution. PateIQ works with 20,000 restaurants across the country. Plate IQ uses OCR "Optical Character Recognition" and Deep Machine Learning to eliminate manual data entry from the AP process. Automate the full life cycle of your invoices from General Ledger coding to bill payment via PlateIQ’s VendorPay network. With PlateIQ’s VendorPay you can seamless flow from invoice upload to paying your bills. You can earn cashback on invoices from over 180,000 vendors. With Plate IQ Vender Pay, you can see what is due when. Schedule payment by check/ACH/or Plate IQ Card. Lastly, VendorPay is also FOR Vendors. Keeping your vendors happy will give you leverage in negotiating your terms. Vendors participating in Plate IQ’s VendorPay network LOVE it because it shortens Day Sales Outstanding by 25% - AKA: Vendors get paid 25% faster. To learn more head to plateIQ.com/unstoppable to get at least 25% off implementation.

 

Through the combination of innovative bar and restaurant inventory management software and highly-skilled inventory management experts, Sculpture Hospitality uses drilled-in reporting functionalities to find opportunities in your inventory management processes where you can drive real profit growth. Are you interested in learning more about how you can use data to improve your restaurant or bar’s profitability? Get in touch with Sculpture Hospitality today.

 

Diageo Bar Academy equips bartenders, servers, managers, and hospitality professionals with the insights, stories, and tools to be better - raising the bar on industry standards. Diageo Bar Academy reaches a diverse audience, with backgrounds and skill levels of all ranges- providing them with skills, knowledge, and the techniques they need to improve their personal and professional lives.

Contact info:

Website: krpusa.com

Email: troy@krpusa.com

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to Troy Hooper for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

 

Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!
Direct download: 879_Troy_Hooper_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

With excitement allow me to introduce to you today’s guest Former Chief Culinary Officer and EVP Kitchen Operations at The Cheesecake Factory and Current Partner at DOM Food Group, Donald Moore. Donald found a passion for cooking and the kitchen early on in his life because of the parallels he found between teamwork in the kitchen and on the soccer field. After college, he worked in kitchens all around the country before joining The Cheesecake Factory in 2001 as a kitchen manager. He quickly rose through the ranks and by 2010 he was the Chief Culinary Officer for the entire organization. In 2020 Donald left the Cheesecake Factory to form DOM Food Group. a Los Angeles-based venture studio that incubates, invests in, operates, and consults the leading scalable food businesses of the future.

Check out The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right by Atul Gawande as highly recommended in today's episode by both Eric and Donald.

Donald says this is the best book for multi-unit leadership: Multi-Unit Leadership: The 7 Stages of Building Profitable Stores Across Multiple Markets by Jim Sullivan

Today’s feature affiliate: Bentobox. In need of a restaurant website? Click this link to find out why so many of my guests use Bentobox!

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • What you do in the dark puts you in the light."

In this episode with Donald Moore we will discuss:

  • Early key mentors
  • Go out, travel, get new experiences
  • High standards
  • What Donald Moore learned at Cheesecake Factory
  • Working as a kitchen manager
  • Importance of checklists
  • Multi-unit leadership
  • You have to demonstrate your values
  • Specific recognition to staff is key

Today's sponsor:

This episode is brought to  you by Plate IQ, your Accounts Payable Automation and Expense Management solution. PateIQ works with 20,000 restaurants across the country. Plate IQ uses OCR "Optical Character Recognition" and Deep Machine Learning to eliminate manual data entry from the AP process. Automate the full life cycle of your invoices from General Ledger coding to bill payment via PlateIQ’s VendorPay network. With PlateIQ’s VendorPay you can seamless flow from invoice upload to paying your bills. You can earn cashback on invoices from over 180,000 vendors. With Plate IQ Vender Pay, you can see what is due when. Schedule payment by check/ACH/or Plate IQ Card. Lastly, VendorPay is also FOR Vendors. Keeping your vendors happy will give you leverage in negotiating your terms. Vendors participating in Plate IQ’s VendorPay network LOVE it because it shortens Day Sales Outstanding by 25% - AKA: Vendors get paid 25% faster. To learn more head to plateIQ.com/unstoppable to get at least 25% off implementation.

 

Through the combination of innovative bar and restaurant inventory management software and highly-skilled inventory management experts, Sculpture Hospitality uses drilled-in reporting functionalities to find opportunities in your inventory management processes where you can drive real profit growth. Are you interested in learning more about how you can use data to improve your restaurant or bar’s profitability? Get in touch with Sculpture Hospitality today.

 

Over 20,000 restaurants trust ChowNow (chownow.com/unstoppable) for their online ordering. With ChowNow, you'll take control of your online presence, connect with more local diners, and keep your hard-earned profits. Join the free ChowNow Marketplace to reach new customers without commissions. Want to go big? Put your restaurant in the spotlight with ChowNow Direct—a full suite of branded ordering and marketing tools, including your own app! For a limited time, Restaurant Unstoppable listeners save 30% on a ChowNow Direct annual plan.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Constantly hunting or talent
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Can't shut it off, mind is always racing
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • Write the job description of what they want to do 100% of the time
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Be hard on standards and easy on people
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Prioritization
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Let people swing at you? Hear people out
  7. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
  8. What is something restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough?
    • Collaborate
  9. What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations?
    • Hyphen for kitchen robotics
    • Curb Mobility for efficient curbside pickups and delivery routing
    • Acelerate helping mom and pop restaurants be more profitable
  10. Name one service you've hired.
    • Have conversations with the people who are providing your business with services
  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?
    • Hard on standards, soft on people
    • Gratitude
    • Tune in before you turn on

Contact info:

Email: donald@domfoodgroup.com

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to Donald Moore for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

 

Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!
Direct download: Donald_Moore_NEW_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

With Excitement, allow me to introduce to you today's guest, Chief vision Officer at Pouring With Heart, Cedd Moses. Prior to starting Pouring With Heart, Moses was busy creating financial algorithms that made rich people richer. In addition, he opened Liquid Kitty which he sold to purchase the Golden Gopher, the first of Pouring With Heart's bars. Today, Pouring With Heart is a hospitality company that operates twenty-five bars, historic restaurants, and beer halls across Los Angeles, San Diego, Austin, and Denver. Moses and his team of pioneers garnered national recognition for their part in revitalizing downtown LA circa 2002. Today, you can find their bars growing across the country, with Moses also spearheading the For Each Other Fund, a charity that supports Pouring With heart bar Staff in Need. 

Grab Pouring With Heart: The Essential Magic Behind The Bartenders We Love by Cedd Moses and Erik Cardona!

Today’s feature affiliate: Bentobox. In need of a restaurant website? Click this link to find out why so many of my guests use Bentobox!

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "Take the high road."

In this episode with Cedd Moses we will discuss:

  • How to raise money
  • Building trust
  • Creating win-win-win situations
  • What is a "bartender's bar"?
  • Flipping a horrifyingly disgusting bar
  • Building a restaurant or bar is the same as building up a community
  • Opening ten bars in ten years
  • Core values

Today's sponsor:

7shifts is a modern labor management platform, designed by restaurateurs, for restaurateurs. Effectively labor management is more important than ever to ensure profitability and restaurant success. Trusted by over 400,000 restaurant professionals, 7shifts gives you the tools you need to streamline labor operations, communicate with your team, and retain your talent. Best of all 7shifts integrates with the POS and Payroll systems you already use and trust (like Toast!) turning labor into a competitive advantage for your business. Restaurant Unstoppable members get 3 months, absolutely free.

Talk To The Manager – Nowadays, most guests don't want to call you on the phone or give you their feedback face-to-face.
With TalkToTheManager, guests can avoid making a scene by sending you comments and questions anonymously by text message, allowing you to respond and handle issues in real-time. It's easy to set up and simple to use for both staff and visitors. No software integration. No downloads, and no apps to install.

Over 20,000 restaurants trust ChowNow (chownow.com/unstoppable) for their online ordering. With ChowNow, you'll take control of your online presence, connect with more local diners, and keep your hard-earned profits. Join the free ChowNow Marketplace to reach new customers without commissions. Want to go big? Put your restaurant in the spotlight with ChowNow Direct—a full suite of branded ordering and marketing tools, including your own app! For a limited time, Restaurant Unstoppable listeners save 30% on a ChowNow Direct annual plan.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Pouring with heart
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Using my brain too much over my heart
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • Alignment of values ands character
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Meeting our growth goals
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • The beauty of being your self
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • The heart is more important than the brain
  7. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
  8. What is something restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough?
    • Focus on investors instead of staff
  9. What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations?
  10. Name one service you've hired.
    • Construction
  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 of service to others
    • Take the high road
    • Fail forward

Contact info:

website: pouringwithheart.com

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to Cedd Moses for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!
Direct download: 877_Cedd_Moses_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

With excitement allow me to introduce you to today's guest, Founder and CEO of Kiwi Restaurant Partners and nurish, Troy Hooper. With 30 years of hospitality management in luxury and casual dining, Troy brings a breadth of knowledge and diverse experience to KRP. Troy has built new concepts, redesigned and rebranded existing restaurants and hotels, and improved upon well-established venues throughout the U.S. for iconic brands such as Hilton Corporate properties, Sheraton, TPC Golf Clubs, as well as luxury Caribbean resorts, and exclusive private memberships clubs. A business and operations specialist, Troy has a proven track record of aggressive top and bottom-line growth while attracting and training top talent and creating robust cultures that deliver world-class service.

