Restaurant Unstoppable with Eric Cacciatore (general)

Fred Langley is the CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro. Fred got his first job in the restaurant industry at the age of 12 as a dishwasher. He worked his way up the ranks and became a restaurateur, opening his first restaurant at the age of 27. He opened his second restaurant only 4 years later. Fred joined Restaurant Systems Pro, formerly known as The Restaurant Expert, in 2004, and became the company's CEO in 2006.

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Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favor success quote/mantra:

  • "We don't show up to get everything we want, we show up to give everything we have."

In this episode with Fred Langley we will discuss:

  • Communicate with your vendor
  • NOT being ready to open a restaurant when you open your first
  • Budgets
  • Real estate

Today's sponsor:

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

Contact:

Youtube: @RestaurantSystemsPro

Restaurant Systems Pro website to sign up!

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!

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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 Fred Langley 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: Fred_Langley_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Jack Gibbons is the coo of FB Society in Dallas, TX. Jack Gibbons was a Business major at The University of Dallas. He started working at Pappas Restaurants in 1983 as a server and worked his way up to Concept Leader within the company across 25 years. He joined Twin Peaks as their President when they had only 4 locations in 2007 until 2015. In 2007 he started FB Society with a business partner and it has 8 concepts operating today with Gibbons as the company CEO.

Check out episode 819 with Clay Dover as mentioned in today's episode!

Check out episode 694 with Kulsoom Klavon as mentioned in today's episode!

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Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favor success quote/mantra:

  • "Having the courage to create experiences never imagined."

In this episode with Jack Gibbons we will discuss:

  • The intentionality of language
  • Food halls
  • Branding
  • Scaling
  • Real estate strategy
  • Challenges to the industry as a whole going forward

Today's sponsor:

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!

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Coffee
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Taking on too much
  3. What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team?
    • Real people, not fake
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Getting the best people who are smarter than I am
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Professionalism
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Quality of ice and glassware
  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?
    • 1Huddle - gamification of training
  9. What is one thing you feel restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough?
    • Eat in their own restaurants
  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?
    • Spend as much fun with your family as you can and do fun things together
    • Pour yourself into your work and if you're going to create a product, make an exceptional product
    • If you're going to spend time with people at work, make sure they are exceptional people and doing fun things together

Contact:

Website: https://www.fb-society.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!

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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 Jack Gibbons 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: Jack_Gibbons_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Joanna Kelley is the Founder and Owner of Cup Of Joe in Portsmouth, NH. Joanna was raised by her grandparents in Rochester, NH. She began working in a bar around 19 years old. She attended UNH for marketing and then entered the hospitality industry again at Uno's, a large chain restaurant. She eventually began working as a marketing manager at their Boston offices. Eventually she teamed up with Portsmouth restaurateur Joe Kelley (no relation) of Joe's New York Pizza, Fat Belley's, and The Thirsty Moose. With his financial investment, Joanna opened Cup of Joe, albeit with full creative control. Cup of Joe just celebrated 5 successful years serving downtown Portsmouth, NH. Joanna is also the Assistant Mayor of Portsmouth!

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Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favor success quote/mantra:

  • "If you have 5 minutes, and someone asks you to do something; do it."

In this episode with Joanna Kelley we will discuss:

  • Benefits of working in a corporate restaurant
  • Marketing
  • Investors and partnerships
  • Going into business with friends, should you?
  • Live music in your restaurant
  • Seasonal restaurants/cafe
  • Employee benefits

Today's sponsor:

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!

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Ability to connect with people
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Ability to connect with people
  3. What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team?
    • How can I make you a better leader?
  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.
    • If you were to remove yourself from a situation, would you react the same?
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Make people feel at home, remember their names
  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?
    • TikTok
  9. What is one thing you feel restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough?
    • Take care of our 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?
    • Understand that the world is bigger than you and your problems
    • This, too, shall pass
    • It is always easier to be kind

Contact:

Instagram: @cupofjoenh

Website: https://www.cupofjoenh.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!

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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 Joanna Kelley 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: Joanne_Kelley_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
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Eli Kulp is the Chef and Partner at High Street Hospitality and the host of the CHEF Radio Podcast and is based in Philadelphia, PA.

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Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favor success quote/mantra:

  • "Hard work always always always pays off."

In this episode with Eli Kulp we will discuss:

  • Legacy
  • Outliers
  • Culinary school
  • Philadelphia food and restaurant scene

Today's sponsor:

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!

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

Contact:

CHEF Radio Podcast

Delicious City Podcast

Instagram: @elikulp

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 Eli Kulp 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: Eli_Kulp_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Jamie Schrotberger is the CEO at Spread Bagelry. Jamie Schotberger went to school for finance and economics. He began working after that at investment firm Black Rock where we focused on recognizing businesses that were disruptors in their markets while also being scalable. He left that company to serve as the CFO at Garces Group, where he met Brooks Tanner, Spread Bagelry's current COO. Jamie joined Spread Bagelry as the CEO in 2019 and plans to scale the business to 50 locations within just a few years. Spready currently has 10 locations, and looks to open 8 more before the end of 2023.

Check out episode 955 with Brooks Tanner as mentioned in today's episode!

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Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favor success quote/mantra:

  • "Inspire and encourage." Instead of Command and Conquer.

In this episode with Jamie Schrotberger we will discuss:

  • Reducing the commoditization of bagels
  • Fast casual
  • Different generations use restaurants differently
  • Growing too fast

Today's sponsor:

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!

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Humility
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Too optimistic
  3. What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team?
    • Culture, will they elevate the entire group?
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Growth, product distribution
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Don't think small, think about future growth
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Notice people and understand "the other side of the counter"
  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. 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
    • Have humility
    • Treat everybody with the same amount of respect and care

Contact:

Email: jamie@spreadbagelry.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 Jamie Schrotberger 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: Jamie_S._PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
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Chef Brooks Tanner studied at Cornell University. Brooks is known for his underlining team building abilities and fiscal awareness. His passion is building concrete infrastructures to support high-quality services and educate those on how to waste less, be sustainable and eat well while financially building for their future. The last time Chef Tanner joined the show, he served as Executive Chef at Rockhill located in Cherry Hill, NJ. Today, he is the COO at Spread Bagelry.

Check out episode 360 with Brooks Tanner as mentioned in today's episode.

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Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favor success quote/mantra:

  • "People and culture."

In this episode with Brooks Tanner we will discuss:

  • Catering
  • The good parts of the grind
  • Working alongside your people as a leader
  • Consulting
  • Franchising

Today's sponsor:

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!

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

Contact:

Email: info@spreadbagelry.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 Brooks Tanner 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: Brooks_Tanner_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
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Kyle Inserra is a 17-year restaurant industry veteran, and commercial real estate professional focused on the nurturing and strategic growth of emerging Hospitality, Lifestyle, and Retail brands nationally. His industry knowledge, coupled with an insider’s perspective of what it means to be a restaurant operator day in and day out, allows him to relate to his clients’ ever-changing needs.

Mr. Inserra is at the forefront of both restaurant and real estate trends and spends a significant portion of his time creating content on multiple social media platforms. In addition, his two podcasts, The National Restaurant Owners Podcast and Commercial Real Estate School – have Kyle speaking with forward-thinking thought leaders in both the hospitality industry and commercial real estate space on a current industry topic on a weekly basis. 

Check out episode 769 with Kyle Inserra!

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Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favor success quote/mantra:

  • "Move fast and make mistakes along the way."

In this episode with Kyle Inserra we will discuss:

  • Real estate
  • The future of restaurant real estate
  • The future of vending machines
  • Branding
  • Marketing
  • The metaverse

Today's sponsor:

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!

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

Contact:

NROP on Spotify

NROP on Apple Podcasts

Instagram: @kyleinserra

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 Kyle Inserra 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: Kyle_Inserra_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
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Scott and Jesse Spellman are co-owners at Utopia Bagels. They are father and son, respectively. They have an additional co-owner as well, Anthony Panteleo, who is one of the original founders. Utopia Bagels was opened in 1981 in Whitestone, NY by Anthony and two other partners. Scott began working at the shop around 2010 and began a co-owner in 2013. They began by using the old world process of individually hand-rolling bagels, kettle boiling them, and baking them in their 1947 carousel oven. Today, Utopia Bagels is extremely popular, with lines out the door almost daily, over 62,000 Instagram followers, and wholesale. They can be found on Goldbelly, and exclusively on Uber Eats for delivery.

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Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favor success quote/mantra:

  • Hands on. Do it today and not tomorrow. Quality first."

In this episode with Jessie and Scott Spellman we will discuss:

  • Wholesale
  • Partners
  • Bagels
  • Helping employees grow
  • Expansion
  • Catering
  • The best practices of building a following on Instagram
  • Goldbelly

Today's sponsor:

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!

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Hands on
    • Time Management
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Shooting for the stars
    • Taking on too much at once
  3. What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team?
    • Simple things should come quickly
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Keeping growth going
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Cleanliness
    • Make the person next to you better
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • We get your order correct
  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?
    • Egg mixer, tape machine, conveyor belt
  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?
    • Be true to yourself
    • Love what you do
    • Don't put off anything to tomorrow if you can do it today

Contact:

Instagram: @utopiabagels

Website: utopiabagelsny.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!

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Huge thanks to Jesse and Scott Spellman 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: Spellman_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

David Kirschner is the Founder, CEO and Executive Chef of dineDK Private Dining. New Jersey native and Johnson and Wales graduate, Kirschner knew from a young age that he wanted to work in restaurants and he set out on a very traditional path working for successful restauranteurs, building his skills, reputation, and network. Kirschner work for acclaimed restaurateurs such as Thomas Keller, Michal Mina, David Drake, and Daniel Boulud before leaving the traditional restaurant scene for a more non-traditional business model with the Tasting Table. The Tasting Table gave chef Kirschner a whole new set of skills like food media, dealing with gatekeeps, hosting special events, and staffing for special events. With these new skills, he launched dineDK in 2015

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Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favor success quote/mantra:

  • "Make it happen 24/7."
  • "Hold the line."

In this episode with David Kirschner we will discuss:

  • Culinary school
  • Profitable restaurants
  • Private dining
  • Catering
  • Opening vs. operating restaurants
  • Structure and process
  • Tracking progress
  • Running a kitchen in an event space
  • Creating experiences
  • The private chef world

Today's sponsor:

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!

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

7shifts is the team management platform for restaurants. From hiring to scheduling, training, and retaining, they’ve got the tools you need to help you run your business with ease. Better understand your restaurant, hit your labor targets, and keep your entire team connected. Plus, 7shifts integrates with POS and payroll systems you already use and trust! Join over 30,000 restaurants using 7shifts today. Restaurant Unstoppable listeners get 3 months for free. Sign up here: https://www.7shifts.com/unstoppable

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Following up
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Overthinking
  3. What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team?
    • Service-minded?
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Sustainable growth
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Honor
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Anticipate needs
  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?
    • Be mindful of life outside the restaurant
  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?
    • Take care of others
    • Be honest and do right by people
    • Get enjoyment out of everything you do

Contact:

Website: https://www.dinedk.com

Instagram: @dinedk

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 Kirschner 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_Kirschner_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Today's guest, Scott Landers, is the founder of Figure 8 Logistics, a consulting firm that specializes in delivery for the restaurant industry. Prior to figure 8 Logistics Landers was a civil engineer, and found his way onto the team of the New York City-based restaurant Dig Inn, where is focus was on developing their delivery program. He's opened his skills up to the rest of the industry with Figure 8 Logistics.

Check out episode 777 with Scott Landers as mentioned in today's episode!

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Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favor success quote/mantra:

  • "Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast."

In this episode with Scott Landers we will discuss:

  • Native delivery
  • Biggest changes from 2 years until now with delivery
  • What is a "sustainability engineer?"
  • Menu engineering for digital and delivery spaces
  • How do people discover new places to eat?
  • Thoughts on "pay to play" visibility on delivery apps
  • Supply chain
  • Branding
  • Sustainability

Today's sponsor:

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!

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

Contact:

Website: figure8.delivery

Hotline: 212-888-7700

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 Scott Landers 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: Scott_Landers_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

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Jarrett Stieber is the Chef and Owner of Little Bear in Atlanta, GA. Jerrett's interest in cooking began when he was 15 years old while watching cooking shows on TV. Throughout high school, he worked in restaurants. After leaving college in Asheville, NC, he entered culinary school where he did an internship at Restaurant Eugene in Atlanta, and continued working there after graduation. He worked at famed restaurant Abattoir and says he grew the most as a professional chef at The Empire, where he worked and learned until he left in 2013. He then began working a pop up with his friends who were doing the same thing, but with coffee. The coffee business eventually left him alone in his pop up, called Eat Me Speak Me, where he worked for 7 years until he finally opened his first restaurant, Little Bear, in 2020. Little Bear survived the pandemic through successfully  pivoting to take-out. Today, Little Bear is thriving in Atlanta.

