Restaurant Unstoppable with Eric Cacciatore

Kris Schoenberger left the police department in 2009 and started a catering business. He and his team worked events, weddings, and festivals all over Illinois and Wisconsin. In 2014, he decided to open his first restaurant, with his mother, called BBQ'd Productions. Kris now owns 6 restaurants, including the original BBQ'd Productions, and second location of that brand, opened in 2017. 

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Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "I will help you."

In this episode with Kris Shoenberger we will discuss:

  • Catering
  • Operating a catering business out of your own kitchen
  • BBQ
  • Working festivals
  • Restaurants are easier after catering
  • Realizing how to properly treat your team and improve
  • The difficulties of scaling
  • Ego in the industry
  • Finding and hiring an Executive Chef

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Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Humble
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • My heart
  3. What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team?
    • What are your future goals
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Supply shortages
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Be somebody for somebody
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • 3 seconds of attachment, 3 seconds of detachment
  7. What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations?
    • Facebook
  8. What is one thing you feel restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough?
    • Take care of their employees
  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?
    • Give a shit
    • Stay humble
    • Handwrite more thank you notes

Contact info:

Website: wegrillitall.com

Facebook: @BBQdproductionsKenosha

Email: kris@wegrillitall.com

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Huge thanks to Kris Shoenberger for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

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