Check out episode 613 withHorst Schulze on the 24 Standards of Service as mentioned in today's episode!

Check out episode 700 with Mario Del Pero as mentioned in today's episode!

Today’s feature affiliate: Bentobox. In need of a restaurant website? Click this link to find out why so many of my guests use Bentobox!

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "First seek to understand, then seek to be understood."

In this episode with Troy Hooper we will discuss:

  • What is an LTO in corporate dining?
  • Troy's time in corporate dining early in his career
  • Farm-to-fork
  • The trails of serving food at a ski resort
  • People and culture first
  • Utilizing data efficiently
  • Invest in each member of your team individually
  • Kitchen robotics
  • The metaverse

Today's sponsor:

7shifts is a modern labor management platform, designed by restaurateurs, for restaurateurs. Effectively labor management is more important than ever to ensure profitability and restaurant success. Trusted by over 400,000 restaurant professionals, 7shifts gives you the tools you need to streamline labor operations, communicate with your team, and retain your talent. Best of all 7shifts integrates with the POS and Payroll systems you already use and trust (like Toast!) turning labor into a competitive advantage for your business. Restaurant Unstoppable members get 3 months, absolutely free.

 

Talk To The Manager – Nowadays, most guests don't want to call you on the phone or give you their feedback face-to-face.
With TalkToTheManager, guests can avoid making a scene by sending you comments and questions anonymously by text message, allowing you to respond and handle issues in real-time. It's easy to set up and simple to use for both staff and visitors. No software integration. No downloads, and no apps to install.

 

Diageo Bar Academy equips bartenders, servers, managers, and hospitality professionals with the insights, stories, and tools to be better - raising the bar on industry standards. Diageo Bar Academy reaches a diverse audience, with backgrounds and skill levels of all ranges- providing them with skills, knowledge, and the techniques they need to improve their personal and professional lives.
 

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Empathy
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Loud voice
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • Someone who asks questions about out brand and culture
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Capital
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Self-awareness
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Connect on a human level and make a connection
  7. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
  8. What is something restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough?
    • Don't take their heads out of the sand and look up
  9. What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations?
    • Smart phone
  10. Name one service you've hired.
  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 curious
    • Be kind
    • Be aware

Contact info:

Website: krpusa.com

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to Troy Hooper for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

 

Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!
Direct download: troy_Hooper_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, CEO of Kaizen Business Management, Robert Sloop. With more than thirty years of experience within the food service industry, and internationally recognized as one of the industry’s leading financial professionals in the sector, Bob has been CFO for some of the industries leading multi-concept restaurant groups, including Jean-Georges ManagementGotham City Restaurant GroupToscorp Inc.,  Blue Shore Grill LLC./Coco Blue.and Academia Barilla. In addition to his operational experience, Bob was also divisional controller of Albert Fisher Foods, a $3.2 billion dollar publicly traded international foodservice supplier with more than 80 locations worldwide.

Bob acts currently as Chief Executive Officer of Kaizen Management, LLC, a New York-based management consulting firm specializing in process improvement, cost reduction, and restaurant financial systems implementations. Bob also holds a general partner position with Kaizen Capital Advisors which supplies equity capital to the restaurant industry.

Today’s feature affiliate: Bentobox. In need of a restaurant website? Click this link to find out why so many of my guests use Bentobox!

Bentobox Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "Knowledge is power. It doesn't matter how much money you make, it's about how much you let get away."

Today's sponsor:

7shifts is a modern labor management platform, designed by restaurateurs, for restaurateurs. Effectively labor management is more important than ever to ensure profitability and restaurant success. Trusted by over 400,000 restaurant professionals, 7shifts gives you the tools you need to streamline labor operations, communicate with your team, and retain your talent. Best of all 7shifts integrates with the POS and Payroll systems you already use and trust (like Toast!) turning labor into a competitive advantage for your business. Restaurant Unstoppable members get 3 months, absolutely free.

Talk To The Manager – Nowadays, most guests don't want to call you on the phone or give you their feedback face-to-face.
With TalkToTheManager, guests can avoid making a scene by sending you comments and questions anonymously by text message, allowing you to respond and handle issues in real-time. It's easy to set up and simple to use for both staff and visitors. No software integration. No downloads, and no apps to install.

Talk To The Manager Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Diageo Bar Academy equips bartenders, servers, managers, and hospitality professionals with the insights, stories, and tools to be better - raising the bar on industry standards. Diageo Bar Academy reaches a diverse audience, with backgrounds and skill levels of all ranges- providing them with skills, knowledge, and the techniques they need to improve their personal and professional lives.
Diageo Bar Academy Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

 

Contact info:

Email: rsloop@kaizen-management.com

Find Robert in the Restaurant Unstoppable Network

Kaizen Business Management website: kaizen-management.com

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to Robert Sloop for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

 

Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!
Direct download: Robert_Sloop_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

Jay McSharry Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Jay McSharry, a local restaurateur, graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1990. Nearly a decade after graduating, he returned to NH’s Seacoast to fulfill his vision and opened Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Café. Building on the restaurant’s success, Jay went on to open numerous establishments in the region, including Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Café, Moxy, Vida Cantina, The Franklin, Street, Luigi’s West End Pizzeria, Ore Nell’s Barbecue, The Railpenny Tavern, Dos Amigos, as well as other projects on the Seacoast. In 2020, Jay was named James Beard Award semi-finalist in the Outstanding Restaurateur category.  Today, Jay's JGroup Hospitality is the umbrella under which the majority of his restaurants exist.

Check out episode 820 with Stephani Robson on Business Planning as mentioned in today's episode!

Today’s feature affiliate: Bentobox. In need of a restaurant website? Click this link to find out why so many of my guests use Bentobox!

Bentobox Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • “You’ve already succeeded if you just try.”

In this episode with Jay McSharry we will discuss:

  • Difficulties with owning/operating a restaurant in the 1980s
  • Similarities between theater and restaurants
  • Seeking mentors
  • What NOT to do
  • The importance of including your staff in important decisions
  • Creating a business plan
  • Gathering investors/raising capital
  • Starting small
  • The benefits of a working owner
  • Knowing when to scale
  • How to name your restaurant wrong
  • How to remove yourself from the business as the owner
  • The importance of partnerships
  • Knowing when to close a restaurant
  • How to be both a restaurant and real estate owner
  • What to look for in a chef-partner?
  • Constant communication is key with partners
  • You’re only as good as last night’s service
  • Advice for landlords and tenants
  • Unique difficulties with a pizza concept

Today's sponsor:

7shifts is a modern labor management platform, designed by restaurateurs, for restaurateurs. Effectively labor management is more important than ever to ensure profitability and restaurant success. Trusted by over 400,000 restaurant professionals, 7shifts gives you the tools you need to streamline labor operations, communicate with your team, and retain your talent. Best of all 7shifts integrates with the POS and Payroll systems you already use and trust (like Toast!) turning labor into a competitive advantage for your business. Restaurant Unstoppable members get 3 months, absolutely free.

Talk To The Manager – Nowadays, most guests don't want to call you on the phone or give you their feedback face-to-face.
With TalkToTheManager, guests can avoid making a scene by sending you comments and questions anonymously by text message, allowing you to respond and handle issues in real-time. It's easy to set up and simple to use for both staff and visitors. No software integration. No downloads, and no apps to install.

Talk To The Manager Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Over 20,000 restaurants trust ChowNow (chownow.com/unstoppable) for their online ordering. With ChowNow, you'll take control of your online presence, connect with more local diners, and keep your hard-earned profits. Join the free ChowNow Marketplace to reach new customers without commissions. Want to go big? Put your restaurant in the spotlight with ChowNow Direct—a full suite of branded ordering and marketing tools, including your own app! For a limited time, Restaurant Unstoppable listeners save 30% on a ChowNow Direct annual plan.
 

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • ADD
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Not knowing people's names
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • Do you want to be here?
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Staffing
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Treat everybody fairly
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Work as a team
  7. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
  8. What is something restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough?
    • Compliment the staff
  9. What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations?
  10. Name one service you've hired.
  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?
    • Treat everybody fairly
    • Appreciate every day
    • If you see it, you own it

Contact info:

JGroup Hospitality website: jgrouphospitality.com

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to Jay McSharry for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

 

Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!
Direct download: Jay_McSharry_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

Danielle Casilio and Josh Sharkey Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

With Excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, CEO and Founder of Meez, Josh Sharkey. Josh is joining us today because my guest mentors have been recommending Meez on the show, and because Meez has come up a few times in conversation within the network. Meez is a recipe tool for professional chefs and organizations. It's one part recipe tool, one part costing tool, and one part e-learning platform.

With Excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, CEO and Founder of Yelli. Danielle Casilio. Danielle got her first restaurant job when she was 16 In 2018, she founded the Yelli app, an online training tool for restaurants. Today, she is both Founder and CEO of Yelli.

Today’s feature affiliate: Bentobox. In need of a restaurant website? Click this link to find out why so many of my guests use Bentobox!

Bentobox Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • Danielle: "Keep it simple."
  • Josh: "Test, learn, repeat."