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favor success quote/mantra:

  • "Trust your gut."

In this episode with Jerrett Stieber we will discuss:

  • Culinary school
  • Butchery
  • Toxic kitchen culture
  • Mentors
  • Pop ups
  • Partnerships

Today's sponsor:

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Goofiness
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Goofiness, or working too much
  3. What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team?
    • Are you an asshole?
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Wednesday-Thursday before 7PM reservations
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Don't be an asshole
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Answering dumb questions
  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 influenced operations?
  9. What is one thing you feel restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough?
    • Pay their staff well
  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?
    • Trust your gut
    • Don't be an asshole
    • It's just food

Contact:

Website: https://littlebearatl.com/

Instagram: @littlebearatl

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 Jarrett Stieber 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: Jerrett_Stieber_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

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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

Today's sponsor:

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!

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

7shifts is the team management platform for restaurants. From hiring to scheduling, training, and retaining, they’ve got the tools you need to help you run your business with ease. Better understand your restaurant, hit your labor targets, and keep your entire team connected. Plus, 7shifts integrates with POS and payroll systems you already use and trust! Join over 30,000 restaurants using 7shifts today. Restaurant Unstoppable listeners get 3 months for free. Sign up here: https://www.7shifts.com/unstoppable

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

Contact:

Instagram: @delbaratl

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 Fares Kargar 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: fares_Kargar_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Growing up in New York, Seven Chan is a lifetime entrepreneur with over 17 years of experience building and running successful companies. His specialties include business strategy, development, press, and marketing. In 2016, he met his business partner, Ken Yu, and one month later they were in business under the Poke Burri Brand.

Now, Seven Chan is the co-owner of concepts Poke Burri, Lifting Noodles Ramen, Bok You ATL, and Atlanta Teriyaki.

Check out episode 615 with Seven Chan as mentioned in today's episode!

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favor success quote/mantra:

  • "I am not a king; I am a conqueror."

In this episode with Seven Chan we will discuss:

  • Fast casual
  • Expansion
  • Franchising
  • Challenges with expansion
  • Balancing travel with being at home
  • Building and operating bars for the first time
  • The secrets to online restaurant popularity
  • Robotics in the restaurant industry

Today's sponsor:

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

7shifts is the team management platform for restaurants. From hiring to scheduling, training, and retaining, they’ve got the tools you need to help you run your business with ease. Better understand your restaurant, hit your labor targets, and keep your entire team connected. Plus, 7shifts integrates with POS and payroll systems you already use and trust! Join over 30,000 restaurants using 7shifts today. Restaurant Unstoppable listeners get 3 months for free. Sign up here: https://www.7shifts.com/unstoppable

Contact:

Website: https://www.ksprestaurantgroup.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 Seven Chan 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: Seven_Chan_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Ford Fry is the Founder and Co-Owner of many, many restaurants, including Jct. Kitchen. Ford was raised in Texas and attended the New England Culinary Institute. He worked for several respectable restaurants and people in Florida, California, Colorado, and Texas before finally opening his own restaurant in Atlanta in 2007, that being Jct. Kitchen. Ford doesn't like the term "restaurant group" but he founded an entity that is basically that, called Ford Fry Restaurants. Ford Fry Restaurants currently owns/operates 13 concepts across 19 locations in Atlanta, Houston, Nashville, and Charlotte, NC.

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favor success quote/mantra:

  • "Fine is not fine."

In this episode with Ford Fry we will discuss:

  • New England Culinary Institute
  • Helping open massive companies
  • Cooking for robust flavor rather than unique ideas
  • Fundraising advice
  • Training
  • Employee benefits

Today's sponsor:

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!

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • "Fine is not fine."
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • I don't know how to say no
  3. What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team?
    • "Where do you want to go?" Can I get them there?
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Disseminating the culture
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Blame-free environments
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Servant leadership
  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. 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 your staff as your most valuable asset
    • Fine is not fine; get better every day
    • Ask what makes your experience more unique or more memorable

Contact:

Instagram: @fordfry

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 Ford Fry 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: Ford_Fry_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

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Growing up in Texas, twin brothers Jonathan and Justin Fox were inspired by Texas heat and southern spice. After moving from Fort Worth to Atlanta, Justin and Jonathan were homesick for Texas-style barbecue and after being unable to find the flavors they grew up with, the twin brothers decided to take matters into their own hands. With no professional training, Jonathan and Justin began throwing backyard gatherings for friends and family to test out their barbecue skills. Small gatherings grew into cooking for over 250 people, a barbecue catering operation was born. After a pop-up stint at Smith's Olde Bar in 2005 where Fox Brothers was named “Runner-up Best Barbecue in Atlanta", the brothers decided to open their own restaurant. In 2007, The Brothers along with partner Beau Nolen, opened the Candler Park location on Dekalb Avenue and began welcoming guests with their signature style of smoked brisket, pulled pork, wings, and a mix of original side dishes seven days a week.

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favor success quote/mantra:

  • "If you ain't learning, you ain't living."

In this episode with Jonathan Fox we will discuss:

  • Advice for first time BBQers
  • Finding your unique selling point
  • How to stand out today
  • Finding a brick and mortal location
  • Parking problems with a very popular restaurant

Today's sponsor:

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • The best service and best food
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Always trying to have the best service and food
  3. What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team?
    • Something about them and who they are and what brings them to us?
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Remember to say no
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Connect with people and make positive experiences
  6. What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influenced operations?
  7. What is one thing you feel restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough?
    • Stay on quality
  8. 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?
    • If you're not learning, you're not living
    • Be proud of what you do
    • Just because you have it doesn't mean you need to sell it

Contact:

Website: http://www.foxbrosbbq.com

Instagram: @foxbrosbarbq

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 Jonathan Fox 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: Jonathan_Fox_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
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Damián Otero is the Owner/Operator of Rreal Tacos, Sabores del Plata, and Cafe At Pharr in Atlanta, Georgia. Damián Otero is a serial entrepreneur. Prior to entering the restaurant industry, he was a business owner and salesman. In August of 2014, he purchased an existing restaurant called Sabores del Plata in Atlanta, GA that he was personally a fan of. He purchased the restaurant for $75,000, and reopened it as the owner/operator after spending only $105,000.  At that time, he was only 21 years old. His mother was, and still is, the manager of Sabores del Plata. Later, in 2021, he purchased Rreal Tacos, also in Atlanta, which he has grown to multiple locations, quadrupled sales, and gained over 36,000 Instagram followers in under 2 years.

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favor success quote/mantra:

  • "You have to create a vision large enough that other people's dreams can fit into it, where you can bring A-players into it with you, and everyone comes out better in the end."

In this episode with Damián Otero we will discuss:

  • The differences between the industry 10 years ago vs. today
  • Branding
  • Sales
  • Instagram marketing
  • The benefits of Toast POS
  • Growing too fast
  • Menu engineering
  • Digital menu engineering
  • Restaurant marketing

Today's sponsor:

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!

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

7shifts is the team management platform for restaurants. From hiring to scheduling, training, and retaining, they’ve got the tools you need to help you run your business with ease. Better understand your restaurant, hit your labor targets, and keep your entire team connected. Plus, 7shifts integrates with POS and payroll systems you already use and trust! Join over 30,000 restaurants using 7shifts today. Restaurant Unstoppable listeners get 3 months for free. Sign up here: https://www.7shifts.com/unstoppable

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Uncorruptable character
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Opening up
  3. What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team?
    • Does this person fit into the position 10 years from now?
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Not growing too fast
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Be happy, uncorupatble character
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Integrating technologies in a natural way in the restaurant
  7. What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations?
  8. What is one thing you feel restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough?
    • Marketing
  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?
    • Be a good person
    • Uncorruptable character
    • Go above and beyond

Contact:

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 Damián Otero 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: Damian_Otero_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
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David Bancroft is the Chef/Owner of Acre and Bow & Arrow, both in Aubur, Alabama. David grew up on his grandfather's farm. As a kid, David became interested in BBQ and started practicing the art of BBQ in his early teens. He attended University of Auburn and studied finance and accounting. He got his start in the restaurant industry at Amsterdam Café in Auburn, where he eventually turned that restaurant around financially, starting with re-engineering the menu. He soon moved on to open his own restaurant, Acre, in 2013. Acre is named such because it sat on a full acre of land which was farmed and provided food for the restaurant itself. Later, in 2018, David opened Bow & Arrow, a southern Texas-style BBQ joint mixed with Alabama potluck style food gatherings. David and his concepts have won or been nominated for many industry awards, including James Beard.

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favor success quote/mantra:

  • "Many of life's failure's are people that did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."

In this episode with David Bancroft we will discuss:

  • Learning BBQ in your teens
  • Working at a fresh fish restaurant in Alabama
  • Working at your first restaurant that serves frozen fish after working with only fresh
  • Taking over menu engineering at an existing restaurant
  • Menu engineering
  • Fund raising
  • Getting nominated for a James Beard Award

Today's sponsor:

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Charisma
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Vulnerability
  3. What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team?
    • Investment in our culture and restaurant
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Entitlement in the workforce
  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?
    • Be aware of body language, be aware of your surroundings
  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?
    • Trust their leaders
  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?
    • Follow your heart
    • Allow yourself to be vulnerable
    • Don't stop loving

Contact:

Website: https://www.acreauburn.com/

Instagram: @davidbancroft

Email: david@acreauburn.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 Bancroft 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_Bancroft_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Kathleen Wood is the Founder of Kathleen Wood Partners. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Management from the University of Wisconin and a Masters in Business Administration from Loyola University in Chicago. For over 20 years, Kathleen has been a corporate and entrepreneurial leader, business owner, and business innovator. She is a public speaker and an author of many books. We will be discussing her 6 key ingredients for success in business.

Check out Kathleen's book Founderology as mentioned in today's episode.

Check out episode 290 with Kathleen Wood as mentioned in today's episode!

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favor success quote/mantra:

  • "The clearer the leader, the clearer the team, the clearer the business."

In this episode with Kathleen Wood we will discuss:

  • The six key ingredients for success!
    • Vision
    • Team
    • Direction
    • Systems
    • Brand
    • Culture

Today's sponsor:

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!

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

Contact:

Website: https://www.kwoodpartners.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 Kathleen Wood 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: Kathleen_Wood_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
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Andy Husbands is the Chef/Owner of The Smoke Shop BBQ in Boston, MA. After a storied career cooking and traveling, which you can find out about here, Chef Andy owned and operated Tremont 647 for 20 years, from 1996-2016. in 2018, he opened The Smoke Shop BBQ in Boston, which he created with the intention of scaling the concept. There are currently five locations in and around the Boston area.

Check out The Thrill of the Grill by Christopher Schlesinger as mentioned in today's episode!

Check out all of Andy's books:

Pitmaster

Wicked Good Burgers

Wicked Good Barbecue

The Smoke Shop's Backyard BBQ

Grill To Perfection

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favor success quote/mantra:

  • "Every day - just a little bit better."
  • "Have the best time possible in all circumstances."

In this episode with Andy Husbands we will discuss:

  • Having a competitive nature
  • The importance of "getting involved"
  • Establish roots before you open your own restaurant
  • Leadership advice
  • Empathetical management
  • Is your concept scalable?
  • The importance of a multi-cultural team
  • Responding to reviews

Today's sponsor:

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Ability to roll with it
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Too quick
  3. What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team?
    • Can they be pushed?
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Growing quickly
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Community
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Treat everybody like Grandma
  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?
    • Take time off and vacations
  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?
    • Enjoy
    • Focus
    • Relax

Contact:

Instagram: @andyhusbands

Website: thesmokeshop.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 Andy Husbands 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: Andy_Husbands_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Barry Sorkin is the Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Smoque BBQ in Chicago, IL. He got his first taste of the restaurant industry when he worked at Red Lobster as a bar tender and a manager in his 20s. He left the industry to pursue a career in journalism and IT. Feeling unsatisfied, he quit his job in 2005 and, with the help of 4 partners, opened Smoque in Chicago in December of 2006. Smoque quickly proved to be too popular and too busy for their space so they expanded their existing 3 years later.

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favor success quote/mantra:

  • No mantra. "Take it as it comes/don't get bored."

In this episode with Barry Sorkin we will discuss:

  • Business plans
  • Management
  • Labor and food cost
  • Pricing
  • BBQ
  • Opening a restaurant
  • Partnerships
  • Delegation

Today's sponsor:

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!

