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Fares Kargar is the Owner of Delbar Restaurant and Bibi Eatery in Atlanta, Georgia. Fares was born in Iran and grew up there until he was 18 when he moved to the US. Once in Atlanta, he went to school for hospitality management and while in school, he began working in restaurants. Once he graduated, he moved on to work in many restaurants, including Waffle House, until he landed at Rumi's Kitchen where he quickly became a GM. Finally, in 2020, he opened his first restaurant, Delbar. Today, there are 4 Delbar locations and the brand new concept Bibi's Eatery, which is soon to open in the Ponce City Market in Atlanta.

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favor success quote/mantra:

  • "This, too, shall pass."

In this episode with Fares Kargar we will discuss:

  • Iranian hospitality
  • Immigrating to America
  • Going to management school for hospitality
  • Working in a Waffle House
  • Taking intentional steps toward ownership
  • Learning how not to treat staff
  • Setting and managing expectations
  • Restaurant numbers
  • Silent partners
  • Fast expansion
  • Consistency is key

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Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Don't quit until the job is done
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Forgetful
  3. What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team?
    • Personality
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Hard for me to let go, let other take responsibility
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Answer to the standard, bot the position
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Never say no
  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. What is one thing you feel restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough?
    • Appreciate themselves and their staff
  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?
    • Manage expectations
    • Appreciate people around you
    • This, too, shall pass


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Huge thanks to Fares Kargar for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

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