Today's sponsor:

7shifts is a modern labor management platform, designed by restaurateurs, for restaurateurs. Effectively labor management is more important than ever to ensure profitability and restaurant success. Trusted by over 400,000 restaurant professionals, 7shifts gives you the tools you need to streamline labor operations, communicate with your team, and retain your talent. Best of all 7shifts integrates with the POS and Payroll systems you already use and trust (like Toast!) turning labor into a competitive advantage for your business. Restaurant Unstoppable members get 3 months, absolutely free.

Talk To The Manager – Nowadays, most guests don't want to call you on the phone or give you their feedback face-to-face.
With TalkToTheManager, guests can avoid making a scene by sending you comments and questions anonymously by text message, allowing you to respond and handle issues in real-time. It's easy to set up and simple to use for both staff and visitors. No software integration. No downloads, and no apps to install.

Talk To The Manager Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Over 20,000 restaurants trust ChowNow (chownow.com/unstoppable) for their online ordering. With ChowNow, you'll take control of your online presence, connect with more local diners, and keep your hard-earned profits. Join the free ChowNow Marketplace to reach new customers without commissions. Want to go big? Put your restaurant in the spotlight with ChowNow Direct—a full suite of branded ordering and marketing tools, including your own app! For a limited time, Restaurant Unstoppable listeners save 30% on a ChowNow Direct annual plan.
 
ChwoNow Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast Sponsor

Contact info:

Danielle (Yelli): 

Email: danielle@yelliapp.com

Website: yelliapp.com

Josh (Meez):

Website: getmeez.com

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to Danielle Casilio and Josh Sharkey for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

 

Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!
Direct download: New_Hires_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

 

Michael Dorf was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. After studying Psychology and Business at Washington University, he founded New York City’s go-to venue for independent music, the Knitting Factory, in 1986.

As Knitting Factory Chairman and CEO, Dorf helped bring the concert house to global prominence by expanding into Europe and Asia via tours, branded festivals, and record production and sales.

Dorf was recognized as a pioneer in producing music on the Internet, through a variety of strategic relationships with Apple Computer, Intel, MCI, and Bell Atlantic. During his Knitting Factory tenure, he produced over 200 recordings, a television series, and built a new venue in Los Angeles. In 2002, he left his operating responsibilities and sold his equity position to pursue other endeavors, including a Carnegie Hall concert fundraiser series, founding a Hebrew school, and winemaking.

By 2008, Dorf had conceptualized a venue that brought his love for both the making and enjoyment of wine under one roof and created City Winery –Manhattan’s first fully-functional winery, restaurant, music venue and private event space. City Winery offers a wide selection of wines, exquisite cuisine and intimate performances from iconic performers.

Dorf expanded his company in 2012 with the opening of City Winery Chicago. Subsequent years have brought new venues to Nashville, Atlanta, Boston, and Washington DC, with Hudson Valley and Philadelphia.

Check out Indulge Your Senses:  Scaling Intimacy in a Digital World by Michael Dorf

Today’s feature affiliate: Bentobox. In need of a restaurant website? Click this link to find out why so many of my guests use Bentobox!

Bentobox Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "You gotta love what you do."
  • "Indulge your senses."

In this episode with Michael Dorf we will discuss:

  • Starting out in the music industry
  • Marketing
  • Making wine
  • Unique challenges with an urban winery
  • Numbers come first!

Today's sponsor:

7shifts is a modern labor management platform, designed by restaurateurs, for restaurateurs. Effectively labor management is more important than ever to ensure profitability and restaurant success. Trusted by over 400,000 restaurant professionals, 7shifts gives you the tools you need to streamline labor operations, communicate with your team, and retain your talent. Best of all 7shifts integrates with the POS and Payroll systems you already use and trust (like Toast!) turning labor into a competitive advantage for your business. Restaurant Unstoppable members get 3 months, absolutely free.

Talk To The Manager – Nowadays, most guests don't want to call you on the phone or give you their feedback face-to-face.
With TalkToTheManager, guests can avoid making a scene by sending you comments and questions anonymously by text message, allowing you to respond and handle issues in real-time. It's easy to set up and simple to use for both staff and visitors. No software integration. No downloads, and no apps to install.

Talk To The Manager Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Diageo Bar Academy equips bartenders, servers, managers, and hospitality professionals with the insights, stories, and tools to be better - raising the bar on industry standards. Diageo Bar Academy reaches a diverse audience, with backgrounds and skill levels of all ranges- providing them with skills, knowledge, and the techniques they need to improve their personal and professional lives.
Diageo Bar Academy Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Endorphins
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Over-indulgence
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • Uniqueness
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • People/labor
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Considerate
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Empathy
  7. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
  8. What is something restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough?
    • Take care of their employees
  9. What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations?
    • Pre-order your beverages before you arrive at the restaurant on our website
  10. Name one service you've hired.
  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?
    • Think outside the box
    • Selfish philanthropy
    • Team leader

Contact info:

Website: citywinery.com

Email: michael@citywinery.com

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to Michael Dorf for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

 

Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!
Direct download: Michael_Dorf_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EDT

Abhinav Kapur Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

With Excitement allow me to introduce to you today’s guest, Founder, and CEO of Bikky, Abhinav Kapur. Abhinav is a graduate of Washington and Lee University where he earned a BA in International Political Economics. He’d spend the next 10 years or so as a banking analyst before founding Bikky in 2017. Bikky is a data and marketing platform for restaurants, which helps consolidate guest data and make it actionable for targeted marketing.

Today’s feature affiliate: Bentobox. In need of a restaurant website? Click this link to find out why so many of my guests use Bentobox!

Bentobox Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "May I be unafraid of the known and the unknown. May I be unafraid of my friend or enemy. May I be unafraid of the light or the dark. May I be unafraid of everything in my path and may peace come to me from all sides."

In this episode with Abhinav Kapur we will discuss:

  • Abhinav's life as an entrepreneur
  • The creation of Bikky
  • What can Bikky do for you?
  • What is the future of Bikky?
  • What needs to change in the restaurant industry?

Today's sponsor:

7shifts is a modern labor management platform, designed by restaurateurs, for restaurateurs. Effectively labor management is more important than ever to ensure profitability and restaurant success. Trusted by over 400,000 restaurant professionals, 7shifts gives you the tools you need to streamline labor operations, communicate with your team, and retain your talent. Best of all 7shifts integrates with the POS and Payroll systems you already use and trust (like Toast!) turning labor into a competitive advantage for your business. Restaurant Unstoppable members get 3 months, absolutely free.

Talk To The Manager – Nowadays, most guests don't want to call you on the phone or give you their feedback face-to-face.
With TalkToTheManager, guests can avoid making a scene by sending you comments and questions anonymously by text message, allowing you to respond and handle issues in real-time. It's easy to set up and simple to use for both staff and visitors. No software integration. No downloads, and no apps to install.

Talk To The Manager Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Diageo Bar Academy equips bartenders, servers, managers, and hospitality professionals with the insights, stories, and tools to be better - raising the bar on industry standards. Diageo Bar Academy reaches a diverse audience, with backgrounds and skill levels of all ranges- providing them with skills, knowledge, and the techniques they need to improve their personal and professional lives.
Diageo Bar Academy Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Contact info:

Website: blueoakbbq.com

Instagram: @blueoakbbq

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to Abhinav Kapur for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

 

Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!
Direct download: Abhinav_Kapur_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

Pierre Hilzim Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Chef Pierre Hilzim, President of Kajun Kettle Foods, is a NOLA native who learned to cook at the tender age of ten from his father, the Executive Director of the Louisiana Restaurant Association. After spending several years running high-end restaurants in San Francisco and designing kitchens for award-winning chefs from Italy, Chef Pierre returned home in 1981 to found Kajun Kettle Foods. The chef named his signature dish, the Crawfish Monica, after his wife and partner, Monica Davidson, who joined Kajun Kettle shortly after its creation. She has a degree in linguistics from UC Berkeley and has lived in five countries; in addition to English, Monica speaks French, Spanish, and German. Her early career was as an executive with Macy’s, California. Monica now manages Kajun Kettle’s Personnel, Marketing and Public Relations Departments.

Today’s feature affiliate: Bentobox. In need of a restaurant website? Click this link to find out why so many of my guests use Bentobox!

Bentobox Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "If you don't love it, you will live it, so learn to fall in love with it."
  • "Most people underestimate the power of great food."

In this episode with Chef Pierre Hilzim and Monica Davidson we will discuss:

  • The seasonal nature of retail and restaurants
  • The benefits to being multilingual
  • Squashing bribery and corruption in a restaurant
  • What is a Research Chef?
  • Food manufacturing and processing
  • The power of networking
  • Food science
  • Going into business with family/spouses?
  • Women business owners
  • Trademarking a product or menu item

Today's sponsor:

7shifts is a modern labor management platform, designed by restaurateurs, for restaurateurs. Effectively labor management is more important than ever to ensure profitability and restaurant success. Trusted by over 400,000 restaurant professionals, 7shifts gives you the tools you need to streamline labor operations, communicate with your team, and retain your talent. Best of all 7shifts integrates with the POS and Payroll systems you already use and trust (like Toast!) turning labor into a competitive advantage for your business. Restaurant Unstoppable members get 3 months, absolutely free.