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

7shifts is the team management platform for restaurants. From hiring to scheduling, training, and retaining, they’ve got the tools you need to help you run your business with ease. Better understand your restaurant, hit your labor targets, and keep your entire team connected. Plus, 7shifts integrates with POS and payroll systems you already use and trust! Join over 30,000 restaurants using 7shifts today. Restaurant Unstoppable listeners get 3 months for free. Sign up here: https://www.7shifts.com/unstoppable

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Determination
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Organization
  3. What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team?
    • Character
  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.
    • Respect
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Treat people like family
  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?
    • Thank their employees
  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?
    • Treat people with respect
    • Take pride in what you do
    • Enjoy the ride

Contact:

Email: barry@smoquebbq.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 Barry Sorkin 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: Barry_Sorkin_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Andrew Choi and Patrick Bouaphahn are the Co-Owners of Jinei Motto, a restaurant/bar in Chicago. Andrew is FOH while Patrick is BOH. Andrew Choi moved around a lot as a youth because he had parents in the military, but in 2015, when he was 14, he landed in Chicago. Andrew had his first job in the restaurant industry at Sushi Dock, where he and Patrick first met. Andrew and Patrick became good friends there, and were eventually let go for drinking on the job together. Andrew then moved on to FOH work at Bohemian House in Chicago and stayed there only for 6 months before working with Patrcik again at Union Sushi. Soon after leaving the restaurant industry COVID happened and Andrew decided to team up with Patrick to create Jinsei Motto, which exists inside an existing distillery, called C.H. Distillery. Jinsei Motto and C.H. Distillery are two separate entities operating out of the same space.

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favor success quote/mantra:

  • "The actual prize is the journey, so you have to enjoy it."

In this episode with Andrew Choi we will discuss:

  • Distilling
  • The world and industry of sushi
  • Bettering yourself in order to better your restaurant
  • The benefits of pop ups
  • Contracts
  • The very unique business model of Jinsei Motto

Today's sponsor:

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

7shifts is the team management platform for restaurants. From hiring to scheduling, training, and retaining, they’ve got the tools you need to help you run your business with ease. Better understand your restaurant, hit your labor targets, and keep your entire team connected. Plus, 7shifts integrates with POS and payroll systems you already use and trust! Join over 30,000 restaurants using 7shifts today. Restaurant Unstoppable listeners get 3 months for free. Sign up here: https://www.7shifts.com/unstoppable

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Grind
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Too emotional, not enough time
  3. What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team?
    • Team work, take initiation
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Taking the next step (possible brick and mortar)
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Gratitude
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Cleanliness
  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?
    • Apple products (iWatch and AirPods)
  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? (Andrew/Patrick)
    • Family/Family
    • Trust yourself and believe in yourself/Time
    • Don't take things so seriously and do what you want to do/Trust

Contact:

Website: https://www.jinseimotto.com/

Instagram: @jinsei_motto

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 Andrew Choi and Patrick Bouaphanh 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: Andrew_Choi_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Chef Joe Frillman is the Owner and Executive Chef of Daisies in Chicago, IL. Joe's first job in the industry was as a food runner when he was in high school. He fell in love with the industry during that very first job. After graduating from college, Joe decided he wanted to become a chef. He went to culinary school in Chicago, and then in 2008 helped open The Bristol in Chicago. Later, in 2010, he travelled through Europe and ended up working in a restaurant in London. He returned and helped open Perennial Virant and Balena with the Boca Restaurant Group in Chicago. In 2015, he took time off to focus on consulting and finally, in 2017, he opened his restaurant, Daisies, in Chicago.

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favor success quote/mantra:

  • "If you're not having fun, you should be doing something else."

In this episode with Joe Frillman we will discuss:

  • Work/life balance
  • Culinary school thoughts
  • Burnout
  • Checklists
  • The industry now vs. how it was in 1999
  • Italian cuisine
  • Farming
  • Service charges

Today's sponsor:

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!

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Tenacity
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Letting things go
  3. What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team?
    • What's your favorite color?
  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.
    • Don't be a dick
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Hello and Goodbye to every single customer
  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?
    • Spend time with their team
  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?
    • Have fun
    • Work hard
    • Take time for yourself

Contact:

Website: https://www.daisieschicago.com/

Email: info@daisieschicago.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 Joe Frillman 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: Joe_Frillman_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

David Sloan is a Managing Partner at Venture Kitchen. He is also the former CEO and Founder of Naf Naf Grill. David started a financial career soon after school and built it up for 10 years. One day around 2010, while driving through Chicago, David saw a restaurant specializing in shawarma falafel, a food he had enjoyed with his family while living and traveling in Paris as a kid. It was the best shawarma he had ever tasted, so he asked the owner if he wanted a partnership, and a partnership was formed. The restaurant was called Naf Naf and it was in a "hole in the wall" location. With the newfound partnership, David and his partners built out a new location for Naf Naf, changed the name to Naf Naf grill, and opened 6-7 months after leaving the old location. Naf Naf Grill was instantly popular and a second location opened roughly a year after the first. a third location followed just a few months later. Today, Naf Naf Grill has 38 locations. David also opened Taqueria Invicto, a Mexican restaurant. He also started a charity organization looking to solve child hunger, called One Feeds Two, which has provided now over 20 million meals to hungry kids.

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favor success quote/mantra:

  • "I like to live my life knowing I'm going to die."

In this episode with David Sloan we will discuss:

  • Passion
  • Buying an existing restaurant
  • Location
  • Building a chain restaurant
  • Franchising
  • Growing very fast
  • Creating brands
  • Assembly line operations
  • Restaurants in the MetaVerse

Today's sponsor:

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Tenacity
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Myself
  3. What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team?
    • Love and passion
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Real estate in the suburbs
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Be a good person
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Delicious food
  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?
    • Get inside the restaurant and work with the staff in the physical space
  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?
    • Love your family
    • Find your passion
    • Never give up

Contact:

Venture Kitchen website:

https://www.venturekitchen.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 Sloan 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_Sloan_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Brian Duncan is the Founder of Down To Earth Wine Concepts LLC. Brian is a Chicago native and graduated from Illinois State University. In 1992 he joined the Chicago restaurant Spruce with owner Dan Sachs and Chef Keith Luce. In 1999, Brian and Dan Sachs opened Bin 36, a 13,000 square foot restaurant in downtown Chicago. Shortly after that, Brian created Bin 36 Wines, to make and sell his own wines. In 2008, Brian began attending seminars and public speaking opportunities about wine and education. In 2015, Brian created Down To Earth Wine Concepts LLC, a consulting company which pulls from all of Brian's expertise: public speaking, hospitality, business ownership, food and wine education, and corporate team building exercises.

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favor success quote/mantra:

  • "You have to have humility."

In this episode with Brian Duncan we will discuss:

  • Public speaking
  • Humility
  • Wine education
  • Staff training
  • How to run a profitable wine program

Today's sponsor:

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!

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

7shifts is the team management platform for restaurants. From hiring to scheduling, training, and retaining, they’ve got the tools you need to help you run your business with ease. Better understand your restaurant, hit your labor targets, and keep your entire team connected. Plus, 7shifts integrates with POS and payroll systems you already use and trust! Join over 30,000 restaurants using 7shifts today. Restaurant Unstoppable listeners get 3 months for free. Sign up here: https://www.7shifts.com/unstoppable

Contact:

Instagram: @obrion

Facebook: @downtoearth

Email: brian36@icloud.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 Brian Duncan 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: Brian_Duncan_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Brad Parker is the Founder and CEO of Parker Hospitality in Chicago, IL. Brad worked at Starbucks as a teenager and needed up getting into real estate after college. He started his entrepreneur journey by starting a luxury car rental service in Chicago. He eventually, along with his business partner, decided to open a bar. American Junkie opened in 2013 and Brad and his partner sold the business in 2015. That same year, Brad opened The Hampton Social as a sole proprietor. The Hampton Social intentionally targets women 25-40 because Brad's sister claimed American Junkie was too male-oriented. Brad also puts an emphasis on making his restaurant spaces Instagram-friendly, so that guests naturally and enthusiastically do his marketing for him. The Hampton Social currently has 8 locations with more on the way in cities such as Miami and Nashville.

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favor success quote/mantra:

  • "Anything is possible, but you need to put one foot in front of the other."

In this episode with Brad Parker we will discuss:

  • Opening a bar with a partner
  • Operating a bar
  • Systems, systems, systems
  • Food costing
  • Importance of checklists
  • Public perception
  • Raising capital
  • Growing too fast
  • Changing customer habits
  • Dealing with online review culture

Today's sponsor:

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!

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • I rarely sleep
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Not the best listener
  3. What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team?
    • Do they fit our culture?
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Labor and consistent culture
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Always find a way
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Every customer leaves happy
  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?
    • Focus on the asset and not the people
  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?
    • Take a chance and do it
    • You can't take your money with you
    • You want to be known for how you treat people, not what you built

Contact:

Website: https://www.parkerhospitality.com

Instagram...

Parker Hospitality: @parkerhospitality

Hampton Social: @thehamptonsocial

Brad: @bradparker_hospitality

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 Brad Parker 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: Brad_Parker_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Michael Muser is the Co-Owner of Ever, After, and The Canvas in Chicago, Illinois. Michael studied theater in college in Southern California. After graduating and waiting tables in SoCal, he decided to train as a sommelier. He worked as Wine Director under Chef Curtis Duffy at Avenues in The Peninsula Hotel, a 5-star hotel in downtown Chicago. There the team earned two Michelin stars. In 2011, Michael and Chef Curtis left Avenues to open their own restaurant, called Grace. They left Grace in 2017 after a failed attempt to buy the restaurant from majority stakeholders. In 2020, Chef Curtis and Michael opened Ever in Chicago. In October of 2022, they opened a cocktail lounge called After.

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favor success quote/mantra:

  • "Give them (your employees) them the tools they need to be successful. hold them to the highest standard possible and get out of the way."

In this episode with Michael Muser we will discuss:

  • The relationship with staff
  • Working in a hotel
  • Advice on choosing a location
  • BOH layout
  • Partnerships

Today's sponsor:

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!

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

7shifts is the team management platform for restaurants. From hiring to scheduling, training, and retaining, they’ve got the tools you need to help you run your business with ease. Better understand your restaurant, hit your labor targets, and keep your entire team connected. Plus, 7shifts integrates with POS and payroll systems you already use and trust! Join over 30,000 restaurants using 7shifts today. Restaurant Unstoppable listeners get 3 months for free. Sign up here: https://www.7shifts.com/unstoppable

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • I show up
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Too emotional
  3. What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team?
    • a real sense of commitment
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Finding committed employees
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Always remember that the person you are talking to is dealing with a million things that you don't know anything about.
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Name check
  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?
    • Tock reservation system
  9. What is one thing you feel restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough?
    • Restaurants at a particular price point who don't have ceiling (exposed, painted air ducts are ugly)
  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?
    • Show up
    • Be early
    • Stay late

Contact:

Email: employment@ever-restaurant.com

Instagram...

Ever: @everrestaurant

After: @afterloungechicago

Michael: @photo_muse

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 Muser 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: Mixhael_Muser_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Gino Wickman is the author of many books, including Traction: Get A Grip On Your Business, Rocket Fuel: The One Essential Combination That Will Get You More of What You Want from Your Business, The EOS Life: How To Live Your Ideal Entrepreneurial Life, What The Heck Is EOS?, and others. Gino's creation, E.O.S., stands for Entrepreneurial Operating System, and his book Traction is the book that teaches you the systems in EOS.

Gino Wickman skipped college and went right into the workforce, saving money while working at a machine shop straight out of high school. After four years of working and saving money, Gino decided to start his entrepreneurial journey. After a few essential failures and minor successes, Gino found himself working in real estate. By his early 20's, he was making 6 figures in real estate. He worked for his dad, Floyd Wickman, in his own real estate training company. When that company sold, Gino stayed on for a year and a half to transition the new team. Finally, Gino started creating EOS in his mid-late 20's. Since then, across 20 years, Gino built and fleshed out the EOS and wrote 8 books to guide users and adopters. Today, over 150,000 companies round the world utilize EOS.

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favor success quote/mantra:

  • "You get everything you want out of life if you help enough people get what they want."

In this episode with Gino Wickman we will discuss:

  • Communication
  • The 10 disciplines for the successful entrepreneurs
  • The importance of saying no
  • Imposter syndrome

Today's sponsor:

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!

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

7shifts is the team management platform for restaurants. From hiring to scheduling, training, and retaining, they’ve got the tools you need to help you run your business with ease. Better understand your restaurant, hit your labor targets, and keep your entire team connected. Plus, 7shifts integrates with POS and payroll systems you already use and trust! Join over 30,000 restaurants using 7shifts today. Restaurant Unstoppable listeners get 3 months for free. Sign up here: https://www.7shifts.com/unstoppable

Contact:

Gino's website: ginowickman.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 Gino Wickman 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: Gino_Wickman_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Edward Slingerland is Distinguished University Scholar and Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia, where he also holds appointments in the Departments of Psychology and Asian Studies. Educated at Princeton, Stanford and UC Berkeley, he has taught at the University of Colorado, Boulder, the University of Southern California and the University of British Columbia. Dr. Slingerland is an expert on early Chinese thought, comparative religion and cognitive science of religion, big data approaches to cultural analysis, cognitive linguistics, digital humanities and humanities-science integration. Edward Slingerland is the author of the recent book Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced, and Stumbled Our Way To Civilization. He also penned a book called Trying Not To Try: The Art of Science and Spontaneity. Today, we are discussing the ideas, messages, and philosophies found in his book Drunk, and how they can benefit the restaurant industry.

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite successes quote or mantra:

  • "Effortless action."

In this episode with Edward Slingerland we will discuss:

  • Alcohol Education
  • Alcohol myths and misconceptions
  • Alcohol benefits
  • A new possible hypothesis for how humans discovered alcohol
  • How different cultures drink
  • The affect of alcohol on underdeveloped brains (teenagers)

Today's sponsor:

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

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:

Website: https://www.edwardslingerland.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 Edward Slingerland 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: Edward_Slingerland_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Evan Mallett is the Chef and owner of The Black Trumpet in Portsmouth, NH. This is Evan's second time on the show, originally featured as our very first guest! Evan opened The Black Trumpet in 2007. In 2011 and 2013 he was a semi-finalist for James Beard Awards. The Black Trumpet is still open and thriving today in scenic Portsmouth, NH. Evan injects his restaurant with an emphasis on seasonal dishes and a farm-to-fork mentality.

Check out episode 002 with Evan Mallett as mentioned in today's episode!

Check out Black Trumpet: A Chef's Journey Through Eight New England Seasons by Evan Mallett as mentioned in today's episode.

Check out episode 874 with Jay McSharry as mentioned in today's episode!

Check out episode 930 with Martha Allen as mentioned in today's episode!

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite successes quote or mantra:

  • "It's healthy to aspire, but don't expire."

In this episode with Evan Mallett we will discuss:

  • Losing a team member to suicide
  • The technology of cooking
  • Alcohol in the restaurant industry
  • Criticism and communication
  • Compassion and empathy
  • Staffing

Today's sponsor:

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

Contact:

Email: evan@blacktrumpetbistro.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 Evan Mallett 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: Evan_Mallett_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Rachel Miller first fell in love with cooking while working at a small restaurant on the coast of Virginia, where she's from. It was there that she discovered the sensory impact of terroir, since the restaurant sourced ingredients from nearby farms and local fishermen. She also discovered a love for butchering and charcuterie, which quickly propelled her to move to Boston to pursue an entry level butchering job at Lionetti’s in the South End. Over the next 12 years, Rachel studied and cooked every day working her way up in some of the best kitchens in Boston, most notably as Chef de Cuisine at Clio, Ken Oringer’s flagship restaurant. Prior to Clio, she was named one of Zagat’s 30 Under 30: Boston’s Hottest Up and Comers, as Executive Sous Chef at Bondir.

Once Rachel ran out of opportunities operating other chef’s kitchens she decided to move forward and open her own restaurant. For over 2.5 years she worked as a private chef and booked Nightshade Pop Up dinners in and around Boston and the North Shore, learning and growing into her own style. In October of 2019 she opened her first baby, Nightshade Noodle Bar in downtown Lynn, MA where she lives and can be found cooking on the line every night. Follow Rachel for a glimpse from behind the scenes of the Nightshade Noodle Bar kitchen and her next project, Sin City Superette, next door.

Check out episode 923 with Brendan Vesey as mentioned in today's episode!

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favor success quote/mantra:

  • "Everything I do is to the best of my ability."

In this episode with Rachel Miller we will discuss:

  • Travel when you are young
  • Mentors
  • Ego
  • Pop ups
  • Insurance
  • Marketing
  • Building a diverse clientele
  • Creating an email list

Today's sponsor:

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

7shifts is the team management platform for restaurants. From hiring to scheduling, training, and retaining, they’ve got the tools you need to help you run your business with ease. Better understand your restaurant, hit your labor targets, and keep your entire team connected. Plus, 7shifts integrates with POS and payroll systems you already use and trust! Join over 30,000 restaurants using 7shifts today. Restaurant Unstoppable listeners get 3 months for free. Sign up here: https://www.7shifts.com/unstoppable

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Compassion
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Compassion
  3. What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team?
    • "Why are you here?"
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Hiring
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • "Everything we do is to the best of our ability."
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Keep a record of what regulars order to reference the next time they come in
  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?
    • Thank 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?
    • Apply an admin fee and pay everyone fairly
    • Do everything to the best of your ability
    • Keep your sidewalk clean

Contact:

Email: rachel@nightshadenoodlebar.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 Rachel Miller 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: Rachel_Miller_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
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Martha Allen is the Executive Director at Extra Table. Extra Table fundraises to purchase new, healthy, and shelf-stable food to be delivered monthly to food pantries and soup kitchen across Mississippi. Extra Table supplies Mississippians with an average of $74,000 dollars of food per month to 57 food panties, all within Mississippi. Martha Allen grew up on the Mississippi delta and was taught by her parents at an early age to always help others. She began working in the non-profit sector and met Robert St. John at a fundraising event. Extra Table was originally the idea of Robert St. John, a well-known and successful Hattiesburg restaurateur. Robert was so impressed with Martha that he knew when he met her that he needed to hire her. A mere 15 days after interviewing for the position, Martha was living in Hattiesburg and working at Extra Table with the mission of feeding hungry Mississippians fresh and healthy food.

Check out episode 928 with Katie Dixon as mentioned in today's episode!

Check out episode 929 with Robert St. John as mentioned in today's episode!

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favor success quote/mantra:

  • "I want to be remembered and I want my mark on the world doing good to help those who can't help themselves."

In this episode with Martha Allen we will discuss:

  • Fighting hunger
  • Budgetary concerns for a non-profit like Extra Table
  • The importance of getting attorneys involved
  • Fundraising events
  • Sponsors

Today's sponsor:

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

7shifts is the team management platform for restaurants. From hiring to scheduling, training, and retaining, they’ve got the tools you need to help you run your business with ease. Better understand your restaurant, hit your labor targets, and keep your entire team connected. Plus, 7shifts integrates with POS and payroll systems you already use and trust! Join over 30,000 restaurants using 7shifts today. Restaurant Unstoppable listeners get 3 months for free. Sign up here: https://www.7shifts.com/unstoppable

Contact:

Extra Table website: www.extratable.org

Extra Table on Instagram: @extratable

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 Martha Allen 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: Martha_Allen_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
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Robert St. John grew up in Jackson, Mississippi. At age 19, Robert entered the restaurant industry at a delicatessen where he became the manager. During his very first shift at that job, he decided that he wanted to make restaurants his career. After struggling with substance abuse in his early adulthood, Robert got completely clean in 1983 and went to school to study the industry and in 1987 he opened his first restaurant, The Purple Parrot, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He opened that restaurant with 2 other partners, and he believes partnerships are the right way to go toward success in this industry, still to this day. His restaurant group, New South Restaurant Group, now has 10 unique concepts throughout Mississippi. New South Restaurant group includes: Crescent City Grill, Tabella, The Midtowner, Ed's Burger Joint, The Mahogany Bar, El Rayo, Highball Lanes, The Capri Theater, The Pearl, and Lakewood Social. You can check them all out right here.

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite successes quote or mantra:

  • "Onward."

In this episode with Robert St. John we will discuss:

  • Get a little bit better every day
  • The benefits of partners
  • Restaurant culture
  • Labor shortage today

Today's sponsor:

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Passion
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Not being able to say no
  3. What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team?
    • Happy people
  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.
    • Honesty
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Look for every opportunity to say yes
  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?
    • The Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast (thank you, Robert!)
  9. What is one thing you feel restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough?
    • Don't prioritize their family
  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?
    • Prioritize family
    • Prioritize friends
    • Prioritize coworkers

Contact:

nsrg.com

robertstjohn.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 St. John 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_St._John_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Chef Katie Dixon is the Head Chef and owner at Birdhouse Cafe in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. When she was a kid, Katie was served "love on a plate" by her grandmother at large family gatherings where food was always the center of the proceedings. When she got older, she studied marketing and business in college. In 2015, Katie started Shine Cafe, a small health-conscious pop-up operating out of a Vitamin Shoppe. There she focused on meal prep and making sweet treats healthier. Today there are four Shine Cafe locations. In 2016 she was a contestant on Master Chef with Gordon Ramsey. Upon returning to Mississippi, she created Birdhouse Cafe. In 2017 she competed in The Next Food Network Star and finished in the top 5. She again returned and created Birdie's in Jackson, Mississippi. She has since taken on catering, in addition to teaching cooking classes. She has also just released her first book, titled Be Nourished: From My Heart To Your Table.

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite successes quote or mantra:

  • "The wind is against the plane when it flies."

In this episode with Katie Dixon we will discuss:

  • Being "scrappy" in this industry
  • Meeting the needs of the customer
  • Stay true to yourself
  • The importance of travel
  • Meal prep programs
  • Being on Master Chef
  • Keep it simple
  • Mentors
  • Meal prep best practices
  • Catering
  • Cooking classes

Today's sponsor:

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Gratitude
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Saying yes to everything
  3. What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team?
    • A huge heart to see people succeed
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Spreading myself too thin
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Always see the best in others
    • Make people feel better when they leave than when they arrived
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • We employ people from the ARC - special needs adults
  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?
    • Zoom call every day between all locations
  9. What is one thing you feel restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough?
    • Forget to slow down and reset
  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 take anyone or anything for granted
    • Smile every day and remember the little things
    • Enjoy each day as if it's your last

Contact:

Instagram: @chefkatiedixon

Website: https://www.chefkatiedixon.net/

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 Katie Dixon 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: Katie_Dixon_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Paul Tuennerman is the Executive Vice President at Sticky's The Finger Joint. This is Paul's third time on the Restaurant Unstoppable podcast. Paul has over 40 years in the restaurant industry, starting back in 1976 when he was a teenager. After serving in the Navy, Paul got his true professional start in the industry at Morrison's Hospitality Group in 1988-1994. He then went on to Wood Dining Services, Inc. from 1994-1999 and then The Dunhill Group from 1999-2004. He then landed the Vice President role at Piccadilly Cafeterias where he did many great things for that company, including developing highly successful growth programs, and attaining a 95.7 close ratio on proposed business opportunities. He moved on to Raising Cane's where he served as the Senior Vice President of business development. Then, in 2018 he became the CEO of Dat Dogs Enterprises, LLC. He has a website where he doles out consulting advice, and you can find it at www.tuennerman.com. As stated in the opening sentence, Paul now serves at the Executive Vice President at Sticky's The Finger Joint.

Check out episode 513 with Paul Tuennerman as mentioned in today's episode!

Check out episode 909 with Jonathan Sherman as mentioned in today's episode!

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

In this episode with Paul Tuennerman we will discuss:

  • Scaling
  • The necessary tools for business ownership

Today's sponsor:

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

7shifts is the team management platform for restaurants. From hiring to scheduling, training, and retaining, they’ve got the tools you need to help you run your business with ease. Better understand your restaurant, hit your labor targets, and keep your entire team connected. Plus, 7shifts integrates with POS and payroll systems you already use and trust! Join over 30,000 restaurants using 7shifts today. Restaurant Unstoppable listeners get 3 months for free. Sign up here: https://www.7shifts.com/unstoppable

Contact:

Email: paul@tuennerman.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 Paul Tuennerman 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_Tuennerman_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Get Neal's book Cure: New Orleans Drinks and How To Mix 'Em launching on October 25th!

Check out Drunk by Edward Slingerland as recommended in today's episode.

Check out America Walks Into A Bar by Christine Sismondo as recommended in today's episode.

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

Check out episode 881 with Cedd Moses as mentioned in today's episode!

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "Positions are replaceable, people are not."

In this episode with Brandon Landry we will discuss:

  • The importance of learning history
  • Working as a server in NYC
  • Different types of management styles
  • Fine dining
  • Partnerships
  • Finding a mentor
  • Closing a restaurant
  • Automation

Today's sponsor:

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

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.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Genuinely like people and am interested in what they have to say
    • Pursuit of understanding people
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Organization
  3. What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team?
    • Empathy
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Growth
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Treat other people the way that you want to be treated
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • More comping than most people do
    • Acknowledge people
  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?
    • Slack
  9. What is one thing you feel restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough?
    • Take time for ourselves
  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?
    • Restaurant industry is like golf: it doesn't matter what everyone else around you is doing, it matter what youare doing
    • Treat people (everyone) the way you want to be treated
    • Be empathetic

Contact:

Neal's book, Cure: New Orleans Drinks and How to Mix 'Em launching October 25th!