Talk To The Manager – Nowadays, most guests don't want to call you on the phone or give you their feedback face-to-face.
With TalkToTheManager, guests can avoid making a scene by sending you comments and questions anonymously by text message, allowing you to respond and handle issues in real-time. It's easy to set up and simple to use for both staff and visitors. No software integration. No downloads, and no apps to install.

Talk To The Manager Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Over 20,000 restaurants trust ChowNow (chownow.com/unstoppable) for their online ordering. With ChowNow, you'll take control of your online presence, connect with more local diners, and keep your hard-earned profits. Join the free ChowNow Marketplace to reach new customers without commissions. Want to go big? Put your restaurant in the spotlight with ChowNow Direct—a full suite of branded ordering and marketing tools, including your own app! For a limited time, Restaurant Unstoppable listeners save 30% on a ChowNow Direct annual plan.
 

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Pierre: Passion
    • Monica: Passion
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Pierre: Get tired
    • Monica: Passion
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • Pierre: Passion
    • Monica: Integrity
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Pierre: Keeping everything focused
    • Monica: COVID
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Pierre: Respect
    • Monica: Caring about the customer
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Pierre: Do all that's possible
    • Monica: Learn as much as you can about your customer
  7. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
  8. What is something restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough?
    • Pierre: Recognize their employees
    • Monica: Recognize how important the guest is
  9. 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?
    • Pierre: Passion, love, stick to it
    • Monica: Don't forget the people that helped you get to where you are, give back to your community, appreciate the wonder and fun and power of food

Contact info:

Website: kajunkettle.com

Email for Pierre: philzim@kajunkettle.com

Email for Monica: mdavidson@kajunkettle.com

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to Chef Pierre Hilzim and Monica Davidson for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

 

Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!
Direct download: Hilzim_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

Doug York Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Doug York is an Exeter, NH native. He left for college in New York City at the end of the last century and found music instead. Doug and his friend created the hip hop group Granite State which performed and released 3 albums until about 2016 when they disbanded. After working for the school system in Exeter, Doug decided mid-pandemic to open a coffee shop called 7North Coffee Company. Eric and Jared produced a nonfiction miniseries podcast about Doug's journey to open the coffee shop. It has now been open for 1.5 years and the business has changed and grown since we conducted our final interview with Doug for the project back in April of 2021. For this episode, Eric and Jared sit down with Doug to reflect on 7North Coffee Company and the 7North podcast.

With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, Philip Moseley. Growing up, this New Orleans native could be found in one of two places - in his kitchen learning family recipes from his mother or out in the yard mastering the grill with his father. In 2012, he partnered with Ronnie, his best friend, to create Blue Oak BBQ. Today, Phil’s days mirror his childhood; he can be found dreaming up new dishes and manning the grill alongside the team.

Today’s feature affiliate: Bentobox. In need of a restaurant website? Click this link to find out why so many of my guests use Bentobox!

Bentobox Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "Ignore the short-term noise because if you invest in the long-term, you'll see it through."
  • "Fail fast, fail often."

In this episode with Doug York we will discuss:

  • What has changed within the 7North business since the podcast ended?
  • How has the 7North Podcast affected Doug's business?

Today's sponsor:

7shifts is a modern labor management platform, designed by restaurateurs, for restaurateurs. Effectively labor management is more important than ever to ensure profitability and restaurant success. Trusted by over 400,000 restaurant professionals, 7shifts gives you the tools you need to streamline labor operations, communicate with your team, and retain your talent. Best of all 7shifts integrates with the POS and Payroll systems you already use and trust (like Toast!) turning labor into a competitive advantage for your business. Restaurant Unstoppable members get 3 months, absolutely free.

Talk To The Manager – Nowadays, most guests don't want to call you on the phone or give you their feedback face-to-face.
With TalkToTheManager, guests can avoid making a scene by sending you comments and questions anonymously by text message, allowing you to respond and handle issues in real-time. It's easy to set up and simple to use for both staff and visitors. No software integration. No downloads, and no apps to install.

Talk To The Manager Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Over 20,000 restaurants trust ChowNow (chownow.com/unstoppable) for their online ordering. With ChowNow, you'll take control of your online presence, connect with more local diners, and keep your hard-earned profits. Join the free ChowNow Marketplace to reach new customers without commissions. Want to go big? Put your restaurant in the spotlight with ChowNow Direct—a full suite of branded ordering and marketing tools, including your own app! For a limited time, Restaurant Unstoppable listeners save 30% on a ChowNow Direct annual plan.
 
ChwoNow Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast Sponsor

Contact info:

7North on Instagram: @7northcoffee

7North website: 7northcoffee.com

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to Doug York for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

 

Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!
Direct download: Doug_York_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

Ronnie Evans Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

A Louisiana native, Ronnie was always enamored with Southern heritage and foodways. While earning his Bachelor’s in Business Management, Ronnie spent every spare minute in small mom and pop kitchens and earned his college drinking money at a beloved barbecue joint. That experience changed his entire trajectory. In 2012, Ronnie and Phil created Blue Oak BBQ, changed the face of ‘cue in NOLA and beyond, and never looked back.

Today’s feature affiliate: Bentobox. In need of a restaurant website? Click this link to find out why so many of my guests use Bentobox!

Bentobox Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "Work hard and have fun."

In this episode with Ronnie Evans we will discuss:

  • Franchising?
  • Pop ups
  • Securing funding
  • BOH
  • Real estate
  • Health insurance in restaurants
  • Personal growth
  • The importance of understanding psychology in the restaurant industry

Today's sponsor:

7shifts is a modern labor management platform, designed by restaurateurs, for restaurateurs. Effectively labor management is more important than ever to ensure profitability and restaurant success. Trusted by over 400,000 restaurant professionals, 7shifts gives you the tools you need to streamline labor operations, communicate with your team, and retain your talent. Best of all 7shifts integrates with the POS and Payroll systems you already use and trust (like Toast!) turning labor into a competitive advantage for your business. Restaurant Unstoppable members get 3 months, absolutely free.

Talk To The Manager – Nowadays, most guests don't want to call you on the phone or give you their feedback face-to-face.
With TalkToTheManager, guests can avoid making a scene by sending you comments and questions anonymously by text message, allowing you to respond and handle issues in real-time. It's easy to set up and simple to use for both staff and visitors. No software integration. No downloads, and no apps to install.

Talk To The Manager Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Diageo Bar Academy equips bartenders, servers, managers, and hospitality professionals with the insights, stories, and tools to be better - raising the bar on industry standards. Diageo Bar Academy reaches a diverse audience, with backgrounds and skill levels of all ranges- providing them with skills, knowledge, and the techniques they need to improve their personal and professional lives.
Diageo Bar Academy Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Persistence
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Get hyped up too easily
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • Great attitude and great work ethic
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • People/labor
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Honesty
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • always have a smile on your face
  7. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
  8. What is something restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough?
    • Appreciate their people
  9. What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations?
  10. Name one service you've hired.
  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?
    • Work hard
    • Have fun
    • Save some time for your family

Contact info:

Website: blueoakbbq.com

Instagram: @blueoakbbq

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to Ronnie Evans for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

 

Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!
Direct download: Ronnie_Evans_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

Laurie Jo Jensen Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

https://youtu.be/eANwcMQ_1EM

Today’s feature affiliate: Bentobox. In need of a restaurant website? Click this link to find out why so many of my guests use Bentobox!

Bentobox Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "You can assure success if you show up on time, do more than anybody expects you to do, and you always ask if people need help."

In this episode with Laurie Jo Jensen we will discuss:

Today's sponsor:

7shifts is a modern labor management platform, designed by restaurateurs, for restaurateurs. Effectively labor management is more important than ever to ensure profitability and restaurant success. Trusted by over 400,000 restaurant professionals, 7shifts gives you the tools you need to streamline labor operations, communicate with your team, and retain your talent. Best of all 7shifts integrates with the POS and Payroll systems you already use and trust (like Toast!) turning labor into a competitive advantage for your business. Restaurant Unstoppable members get 3 months, absolutely free.

Talk To The Manager – Nowadays, most guests don't want to call you on the phone or give you their feedback face-to-face.
With TalkToTheManager, guests can avoid making a scene by sending you comments and questions anonymously by text message, allowing you to respond and handle issues in real-time. It's easy to set up and simple to use for both staff and visitors. No software integration. No downloads, and no apps to install.

Talk To The Manager Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Diageo Bar Academy equips bartenders, servers, managers, and hospitality professionals with the insights, stories, and tools to be better - raising the bar on industry standards. Diageo Bar Academy reaches a diverse audience, with backgrounds and skill levels of all ranges- providing them with skills, knowledge, and the techniques they need to improve their personal and professional lives.

Diageo Bar Academy Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

 

Contact info:

Email: lauriejojensen@gmail.com

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to Laurie Jo Jensen for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!
Direct download: Laurie_Jo_Jensen_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, Philip Moseley. Growing up, this New Orleans native could be found in one of two places - in his kitchen learning family recipes from his mother or out in the yard mastering the grill with his father. In 2012, he partnered with Ronnie, his best friend, to create Blue Oak BBQ. Today, Phil’s days mirror his childhood; he can be found dreaming up new dishes and manning the grill alongside the team.

Today’s feature affiliate: Bentobox. In need of a restaurant website? Click this link to find out why so many of my guests use Bentobox!

Bentobox Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "Whether you can or cannot, it's up to you."