Cure website: https://www.curenola.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 Neal Bodenheimer 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: Neil_Bodenheimer_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Brandon Landry is the Founder and CEO of Walk-On's, which had its first store open in Baton Rouge, LA. Today, there are 70 Walk-On's locations. Brandon attended LSU where he was a "walk-on" for their basketball team. He learned the importance of being a part of a team at that time, and the essential role that the walk-on has among all the players and staff. Brandon decided to open a restaurant before he graduated in 2000, so he started working in them and found himself a mentor. In 2003, when Brandon and his then-business partner were only 23, the first Walk-On's location opened in Baton Rouge. Since then, the franchise has scaled to 70 locations and has attracted an investment from Saints QB Drew Brees, who is today a co-owner.

Check out episode 915 with Peter Sclafani as mentioned in today's episode!

Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "People don't care who much you know, they care how much you care."

In this episode with Brandon Landry we will discuss:

  • Business plans
  • Acquiring funding
  • Correcting inconsistencies
  • Opening a restaurant and realizing you are not what you wanted to be when you opened
  • Identifying and maintaining standards
  • Splitting up partnerships
  • Franchising

Today's sponsor:

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

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.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Work ethic
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Trust too much
  3. What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team?
    • "Have you ever been a part of a team?"
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Scaling culture
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Create trust
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • "Rumble" - the team beats on the tables and does a rally cry twice per day
  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?
    • Clearly define their purpose
  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?
    • Positive people change the world
    • It's not about tough love; you have to love them and then you can be tough
    • Always have to value and foster relationships

Contact:

Website: https://walk-ons.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 Brandon Landry 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: Brandon_Landry_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Susan Spicer is the Chef/Owner of Bayona, Mondo, and Rosedale in New Orleans. She is a highly respected figure and chef in NOLA, and nationwide. Susan got her start in 1979 at the age of 26 as a cook, and soon after that, she was staging in Paris. In 1982, back in NOLA, she opened Savoire Faire inside a hotel as the Chef De Cuisine. In 1986 she was a part of the opening team at Bistro at Madison de Ville, also in NOLA. After a trip out west to California where she worked mostly catering and events, she returned to NOLA and opened Bayona in 1990. Mondo came later, in 2010. Her most recent restaurant, Rosedale, is a casual concept, again...in NOLA!

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Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "Love what you do and begin with the end in mind."

In this episode with Susan Spicer we will discuss:

  • Dining outside
  • Finding a mentor
  • How and where to learn about cooking
  • Being a woman in the industry in the 1980s
  • How to manage people
  • Standards
  • The grind of fine dining
  • Partnerships
  • Turn key operations
  • Food cost, waste, managing numbers
  • Hosting events
  • Closing a business

Today's sponsor:

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

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.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Sincerity
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Judgemental
  3. What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team?
    • Looking for a spark when food is mentioned or discussed
  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.
    • Invested
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Trying to connect with guests
  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?
    • Recognize their regulars
  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?
    • Have animals in your life
    • Be engaged with what you do
    • Read books

Contact:

Rosedale website: https://rosedalerestaurant.com/

Email: rosedale801@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 Susan Spicer 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: Susan_Spicer_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Brendan Vesey is the Chef/Owner of Botanica Restaurant and Gin Bar. Upon Graduating the University of Virginia Chef Brendan Vesey found himself serving as an officer in the US Navy. Since finishing service in 2005, his nose has been to the grindstone growing and developing as a professional Chef.

In 2014, he opened his second restaurant, The Joinery, located in Newmarket NH, which, unfortunately, was a casualty of the pandemic. His third concept, Botanica Restaurant, and Gin Bar, which Vesey opened in 2019, was able to survive the pandemic and is thriving today. When he's not leading his team at the Joinery he serves as an adjunct hospitality professor at Great Bay Community College and serves as a local leader for chefs collaborative.

We highly recommend that you check out episode 286 with Brendan Vesey before you listen to this 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:

  • "Just do it right. make it perfect and real, because everything was never the deal."

In this episode with Brendan Vesey we will discuss:

  • Small menus
  • Regulars
  • Juxtaposition on your offerings - mix up what you offer every so often
  • Scaling
  • Internal growth and scaling
  • The decision to close a restaurant
  • Operating out of a small kitchen
  • How to raise profits
  • Profit first

Today's sponsor:

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

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.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Harder on myself than anyone else could ever be
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Harder on myself than anyone else could ever be
  3. What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team?
    • A level of engagement about anything
    • What do you do outside of work that excites you?
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Managing my time and work/life balance
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Be nice to each other
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • The staff is the star of the show
  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?
    • Tock - reservation system
  9. What is one thing you feel restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough?
    • Take care of 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?
    • Don't over-promise
    • Be your toughest critic
    • be nice to the people that are doing things for you

Contact:

Website: botanicanh.com

Instagram: @botanica_nh

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 Brendan Vesey 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: Brendan_Vesey_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Sam Silverman is the Founder of Bagelfest. Sam has always had a passion for bagels, as a kid, he practically lived off bagels! When this Worchester, MA native moved to Brooklyn and discovered there was no bagel fest... the seed was planted. What started with an Instagram account, @BrooklynBagelBlog, where Sam would review and rate bagel shops throughout New York City, evolved into @BagelFest, where Sam brings together and features the most well-known bagel shop in a given geographic area to celebrate bagels and compete for best bagel in that area. As of 2022 Sam was able to quick his corporate job and commit 100% to his passion, bagels.

Check out RestaurantSystemsPro as mentioned in today's episode!

Check out Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio as recommended 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:

  • "I am better today than I was yesterday, and I'll be better tomorrow than I was today."

In this episode with Sam Silverman we will discuss:

  • Food festivals
  • Radical truth and transparency
  • Communication
  • Finding yourself in the role of a "food critic"
  • Starting a food blog
  • Event planning
  • Scaling an event

Today's sponsor:

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

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.

Contact:

Instagram: @bagelfest or @brooklynbagelblog

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 Sam Silverman 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: Sam_Silverman_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Chef Matt Louis is the Chef Owner of Moxy, Luigi's West End Pizza, Street, and many other restaurants. After graduating from The Culinary Institute of America, working at Thomas Keller's French Laundry, and helping Thomas Keller open Per Se, Matt returned to NH where he was the executive chef at The Wentworth By The Sea. It didn't take long for NH Seacoast restaurateur, Jay McSherry, to take notice of Matt's talents. In 2014 Matt joined forces with JGroup and together opened Moxy, an American tapas restaurant. Today, in his portfolio, Matt has Moxy, The Franklin Oyster House, Street, Luigi's West End Pizzeria, and Street Exeter.

Check out episode 874 with Jay McSharry as mentioned int today's episode.

Check out episode 009 with Matt Louis as mentioned in today's episode.

Check out RestaurantSystemsPro 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:

  • "Don't ask anybody to do something that you aren't willing to do yourself."

In this episode with Matt Louis we will discuss:

  • Working for Thomas Keller
  • Opening restaurants
  • Managing restaurants
  • Awards culture in the restaurant industry
  • What a James Beard nomination is actually like
  • The current staffing struggles
  • Where do we go from here as an industry?

Today's sponsor:

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!

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

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.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Hard work
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Balance
  3. What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team?
    • Reliability
  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.
    • Be reliable
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • The guest isn't always right
  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?
    • Being too optimistic and not realistic
  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?
    • Hard work
    • Integrity
    • Contribution to the community

Contact:

Email: matt@moxyrestaurant.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 Matt Louis 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: Matt_Louis_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
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Check out RestaurantSystemsPro as mentioned in today's episode!

Restaurant Unstoppable hasn't published an episode since late August. Here we are in September with a brand new episode. Eric Cacciatore is the Founder and CEO of Restaurant Unstoppable. Jared Parisi is the Operations Manager at Restaurant Unstoppable. We are sitting down today to discuss the future of Restaurant Unstoppable. This is the fourth "Getting Personal" episode in over 900 RU episodes. Occasionally, we feel it is necessary to slow down in order to speed up. Going forward, Restaurant Unstoppable has committed to 100% on-site interviews. In order to pull this off, we need funds. We are discussing in this episode our plan to have exclusively on-site interviews with next level video output.

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:

  • "Just start."

In this episode with Eric and Jared we will discuss:

  • The past
  • The present
  • The future

Today's sponsor:

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!

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

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 Eric and Jared 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: Getting_Personal_4_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Joe Muench "started making pizzas at age 17 and hasn't stopped since." After culinary school, Joe Muench worked at Milwaukee's premier fine dining restaurant, The Grenedier Restaurant, from 1990-1994. He was later recruited by Dan Sidner to be the Executive Chef at Maxies in Milwaukee in 2007. Today they are co-owners. Dan Sidner graduated from Cornell in 1990 and worked in hotels and restaurants from Texas to Colorado until he enrolled in the C.I.A. for a 12-week culinary program. After working for David Keller at the Sailor's Lodge outside Seattle, Dan returned to Milwaukee to open Maxies with Joe. Since 2014, Dan and Joe have opened restaurants under the name, Black Shoe Hospitality.

Check out RestaurantSystemsPro as mentioned in today's episode!

Check out The Second Mountain: How People Move from the Prison of Self to the Joy of Commitment by David Brooksas mentioned in today's episode!

Check out The Speed Of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything by Stephen M. R. Covey as recommended by Eric 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:

  • "Happy people making people happy."

In this episode with Dan Sidner and Joe Muench we will discuss:

  • Partners
  • Standards
  • Working BOH at a country club
  • Casual dining
  • Opening scrappy and cheap
  • Fine dining
  • Eating experiences vs. dining experiences
  • Real estate in the restaurant industry
  • Bringing on investors
  • POS systems: what to choose and why
  • Loyalty programs

Today's sponsor:

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!

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.

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • I care about people
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Monkey mind
  3. What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team?
    • Do they love the industry?
  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.
    • Mutual respect between FOH and BOH
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • LSE: little something extra
  7. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
  8. 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?
    • Get outside more
    • Show people that you really love them
    • Don't sweat the small stuff

Contact info:

Website: https://blackshoehospitality.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 Dan Sidner and Joe Muench 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: Dan_Sidner_and_Joe_Muench_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Paul Bartolotta is the Chef and Co-Owner of The Bartolotta Restaurants in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Paul got started in restaurants in his very early teens as a dishwasher and eventually became a prep cook. He decided to pursue becoming a chef after high school and eventually made his way to Italy where he trained in multiple restaurants for 7 years. From Italy he went to France and worked and studied there as well. He returned to the states and helped open a few restaurants before opening his very own Ristorante Bartolotta in 1993, with his brother Joe as his business partner. The Bartolotta Restaurants has opened 17 unique concepts in its lifetime, from fine dining to food halls. Since 2017, Chef Paul Bartolotta and his brother Joe have been nominated for, and won, 2 James Beard Foundation awards.

Check out The Next Supper: The End of Restaurants as We Knew Them, and What Comes After by Corey Mintz as mentioned in today's episode!

Check out RestaurantSystemsPro 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:

  • "Integrity and authenticity above all else."

In this episode with Paul Bartolotta we will discuss:

  • Telling your story
  • The decision to become a chef
  • Helping young chefs find opportunities
  • Staging in Italy and France
  • Work/life balance
  • Scaling
  • Standards
  • Art and economics
  • Winning James Beard awards
  • Labor and how to address the current issues

Today's sponsor:

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!

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.

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Indefatigable
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Time management
  3. What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team?
    • Sparkle - enthusiasm for living
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Inspiring growth in the team - get them as excited as I am
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Integrity above all else
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Knowing the name of the guest through technology and habit
  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?
    • HR software
  9. What is one thing you feel restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough?
    • Take enough time to find green space and travel to refresh themselves
  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
    • Listen to your moral compass
    • To chefs: find your own voice

Contact info:

Website: https://www.bartolottas.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 Paul Bartolotta 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_Bartolotta_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Steve brown is El Presidente of Busboy restaurant group. Steve got his start in the restaurant industry as, you guessed it, a busboy, at the age of 15. He then worked in the kitchen and eventually became a host when he was still in his teens, and he realized then that he really enjoys FOH. In his early 20's, he left the restaurant industry to work in liquor and beer sales for 4 years, until he opened his first restaurant in 1985 with a partner, called Esparza's Restaurante Mexicano in Grapevine, Texas. In 1990, they opened a second location with a different name. 7 years later they opened a third location, again with a different name, this time called Guerro's. In 2000 came the departure of his former partner, leaving Steve with two locations including the original Esperanza's in Grapevine. Today, Esperanza's is a massive, thriving restaurant and Steve is the president of his own restaurant group.

Check out RestaurantSystemsPro as mentioned in today's episode!

Check out On The Brink: The Life and Leadership of Norman Brinker by Norman Brinker as highly recommend by today's guest!

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Show notes…

Calls to ACTION!!!

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "Doubt, pout, or do without."
  • "The more you put down, the more you pick up."

In this episode with Steve Brown we will discuss:

  • The benefits of opening a restaurant young.
  • Stay humble
  • Schooling post-high school
  • Good with people, bad with food
  • Scaling culture
  • Major benefits of masterminds
  • A deteriorating partnership

Today's sponsor:

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!

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.

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Perseverance
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • My heart is too big
  3. What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team?
    • A willingness to learn
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Maintaining the culture
  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?
    • Attention to customer service
  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?
    • Communicate with customers
  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?
    • Live large
    • Love large
    • Work hard

Contact info:

Website: http://esparzastexas.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 Steve Brown 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: Steve_Brown_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

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. 

Check out RestaurantSystemsPro as mentioned in today's episode!

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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

Today's sponsor:

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!

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.

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

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

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 Kris Shoenberger 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: Kris_Schoenberger_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Peter Sclafani is the Executive Chef and Co-Owner of Phil's Oyster Bar and a Partner at Making Raving Fans Hospitality Group. Peter grew up in the restaurant industry. At age 13, he started working FOH in his father's restaurant in New Orleans. He studied finance at LSU. In 1998, Peter opened his first restaurant, Ruffino's, which scaled to two locations before they were sold in 2019, after 21 years. Peter now owns multiple restaurants in some capacity, including Portobello's Grill and P-Beau's in Louisiana, and he is a Partner at Making Raving Fans Hospitality group.

Peter Sclafani has been invited to cook at the James Beard House twice. In 2014, he was named, along with his partner Ruffin Rodrigue, "Restaurateurs of the Year" by the Louisiana Restaurant Association. Peter also wrote a book, called Seasons of Louisiana, published in 2012.

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:

  • "Make it better every day."

In this episode with Peter Sclafani we will discuss:

  • Starting out in your dad's mom and pop restaurant
  • Growing up in FOH
  • Sharing recipes
  • Masterminds
  • Catering
  • Learning how to elevate your food
  • Inventory
  • The Law of Diminishing Returns
  • Coding invoices
  • Hiring and interviewing
  • Finding your core focus
  • Consultants

Today's sponsor:

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!

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.

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Tenacity, never give up
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Sometimes I think I know it all
  3. What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team?
    • What excites them, what is their passion?
  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.
    • Caring
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Cotton candy at the end of the meal
  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?
    • Humility
  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?
    • Make it better every day
    • It's about relationships
    • Quality, quality, quality

Contact info:

Email: peter@mrfhg.com

Website: makingravingfans.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 Sclafani 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_Sclafani_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Martha Hoover had zero restaurant experience prior to 1989; up to this point, she was a sex crime prosecutor. Not having any experience did not stop her, and neither did the sexism from her male counterparts. She would soon prove them wrong with the creation of  Café Patachou. Now, 33 years later, Café Patachou scaled to become Patachou Inc. where Martha is the owner/operator of 6 unique brands (Café Patachou, Petite Chou, Napolese, Public Greens, Bar 114, and Apocolypse Burger) consisting of 14 total locations across Indianapolis. In addition, she has created The Patachou Foundation where she and her team directly feeds and educates 1,000 food-insecure children in Indianapolis.

Check out episode 745 with Chris Schultz about knowing when to scale as mentioned in today's episode!

Check out episode 910 with Kristen Barnette as mentioned in today's episode!

Check out episode 760 with Nick Sarillo 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:

  • "The perception of abundance creates disdain for resources."

In this episode with Martha Hoover we will discuss:

  • The creation of waste in our industry, waste of all kinds
  • Is it possible to achieve "work/life balance" ever?
  • Opening a restaurant with no prior restaurant experience
  • The price of food
  • The difference between cash flow and profit
  • Passionate about food
  • When to scale
  • How to scale
  • Restaurant industry awards

Today's sponsor:

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!

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.

Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Delusion
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Delusion
  3. What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team?
    • How does this person fit in with our values?
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Maintaining relevancy and continuing to operate an organization that is distinguished from other restaurants
  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?
    • Sheer understanding that people come to our restaurants for a reprieve from their life
  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. 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?
    • Do unto others as you would do to yourself
    • Know thyself
    • Aways speak truth to power

Contact info:

Email: martha@cafepatachou.com

Website: https://www.patachouinc.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 Martha Hoover 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: Martha_Hoover_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Rodrigo Souza is Chef/Owner of Comeketo Brazilian Steakhouse and Virtual Kitchen Hall. Originally, Rodrigo is from Brazil. When Rodrigo was in his late teens, his mother was worried that he'd get involved with the wrong crowd. To avoid this she shipped him up to Massachusettes. Upon his arrival, Rodrigo got straight to working in the restaurant industry before joining the US Military. After his service, Rodrigo was approach with the opportunity to be someone's exit strategy and to take over a turn key operation. With this, in 2009, Comeketo was born. Comekito has since relocated, going from a small counter service restaurant to a much larger, full service restaurant in Leominster, MA.

Check out RestaurantSystemsPro 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:

  • "Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, don't sit at home and think about it. Go out there and get busy."

In this episode with Rodrigo Souza we will discuss:

  • Text communication in the workplace
  • Immigrating to the US from Brazil
  • Learning English while working as a server in the US
  • Fundraising to buy an existing business
  • When your business partner walks out on the first day
  • Early-on DIY Facebook marketing
  • Creating a business plan
  • How to educate your community and guests about your particular cuisine
  • Getting a second location
  • Virtual kitchens
  • Ghost kitchens
  • How to hype a restaurant grand opening

Today's sponsor:

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!

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.

Real hospitality and restaurant industry veterans, the My Restaurant CFO team understands the daily frustrations restaurant owners experience managing their establishments. By partnering to create a custom solution, we streamline your flow of financial information, create a clear picture of your overall financial health, use your historical data to forecast your financial needs, and suggest ways to cut costs and increase revenue.

My Restaurant CFO - Let us help you achieve your goals.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Persistence
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Believing in people more than they believe in themselves
  3. What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team?
    • Ask for three things they are good at and others say they are good at
    • Ask for three areas of opportunity
    • Stress the importance of good people behind the product
  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.
    • Selfless servers, help people without thinking you're going to get a big tip
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Integrity, do the right thing even when you're not being watched
  7. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
  8. Name one service you've hired.
  9. What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations?
  10. If you got the news that you'd be leaving this world tomorrow and all memories of you, your work, and your restaurants would be lost with your departure with the exception of 3 pieces of wisdom you could leave behind for the good of humanity, what would they be?
    • Integrity
    • Hard work
    • Aim to be a little bit better every day

Contact info:

Instagram: @comeketo_brizilian_steakhouse

Facebook: @Comeketo

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 Rodrigo Souza 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: Rodrigo_Souza_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:29pm EST

Allan Beetle is the Co-founder of Patrick’s Pub. Before opening Patrick's Pub & Eatery, in Gilford, NH, Allan had a successful career in computer technology sales, allowing him to retire at the age of 38. It was in 1994 when Allan’s brother, and brother’s wife, Approached Allan with an idea to open a restaurant togher. Allan had zero restaurant experience, but his brother was a chef who had worked in hotels prior. Together they put their heads down and ground. After 5 years of hard work they finally felt like they caught a rhythm. 27 years later, today, Patricks Pub & Eatery is an Iconic part of the Winnipesaukee Lakes Region identity.

check out episode 437 with David Scott Peters on menu engineering as mentioned in today's episode.

Check out RestaurantSystemsPro

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:

  • "Make someone's day."

In this episode with Allan Beetle we will discuss:

  • Enterprise solutions
  • Language use and choices
  • Advice on paying attention to your lease when buying a restaurant
  • Seasonal restaurant service (summers only in a tourist town)
  • True Irish pubs
  • Events in your restaurant or pub
  • Collecting emails
  • Real estate

Today's sponsor:

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!

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.

Real hospitality and restaurant industry veterans, the My Restaurant CFO team understands the daily frustrations restaurant owners experience managing their establishments. By partnering to create a custom solution, we streamline your flow of financial information, create a clear picture of your overall financial health, use your historical data to forecast your financial needs, and suggest ways to cut costs and increase revenue.

My Restaurant CFO - Let us help you achieve your goals.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • I like helping people
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Self-centered
  3. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Staying profitable
  4. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Have fun and make people's day
  5. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Actively engaged in the common standard
  6. What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations?
  7. Name one service you've hired.
  8. What is one thing you feel restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough
    • Finding a passion within their community and engaging with it
  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?
    • Make people's day
    • Have fun
    • Leave things better off after you've been there

Contact info:

Email: info@patrickspub.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 Allan Beetle 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: Allan_Beetle_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Hilary Abell is a co-founder of Project Equity, currently focused on demonstrating and expanding impact and fueling public policy to support broad-based employee ownership, driving racial and economic equity. Project Equity is a nonprofit that builds economic resiliency with low-income communities by demonstrating and replicating strategies that increase worker ownership. Since its launch in 2014, Project Equity has grown to work with small business clients around the country on employee ownership transitions and is raising awareness and building the ecosystem of support for this powerful business model nationwide.

Carolyn Berke is the Founder of Niles Pie Company, which has retail sales, classes, dinners and catering, and is a unique presence for local artisanal food in Union City and, as of July 2017, is the first cooperative on the 880 corridor. The owner, Carolyn Berke, sees the coop conversion as a way to to bring job stability and growth to the business, as well as a way to provide staff with profit sharing and ownership. It is also a way for her to eventually retire from the business, and she will continue to build it with her 8 employees for the coming years.

Check out 845 with Corey Rosen 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:

  • "In a cooperative everyone can be a leader."
  • "Stress cannot exist in the presence of pie."

In this episode with Hilary Abel & Carolyn Berke we will discuss:

  • ESOPs and Co-ops
  • Brand-based employee ownership
  • Three models to explore:
    • ESOP - Employee Stock Ownership Plan
    • Cooperative - good for small to medium sized business
    • Employee Ownership Trust
  • What does the model do for culture?
  • The myths of co-op companies
  • Easier to scale in most cases

Today's sponsor:

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!

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.

Real hospitality and restaurant industry veterans, the My Restaurant CFO team understands the daily frustrations restaurant owners experience managing their establishments. By partnering to create a custom solution, we streamline your flow of financial information, create a clear picture of your overall financial health, use your historical data to forecast your financial needs, and suggest ways to cut costs and increase revenue.

My Restaurant CFO - Let us help you achieve your goals.

Contact info:

Website: project-equity.org

Hilary's email: hilary@project-equity.org

Website: nilespie.com

Carolyn's email: carolyn@nilespie.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 Hilary Abel & Carolyn Berke 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: HA_and_CB_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

With excitement allow me to introduce today's guest, Founder, and CEO of Hungry House, Kristen Barnett. Hungry House is an 'anti-ghost kitchen' connecting patrons digitally and in person at their two brick-and-mortar locations. Before founding Hungry House, Kristen graduated from Cornell University where she studied Applied Economics and Management as well as International Development and Food Policy. Early in her career, Kristen worked as an associate with The Boston Consulting Group before joining New York City-based Dig, where Kristen held multiple titles including Leadership Development, Head of Supply Chain and Menu Development, Director of Strategic Operations, and GM of Room Service by Dig Inn. Kristen's final stop before founding Hungry House was at Zuul, a ghost kitchen operations and technology company, where Kristen served as Director of Strategy and Chief Operations Officer during her 2-year tenure.

Check out episode 837 with Corey Manicone 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:

  • "Hungry for more, hungry to be better."

In this episode with Kristen Barnette we will discuss:

  • Using diet as medicine
  • Living with Lime Disease
  • Raw vegan diets
  • Repeat customers
  • Food distribution
  • Ghost kitchen
  • Convenient food made sustainably
  • Tech stack

Today's sponsor:

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!

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.

Real hospitality and restaurant industry veterans, the My Restaurant CFO team understands the daily frustrations restaurant owners experience managing their establishments. By partnering to create a custom solution, we streamline your flow of financial information, create a clear picture of your overall financial health, use your historical data to forecast your financial needs, and suggest ways to cut costs and increase revenue.