In this episode with Philip Moseley we will discuss:

  • Knowing you want to open a restaurant in 5th grade
  • Partnering with your best friend
  • Visioning and goal setting
  • The significance ofd the name Blue Oak
  • Pop ups and proof of concept
  • Open book management
  • Misconduct in the industry

Today's sponsor:

7shifts is a modern labor management platform, designed by restaurateurs, for restaurateurs. Effectively labor management is more important than ever to ensure profitability and restaurant success. Trusted by over 400,000 restaurant professionals, 7shifts gives you the tools you need to streamline labor operations, communicate with your team, and retain your talent. Best of all 7shifts integrates with the POS and Payroll systems you already use and trust (like Toast!) turning labor into a competitive advantage for your business. Restaurant Unstoppable members get 3 months, absolutely free.

Talk To The Manager – Nowadays, most guests don't want to call you on the phone or give you their feedback face-to-face.
With TalkToTheManager, guests can avoid making a scene by sending you comments and questions anonymously by text message, allowing you to respond and handle issues in real-time. It's easy to set up and simple to use for both staff and visitors. No software integration. No downloads, and no apps to install.

Talk To The Manager Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Over 20,000 restaurants trust ChowNow (chownow.com/unstoppable) for their online ordering. With ChowNow, you'll take control of your online presence, connect with more local diners, and keep your hard-earned profits. Join the free ChowNow Marketplace to reach new customers without commissions. Want to go big? Put your restaurant in the spotlight with ChowNow Direct—a full suite of branded ordering and marketing tools, including your own app! For a limited time, Restaurant Unstoppable listeners save 30% on a ChowNow Direct annual plan.
 

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Reaching out to people and always adapting
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Juggling too much at once
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • Let the conversation go where it goes
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Making the right decisions for the team
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Respect
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • The customer is. not always right but you should always be smiling
  7. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
  8. What is something restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough?
    • Communicate
  9. What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations?
  10. Name one service you've hired.
  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?
    • Work hard
    • Respect others
    • Be yourself

Contact info:

Website: blueoakbbq.com

Instagram: @blueoakbbq

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to Philip Moseley for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

 

Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!
Direct download: Philip_Moseley_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

With excitement, allow me to introduce today's guest, CEO and founder of Rever Networks, Paul Barron. Paul Barron has over 20 years in technology, media and business has created the perfect storm for what has become one of the fastest-growing technology, crypto, and investing platforms available. His mission started with helping Microsoft create the powerhouse developer community that has driven them to become a market leader. Not stopping there Barron was the chief engineer in a societal shift in retail and consumer science via a new data science platform. And today he strives to help others with life-changing strategies.

Check out The Chipotle Effect by Paul Barron

Check out Episode 258 with Paul Barron as mentioned in today's episode.

Today’s feature affiliate: Bentobox. In need of a restaurant website? Click this link to find out why so many of my guests use Bentobox!

Bentobox Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "Blockchain fixes everything."

In this episode with Paul Barron we will discuss:

  • What is an asset class?
  • What is blockchain?
  • What is an NFT?
  • Decentralization
  • Dystopian potential
  • Impact on real estate
  • User/guest experience changes for the future
  • Impact on loyalty programs
  • How will blockchain affect HR?
  •  

Today's sponsor:

7shifts is a modern labor management platform, designed by restaurateurs, for restaurateurs. Effectively labor management is more important than ever to ensure profitability and restaurant success. Trusted by over 400,000 restaurant professionals, 7shifts gives you the tools you need to streamline labor operations, communicate with your team, and retain your talent. Best of all 7shifts integrates with the POS and Payroll systems you already use and trust (like Toast!) turning labor into a competitive advantage for your business. Restaurant Unstoppable members get 3 months, absolutely free.

Talk To The Manager – Nowadays, most guests don't want to call you on the phone or give you their feedback face-to-face.
With TalkToTheManager, guests can avoid making a scene by sending you comments and questions anonymously by text message, allowing you to respond and handle issues in real-time. It's easy to set up and simple to use for both staff and visitors. No software integration. No downloads, and no apps to install.

Talk To The Manager Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Diageo Bar Academy equips bartenders, servers, managers, and hospitality professionals with the insights, stories, and tools to be better - raising the bar on industry standards. Diageo Bar Academy reaches a diverse audience, with backgrounds and skill levels of all ranges- providing them with skills, knowledge, and the techniques they need to improve their personal and professional lives.

Diageo Bar Academy Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

 

Contact info:

Email: paul@revernetworks.com

Twitter: @paulbarron

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to Paul Barron for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!
Direct download: Paul_Barron_1_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, Chef Frank Brigtsen and his wife Marna are the owners of Brigtsen’s Restaurant, in the Riverbend neighborhood of Uptown New Orleans. Frank began his culinary career in 1973 while attending Louisiana State University. In 1979, he apprenticed at Commander's Palace Restaurant under the guidance of Chef Paul Prudhomme. In 1980, Frank became the first Night Chef at K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen when the restaurant began dinner service. During his seven-year tenure with Chef Prudhomme at K-Paul's, Frank attained the position of Executive Chef. Paul and the late K Prudhomme were instrumental in helping Frank and Marna open Brigtsen's in 1986.

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "In cooking, color is flavor, and brown is the color of flavor."
  • "We always have time to do it right."

In this episode with Frank Brigsten we will discuss:

  • Providing opportunities to your staff
  • How Hurricane Katrina affected the NOLA restaurant scene
  • Multi-unit?
  • The importance of growth
  • Creating a cooking school
  • Lease negotiation
  • The broken economics of the restaurant industry
  • Labor and costs

Today's sponsor:

7shifts is a modern labor management platform, designed by restaurateurs, for restaurateurs. Effectively labor management is more important than ever to ensure profitability and restaurant success. Trusted by over 400,000 restaurant professionals, 7shifts gives you the tools you need to streamline labor operations, communicate with your team, and retain your talent. Best of all 7shifts integrates with the POS and Payroll systems you already use and trust (like Toast!) turning labor into a competitive advantage for your business. Restaurant Unstoppable members get 3 months, absolutely free.

Talk To The Manager – Nowadays, most guests don't want to call you on the phone or give you their feedback face-to-face.
With TalkToTheManager, guests can avoid making a scene by sending you comments and questions anonymously by text message, allowing you to respond and handle issues in real-time. It's easy to set up and simple to use for both staff and visitors. No software integration. No downloads, and no apps to install.

Talk To The Manager Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Diageo Bar Academy equips bartenders, servers, managers, and hospitality professionals with the insights, stories, and tools to be better - raising the bar on industry standards. Diageo Bar Academy reaches a diverse audience, with backgrounds and skill levels of all ranges- providing them with skills, knowledge, and the techniques they need to improve their personal and professional lives.

Diageo Bar Academy Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • 100% effort
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Not giving 100% effort
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • Do you have the fire and the desire?
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Unpredictability of food markets
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Be their friend
  6. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
  7. What is something restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough?
    • Be proactive rather than reactive
  8. What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influenced operations?
    • POS system: Positouch
  9. 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?
    • Pass it on
    • Don't forget your loved ones
    • Leave a mark and do good

Contact info:

Brigsten's website: brigstens.com

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to Frank Brigsten for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

 

Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!
Direct download: Frank_Brigsten_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

Patrick Whalen Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Working as a dish-washer all the way up to executive level management, Patrick has developed a service-centered style where knowledge, passion, and a drive to excel are paramount. After almost a decade of learning the trade by working in New York City, Patrick, bound to his North Carolina roots, moved his family back South and was hired as Butter NC’s General Manager. Under his leadership, Butter NC became established as the premier nightclub establishment in the Southeast and received numerous awards for excellence in service. Guided by his entrepreneurial spirit, Patrick was in search of a strategic, collaborative partnership to open a new type of restaurant that complements his passion for good food and his detailed business acumen. Friends and former colleagues Alejandro Torio and Mills Howell expressed similar thoughts and their combined strengths led to the creation of 5Church Restaurant.

Check out episode 843 with Patrick Whalen to hear his story in a traditional RU interview format!

https://youtu.be/UsQBgPfc2uA

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "Tell me I can't and I'll show you I can."

In this workshop with Patrick Whalen we will discuss:

  • The status of The 5th Street Group restaurants before March of 2021
  • Why/when they identified a problem and fixed it with the Tip The Kitchen model
  • Employee retention under the Tip The Kitchen model
  • Guest retention under the Tip The Kitchen model
  • Tip The Kitchen is a business model
  • How to execute
  • Cultural buy-in
  • The numbers

Today's sponsor:

7shifts is a modern labor management platform, designed by restaurateurs, for restaurateurs. Effectively labor management is more important than ever to ensure profitability and restaurant success. Trusted by over 400,000 restaurant professionals, 7shifts gives you the tools you need to streamline labor operations, communicate with your team, and retain your talent. Best of all 7shifts integrates with the POS and Payroll systems you already use and trust (like Toast!) turning labor into a competitive advantage for your business. Restaurant Unstoppable members get 3 months, absolutely free.

Talk To The Manager – Nowadays, most guests don't want to call you on the phone or give you their feedback face-to-face.
With TalkToTheManager, guests can avoid making a scene by sending you comments and questions anonymously by text message, allowing you to respond and handle issues in real-time. It's easy to set up and simple to use for both staff and visitors. No software integration. No downloads, and no apps to install.