My Restaurant CFO - Let us help you achieve your goals.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Work ethic
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Working on too many things at once
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • Inherent drive to go above and beyond
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Prioritizing
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Look around for a way to help your team member
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Proactively engage with customers coming to the store front
  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.
    • Outsource the creation of recipes
  10. What is one thing you feel restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough
    • Finding ways to scalable delicate their task so they can have the time to be better leaders
  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?
    • Take care of yourself
    • Raise your hand for opportunities
    • You can't do everything alone

Contact info:

Website: https://www.orderhungryhouse.com

Instagram: @orderhungryhouse

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 Kristen Barnette 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: Kristen_Barnette_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Jonathan Sherman is the Founder, and CEO of Sticky's The Finger Joint. Jonathan is a graduate of the University of Michigan where he studied Industrial and Operations Engineering. He'd go on to pursue a career in finance working with both JP Morgan and Bridgewater Associates, where he focused on investing and macroeconomic research. Before long data analysis, and research got stale and the entrepreneurial bug started to bite at Jonathan's heels. in. In 2011, Jonathan partnered with a friend to open Sticky's finger joint. Sticky's was an instant hit and has since scaled to 13 locations throughout NYC.

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's making me feel unstoppable right now is my team."

In this episode with Jonathan Sherman we will discuss:

  • Working in finance
  • Engineering backgrounds in the restaurant industry
  • Building out systems
  • Why chicken fingers?
  • Data management tech
  • Doing everything from scratch
  • Finances of opening the restaurant
  • Determining your target market
  • Location woes, especially in a big city
  • Menu engineering and costing
  • Training
  • Hiring

Today's sponsor:

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!

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.

Real hospitality and restaurant industry veterans, the My Restaurant CFO team understands the daily frustrations restaurant owners experience managing their establishments. By partnering to create a custom solution, we streamline your flow of financial information, create a clear picture of your overall financial health, use your historical data to forecast your financial needs, and suggest ways to cut costs and increase revenue.

My Restaurant CFO - Let us help you achieve your goals.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Determination
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Trying to do too many things
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • An understanding of what it's going to take to do the job and a willingness to do it
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Labor, hire better and train better
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Communication is the backbone of every relationship and sets us up for success
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Make sure every guest loves their food and understand what they are getting
  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?
    • Empower your people
    • Make delicious food
    • Have fun doing it

Contact info:

Website: https://stickys.com

Email: jon@stickys.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 Jonathan Sherman 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: Jonathan_Sherman_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Liz Solomon Dwyer is the Founder and CEO od King David Tacos. Known for Austin-style breakfast tacos at carts and cafes across the city, King David Tacos was founded by Austin, TX native Liz Solomon Dwyer. She applied her decade of experience in advertising to launch King David Tacos in 2016—inspired by her Austin upbringing, Jewish heritage and her late father, fondly known as “King David”—and she leads the business full-time. King David Tacos recently launched its first brick + mortar location and headquarters at 611 Bergen St in Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights, enabling its network of over 80 cafe retailers around the city; newly sustainable, zero-emissions  taco + coffee carts (now Powered by Blank Street); as well as its recent launch into select NYC area Whole Foods Markets in the prepared foods section.

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:

  • "If it was easy, everyone would be doing it."

In this episode with Liz Solomon Dwyer we will discuss:

  • Marketing and advertising
  • Trust and partnerships
  • Dealing with difficult people and situations
  • Social and emotional intelligence
  • Establishing an LLC
  • Pop ups and catering
  • How to name your restaurant/branding
  • Scaling and growth
  • Consulting, mentorship
  • Food carts
  • Retail
  • Wholesale

Today's sponsor:

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!

 

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.

Real hospitality and restaurant industry veterans, the My Restaurant CFO team understands the daily frustrations restaurant owners experience managing their establishments. By partnering to create a custom solution, we streamline your flow of financial information, create a clear picture of your overall financial health, use your historical data to forecast your financial needs, and suggest ways to cut costs and increase revenue.

My Restaurant CFO - Let us help you achieve your goals.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • I don't accept the status quo
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Impatience
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • The desire to make things better and not accept the status quo
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Figuring out how to get out of my own way
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Treat others how you'd like to be treated
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Recognizing regulars, have conversations with guests
  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?
    • Take time off
    • Eat good food
    • Don't be too hard on yourself

Contact info:

Instagram: @kingdavidtacos

Website: http://kingdavidtacos.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 Liz Solomon Dwyer 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: Liz_Solomon_Dwyer_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Greg Provance is the owner of GP Hospitality Partners LLC,. GP Hospitality Partners LLC is a full-service restaurant hospitality consulting firm. In addition to being a consulting partner of Everbowl, Southern Californias Fastest growing fast-casual chain, Greg owns serval restaurants in the San Diego area and serves as a principal consultant and advisor for restaurants across the country. His career began as a professional actor, where he landed numerous roles fro film and television including Dawson's Creek, Homicide Life on the Streets, Charmed, Days of Our Lives, Fox Family, Showtime, and various independent films, as well as hosting a Emmy winning series for NASA an PBS. He now employs the skills he learned in entertainment to drive his passion for hospitality and personal and business development.

Check out episode 895 with Roger Beaudoin as mentioned in today's episode.

Check out episode 722 with Jeff Fenster as mentioned in today's episode.

Check out episode 437 with David Scott Peters 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:

  • "People won't remember what you said or what you did, but how you made them feel."

In this episode with Greg Provance we will discuss:

  • Exploring other vocations before landing on hospitality
  • Working in the entertainment industry
  • Substance abuse in the restaurant industry
  • Honing your skills at an established, successfully hospitality group
  • Creating a niche for yourself
  • Training
  • Inventory
  • Recipe costing
  • Labor cost
  • Social media marketing
  • Recovering guests
  • Promotions that actually drive sales

Today's sponsor:

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!

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.

Real hospitality and restaurant industry veterans, the My Restaurant CFO team understands the daily frustrations restaurant owners experience managing their establishments. By partnering to create a custom solution, we streamline your flow of financial information, create a clear picture of your overall financial health, use your historical data to forecast your financial needs, and suggest ways to cut costs and increase revenue. My Restaurant CFO - Let us help you achieve your goals.

Contact info:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregprovance

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 Greg Provance 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: Greg_Provance_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, Sue Bette. Sue Bette is the founder and head coach of Bluebird Hospitality, a Vermont-based company focused on creating community and joy through food and gathering experiences. Founded in 2009, Bluebird Hospitality has been recognized by the James Beard Foundation, with Bluebird Tavern nominated as one of the Best New Restaurants in 2010, and the Food Network, with Bluebird Barbecue, featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. In her current role, Sue is involved in crafting the company culture, shaping the design and artistic direction, and innovating for future growth opportunities.

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 go of the oars

In this episode with Sue Bette we will discuss:

  • History
  • Education/coaching
  • Learning what "health food" actually means
  • Restaurant reviews
  • Educating through food
  • Restaurant accolades
  • Vulnerable leadership

Today's sponsor:

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!

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.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Focus on the good
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Trying to please everyone
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • Is this person oriented to be helpful to others
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Rebuilding after the pandemic
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Courtesy, please, thank you
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Don't point, bring people top where they are trying to go
  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?
    • Take time to take care of themselves
  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 more fun
    • Stay to the center
    • Fill your life with awesome relationships that support you

Contact info:

Website: https://www.bluebirdbbq.com

Instagram: @sue.bette @bluebirdbbq

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 Sue Bette 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: Sue_Bette_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

With excitement, allow me introduce today's guest, Founder/Partner at Blackstone, 30Hop, Tin Roost, Tribute, and The Iowa Athletic Club- Erik Shewmaker. After graduating from The University of Iowa Tippie College of Business with a focus in Finance, Management, and Entrepreneurship, Erik spent the first year out of college as a Customer Relationship Manager for Great America Leasing before re-connecting with long-time from Matt Swift about opening a restaurant. That restaurant Blackstone opened in 2007. 15 years later Erik is now a partner in 6 different restaurants and running his own landscaping and edging company, Essential Edging.

Check out episode 898 with Ben Smart as mentioned in today's episode!

Check out episode 900 with Matt Swift as mentioned in today's episode!

Check out episode 889 with Jake Brewer, CFO of Miso Robotics 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:

  • "Little things make big things happen."

In this episode with Erik Shewmaker we will discuss:

  • Focus on finance
  • Partnerships
  • Bartending
  • Opening a restaurant
  • Taking over a failing restaurant
  • Building several restaurants within one mile of eachother
  • Training
  • The importance of the pre-shift
  • Establishing culture
  • Ego and humility

Today's sponsor:

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!

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.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Attention to detail
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Taking things too personally
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • Adopt a conversational tone and then flip it to a technical question to see their reaction
    • Looking for people that we want to hang out with because what we do is fun
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Evolving our structure to facilitate growth
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Everything we do is for the guest
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Attention to detail
  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?
    • Don't ask for help
  10. Name one service you've hired.
    • Bookkeeping - Deb Standard at Iowa Business 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?
    • Treating others how you want to be treating
    • Celebrate even the tiniest wins
    • Surround yourself with good people

Contact info:

Website: www.30hop.com

Email: erik@30hop.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 Erik Shewmaker 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_Shewmaker_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Nick Tillinghast is the Founder of DMDT Hospitality and Lifestyle. Nick has an untraditional pathway into the hospitality industry. Prior to founding the DMDT Hospitality and Lifestyle Group with partners Ryan Hutchinson and Kyle McClain, Nick had a career in PR. Enamored by the extreme restaurant design and architecture found in Las Vegas, where he worked as a Hospitality PR Specialist, Nick wanted to bring that same shock and awe experience to the nightlife of his home city, Des Moines. In 2016 he willed into existence DMDT Hospitality and Lifestyle. Today, Nick serves as the sole proprietor of DMDT, and his portfolio includes: Hello Margorie, Good News Darling, and Secret Admirer.

https://www.parkonfremont.com

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:

  • "Do cool shit."

In this episode with Nick Tillinghast we will discuss:

  • Interior restaurant design
  • Private club hospitality
  • PR
  • Las Vegas hospitality
  • Proper leadership
  • Bar service
  • Pop ups

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Creativity
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Delegation
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • Are you passionate about cocktails?
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Making sure that we build a team of people who are passionate
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Be respectful always
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Detail and experience
  7. What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations?
  8. What is one thing you feel restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough?
    • Piecing everything together: cocktails, music, environment
  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?
    • Be kind
    • Take risks
    • Do what makes you happy

Contact info:

Email: Heey@dmdoesthings.com

Instagram: @hellomargeriedm @goodnewsdarling @secretadmirerdm

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 Nick Tillinghast 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: Nick_Tillinghast_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Matt Rolfe is the Founder of Results Hospitality, Westshore Hospitality Group, and Matt Rolfe Hospitality Leadership Coaching. Matt is a leadership trainer who has worked with the top ten percent of the hospitality industry toward unlocking their true potential. As founder of the Results Hospitality and Westshore Hospitality Group, he has worked with hundreds of leadership teams throughout North America. Beginning his career with companies like Bacardi and Labatt/Anheuser Busch, Matt has become an industry expert dedicated to helping leaders and team members examine the human element of their businesses and execute effective communication, and team-building training unique to their needs. Additionally, Matt is the author of You Can't Do It Alone: Focusing on People to Scale, Develop and Lead Your Restaurant.

Check out Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill as recommended in today's episode.

Check out Atomic Habits by James Clear as recommended 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:

  • "You can't take care of others if you don't take care of yourself."

In this episode with Matt Rolfe we will discuss:

  • Childhood trauma
  • Recognize great behavior
  • Relationship with money
  • The differences between a consultant and a coach
  • How to earn and recognize trust?

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: mattrolfe.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 Matt Rolfe 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: Matt_Rolfe_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, Kevin Scharpf. Born and raised in Galena, Illinois, Kevin attended the Le Cordon Bleu of Culinary Arts in Minneapolis, MN. His past culinary experience includes the Hotel Sofitel's fine dining restaurant, La Fougasse, the acclaimed Restaurant Daniel in New York City, and a 6-year stint as the Executive Sous of Diamond Jo.

In 2014 Kevin received First Place at the Taste of Elegance competition and competed in the National Pork Summit in Napa Valley. In 2016 Kevin was named one of FSR magazine's “40 under 40” Risings Stars. Kevin competed in season 16 of Bravo's ‘Top Chef’ and was awarded the 2019 Iowa Restaurant Association's Chef of the Year.

In November 2019, Kevin and his team were invited to the James Beard House in NYC as the Featured Chef for the “Dubuque Debut” dinner.

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:

  • "People are drawn to things that are authentic and real, and that's inspiring."

In this episode with Kevin Scharpf we will discuss:

  • Authenticity
  • Awareness
  • Mentors
  • Culinary school
  • Working in casinos
  • Structured lifestyle/workstyle
  • What we learn from corporate environments
  • James Beard Awards
  • Location and interior space/decoration
  • Partners
  • Prime Cost
  • Operating a food truck

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.
 