Talk To The Manager Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Diageo Bar Academy equips bartenders, servers, managers, and hospitality professionals with the insights, stories, and tools to be better - raising the bar on industry standards. Diageo Bar Academy reaches a diverse audience, with backgrounds and skill levels of all ranges- providing them with skills, knowledge, and the techniques they need to improve their personal and professional lives.

Diageo Bar Academy Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Contact info:

Twitter is the best place for news on Tip The Kitchen: @tip_kitchen

Email: patrick@5church.com

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to Patrick Whalen for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

 

Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!
Direct download: Tip_The_Kitchen_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

With excitement allow me to introduce to you today’s guest, Owner of Banh Mi Boys, Peter Nguyen. New Orleans had been embracing Vietnamese food for some time before 2015 when Peter Nguyen opened Bahn Mi Boys, but when it was Peter’s turn, he wanted to do something different, that was when he decided to own the Banh Mi niche. Prior to opening Banh Mi Boy, Peter had ZERO restaurant experience. Six years after opening, Peter has opened his second location in the New Orleans Uptown area and has begun the process of franchising.

Today’s feature affiliate: Bentobox. In need of a restaurant website? Click this link to find out why so many of my guests use Bentobox!

Bentobox Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "If you're tired of starting over, stop giving up."

In this episode with Peter Nguyen we will discuss:

  • Franchising
  • Corner the market
  • Labor
  • Positive reinforcement
  • Visual branding
  • Why Banh Mi Boys uses Clover

Today's sponsor:

7shifts is a modern labor management platform, designed by restaurateurs, for restaurateurs. Effectively labor management is more important than ever to ensure profitability and restaurant success. Trusted by over 400,000 restaurant professionals, 7shifts gives you the tools you need to streamline labor operations, communicate with your team, and retain your talent. Best of all 7shifts integrates with the POS and Payroll systems you already use and trust (like Toast!) turning labor into a competitive advantage for your business. Restaurant Unstoppable members get 3 months, absolutely free.

Talk To The Manager – Nowadays, most guests don't want to call you on the phone or give you their feedback face-to-face.
With TalkToTheManager, guests can avoid making a scene by sending you comments and questions anonymously by text message, allowing you to respond and handle issues in real-time. It's easy to set up and simple to use for both staff and visitors. No software integration. No downloads, and no apps to install.

Talk To The Manager Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Over 20,000 restaurants trust ChowNow (chownow.com/unstoppable) for their online ordering. With ChowNow, you'll take control of your online presence, connect with more local diners, and keep your hard-earned profits. Join the free ChowNow Marketplace to reach new customers without commissions. Want to go big? Put your restaurant in the spotlight with ChowNow Direct—a full suite of branded ordering and marketing tools, including your own app! For a limited time, Restaurant Unstoppable listeners save 30% on a ChowNow Direct annual plan.
 

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Creativity
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • OCD
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • Read body language
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Franchising, manageability
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Treat people with respect
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Go above and beyond always
  7. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
  8. What is something restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough?
    • Work a shift, check on staff
  9. What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations?
  10. Name one service you've hired.
  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?
    • Stay passionate
    • Always give off good energy
    • Care about other people more

Contact info:

Instagram: @banh.mi.boys

Website: bmbsandwiches.com

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to Peter Nguyen for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

 

Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!
Direct download: Peter_Nguyen_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

David Helbraun Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

David Helbraun is the Founding Partner and Chairman of Helbraun Levey. Prior to founding the firm in 2005, David opened and owned Pyramid Coffee Company, a multi-unit coffee bar/cafe company based in Manhattan. He is a lifelong entrepreneur who has been running successful businesses in New York City for years.

David recently served as the Chair of the Hospitality Law Committee of the NYC Bar Association, an industry group comprised of over 40 of New York City’s top hospitality attorneys who regularly comment on the laws and regulations affecting the industry. He is also a board member of ROAR and has proudly served as a founding board member of Drive Change, a non-profit organization that trains formerly incarcerated young people in hospitality as a way to reintegrate them to the workforce. David is an avid Deadhead and jazz listener and also a hopeless Mets fan.  He is admitted to practice in New York.

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "Success is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration."

In this workshop with David Helbraun we will discuss:

  • Finding the proper space for your concept (white box vs key money)
  • Finding the right Broker
  • Once you find a space, what do you need to discuss with the landlord
  • Rent escalation/abatement
  • Personal guarantees
  • Term sheets
  • Exit strategy

Today's sponsor:

7shifts is a modern labor management platform, designed by restaurateurs, for restaurateurs. Effectively labor management is more important than ever to ensure profitability and restaurant success. Trusted by over 400,000 restaurant professionals, 7shifts gives you the tools you need to streamline labor operations, communicate with your team, and retain your talent. Best of all 7shifts integrates with the POS and Payroll systems you already use and trust (like Toast!) turning labor into a competitive advantage for your business. Restaurant Unstoppable members get 3 months, absolutely free.

Talk To The Manager – Nowadays, most guests don't want to call you on the phone or give you their feedback face-to-face.
With TalkToTheManager, guests can avoid making a scene by sending you comments and questions anonymously by text message, allowing you to respond and handle issues in real-time. It's easy to set up and simple to use for both staff and visitors. No software integration. No downloads, and no apps to install.

Talk To The Manager Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Over 20,000 restaurants trust ChowNow (chownow.com/unstoppable) for their online ordering. With ChowNow, you'll take control of your online presence, connect with more local diners, and keep your hard-earned profits. Join the free ChowNow Marketplace to reach new customers without commissions. Want to go big? Put your restaurant in the spotlight with ChowNow Direct—a full suite of branded ordering and marketing tools, including your own app! For a limited time, Restaurant Unstoppable listeners save 30% on a ChowNow Direct annual plan.
 

Contact info:

Email: david@hebraunlevey.com

Website: helbraunlevey.com

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to David Helbraun for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

 

Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!
Direct download: David_Helbraun_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

Kevin Cornish Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Kevin Cornish opened the original KC's Rib Shack in 1998. Prior to that he owned a printing company in Manchester, NH, as well as a rock club in Miami. The rock club lasted about 5 years from late 80's to mid-90's when he returned to Manchester. After barbecue-ing with friends he decided to open up his own restaurant. The first location was in Litchfield, NH and had only a handful of tables. The concept soon moved to the much bigger city of Manchester. Now, KC's Rib Shack is a staple in Manchester with over 300 seats.

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "We are in the hospitality industry first and foremost."

In this workshop with Kevin Cornish we will discuss:

  • Staff longevity
  • BBQ mail order
  • Operating a music venue and bar
  • Being busy but not making money
  • Proof of concept
  • Pop ups
  • When investors pull out
  • Where passion gets you when money fails
  • Opening a restaurant in the 90s with 4,000 dollars
  • Guerilla marketing
  • Email marketing
  • Facebook marketing
  • Yelp
  • Mug clubs
  • RestaurantOwner dot com
  • Labor

Today's sponsor:

7shifts is a modern labor management platform, designed by restaurateurs, for restaurateurs. Effectively labor management is more important than ever to ensure profitability and restaurant success. Trusted by over 400,000 restaurant professionals, 7shifts gives you the tools you need to streamline labor operations, communicate with your team, and retain your talent. Best of all 7shifts integrates with the POS and Payroll systems you already use and trust (like Toast!) turning labor into a competitive advantage for your business. Restaurant Unstoppable members get 3 months, absolutely free.

Talk To The Manager – Nowadays, most guests don't want to call you on the phone or give you their feedback face-to-face.
With TalkToTheManager, guests can avoid making a scene by sending you comments and questions anonymously by text message, allowing you to respond and handle issues in real-time. It's easy to set up and simple to use for both staff and visitors. No software integration. No downloads, and no apps to install.

Talk To The Manager Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Over 20,000 restaurants trust ChowNow (chownow.com/unstoppable) for their online ordering. With ChowNow, you'll take control of your online presence, connect with more local diners, and keep your hard-earned profits. Join the free ChowNow Marketplace to reach new customers without commissions. Want to go big? Put your restaurant in the spotlight with ChowNow Direct—a full suite of branded ordering and marketing tools, including your own app! For a limited time, Restaurant Unstoppable listeners save 30% on a ChowNow Direct annual plan.
 

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Hospitality
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Push-over
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • Longevity, loyalty
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Labor and food cost
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Make people feel welcome
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Always smile
  7. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
  8. What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations?
  9. Name one service you've hired.
  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?
    • Don't open a restaurant
    • Charge what you need to charge
    • Expect restaurant ownership to be hard

Contact info:

Website: ribshack.net

Email: kcsribshack@gmail.com

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to Kevin Cornish for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

 

Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!
Direct download: Kevin_Cornish_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

Stephani Robson Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

With excitement, allow me to introduce to you today's guest: Emeritus Faculty of The Hotel School of Cornell University, Stephani Robson. Until her recent retirement, Dr. Stephani Robson was a member of the faculty at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration for almost 30 years, where she taught literally thousands of students and executives about development and planning for hotels and restaurants. Prior to joining academia, she designed commercial kitchens for just about every kind of operation: restaurants, hotels, airports, hospitals, universities, and more.

This is part 3 of 3 of the Kitchen Design and Layout workshop. See part 1 right here. See part 2 right here.

Check out Foodservice Reports magazine as suggested in today's show.

Check out Foodservice Equipment and Supplies magazine as suggested in today's show.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4x8C7Wp0hM

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "Be sure you are right, then full steam ahead."

In this workshop with Stephani Robson we will discuss:

  • Start at your goal and reverse engineer
  • Consider your menu
  • Consider if your equipment will fit in your space
  • Where to acquire equipment
  • Where do get your information
  • Consider getting your entire line equipment from the same manufacturer
  • Cleaning best practices for buying equipment
  • Where to get your equipment
  • Embrace or avoid tech in your equipment
  • Buying new or used or lease?
  • What to lease?

Today's sponsor:

7shifts is a modern labor management platform, designed by restaurateurs, for restaurateurs. Effectively labor management is more important than ever to ensure profitability and restaurant success. Trusted by over 400,000 restaurant professionals, 7shifts gives you the tools you need to streamline labor operations, communicate with your team, and retain your talent. Best of all 7shifts integrates with the POS and Payroll systems you already use and trust (like Toast!) turning labor into a competitive advantage for your business. Restaurant Unstoppable members get 3 months, absolutely free.

Talk To The Manager – Nowadays, most guests don't want to call you on the phone or give you their feedback face-to-face.
With TalkToTheManager, guests can avoid making a scene by sending you comments and questions anonymously by text message, allowing you to respond and handle issues in real-time. It's easy to set up and simple to use for both staff and visitors. No software integration. No downloads, and no apps to install.

Talk To The Manager Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Diageo Bar Academy equips bartenders, servers, managers, and hospitality professionals with the insights, stories, and tools to be better - raising the bar on industry standards. Diageo Bar Academy reaches a diverse audience, with backgrounds and skill levels of all ranges- providing them with skills, knowledge, and the techniques they need to improve their personal and professional lives.

Diageo Bar Academy Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Contact info:

Email: skr4@cornell.edu

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to Stephani Robson for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

 

Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!
Direct download: Stephani_Robson_Kitchen_Design_3_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:57pm EDT

With excitement allow me to introduce to you today’s guest, Carol Lawrence. Carol has over 30 years of experience managing and marketing various restaurants, including her own. She started at the age of 12 peeling potatoes. From there she worked her way up to the dishwasher, line cook, at Belmont Hall before making her way to the Weathervane Restaurant where she waitresses for two weeks before being offered the Dining Room Manager position. Carol bought her first restaurant in September 1987 when she was just 23 years old. Since this time, she has earned national exposure for the Red Arrow Diner through print, television, and radio media as well as expanded the brand to three locations across New Hampshire.

Check out episode 827 with Bobby Marcotte as mentioned in today's episode.

Check out Goldbelly as mentioned in today's episode!

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "Have a diner day."
  • "Did I make it better today?"

In this workshop with Carol Lawrence we will discuss:

  • Being a first time restaurant owner
  • Diner culture and history
  • Hiring young people in this industry
  • Trust and track
  • Mentors
  • Negotiating ownership terms
  • Meals tax
  • Operating a 24/7 restaurant
  • Marketing
  • Scaling
  • Closing a restaurant

Today's sponsor:

7shifts is a modern labor management platform, designed by restaurateurs, for restaurateurs. Effectively labor management is more important than ever to ensure profitability and restaurant success. Trusted by over 400,000 restaurant professionals, 7shifts gives you the tools you need to streamline labor operations, communicate with your team, and retain your talent. Best of all 7shifts integrates with the POS and Payroll systems you already use and trust (like Toast!) turning labor into a competitive advantage for your business. Restaurant Unstoppable members get 3 months, absolutely free.

Talk To The Manager – Nowadays, most guests don't want to call you on the phone or give you their feedback face-to-face.
With TalkToTheManager, guests can avoid making a scene by sending you comments and questions anonymously by text message, allowing you to respond and handle issues in real-time. It's easy to set up and simple to use for both staff and visitors. No software integration. No downloads, and no apps to install.

Talk To The Manager Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Over 20,000 restaurants trust ChowNow (chownow.com/unstoppable) for their online ordering. With ChowNow, you'll take control of your online presence, connect with more local diners, and keep your hard-earned profits. Join the free ChowNow Marketplace to reach new customers without commissions. Want to go big? Put your restaurant in the spotlight with ChowNow Direct—a full suite of branded ordering and marketing tools, including your own app! For a limited time, Restaurant Unstoppable listeners save 30% on a ChowNow Direct annual plan.
 

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Being present and listening with open ears
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Learning the numbers
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • What are your strengths and weakness?
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • COVID, menuing, price changing, and staff
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Open and honest and communication, love your job
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Ringing the virgin bell (making your guests feels special through events)
  7. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
  8. Name one service you've hired.
  9. 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?
    • Keep your history (record so you can remember)
    • Listen to your gut
    • Be open to feedback

Contact info:

Red Arrow Diner website

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to Carol Lawrence for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

 

Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!
Direct download: Carol_Lawrence_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

Stephani Robson Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

With excitement, allow me to introduce to you today's guest: Emeritus Faculty of The Hotel School of Cornell University, Stephani Robson. Until her recent retirement, Dr. Stephani Robson was a member of the faculty at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration for almost 30 years, where she taught literally thousands of students and executives about development and planning for hotels and restaurants. Prior to joining academia, she designed commercial kitchens for just about every kind of operation: restaurants, hotels, airports, hospitals, universities, and more.

This is part 2 of 3 of the Kitchen Design and Layout workshop. See part 1 right here.

Check out episode 378 with Charles Bililies as mentioned in today's episode!

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "Be sure you are right, then full steam ahead."

In this workshop with Stephani Robson we will discuss:

  • Kitchen Layout + Design part 2, including:
    • Storage
    • Prep
    • Trash
    • Pest control
    • Cooking line
    • Receiving
    • Hand sinks

Today's sponsor:

7shifts is a modern labor management platform, designed by restaurateurs, for restaurateurs. Effectively labor management is more important than ever to ensure profitability and restaurant success. Trusted by over 400,000 restaurant professionals, 7shifts gives you the tools you need to streamline labor operations, communicate with your team, and retain your talent. Best of all 7shifts integrates with the POS and Payroll systems you already use and trust (like Toast!) turning labor into a competitive advantage for your business. Restaurant Unstoppable members get 3 months, absolutely free.

Talk To The Manager – Nowadays, most guests don't want to call you on the phone or give you their feedback face-to-face.
With TalkToTheManager, guests can avoid making a scene by sending you comments and questions anonymously by text message, allowing you to respond and handle issues in real-time. It's easy to set up and simple to use for both staff and visitors. No software integration. No downloads, and no apps to install.

Talk To The Manager Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

MarginEdge is completely free for new customers until September. No setup fees. No integration fees. No commitment. Take your back office paperwork down to 2-3 minutes a day while creating real-time financial views to inform your path ahead.

Contact info:

Email: skr4@cornell.edu

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to Stephani Robson for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

 

Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!
Direct download: Kitchen_Design_2_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:40pm EDT

Gary Kim Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, Chef Gary Kim. Chef Kim was Born in Seoul, South Korea and moved to the United States when he was 5 years old. Eventually he and his family found themselves in Portsmouth, NH, where Gary attended high school. Gary had always been drawn to the kitchen, but it wasn't until he was with the Black Birch that he started taking his career seriously. While at Black Birch, Gary was encouraged to start his own kimchi and fermentation business, which eventually evolved into Anju Noodle Bar. After a couple years at Anju, Gary sold his share of Anju, and spent the next few years traveling doing pop-ups and generally traveling in LA, Seattle, Denver, The Virgin Islands, U.K., Italy, Spain, and Boston. In May of 2018 Gary partnered with JGroup to open Mr. Kim's.

Check out Finish Big: How Great Entrepreneurs Exit Their Companies On Top by Bo Burlingham as recommended in today's episode

Check out Traction: Get A Grip On Your Business by Gino Wickman as mentioned in today's episode

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "Positive vibes only."

In today's episode with Gary Kim we will discuss:

  • Work/life balance
  • Efficiency of motion
  • Closing a restaurant
  • Exit strategy
  • Ramen and Kimchi
  • Popups
  • Proof off concepts
  • New business models for restaurants

Today's sponsor:

7shifts is a modern labor management platform, designed by restaurateurs, for restaurateurs. Effectively labor management is more important than ever to ensure profitability and restaurant success. Trusted by over 400,000 restaurant professionals, 7shifts gives you the tools you need to streamline labor operations, communicate with your team, and retain your talent. Best of all 7shifts integrates with the POS and Payroll systems you already use and trust (like Toast!) turning labor into a competitive advantage for your business. Restaurant Unstoppable members get 3 months, absolutely free.

Talk To The Manager - Nowadays, most guests don't want to call you on the phone or give you their feedback face-to-face.
With TalkToTheManager, guests can avoid making a scene by sending you comments and questions anonymously by text message, allowing you to respond and handle issues in real-time. It's easy to set up and simple to use for both staff and visitors. No software integration. No downloads, and no apps to install.

Talk To The Manager Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Diageo Bar Academy equips bartenders, servers, managers, and hospitality professionals with the insights, stories, and tools to be better - raising the bar on industry standards. Diageo Bar Academy reaches a diverse audience, with backgrounds and skill levels of all ranges- providing them with skills, knowledge, and the techniques they need to improve their personal and professional lives.

Diageo Bar Academy Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Positivity
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Ruminating
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • How do you deal with a challenging or difficult situation
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Sitting still
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Sense of urgency and efficiency of motion
    • The team environment
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Pre-shift motivation
  7. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
  8. What is one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough?
    • Find a way to show your staff that you are grateful for them
  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 influenced 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
    • Be grateful
    • Have fun

Contact info:

Instagram: @chefgarykim

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to Gary Kim for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

 

Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!
Direct download: Gary_Kim_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

Stephani Robson Kitchen Layout and Design Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

With excitement, allow me to introduce to you today's guest: Emeritus Faculty of The Hotel School of Cornell University, Stephani Robson. Until her recent retirement, Dr. Stephani Robson was a member of the faculty at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration for almost 30 years, where she taught literally thousands of students and executives about development and planning for hotels and restaurants. Prior to joining academia, she designed commercial kitchens for just about every kind of operation: restaurants, hotels, airports, hospitals, universities, and more.

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "Be sure you are right, then full steam ahead."

Today's sponsor:

7shifts is a modern labor management platform, designed by restaurateurs, for restaurateurs. Effectively labor management is more important than ever to ensure profitability and restaurant success. Trusted by over 400,000 restaurant professionals, 7shifts gives you the tools you need to streamline labor operations, communicate with your team, and retain your talent. Best of all 7shifts integrates with the POS and Payroll systems you already use and trust (like Toast!) turning labor into a competitive advantage for your business. Restaurant Unstoppable members get 3 months, absolutely free.

Talk To The Manager – Nowadays, most guests don't want to call you on the phone or give you their feedback face-to-face.
With TalkToTheManager, guests can avoid making a scene by sending you comments and questions anonymously by text message, allowing you to respond and handle issues in real-time. It's easy to set up and simple to use for both staff and visitors. No software integration. No downloads, and no apps to install.

Talk To The Manager Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

At Popmenu, we know that in today’s world, a great hospitality experience usually begins onlineKeeping the conversation with guests going beyond the meal also requires simple, powerful, fun technology capable of expression through all kinds of channels. Our team takes pride in helping restaurants put their best foot forward digitally so they can focus on what they do best. We think PDF menus are super boring, we believe 3rd party platforms have had too much say in how consumers find their next dining experience and we deeply feel that sharing your beautiful menu doesn’t have to be so difficult, time-consuming and expensive. As a listener of the Restaurant Unstoppable, you'll receive $100 off your first month of Popmenu!

Contact info:

 

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to Stephani Robson for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

 

Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!
Direct download: Kitchen_Design_1_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

 

Ferrel Alvarez Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, Chef Ferrel Alvarez. Ferrel break into the industry at the age 15 dishwashing, working as a prep cook, and eventually graduating from Cincinnati Culinary Arts Academy in 1998. Ferrell made his way to Tampa, Florida to further his professional career working at country clubs and the Tampa landmark, Mise en Place. Mise en Place founder, Chef Marty Blitz, transitioned Ferrell from lead cook to Chef De Cuisine. Ferrell's next project was Cafe Dufrain as Executive Chef. In December of 2013, Chef Alvarez opened his own restaurant, Rooster & the Till with his friend and business colleague, Ty Rodriguez. In the first ten months of being opened, Rooster & the Till had earned Best New Restaurant and Best Chef from Creative Loafing and Best New Restaurant from Florida Trend Magazine. Today Chef Ferrel Alvarez owns 3 total concepts, Rooster & The Till, Nebraska Mini Mart, and Gallito Taqueria.

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "Constant progression."

In today's episode with Laura McCutcheon we will discuss:

  • Culinary school
  • Kitchen behavior
  • Organization
  • What having a child does to your career
  • Personal struggles affecting a career

Today's sponsor:

7shifts is a modern labor management platform, designed by restaurateurs, for restaurateurs. Effectively labor management is more important than ever to ensure profitability and restaurant success. Trusted by over 400,000 restaurant professionals, 7shifts gives you the tools you need to streamline labor operations, communicate with your team, and retain your talent. Best of all 7shifts integrates with the POS and Payroll systems you already use and trust (like Toast!) turning labor into a competitive advantage for your business. Restaurant Unstoppable members get 3 months, absolutely free.

Talk To The Manager - Nowadays, most guests don't want to call you on the phone or give you their feedback face-to-face.
With TalkToTheManager, guests can avoid making a scene by sending you comments and questions anonymously by text message, allowing you to respond and handle issues in real-time. It's easy to set up and simple to use for both staff and visitors. No software integration. No downloads, and no apps to install.

Talk To The Manager Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

At Popmenu, we know that in today’s world, a great hospitality experience usually begins onlineKeeping the conversation with guests going beyond the meal also requires simple, powerful, fun technology capable of expression through all kinds of channels. Our team takes pride in helping restaurants put their best foot forward digitally so they can focus on what they do best. We think PDF menus are super boring, we believe 3rd party platforms have had too much say in how consumers find their next dining experience and we deeply feel that sharing your beautiful menu doesn’t have to be so difficult, time-consuming and expensive. As a listener of the Restaurant Unstoppable, you'll receive $100 off your first month of Popmenu!

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Positivity
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Self critic
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • Good people
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Keeping up with all that I want to achieve
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Positivity
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Be yourself
  7. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
  8. Name one service you've hired.
    • FusionPrep: Training, Safety, and Compliance Platform
  9. What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influenced operations?
    • Tock: Reservations
  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?
    • Family first
    • Be a good person
    • Positive mindset/live with humility

Contact info:

Rooster & The Till website

Instagram: @roosterandthetill @ferrelalverez

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to Farrel Alvarez for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

 

Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!
Direct download: Farrel_Alvarez_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

 

Check out Finish Big: How Great Entrepreneurs Exit Their Companies On Top by Bo Burlingham as mentioned in today's episode.

Check out episode 705 with Krimsey Lilleth.

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "I would just like to remind everyone that we're all going to die."

Today's sponsor:

7shifts is a modern labor management platform, designed by restaurateurs, for restaurateurs. Effectively labor management is more important than ever to ensure profitability and restaurant success. Trusted by over 400,000 restaurant professionals, 7shifts gives you the tools you need to streamline labor operations, communicate with your team, and retain your talent. Best of all 7shifts integrates with the POS and Payroll systems you already use and trust (like Toast!) turning labor into a competitive advantage for your business. Restaurant Unstoppable members get 3 months, absolutely free.

Talk To The Manager - Nowadays, most guests don't want to call you on the phone or give you their feedback face-to-face.
With TalkToTheManager, guests can avoid making a scene by sending you comments and questions anonymously by text message, allowing you to respond and handle issues in real-time. It's easy to set up and simple to use for both staff and visitors. No software integration. No downloads, and no apps to install.

Talk To The Manager Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast

At Popmenu, we know that in today’s world, a great hospitality experience usually begins onlineKeeping the conversation with guests going beyond the meal also requires simple, powerful, fun technology capable of expression through all kinds of channels. Our team takes pride in helping restaurants put their best foot forward digitally so they can focus on what they do best. We think PDF menus are super boring, we believe 3rd party platforms have had too much say in how consumers find their next dining experience and we deeply feel that sharing your beautiful menu doesn’t have to be so difficult, time-consuming and expensive. As a listener of the Restaurant Unstoppable, you'll receive $100 off your first month of Popmenu!

Contact info:

Krimsey's website

Krimsey's book: The Cajun Vegan Cookbook

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Huge thanks to Krimsey Lilleth for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

 

Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!
Direct download: Lecture_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
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With Excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, chef Jeannie Pierola. Jeannie Pierola grew up working in her family's beachside resort just outside of Tampa. When Jeannie got older she was able to convince her parents to open a restaurant. Like most first-time restaurant owners, Jeanie realized she had much to learn and decided she better go work for someone who knew what they were doing. This realization brought her to one of the most well-known steak houses in the country, Bern's Steak House. At Bern's Jeannie started at the bottom and would eventually earn the title of Executive Chef. With this experience, Jeannie traveled consulting for steak houses around the world before deciding to return to Tampa, FL. Today Chef Jeanie is the Chef/Proprietor of Edison, Edison's Swigamajig, and Counter Culture. All three restaurants are located in Tampa, FL.

Check out Restaurant Strong: First Principles Of Restaurant Outperformance And How To Make Them Yours by Peter LeSar as recommended in today's episode.

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "Truth in menuing."

In today's episode with Laura McCutcheon we will discuss:

  • What is "truth in menuing?"
  • Proper capitalization
  • Business planning
  • Service
  • Popups

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Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Sense of humor
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Emotional temper
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • Hints about their work ethic
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Labor
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Truth in menuing
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Be yourself
  7. What's one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough?
    • Eat in their own restaurants and see the whole experience
  8. Name one service you've hired.
  9. 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?
    • Love your family
    • Love your work family
    • Love yourself

Contact info:

Edison Food + Drink Lab on Instagram: @edison_food_drink_lab

Edison website

Edison's Swingamajig on Instagram: @edisons_swingamajig

Edison's Swingamajig website

Counter Culture on Instagram: @counter_culture_tampa

Counter culture website

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Huge thanks to Jeannie Pierola for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

 

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