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Weird
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Sensitivity
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • Passion
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Personal growth
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • "Hello."
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Treat guests as if they are guests in your home
  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?
    • Social media
  9. What is one thing you feel restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough?
    • Not genuine enough
  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?
    • Passion
    • Love
    • Awareness

Contact info:

Instagram: @kevinscharpf

Facebook: @KevinScharpf

Email: chefscharpf@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 Scharpf 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_Scharpf_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

Corey Mintz is a freelance food reporter (New York Times, Globe and Mail, Eater and others), focusing on the intersection between food with labor, politics, farming, ethics and culture. He has been a cook, a restaurant critic and is the author of How to Host a Dinner Party, which chronicled 192 dinner parties he hosted with fascinating people including politicians, refugees, criminals, artists, academics, acupuncturists, hi-rise window washers, competitive barbecuers and one monkey.

Get The Next Supper: The End of Restaurants as We Knew Them, and What Comes After RIGHT HERE!

Check out episode 845 with Corey Rosen 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:

  • "Big change starts with little change."

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:

Website: coreymintz.ca

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 Corey Mintz 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: Corey_Mintz_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

With Excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, the Founder of Big Grover Brewery, Matt Swift. Matt Swift grew up in the restaurant business. His mom, Faye Swift, opened Sluggers in Coralville, IA when Matt was just a young boy. Matt would go on to work in that restaurant learning about a hospitality first mentality and High standards before opening his first restaurant, Black Stone, in 2007. With numerous partners, Matt has since gone on to open Red's Ale House (2009) Big Grove Brewery Solon (2013), 30 Hop (2014), Pullmans bar (2015), Mosely's Barbecue and Provisions (2016), Big Grove, Iowa City (2017), Saint Burch Tavern (2018), Tribute (2020), and the Iowa Athletic Clun (2021).

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:

  • "Not preparing is preparing to fail."

In this episode with Matthew Swift we will discuss:

  • Dealing with a massive floods that ruins your restaurant
  • Partnerships
  • Candor
  • Exiting partners
  • Scaling
  • Transitioning from restaurant to brewery
  • Community involvement

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?
    • Good at saying yes and following through
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Details
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • Energy
  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.
    • Practice candor 
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Push atmosphere, respect the guest
  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?
    • 7Shifts
  9. What is one thing you feel restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough?
    • Be present, be on the floor
  10. Name one service you've hired.
    • 7Shifts
  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?
    • Not preparing is preparing to fail
    • Take the time to know the people around you
    • Practice candor

Contact info:

Email: matt@biggrovebrewery.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 Matthew Swift 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: Matt_Swift_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

With Excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, Kelly Valentine. Kelly Valentine is the Founder of Femmes in Food where she is a consultant + champion for #ladyowned Food & Beverage brands. She also has a decade of experience designing, curating + operationally executing pop-up dinners + events ranging from intimate gatherings to multi-day experiences. She's worked with street vendors to James Beard award-winning chefs and lives for the magic that's created when you bring strangers together to share a meal at a communal dining table.

Check out episode 886 with Dina Samson as mentioned in today's episode.

Check out episode 896 with Steph Sellers 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:

  • "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about."
  • "I can do hard things."

In this episode with Kelly Valentine we will discuss:

  • What is a pop-up?
  • What are the different varieties of pop-ups?
  • When should someone try their first pop-up?
  • What is branding?
  • Taxes and legalities
  • Menu design and sized best practices
  • How to market a pop-up
  • How do pop-ups benefit the host location and the pop-up operator mutually?
  • Track everything
  • What is Femmes In Food?

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:

Instagram...

Personal: @kellyjvalentine

Business: @femmesinfood

Website: femmesinfood.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 Kelly Valentine 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: Kelly_Valentine_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

With excitement, allow me to introduce to you today's guest, Executive Chef and Partner at Big Grove Brewery, Ben Smart. An Iowa City native, Ben studied Geo Science at the University of Iowa. After graduating, it didn't take long for Ben to realize that he wasn't cut out for the office life, so he went back to study at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids to study Culinary Arts. After a few short stints cooking in Iowa City, IA and Kansas City, MO, Ben moved to Woodinville, WA in 2008 to work at The Herbfarm. He didn't know it then, but he would spend the next six years of his career at The Herbfarm. In 2012, Ben and his family were ready to make the move back to Iowa, and coincidently, he got a call from an old family friend for an opportunity to be the Executive Chef at a new restaurant opening in Solon, IA; Big Grove Brewery. Ben jumped at the opportunity. Today Ben is a Partner in Big Grove Brewery in Solon, IA, Big Grove Brewery in Iowa City, IA, Pullmans Bar and Diner in Iowa City, IA, and St. Burch's Tavern in Iowa City, IA.

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:

  • "Show me your friends, I'll show you your future."

In this episode with Ben Smart we will discuss:

  • Culinary school
  • Networking
  • Fine dining
  • Mise en place
  • Farm to fork
  • Leadership
  • Soft skills
  • Tapping your professional network
  • Visioning
  • Labor
  • Business partnerships
  • Educating staff
  • CORE values
  • Imposter syndrom

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.

Knowledge Bombs:

  1. Which “it factor” habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Discipline
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Organization
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • What is their connection to food?
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • All the moving parts
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Cut the tape
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Push our BOH team to "table touch"
  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?
    • Training their people - professional development
  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?
    • Surround yourself with people that challenge you
    • Find something worth sacrificing for
    • Life moves fast, so slow down and try to enjoy it

Contact info:

Instagram: @biggroveben

Email: ben@biggrove.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 Ben Smart 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: Ben_Smart_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

With excitement allow me to introduce to you today’s guest, Co-Founder of Jimmy Jack’s Rib Shack, Jack Piper. Jack got his start in Iowa City working at the legendary China Garden Restaurant, where he learned about amazing service, the importance of attention to detail, and leading by example. Jack, also a natural artist, used his ability to land himself in NYC where he was mentored by world-famous artist, Marilyn Minter. Minter took a likely to Jack, and as a result, jack got more opportunities than most in the world of art, but he was turned away by the art industry by its politics, however, this experience left a huge influence on his life. Jack went on to work in the FOH in many fine-dining restaurants throughout the US including NYC, Utah, and Texas before doing 4 years with the Cheesecake Factory where he learned a ton of systems and culture. In 1998 the Discussion to open Atlas in Iowa City, IA started and by 2000 the restaurant was open. Atlas had a successful 17-year run under Jack's ownership before he sold the restaurant to Matt Swift and Ben Smart. During that time Jack also opened Jimmy Jack's Rib Shack and Basta Italian Restaurant. He also took Jimmy Jack's popular BBQ sauces nationwide with Amazon, and throughout the region in 150 local retailers.

Check out episode 870 with Chef Pierre Hilzim and Monica Davidson as mentioned in today's episode.

Check out episode 894 with Jack Piper 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:

  • "Win your morning, win your day."

In this episode with Jack Piper we will discuss:

  • Start by bottling sauces and selling them in your store, not online
  • Can you at least pull off that much 👆🏽
  • Packaging/graphic design
  • Location (on a shelf)
  • Obtaining a bar code
  • Determining "Nutrition Facts"
  • Distribution
  • Determining "suggested retail"
  • Contracts and lawyers
  • Pricing
  • Marketing

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:

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 Jack Piper 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: Jack_Piper_workshop_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, Founder and Chief Cookie Officer of Cookies & Dreams, Stephanie Sellers. Iowa native, Stephanie Sellers, discovered her love of baking as a kid peering over the counter as Mimi (her long-time babysitter) taught her the basics while they baked up a storm. her "hobby" later turned into a full-time business-- baking wedding cakes birthday cakes, & more for the community & local restaurants. Stephanie and her husband went on to open a couple of restaurants where baked goods were always featured. Then, amidst the pandemic in early 2020, Cookies and Dreams was launched. Today Cookies & Dreams has sold close to ONE MILLION COOKIES and have scaled to 4 brick and mortar locations with two more opening in the summer of 2022 throughout Iowa.

Check out episode 894 with Jack Piper 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:

  • "There is no secret; keep going."

In this episode with Steph Sellers we will discuss:

  • Mentors
  • Problem solving
  • Customer service
  • Closing a business
  • Whole sale
  • Construction and contractors
  • Staffing
  • Pop ups
  • Farmers markets
  • Mental health
  • Motherhood and entrepreneurial leadership

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?
    • Epically curious
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Trying to do too much
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • Good, positive vibe
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Being a new mom
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Assume positive intent
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Say "guests" instead of "customers"
  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?
    • Text message marketing
  9. What is one thing you feel restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough?
    • Emotional intelligence
  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?
    • Don't lose sight of what you are passionate about
    • Don't try to do everything by yourself
    • Be mindful of emotional intelligence

Contact info:

Website: idreamaboutcookies.com

Instagram: @idreamaboutcookies

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 Steph Sellers 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: Steph_Sellers_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

With excitement allow me to introduce today's guest, the Founder of RestaurantRockstars.com, Roger Beaudoin. Roger is a 27-year veteran Restaurateur and Founder/ President of Restaurant Rockstars. He is an expert at Staff Training, Operating Systems and Maximizing Restaurant fProfit. Roger is a 2 X Author, Personal Restaurant Coach, Creator of the Restaurant Rockstars Academy, Sales Stars Staff Training, and Co-Creator of the SRV Training APP. Roger is also host of the weekly Restaurant Rockstars Podcast. You can reach him at roger@restaurantrockstars.com

Check out episode 371 with Jack O'Sullivan as mentioned in today's episode.

Check out episode 413 with Roger Beaudoin as mentioned in today's episode!

Check out episode 226 with Roger Beaudoin as mentioned in today's episode!

Check out episode 213 with Roger Beaudoin & David Long as mentioned in today's episode!

Check out episode 123 with Roger Beaudoin as mentioned in today's episode!

Check out Restaurant Strong by Peter LeSar as recommended 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:

  • "Success is about the journey, not the destination."

In this episode with Roger Beaudoin we will discuss:

  • Pre-meal meetings are essential
  • Training all staff on all positions, both BOH and FOH
  • Educate, entertain, and inform your guests
  • Why did Roger create Sales Stars?
  • Tracking marketing
  • Internal marketing
  • Constant reinvention
  • Core values and culture
  • You need to leverage technology for the best training and guest experience

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:

RestaurantRockstars.com

srvnow.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 Roger Beaudoin 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: Roger_Beaudoin_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

With excitement allow me to introduce to you today’s guest, Co-Founder of Jimmy Jack’s Rib Shack, Jack Piper. Jack got his start in Iowa City working at the legendary China Garden Restaurant, where he learned about amazing service, the importance of attention to detail, and leading by example. Jack, also a natural artist, used his ability to land himself in NYC where he was mentored by world-famous artist, Marilyn Minter. Minter took a likely to Jack, and as a result, jack got more opportunities than most in the world of art, but he was turned away by the art industry by its politics, however, this experience left a huge influence on his life. Jack went on to work in the FOH in many fine-dining restaurants throughout the US including NYC, Utah, and Texas before doing 4 years with the Cheesecake Factory where he learned a ton of systems and culture. In 1998 the Discussion to open Atlas in Iowa City, IA started and by 2000 the restaurant was open. Atlas had a successful 17-year run under Jack's ownership before he sold the restaurant to Matt Swift and Ben Smart. During that time Jack also opened Jimmy Jack's Rib Shack and Basta Italian Restaurant. He also took Jimmy Jack's popular BBQ sauces nationwide with Amazon, and throughout the region in 150 local retailers.

Check out episode 878 with Donald Moore 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:

  • "Win your morning, win your day."

In this episode with Jack Piper we will discuss:

  • Ego and pride
  • Cleanliness as a server
  • FOH
  • Constructive criticism
  • Upselling
  • Selling food products online

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.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Exceeding expectations
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Overthinking
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • Honesty
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • Time management
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • You're entitled to nothing
    • All decisions are made in the best interest for the guest
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Create a joint, not a scene
  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?
    • You're not entitled to anything, you must earn it
    • Exceed expectations
    • Win your morning

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 Jack Piper for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

Direct download: Jack_Piper_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

With excitement, allow me to introduce to you today's 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. He is married to Randi and they have two amazing kids.

Check out Ten Year Plan: How the Founders of Tender Greens Sacled Their Heart-Centered Brand by David Dressler and Erik Oberholtzer as mentioned in today's episode!

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

Check out episode 887 with Erik Oberholtzer 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:

  • "When you are lost, go back to where you came from."

In this episode with David Dressler we will discuss:

  • What is a purpose-driven organization?
  • The importance of fiscal responsibility
  • Conscious capitalism
  • The Tender Greens purpose

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:

Quiet Advisory website: quietadvisory.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 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_CD_PODCAST_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

 

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST