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    847: Swag on a Budget 101 with Lisa Duff of Rocky Coast Printworks

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 79:42

    With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, COO of Rocky Coast Printworks, Lisa Duff. Rocky Coast Printworks specializes in making brands look their best. From fully custom apparel to logo merchandise for retail and giveaways, they are your one-stop shop for the best quality products at the most competitive prices.     The question we're answering: What do first-time swag (t-shirts and hats) purchasers not consider? Lisa will take us through the most common mistakes to avoid, share best practices, and then she will coach us through the swag process. Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and get your first 30 days on me!  Connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: “Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” Today's sponsor: 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. 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. MarginEdge is completely free for new customers until September. No setup fees. No integration fees. No commitment. Take your back office paperwork down to 2-3 minutes a day while creating real-time financial views to inform your path ahead. Contact info: Email: sales@rockycoast.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 Lisa Duff 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!

    846: Ben Goldberg Co-founder & CEO of Strategic Hospitality

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 118:45

    With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest Co-founder and Co-owner of Strategic Hospitality, Benjamin Goldberg.  Strategic Hospitality, co-founded with his brother, Max Goldberg, is a Nashville-based hospitality company shaping the city's dining landscape by continuously introducing innovative, one-of-a-kind concepts. Properties include Paradise Park Trailer Resort, The Patterson House, Merchants Restaurant,  The Catbird Seat, Pinewood,  The Band Box, Bastion, Henrietta Red,  Downtown Sporting Club, and Locust. Strategic Hospitality also provides consulting and management services to other hospitality groups. Founded in 2006,  Strategic Hospitality has experienced steady growth annually and continues to revolutionize the dining scene. Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and get your first 30 days on me!  Connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: “People remember how you make them feel, not what you say.” In today's episode with Ben Goldberg we will discuss: Opening your first restaurant at 23 Early mentors Advice on getting investors Transparency Forced to learn because you are undercapitalized Location Being stubborn early in your career Deliver a product worth going out of the way for Going into business with family Ego Giving up control The importance of asking your team what they want Setting quarterly and annual goals Evolving operations Tech stacks Implementing Toast POS Today's sponsor: 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. 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. MarginEdge is completely free for new customers until September. No setup fees. No integration fees. No commitment. Take your back office paperwork down to 2-3 minutes a day while creating real-time financial views to inform your path ahead. Knowledge bombs Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success? Hard work What is your biggest weakness? Not delegating enough What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview? A good person What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it? Ramping up multiple restaurants at the same time Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team. Make people happy What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff? Go above and beyond What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner? The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons learned from 15 Years as CEO of The Walt Disney Company by Bob Iger GET THIS BOOK FOR FREE AT AUDIBLE.COM  What's one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough? Rest Name one service you've hired. Bevinco | VF Financial What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influenced operations? Toast POS 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 honest Be kind Surround yourself with amazing people Contact info: Strategic Hospitality online 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 Benjamin Goldberg 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!

    845: Corey Rosen founder of National Center for Employee Ownership

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 101:29

    Corey Rosen is the founder and an active staff member of the National Center for Employee Ownership, a private, nonprofit membership, information, and research organization in Oakland, CA. The NCEO is widely considered to be the authoritative source on broad-based employee ownership plans. He cofounded the NCEO in 1981 after working five years as a professional staff member in the U.S. Senate, where he helped draft legislation on employee ownership plans. Prior to that, he taught political science at Ripon College. He is the author or co-author of over 100 articles and numerous books on employee ownership, and co-author (with John Case and Martin Staubus) of Equity: Why Employee Ownership is Good for Business (Harvard Business School Press, 2005). He has appeared frequently on CNN, PBS, NPR, MSNBC, and other network programs; and is regularly quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, and other leading publications. He has lectured on employee ownership on six continents. Check out The Great Game Of Business by Jack Stack as recommended in this episode! Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: "Employee ownership is a way to make capitalism work for everybody." In today's episode with Corey Rosen we will discuss: We are talking about ESOPs and Corey's book Equity: Why Employee Ownership Is Good For Business Check out Corey's other books on his author page Today's sponsor: 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. 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. MarginEdge is completely free for new customers until September. No setup fees. No integration fees. No commitment. Take your back office paperwork down to 2-3 minutes a day while creating real-time financial views to inform your path ahead. Contact info: NCEO.org Email: crosen@nceo.org 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 Rosen 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!

    844: Andy Little Chef at Josephine On 12th

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 114:51


    With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, Chef Andy Little. Chef Little came to Nashville in 2013 by way of central Pennsylvania where he grew up on traditional Pennsylvania Dutch cooking. After realizing “orchestral musician” was not his career path, Little took up a server position to pay his way through school and discovered his love of the restaurant kitchen. Little graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and began his rising career in the industry first working under Patrick O'Connell at The Inn at Little Washington before a stint at Pennsylvania's Evermay-on-the-Delaware, which eventually led him back to his hometown to spearhead the fine dining restaurant at The Sheppard Mansion. Now a 2017 and 2018 James Beard Award semifinalist for Best Chef Southeast, Little helms the kitchen at popular restaurant Josephine, where Pennsylvania Dutch roots meet Southern hospitality for a distinct and thoughtful experience beloved by guests. Check out Atomic Habits by James Clear as mentioned in today's episode. Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: "A little bit better everyday." In today's episode with Andy Little we will discuss: Staring as a server Team environments in the kitchen Attending the C.I.A. Should you go to culinary school? Networking in the restaurant world Discipline Be unique within a specific standard Recipe execution - what makes the end result taste different? The Nashville food scene explosion in the early 2010s Seeking momentum markets Sharing a curated YouTube list with your team If you can't teach and inspire, you can't lead The interview process The desire to help your employees grow and leave your restaurant when they are ready Give your staff the tools and knowledge to be better than you Identifying when you are in over your head Branding Chasing success on social media Today's sponsor: 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. 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. MarginEdge is completely free for new customers until September. No setup fees. No integration fees. No commitment. Take your back office paperwork down to 2-3 minutes a day while creating real-time financial views to inform your path ahead. Knowledge bombs Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success? Dogged persistence What is your biggest weakness? Dogged persistence What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview? Attitude AttitudeWhat's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it? Staffing Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team. Don't be an asshole What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff? Personal engagement on a human level; we don't just take orders What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner? The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson GET THIS BOOK FOR FREE AT AUDIBLE.COM  What's one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough? Clear perspective of what they want for themselves Name one service you've hired. Allen Benton Bacon What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations? iPhone 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? Try to get a little better every day be a good person Be yourself Contact info: Josephine On 12th website Josephine on Instagram: @josephineon12 Andy Little on Instagram: @chefandylittle 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 Little 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!


    843: Patrick Whalen CEO at 5th Street Group

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 118:57

      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. Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: “Why not us?” “There's only we.” In today's episode with Patrick Whalen we will discuss: Running a casino Advice on restaurant openings Being empathetic Retaining staff Events Tip pool systems Personal life informing career decisions Public perception of your company False-modesty Balancing ego and modesty Recognizing initiative The “Tip The Kitchen” system Today's sponsor: 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. 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. MarginEdge is completely free for new customers until September. No setup fees. No integration fees. No commitment. Take your back office paperwork down to 2-3 minutes a day while creating real-time financial views to inform your path ahead. Knowledge bombs Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success? Very good public speaker What is your biggest weakness? Impatient What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview? What do you want to do? What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it? Unreasonable people Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team. Say what you mean and do what you say What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff? Highly unscripted at tables What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner? The Art Of War by Sun Tzu GET THIS BOOK FOR FREE AT AUDIBLE.COM  What's one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough? Share information with their employees Name one service you've hired. The Bradley Projects - architecture What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations? Avero - unlock your restaurant's potential 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 empathetic Be reasonable Work hard Contact info: Twitter: @tip_kitchen 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!

    842: Delivering the Digital Restaurant with Meredith Sandland

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 110:28

    With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, Meredith Sandland. Prior to co-authoring Delivering the Digital Restaurant: Your Roadmap to the Future of Food, Meredith spent two decades in consulting, corporate strategy, and restaurant development. After Building 1,000+ restaurants the Chief Development Officer at Yum! Brands' Taco Bell, Meredith observed that the on-demand economy was starting to affect restaurants. Meredith joined ghost kitchen start-up, Kitchen United as employee #4 to create their business model, raise initial capital, and serve as the public face of the Google Venture-backed disruptor. Check out the book: Delivering The Digital Restaurant: Your Roadmap To The Future Of Food by Meredith Sandland and Carl Osbourn Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” In today's lecture with Meredith Sandland we will discuss: All of the major points discussed in full detail in the book Delivering the Digital Restaurant Today's sponsor: 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. 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. MarginEdge is completely free for new customers until September. No setup fees. No integration fees. No commitment. Take your back office paperwork down to 2-3 minutes a day while creating real-time financial views to inform your path ahead. Contact info: You can buy the book right here! Get the book straight from the authors at www.deliveringthedigitalrestaurant.com Check out learn.delivery 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 Meredith Sandland 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!

    841: Brandon Styll host of Nashville Restaurant Radio

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 115:46

    Brandon Styll started managing restaurants over 20 years ago. In 2005, Brandon stepped away from restaurant management to take on a more secure role as managing partner at Creation Gardens, a wholesale food distributor based in Louisville, Kentucky. Brandon quickly developed a reputation for being able to get chefs what they needed when they needed it, and was recruited by the produce distributor, Freshpoint. After six years with Freshpoint, Brandon was recruited once again by US Foods as a Territory Managers, before he was quickly promoted to District Sales Manager. In 2018, after 15 years of not working in a restaurant, Brandon felt the industry calling him back and joined both Green Hills Grille and Mere Bulles as the Director of Operations. In addition, Brandon is the host of Nashville Restaurant Radio, where he's produced over 200 episodes featuring local chef interviews, leadership interviews, and more! Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: "Failure is simply the opportunity to try again, this time more intelligently.” “Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right.” In today's episode with Brandon Styll we will discuss: The significance of the word “they” Don't see yourself as a victim What can you to do make EVERY guest happy Creating win-win situations The amazing feeling of approval What is the price of convenience? How we treat employees and why they're finding other professions Substance abuse in the industry Switching from hospitality to food sales Selling produce Enthusiasm and energy Intentional pricing The importance of utilizing a culture index Advice on effective purchasing Hitting rock bottom Getting sober Meditation What makes the Nashville restaurant industry unique and what can we all learn from it? The importance of supporting other restaurants in your community Momentum markets 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. BentoBox empowers restaurants to own their presence, profits and relationships. The hospitality platform disrupts third-party services that come between the restaurant and the guest. BentoBox puts the restaurant first and offers tools that drive high-margin revenue directly through the restaurant's website. BentoBox is trusted and loved by over 5,000 restaurants worldwide including Union Square Hospitality Group, Eleven Madison Park, Gramercy Tavern, Lilia and more. MarginEdge is completely free for new customers until September. No setup fees. No integration fees. No commitment. Take your back office paperwork down to 2-3 minutes a day while creating real-time financial views to inform your path ahead. Knowledge bombs Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success? Enthusiasm What is your biggest weakness? Arrogance What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview? Enthusiasm What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it? Staffing Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team. Do the right thing, empower staff to make the right decision What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff? Relationships What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner? Traction: Get A Grip On Your Business by  Gina Wickman GET THIS BOOK FOR FREE AT AUDIBLE.COM  What's one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough? 1 on 1 with staff, check in with your team more often Name one service you've hired. Neat Mixology What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations? Zenput for digital checklist 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 sweat the small stuff Focus on what you have control over Love hard Contact info: Nashville Restaurant Radio website Instagram: @brandon_nrr 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 Styll 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!

    840: Trademarks 101 with David Lizerbram

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 87:25

    David Lizerbram is an attorney in private practice. He is also the host of Products of the Mind, a podcast about the intersection of business + creativity. Products of the Mind is produced by Mana Monzavi. David was born in Philadelphia and raised in North County San Diego, California. After graduating from the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television (now the School of Cinematic Arts) and USC's Marshall School of Business, he received his J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. David speaks regularly about legal matters, and has presented on a legal education panel at San Diego Comic-Con every year since 2008. In 2011, David was appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown to the Board of Directors of the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which is responsible for oversight of the Del Mar Fairgrounds. He served in that position until the conclusion of his term in 2015. He also served on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Music Foundation and was a co-founder of the Craft Beer Association of San Diego, a think tank focused on promoting San Diego County's dynamic craft beer industry. David lives in North Park, San Diego with his wife, Mana Monzavi and their son, Miles. David Lizerbram & Associates was founded in 2005 in San Diego, California with the goal of providing high-quality legal services to entrepreneurs both locally and nationwide. Since the firm's creation, David has assisted with a large variety of business matters. His clients have varied in size from solo entrepreneurs to publicly traded companies. David has provided legal guidance on multimillion-dollar rounds of fundraising, negotiated strategic partnerships with nationwide businesses and nonprofits, managed international intellectual property portfolios, and advised many innovative startups. Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: "What you don't know CAN hurt you, BUT, knowledge is power." In today's workshop with David Lizerbram we will discuss: All things trademarks. Listen for the full breakdown! Today's sponsor: Meez One platform to organize, cost, scale, and share your recipes. With a built in database of thousands of ingredient yields and unit conversions for laser accurate costs.  Train your teams with step by step video and image slideshows that live right alongside the recipe.  Build ops guides and SOPs, create and upload content in seconds.  Never let anyone make the wrong outdated recipe again, all the while keeping your IP safe and secure. 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. At Popmenu, we know that in today's world, a great hospitality experience usually begins online. Keeping the conversation with guests going beyond the meal also requires simple, powerful, fun technology capable of expression through all kinds of channels. Our team takes pride in helping restaurants put their best foot forward digitally so they can focus on what they do best. We think PDF menus are super boring, we believe 3rd party platforms have had too much say in how consumers find their next dining experience and we deeply feel that sharing your beautiful menu doesn't have to be so difficult, time-consuming and expensive. As a listener of the Restaurant Unstoppable, you'll receive $100 off your first month of Popmenu! Contact info: www.lizerbramlaw.com Twitter: @davidlizerbram 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 Lizerbram 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!

    839: Mel Harrington Chef/Owner at Sunday Supper Society

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 120:41

    Mell Harrington is the Chef and Owner at Sunday Supper Society in Kittery, Maine. Mel grew up working in the restaurant industry since the age of 15 & has never been happier. Most days you can find her in the garden planning dinner or in the kitchen making fresh pasta. Her love for food, travel & culture shines through in everything she does. Mel is currently working towards her sommelier certification, learning to speak Spanish & growing a garden. Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: "Bitches get shit done." In today's episode with Mel Harrington we will discuss: Leaving the industry only to return The importance of travel The benefits of a financial background before entering the restaurant industry Investors Why isn't restaurant work, especially FOH, respected more? The host position Getting fired Partnerships Transition from FOH to baking 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. At Popmenu, we know that in today's world, a great hospitality experience usually begins online. Keeping 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! BentoBox empowers restaurants to own their presence, profits and relationships. The hospitality platform disrupts third-party services that come between the restaurant and the guest. BentoBox puts the restaurant first and offers tools that drive high-margin revenue directly through the restaurant's website. BentoBox is trusted and loved by over 5,000 restaurants worldwide including Union Square Hospitality Group, Eleven Madison Park, Gramercy Tavern, Lilia and more. Knowledge bombs Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success? My work ethic and drive What is your biggest weakness? Perfectionism What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview? Positive attitude What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it? Perfectionism Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team. Be welcoming and kind What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff? Attention to detail What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner? The Alchemist by Paul Coelho GET THIS BOOK FOR FREE AT AUDIBLE.COM  What's one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough? We've lost sight of the passion Name one service you've hired. Annie's Garden Microgreen farm What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations? Universe - website design 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 Work hard toward what you want Don't take any shit Contact info: www.sundaysupperme.com to book a seat Instagram: @sundaysuppersociety.me Email: sundaysupper.me@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 Mel Harrington 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!

    838: The Three Keys to Restaurant Profitability with Josh Kopel

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 74:03

    Entrepreneur, restaurateur, and environmental advocate, Josh Kopel, was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Throughout his 20+ year career in food and beverage, he has managed venues ranging from the Alligator Bayou Bar, as well as the hottest Hollywood nightclubs, bars, and ultra-lounges. He went independent in 2010, opening his first concept Five0Four, in Hollywood, CA. Ten years later, he's created a family of brands ranging from Michelin-rated fine-dining to fast-casual, all with a central focus on Southern hospitality and Southern cuisine. Check out his website here. Check out Josh's podcast - Full Comp Podcast Check out previous episode 736 with Josh Kopel Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: “Success is a mindset, not a feeling." In today's workshop with Josh Kopel we will discuss: The 3 keys: Revenue Amplify Frequency 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. At Popmenu, we know that in today's world, a great hospitality experience usually begins online. Keeping 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! BentoBox empowers restaurants to own their presence, profits and relationships. The hospitality platform disrupts third-party services that come between the restaurant and the guest. BentoBox puts the restaurant first and offers tools that drive high-margin revenue directly through the restaurant's website. BentoBox is trusted and loved by over 5,000 restaurants worldwide including Union Square Hospitality Group, Eleven Madison Park, Gramercy Tavern, Lilia and more. Contact info: www.restaurantcasestudy.com www.joshkopel.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 Josh Kopel 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!

    837: Corey Manicone Co-Founder and CEO of Zuul

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 89:56

    Corey grew up in the industry as his parents owned fast casual restaurants in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he learned first hand the good, the bad and the ugly that comes with operating. In 2015, Corey joined New York City based Relay Delivery as the first employee, helping define the optimal delivery playbook used by hundreds of restaurants. Seeing a need in the market to further enhance the off-premise business model for restaurants, he co-founded Zuul in early 2018, New York's first ghost kitchen solution. Today, Zuul licenses their proprietary ghost kitchen technology, allowing restaurant operators across the country an opportunity to achieve a much-improved economic model for delivery while also enhancing the consumer experience. Check out episode 769 with Kyle Inserra as mentioned in today's episode. Check out episode 835 with Michael Chernow as mentioned in today's episode. Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: “You can beat the person that won't give up.” In today's episode with Corey Manicone we will discuss: Franchising Hardships in the industry Negotiating your lease What Corey learned from big companies outside the restaurant industry Virtual Brands Best practices for dealing with 3rd party delivery   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. At Popmenu, we know that in today's world, a great hospitality experience usually begins online. Keeping 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! Meez One platform to organize, cost, scale, and share your recipes. With a built in database of thousands of ingredient yields and unit conversions for laser accurate costs.  Train your teams with step by step video and image slideshows that live right alongside the recipe.  Build ops guides and SOPs, create and upload content in seconds.  Never let anyone make the wrong outdated recipe again, all the while keeping your IP safe and secure. Contact info: Twitter: @coreymanicone Email: corey@zuul.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 Corey Manicone 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!

    836: Attract, Build, and Retain Guests workshop with Matt Plapp

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 113:41

    Matt Plapp is an AVID Marketer, CrossFitter, Author, Speaker, Consultant & Business Coach.  He's owned his marketing firm since 2008 and since then he has helped hundreds of companies market with a purpose, that purpose is ROI!  Since 2016 they've changed their focus to restaurants and today they help restaurants all over the world with their ROI Engine marketing platform.  Matt's two books in the restaurant marketing field are, "Don't 86 Your Restaurant Sales" & "Sell More Slices" and his third book comes out next week, titled "Restaurant Marketing That Works." Today we're here to talk about using marking to build a customer database. Check out Matt's previous workshop 811: Leveraging Your Marketing To Build A Database Of Customers Episode 799: WORKSHOP-5 Ways To Turn Instagram Followers Into Orders with Rory Balkin and Rev Ciancio was mentioned! Episode 820: Business Planning Workshop with Stephani Robson was also mentioned! Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: "The hardest part about writing your own story is knowing that you're worth the ink." Today's sponsor: Restaurant365 is a cloud-based, all-in-one, restaurant-specific accounting and back-office platform that seamlessly integrates with POS systems, payroll providers, food and beverage vendors. It generates accurate real-time reporting and analysis in user-friendly dashboards, facilitating immediate, data-driven decision making. Restaurant365 eliminates manual, error-prone processes and is designed to help restaurant businesses grow with functionality that helps optimize labor costs, reduce food costs and increase revenue. Ecolab: Streamline your clean with Ecolab's new EPA-registered 2-in-1 solution, Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer. It will help reduce risk, simplify your procedures and help ensure compliance. This solution cleans and sanitizes hard non-porous surfaces with a single product, eliminates the rinse step and equips your staff to clean more efficiently. Clean simplified, confidence delivered. BentoBox empowers restaurants to own their presence, profits and relationships. The hospitality platform disrupts third-party services that come between the restaurant and the guest. BentoBox puts the restaurant first and offers tools that drive high-margin revenue directly through the restaurant's website. BentoBox is trusted and loved by over 5,000 restaurants worldwide including Union Square Hospitality Group, Eleven Madison Park, Gramercy Tavern, Lilia and more. Contact info: www.mattplapp.com Email: matt@mattplapp.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 Plapp 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!

    835: Michael Chernow Founder of Seamore's and Kreatures Of Habit

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 116:00

    On the eve of his 17-year milestone of sober living, Michael Chernow, the celebrated serial entrepreneur, restaurateur, fitness expert, and celebrity chef—who has spent more than a decade launching legacy dining destinations such as The Meatball Shop and Seamore's—is taking a rest from restaurants to make healthy breakfasting habitual in his newest venture - Kreatures of Habit. Kreatures of Habit is a brashly branded functional food brand based on a positive daily habit, which Michael exclaims with an expletive, “helps people live their best fuckin' lives.” Kreatures of Habit is a love letter to Chernow's own mindful morning breakfast and triumphs over addiction. The PrOATagonist, the brand's heroic inaugural product, combines plant-based protein (30g), gluten-free oats, and essential vitamins + minerals for an equally craveable and convenient breakfast. Prepped in less than 3 minutes, wellness-minded breakfasters have the option of enjoying The PrOATagonist in taste-bud tantalizing flavors such as Chocolate, Blueberry Banana, and Vanilla. A fellow podcast host at the helm of Born or Made, Michael Chernow, who has founded hospitality ventures The Meatball Shop and Seamore's, appeared on Food Network's Beat Bobby Flay, Kitchen Casino, and Chopped, co-authored cookbooks, and landed magazine spreads for his Olympian-like physique, possesses a resume with marathon-like momentum. A poster child for how to live a life well-lived and reach business mogul status, Chernow adopted positive habits that allowed him to replace alcohol with nutrition and fitness and propel his ascent in the New York restaurant scene. In this next act, he takes on breakfast. Please let me know if you are interested in recording with Michael and learning more about Kreatures of Habit. Would love to connect the two of you! I've included a few more details below for reference. Thank you, Jordan Within a podcast interview, Michael can speak to the following aspects of his entrepreneurial and personal journey to excellence: The Sobering Truth - Explore how Michael's recovery from addiction and how positive daily habits and small decisions made on a consistent basis from the beginning of the crux to his success in business and life. The Renaissance Restaurateur - In addition to his past culinary endeavors and upcoming Kreatures of Habit launch, Chernow hosts his own podcast, Born or Made, is an ambassador for Ten Thousand, Muy Thai boxer, a pro status men's physique bodybuilder as well as advisor at Two Hands and Find my Formula, an investor in Greenpoint Fish and Lobster, and husband and father of two young sons. My Morning Machinations - Wake up to Michael's morning routine, which starts at 5:30am and includes technical training for marathons, bodybuilding, and boxing competition, mindfulness practices, and a self-created protein-backed oatmeal recipe, which laid the foundation of Kreatures of Habits' The PrOATagonist. Pandemic Pivot - Hear firsthand how Michael conceptualized Kreatures of Habit after a decade in the restaurant world and why he believes the time is now for direct-to-your-doorstep functional food staples. Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: "The business of business is relationships and the foundation of relationships is trust." In today's workshop with David Scott Peters we will discuss: Partners Business plans Entrepreneurship Meatballs Surround yourself with people who can help you QSR vs. full service 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. At Popmenu, we know that in today's world, a great hospitality experience usually begins online. Keeping 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! Meez One platform to organize, cost, scale, and share your recipes. With a built in database of thousands of ingredient yields and unit conversions for laser accurate costs.  Train your teams with step by step video and image slideshows that live right alongside the recipe.  Build ops guides and SOPs, create and upload content in seconds.  Never let anyone make the wrong outdated recipe again, all the while keeping your IP safe and secure. Knowledge bombs Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success? Waking up at 5 AM What is your biggest weakness? Taking things personally What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview? Learning a new industry What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it? Looking for positive people What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner? The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz Outwitting The Devil by Napoleon Hill GET THIS BOOK FOR FREE AT AUDIBLE.COM  What's one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough? Take time to celebrate the wins Name one service you've hired. Bookkeeping What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations? Avero 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? Look people in the eyes and shake hands with a firm handshake Ladies first Remember people's names Contact info: Kreatures Of Habit website Kreatures Of Habit social handles: @kreaturesofhabit Seamore's social handles: @seamores Meatball Shop social handles: @meatballers 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 Chernow 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!

    834: Budgeting Workshop with David Scott Peters

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 121:08

    CLICK HERE to schedule your discovery call with David Scott Peters and redeem your $1,000 off... only available to Restaurant Unstoppable Listeners. Email David@davidscottpeters.com with your name and email to get the 3 free bones mentioned in today's episode. In this episode, David Scott Peters joins Eric Cacciatore on the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast to discuss budgeting. In 2003, David discovered his passion for teaching independent restaurant owners on how to build a business that gives them financial freedom and freedom from their restaurants, and he's been doing it ever since. He specializes in coaching independent operators because once they have the proper systems and methods in place, their passion for providing an exceptional experience elevates the industry and their communities. David is a regular speaker at food industry events all over the country, is a regular guest contributor to restaurant industry publications, and enjoys teaching restaurant owners how to live their passions while also operating a profitable business. Check out his website: davidscottpeters.com David Scott Peters is an industry powerhouse overflowing with information and mentorship. He has joined Restaurant Unstoppable on 5 previous episodes including: Check out episode 141: Helping Put The Power Back In The Hands Of Independents Check out episode 437: Where To Start With Menu Engineering Check out episode 578: How To Build A Budget Check out episode 639: 7 Steps For Creating Great Managers Check out episode 763: Checklists 101 Click here to Join the RUNetwork and Get 30-days access on me-- FREE. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eO-drVzsffo Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: “You can have the one bad day, it's what you do the next day that defines you.” In today's workshop with David Scott Peters we will discuss: 1 Trailing 12 Month Sales 2 Sales % by Category 3 Cost of Goods Sold 4 Labor $ and % by Position 5 Fixed or Variable? 6 Create a Plan 7 Forecasting Sales Join the network to receive all the tools and resources from each workshop including today's. 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. At Popmenu, we know that in today's world, a great hospitality experience usually begins online. Keeping 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! Meez One platform to organize, cost, scale, and share your recipes. With a built in database of thousands of ingredient yields and unit conversions for laser accurate costs.  Train your teams with step by step video and image slideshows that live right alongside the recipe.  Build ops guides and SOPs, create and upload content in seconds.  Never let anyone make the wrong outdated recipe again, all the while keeping your IP safe and secure. Contact info: Email: david@davidscottpeters.com Restaurant Coaching | David Scott Peters | Lower Food and Labor Costs 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 Scott Peters 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!

    833: Nicole Nocella Chef/Owner at Stalk Restaurant

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 123:08

    With Excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, Chef and Co-founder of Stalk Restuarant Nicole Nocella. Chef Nicole Nocella is From Londonderry, NH. After high school she spent some time in California, then returned to the Northeast where she became a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts- Cambridge, MA. She's has since spent the majority of her career on the NH Seacoast serving as Chef for notable restaurants such as The Rosa, Row 34, and Jumpin Jay's Fish Cafe. In early 2020, Chef Nicole partnered with John Daniels to open Stalk Restaurant in Dover, NH. Past guests from the Row 34 restaurant family: Check out episode 071 with Garrett Harker as mentioned in today's episode Check out episode 248 with Shore Gregory as mentioned in today's episode Check out episode 554 with Matty Bailey as mentioned in today's episode Check out episode 744 with Jamie Bissonnette as mentioned in today's episode Check out episode 831 with George Bezanson as mentioned in today's episode Past guests from the Jay McSharry restaurant family: Check out episode 755 with Dave Vargas as mentioned in today's episode Check out episode 764 with Kate McGrath as mentioned in today's episode Check out episode 770 with Will Myska as mentioned in today's episode Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and get your first 30 days on me!  Connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: “Invest in your people, not your business.” "Imperfection is perfection." In today's workshop with Nicole Nocello we will discuss: Creating relationships with your crew Culinary school? Being a woman in the industry Sexual harassment in the industry Communicating to e poses that they are valued Recipe management Manager/owner presence Retaining employees by creating opportunity Taking a break from the industry Educating your employees Premeal emphasis Implement systems and documentation Buildout lessons Plumbing issues Double-check contractor licenses 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. BentoBox empowers restaurants to own their presence, profits and relationships. The hospitality platform disrupts third-party services that come between the restaurant and the guest. BentoBox puts the restaurant first and offers tools that drive high-margin revenue directly through the restaurant's website. BentoBox is trusted and loved by over 5,000 restaurants worldwide including Union Square Hospitality Group, Eleven Madison Park, Gramercy Tavern, Lilia and more. At Popmenu, we know that in today's world, a great hospitality experience usually begins online. Keeping the conversation with guests going beyond the meal also requires simple, powerful, fun technology capable of expression through all kinds of channels. Our team takes pride in helping restaurants put their best foot forward digitally so they can focus on what they do best. We think PDF menus are super boring, we believe 3rd party platforms have had too much say in how consumers find their next dining experience and we deeply feel that sharing your beautiful menu doesn't have to be so difficult, time-consuming and expensive. As a listener of the Restaurant Unstoppable, you'll receive $100 off your first month of Popmenu! Knowledge bombs Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success? Being stern with people What is your biggest weakness? Asking for help What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview? Where does your passion lie and where does it come from? What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it? Free time Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team. Respect your co-workers What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff? Call the guests "guests" What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner? White Heat by Marco Pierre White GET THIS BOOK FOR FREE AT AUDIBLE.COM  What's one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough? Being part of the team and doing any job in the restaurant that's necessary Name one service you've hired. Accounting What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations? Resy If you got the news that you'd be leaving this world tomorrow and all memories of you, your work, and your restaurants would be lost with your departure with the exception of 3 pieces of wisdom you could leave behind for the good of humanity, what would they be? Invest in your people Be the role model Be strong-willed Contact info: Stalk website Social: @stalkrestaurant Call Stalk: 603-343-2600 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 Nicole Nocella 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!

    832: Rich Brooks on the Remarkability Formula

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 70:55

    With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, host of the Agents Of Change podcast, and president of  Flyte New Media, Rich Brooks. Rich Brooks is founder and president of flyte new media, a web design and Internet marketing firm in Portland, Maine. His monthly flyte log email newsletter and web marketing blog cover topics such as search engine optimization, blogging, social media, email marketing, and building websites that sell. Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and get your first 30 days on me!  Connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: “Luck favors the prepared.” In today's workshop with Rich brooks we will discuss:   The 4 lenses: Find Focus Fashion Frame 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. PlateIQ- the leading AP automation platform in the hospitality industry. Since 2014, Plate IQ has been saving time and money for companies like Cava, Tender Greens, and more. Just upload your invoices into Plate IQ and our proprietary technology will code each line item to your chart of accounts — automatically. For Bill Pay, virtual cards, and end-to-end invoice automation, head to plateiq.com. At Popmenu, we know that in today's world, a great hospitality experience usually begins online. Keeping the conversation with guests going beyond the meal also requires simple, powerful, fun technology capable of expression through all kinds of channels. Our team takes pride in helping restaurants put their best foot forward digitally so they can focus on what they do best. We think PDF menus are super boring, we believe 3rd party platforms have had too much say in how consumers find their next dining experience and we deeply feel that sharing your beautiful menu doesn't have to be so difficult, time-consuming and expensive. As a listener of the Restaurant Unstoppable, you'll receive $100 off your first month of Popmenu! Contact info: Flyte New Media website Listen to Agents Of Change 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 Rich Brooks 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!

    831: George Bezanson Chef/Partner at Earth's Harvest Kitchen & Juicery

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 114:32

    With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, Chef/Partner of Earth's Harvest Kitchen, Chef George Bezanson. After years of traveling and cooking through Boston, New Hampshire, and Florida Chef George returned to Manchester, NH to open The Bridge Cafe, Mint Bistro, and Pressed Cafes. After a series of unfortunate events, Chef George made the conscious decision to step down from his leadership position to focus on his mental health. Now living on the NH Seacoast, Chef George most recently was part of the Row 34 team in Portsmouth before joining Earth's Harvest. Chef George is inspired by the farm-to-table vision that is becoming more prevalent in the culinary community and he wants to bring the quality of fine dining to everyday food. Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and get your first 30 days on me!  Connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: “You are the most important person.” In today's episode with George Bezanson we will discuss: Learning from a mentor instead of culinary school Learning by failing early on as a chef Learning how to gain respect instead of demanding it The differences between chef and owner Advice for young Sous/Executive chefs Controlling costs Writing menus The responsibility of leaders Start small Partnerships Importance of contracts Making the decision to step down 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. PlateIQ- the leading AP automation platform in the hospitality industry. Since 2014, Plate IQ has been saving time and money for companies like Cava, Tender Greens, and more. Just upload your invoices into Plate IQ and our proprietary technology will code each line item to your chart of accounts — automatically. For Bill Pay, virtual cards, and end-to-end invoice automation, head to plateiq.com. At Popmenu, we know that in today's world, a great hospitality experience usually begins online. Keeping the conversation with guests going beyond the meal also requires simple, powerful, fun technology capable of expression through all kinds of channels. Our team takes pride in helping restaurants put their best foot forward digitally so they can focus on what they do best. We think PDF menus are super boring, we believe 3rd party platforms have had too much say in how consumers find their next dining experience and we deeply feel that sharing your beautiful menu doesn't have to be so difficult, time-consuming and expensive. As a listener of the Restaurant Unstoppable, you'll receive $100 off your first month of Popmenu! Knowledge bombs Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success? Stamina What is your biggest weakness? Insecurity What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview? Do you have a passion to do this? What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it? To stay inspired Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team. Respect and keep internal issues out of the eyes of the guest What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff? Clean What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner? Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain The French Laundry y Thomas Keller GET THIS BOOK FOR FREE AT AUDIBLE.COM  What's one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough? Offer health insurance Name one service you've hired. North Country Smokehouse Favorite Foods in Somersworth, NH What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations? Toast Online Ordering 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? Experience, Spend time with your family, Take care of yourself mentally and physically Contact info: Earth's Harvest on Facebook Earth's Harvest on Instagram: @earthsharvestkitchen 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 George Bezanson 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!

    830: Carrie Luxem - 12 Step Termination Checklist workshop

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 76:26

    With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, the founder and CEO of Restaurant HR Group, Inc. Carrie Luxem. You can find Carrie Luxem at her website www.carrieluxem.com or read her book Restaurant Operator's HR Playbook here. Carrie Luxem is the founder and CEO of Restaurant HR Group, Inc. and Carrie Luxem LLC and she is laser-focused on her mission to create more restaurant and leadership success stories. She is the author of Restaurant Operator's HR Playbook and will be publishing her second book (a soft skills playbook) in early 2022. With a restaurant industry focused HR career that has spanned over 20 years, Carrie is frequently sought out for her modern, yet simple and effective advice. She has been named as one of the top 50 women innovators in the restaurant industry and has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc Magazine, Restaurant News, Pizza Today and Independent Restaurateur. She has a weekly column with 1851 Franchising, actively posts articles and videos on social media, and has appeared on several radio shows and dozens of restaurant industry and business-focused podcasts. 753: Workshop – Carrie Luxem on HR Systems and Recruiting 321: Carrie Luxem on Your Team Won't Care About You Until You Care About Them Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and get your first 30 days on me!  Connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: “Let's do what's right, not what's easy.” In today's workshop with Carrie Luxem we will discuss: 12 Tips to Properly Terminate Employees Know the rules for your state Provide an employee handbook Take the onboarding to heart Track and document employee performance Coach your team Creating improvement plans Initiate corrective action Gather documentation and input Keep it private Be professional and to the point Share legally required information Learn from each termination Today's sponsor: BentoBox empowers restaurants to own their presence, profits and relationships. The hospitality platform disrupts third-party services that come between the restaurant and the guest. BentoBox puts the restaurant first and offers tools that drive high-margin revenue directly through the restaurant's website. BentoBox is trusted and loved by over 5,000 restaurants worldwide including Union Square Hospitality Group, Eleven Madison Park, Gramercy Tavern, Lilia and more. Meez One platform to organize, cost, scale, and share your recipes. With a built in database of thousands of ingredient yields and unit conversions for laser accurate costs.  Train your teams with step by step video and image slideshows that live right alongside the recipe.  Build ops guides and SOPs, create and upload content in seconds.  Never let anyone make the wrong outdated recipe again, all the while keeping your IP safe and secure. Contact info: Find Carrie's book Restaurant Operator's HR Playbook here www.carrieluxem.com www.restauranthrgroup.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 Carrie Luxem 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!

    829: Andy Pforzheimer Co-Founder of Bartaco and Barcelona Wine Bar

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 122:06

    With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, co-founder of Bartaco and Barcelona Wine Bar and CEO of Taste Maker Acquisition Corps, and I should mention you hold titles with Wisely, US Foods and Upwards Projects Restaurant Group,  Andy Pforzheimer.   Andy is a graduate of Harvard University. After graduating he traveled to France to explore his passion for cooking. He continued is his culinary adventures in the United States throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s. During this time he worked for notable chefs including Jeremiah Tower at Stars, Anne Rosenzweig at both Arcadia and the "21" Club and Patrick Healy at Colette. He thought he had his fill of cooking and went to work as the original food editor for Matha Stweart Living magazine. Turns out, he prefers to work on his feet and before long he was back in kitchens with the catering and consulting businesses he started.  It was during this time he met his business partner,  Sasa Mahr-Batuz. The two opened the first Barcelona Wine Bar location in 1996 which they scaled to 6 locations. In 2010, Pforzheimer and Mahr-Batuz started Bartaco.  In 2012 they took on a partner in Hal Rosser and Rosser Capital, opening even more restaurants. In June 2018, with 32 restaurants in 14 states, they sold Barteca to Del Frisco's Restaurant Group for $325 million. Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and get your first 30 days on me!  Connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: "What you tolerate becomes your standard." In today's episode with Andy Pforzheimer we will discuss: Doing literally whatever it takes to work in the best restaurants when you're starting out Prime cost Maximizing seating Working for Martha Stewart Partners Failing Salvaging waning restaurants Usefulness of lawyers Negotiating leases Reverse engineering from you "Why" 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. PlateIQ- the leading AP automation platform in the hospitality industry. Since 2014, Plate IQ has been saving time and money for companies like Cava, Tender Greens, and more. Just upload your invoices into Plate IQ and our proprietary technology will code each line item to your chart of accounts — automatically. For Bill Pay, virtual cards, and end-to-end invoice automation, head to plateiq.com. At Popmenu, we know that in today's world, a great hospitality experience usually begins online. Keeping the conversation with guests going beyond the meal also requires simple, powerful, fun technology capable of expression through all kinds of channels. Our team takes pride in helping restaurants put their best foot forward digitally so they can focus on what they do best. We think PDF menus are super boring, we believe 3rd party platforms have had too much say in how consumers find their next dining experience and we deeply feel that sharing your beautiful menu doesn't have to be so difficult, time-consuming and expensive. As a listener of the Restaurant Unstoppable, you'll receive $100 off your first month of Popmenu! Knowledge bombs Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success? Focus What is your biggest weakness? I can be didactic What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview? They have to care deeply about the job What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it? Staffing Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team. Look in the mirror and say "is this who I am?" What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff? We want the guest to know something personal about their server What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner? How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carengie  GET THIS BOOK FOR FREE AT AUDIBLE.COM  What's one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough? They don't know how to seat a room Name one service you've hired. TideSmart Insights (formerly Confidential Consumer) for secret shopping What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations? Wisely 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? Kindness is more important than brilliance What you tolerate becomes your standard Always smell you own armpits Contact info: Email: andy@barteca.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 Pforzheimer 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!

    828: WORKSHOP- 6 Rules for First-Time Managers with Ken McGarrie

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 73:56

    With Excitement allow me to introduce today's guest Co-founder Korgen Hospitality Group and Author of The Surprise Restaurant Manager, Ken McGarrie. Ken is also the author of the book The Surprise Restaurant Manager. Ken McGarrie is the cofounder of Korgen Hospitality, a nationwide consulting firm dedicated to helping restauranteurs reach their absolute potential with effective leadership and maximum profitability. For the past two decades, he has helmed many successful restaurants, bars, and entertainment-based venues with a relentless focus on anticipatory service, staff empowerment, and attentive hospitality. He has helped launch new concepts and train hospitality leaders throughout the U.S. and Canada. After failing to start an exceptional college band with only average talent, Ken worked as a server/bartender while writing for magazines and newspapers. He started in management the same way that many people do – by surprise. When his GM asked if he would take a set of keys and open the restaurant on occasion, he was suddenly promoted to manager with no training or preparation, like so many others in the industry. Ken went on to open and manage numerous successful restaurants and entertainment venues. With Korgen Hospitality, he has an exceptional client list, including helping open over a dozen restaurants with Celebrity Chef Fabio Viviani nationwide. Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and get your first 30 days on me!  Connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: “You can do anything in this world that you're big enough to do.” In today's workshop with Ken McGarrie we will discuss: The six rules for all first time managers are: Don't become an elitist Avoid discovery-based learning Eyes open, mouth closed Distance yourself socially Advocate success Manger meal etiquette 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. PlateIQ- the leading AP automation platform in the hospitality industry. Since 2014, Plate IQ has been saving time and money for companies like Cava, Tender Greens, and more. Just upload your invoices into Plate IQ and our proprietary technology will code each line item to your chart of accounts — automatically. For Bill Pay, virtual cards, and end-to-end invoice automation, head to plateiq.com. At Popmenu, we know that in today's world, a great hospitality experience usually begins online. Keeping the conversation with guests going beyond the meal also requires simple, powerful, fun technology capable of expression through all kinds of channels. Our team takes pride in helping restaurants put their best foot forward digitally so they can focus on what they do best. We think PDF menus are super boring, we believe 3rd party platforms have had too much say in how consumers find their next dining experience and we deeply feel that sharing your beautiful menu doesn't have to be so difficult, time-consuming and expensive. As a listener of the Restaurant Unstoppable, you'll receive $100 off your first month of Popmenu!   Contact info: info@korgenhospitality.com Get Ken's book here 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 Ken McGarrie 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!

    827: Bobby Marcotte Executive Chef at Tuckaway Tavern, Owner at Hop + Grind

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 82:26

    With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, Executive Chef of The Tuckaway Tavern, Hop + Grind, and Rise + Grind...Chef Bobby Marcotte. Chef Bobby Marcotte started in the restaurant business at age 14, just 3 years later he was a sous chef and by age 21 a Head Chef.  In 2013 he was chosen to helm The Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery as Executive Chef, responsible for food development in both the Tavern and Butchery.  Under Bobby's leadership, the Tuckaway Tavern has gone on to receive a bevy of accolades from New Hampshire Magazine, Spoon University, Hippo, and City Voter.  The Tuckaway Tavern was also featured on Food Network's Diners Drive In's and Dives and Bobby then went on to win Guys Grocery Games: Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives Tournament not just once, but TWICE.  Bobby is using his momentum to open new concepts throughout New Hampshire and Massachusettees.  Check out episode 421 with Bobby Marcotte Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and get your first 30 days on me!  Connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: Always grinding' In today's episode with Bobby Marcotte we will discuss: Early in the industry Turning a job into a career Business partners A restaurant/butchershop combination concept Seeking other entrepreneurial team members Pushing up against complacency Building two complimentary entities simultaneously How to manage 170+ employees Importance of the owner's presence Slow and steady growth Dialogue and open communication Checklists What being featured on TV does for your restaurant/brand Authenticity Breaking up a business partnership Transitioning to shipping/retail Striving for uniqueness Collaboration Trust 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. PlateIQ- the leading AP automation platform in the hospitality industry. Since 2014, Plate IQ has been saving time and money for companies like Cava, Tender Greens, and more. Just upload your invoices into Plate IQ and our proprietary technology will code each line item to your chart of accounts — automatically. For Bill Pay, virtual cards, and end-to-end invoice automation, head to plateiq.com. At Popmenu, we know that in today's world, a great hospitality experience usually begins online. Keeping the conversation with guests going beyond the meal also requires simple, powerful, fun technology capable of expression through all kinds of channels. Our team takes pride in helping restaurants put their best foot forward digitally so they can focus on what they do best. We think PDF menus are super boring, we believe 3rd party platforms have had too much say in how consumers find their next dining experience and we deeply feel that sharing your beautiful menu doesn't have to be so difficult, time-consuming and expensive. As a listener of the Restaurant Unstoppable, you'll receive $100 off your first month of Popmenu!   Contact info: Support St. Jude Children'S Research Hospital Support Best Buddies International Tuckaway Tavern Hop + Grind Rise + Grind Instagram: @thetuckaway | @hopandgrind | @riseandgrindnh 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 Bobby Marcotte 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!

    826: Zane and Brandon Hunt and Andrew Smith - Private Equity Acquisition

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 66:27


    Zane and Brandon Hunt hail from Detroit, MI. They came to Austin, almost with the idea to open a pizza joint. In 2011 they started where they could, with a mobile food trailer they named Via 313 Pizza. Their vision was to offer the first Detroit style option outside of Detroit. It didn't take long for their native Detroit style pizza to take center stage within the Austin community. One trailer became multiple trailers and by 2014 the works to open their first brick and mortar location was in motion. Check out episode 560 with The Hunt Bros. as mentioned in today's episode. Check out episode 745 with Chris Schultz about Know When to Scale as mentioned today. Check out episode 608 with Aaron Lyons as mentioned in today's episode Check out Blink: The Power of thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell as mentioned in today's episode. Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and get your first 30 days on me!  Connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) In today's episode with The Hunt Bros. and Andrew Smith we will discuss: HR Risk mitigation Acquiring private equity Is private equity for you? Today's sponsor: Meez One platform to organize, cost, scale, and share your recipes. With a built in database of thousands of ingredient yields and unit conversions for laser accurate costs.  Train your teams with step by step video and image slideshows that live right alongside the recipe.  Build ops guides and SOPs, create and upload content in seconds.  Never let anyone make the wrong outdated recipe again, all the while keeping your IP safe and secure. BentoBox empowers restaurants to own their presence, profits and relationships. The hospitality platform disrupts third-party services that come between the restaurant and the guest. BentoBox puts the restaurant first and offers tools that drive high-margin revenue directly through the restaurant's website. BentoBox is trusted and loved by over 5,000 restaurants worldwide including Union Square Hospitality Group, Eleven Madison Park, Gramercy Tavern, Lilia and 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 The Hunt Bros. and Andrew Smith 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!


    825: Chris Dimmick Managing Partner at The Idea Collective

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 121:06

      With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest Managing Partner at The Idea Collective and Co-Founder of Trufl, Chris Dimmick. With 10 years of experience opening and operating a myriad of unique properties, Chris is driven daily by the constant progress he sees in his restaurants and in the people who make them successful. Over the past 6 years Chris wears the restaurant operations, development, and management hat s for The Idea Collective, a multi-disciplinary creative consulting and experiential design firm. The Idea Collective has multiple past projects throughout the nation, and their two current projects are Sueno, and Tender Mercy, both located and Dayton, OH. Check out Slack as recommended by Chris in this episode. Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and get your first 30 days on me!  Connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: "Do cool shit with good people and stay curious." In today's episode with Chris Dimmick we will discuss: Being a consultant How to recruit How to be recruited Accessing capital Taking advantage of a smaller market Earning trust in a new market Losing capital and rebounding 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. PlateIQ- the leading AP automation platform in the hospitality industry. Since 2014, Plate IQ has been saving time and money for companies like Cava, Tender Greens, and more. Just upload your invoices into Plate IQ and our proprietary technology will code each line item to your chart of accounts — automatically. For Bill Pay, virtual cards, and end-to-end invoice automation, head to plateiq.com. At Popmenu, we know that in today's world, a great hospitality experience usually begins online. Keeping the conversation with guests going beyond the meal also requires simple, powerful, fun technology capable of expression through all kinds of channels. Our team takes pride in helping restaurants put their best foot forward digitally so they can focus on what they do best. We think PDF menus are super boring, we believe 3rd party platforms have had too much say in how consumers find their next dining experience and we deeply feel that sharing your beautiful menu doesn't have to be so difficult, time-consuming and expensive. As a listener of the Restaurant Unstoppable, you'll receive $100 off your first month of Popmenu! Knowledge bombs Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success? Empathy What is your biggest weakness? Empathy What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview? Empathy What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it? Adapting to ownership Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team. Over-communication What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff? Smiles, eyes, names. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner? Welcome To Management: How To Grow From Top Performer To Excellent Leader by Ryan Hawk GET THIS BOOK FOR FREE AT AUDIBLE.COM  What's one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough? Put the ego aside Name one service you've hired. John Morton Studios What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations? Yelli - training software/platform 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 curious Stay humble Add value Contact info: www.ideacollective.co Instagram: @suenodyt @tendermercydyt 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 Chris Dimmick 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!

    824: Stephani Robson - Business planning workshop part 3 of 3 - Capital Budget

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 93:15

    With excitement, allow me to introduce to you today's guest: Emeritus Faculty of The Hotel School of Cornell University, Stephani Robson. Until her recent retirement, Dr. Stephani Robson was a member of the faculty at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration for almost 30 years, where she taught literally thousands of students and executives about development and planning for hotels and restaurants. Prior to joining academia, she designed commercial kitchens for just about every kind of operation: restaurants, hotels, airports, hospitals, universities, and more. Check out PART ONE of this Business Planning workshop - Know Your Audience Check out PART TWO of this Business Planning workshop - Pro Forma Check out Restaurant Startup and Growth magazine Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and get your first 30 days on me!  Connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: “Know who you're talking to and what they care about.” Today's sponsor: At Popmenu, we know that in today's world, a great hospitality experience usually begins online. Keeping 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. PlateIQ- the leading AP automation platform in the hospitality industry. Since 2014, Plate IQ has been saving time and money for companies like Cava, Tender Greens, and more. Just upload your invoices into Plate IQ and our proprietary technology will code each line item to your chart of accounts — automatically. For Bill Pay, virtual cards, and end-to-end invoice automation, head to plateiq.com.   Contact info: Email: skr4@cornell.edu Thanks for listening! Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you'd like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post. Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them. And finally, don't forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. Huge thanks to Stephani Robson for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!   Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!

    823: Mikey Sorboro Owner of Mikey's Late Night Slice

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 112:38

    With excitement, allow me to introduce to you today's guest, Owner of Mikey's Late Night Slice, Mikey Sorboro. Mikey started his entrepreneurial journey with a pedicab service in Columbus, OH. His next entrepreneurial journey was Mikey's Late Night Slight, which started in a shipment container. Today, Mickey's portfolio includes 6 Late Night Slice locations, one LNS food truck, 2 LNS concert venues, and two Odd Fellows Liquor Bar. In this episode, we're picking up where we left off. It's been almost 4 years since I last spoke to Mikey, and we're finding out what's happened since. The focus of the conversation is knowing your lane and strengths and avoiding what you're not good at and passionate about. Mikey also gives me a little advice on my own vision. Check out episode 426 with Mikey Sorboro as mentioned in today's episode. Check out episode 816 with Ellis Winstanley as mentioned in today's episode. Check out Yes Is The Answer, What Is The Question? as suggested by Mikey and Eric. Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and get your first 30 days on me!  Connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: "Don't give up the ship." In today's episode with Stephani Robson we will discuss: Fixing a failing restaurant Don't buy someone's mistake Ditching food trucks A food truck is either for brand awareness OR profit A for-profit food truck requires its own staff and manager Work/life balance? Eric's vision for his restaurant and the importance of sharing it Today's sponsor: At Popmenu, we know that in today's world, a great hospitality experience usually begins online. Keeping 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. PlateIQ- the leading AP automation platform in the hospitality industry. Since 2014, Plate IQ has been saving time and money for companies like Cava, Tender Greens, and more. Just upload your invoices into Plate IQ and our proprietary technology will code each line item to your chart of accounts — automatically. For Bill Pay, virtual cards, and end-to-end invoice automation, head to plateiq.com.   Contact info: mikey@latenightslice.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 Mikey Sorboro 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!

    822: Stephani Robson - Business planning workshop part 2 of 3 - Pro Forma

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 92:21

        With excitement, allow me to introduce to you today's guest: Emeritus Faculty of The Hotel School of Cornell University, Stephani Robson. Until her recent retirement, Dr. Stephani Robson was a member of the faculty at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration for almost 30 years, where she taught literally thousands of students and executives about development and planning for hotels and restaurants. Prior to joining academia, she designed commercial kitchens for just about every kind of operation: restaurants, hotels, airports, hospitals, universities, and more. Check out episode 802: Ramp Up To Financial Sustainability with Ken Schwartz as mentioned in today's workshop. Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and get your first 30 days on me!  Connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: “Know who you're talking to and what they care about.” In today's episode with Stephani Robson we will discuss: Occupancy cost thumb rule: money you spend on real estate Rent Property tax CAM - common area maintenance NO MORE THAN 10% IN REVENUES What is your average check? Be specific How many covers/units of sales Don't multiple by 52/every week is not equal Today's sponsor: At Popmenu, we know that in today's world, a great hospitality experience usually begins online. Keeping 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. PlateIQ- the leading AP automation platform in the hospitality industry. Since 2014, Plate IQ has been saving time and money for companies like Cava, Tender Greens, and more. Just upload your invoices into Plate IQ and our proprietary technology will code each line item to your chart of accounts — automatically. For Bill Pay, virtual cards, and end-to-end invoice automation, head to plateiq.com.   Contact info: Email: skr4@cornell.edu Thanks for listening! Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you'd like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post. Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them. And finally, don't forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. Huge thanks to Stephani Robson for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!   Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!

    821: Sanjiv Razden President of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 104:49

    With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, President of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Sanjiv Razden.   Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: "They will forget what you told them, they may not remember what you did, but they will always remember how you made them feel." In today's episode with Sanjiv Razden we will discuss: Broken relationships in our industry What Sanjiv learned from the Sheraton Listening to data The importance of employee feedback Block time to recognize your team Proactively setting culture 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. PlateIQ- the leading AP automation platform in the hospitality industry. Since 2014, Plate IQ has been saving time and money for companies like Cava, Tender Greens, and more. Just upload your invoices into Plate IQ and our proprietary technology will code each line item to your chart of accounts — automatically. For Bill Pay, virtual cards, and end-to-end invoice automation, head to plateiq.com. At Popmenu, we know that in today's world, a great hospitality experience usually begins online. Keeping the conversation with guests going beyond the meal also requires simple, powerful, fun technology capable of expression through all kinds of channels. Our team takes pride in helping restaurants put their best foot forward digitally so they can focus on what they do best. We think PDF menus are super boring, we believe 3rd party platforms have had too much say in how consumers find their next dining experience and we deeply feel that sharing your beautiful menu doesn't have to be so difficult, time-consuming and expensive. As a listener of the Restaurant Unstoppable, you'll receive $100 off your first month of Popmenu!   Knowledge bombs Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success? Balance What is your biggest weakness? Ideation What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview? Humility What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it? Reinvantion Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team. Integrity What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff? Do anything amount of customization for the customer What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner? Radical Candor by Kim Scott GET THIS BOOK FOR FREE AT AUDIBLE.COM  What's one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough? Look at other restaurants for inspiration Name one service you've hired. Hathaway to build our app What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations? Testing Merrychef and TurboChef ovens 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? Always focus on the way you want top make people feel Early in your career, get yourself a mentor, advocate, and sponsor Contact info: Linkdin: Sanjiv Razden Gleannetwork.org 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 Sanjiv Razden 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!

    820: Stephani Robson - Business Planning workshop part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 85:48


    With excitement, allow me to introduce to you today's guest: Emeritus Faculty of The Hotel School of Cornell University, Stephani Robson. Until her recent retirement, Dr. Stephani Robson was a member of the faculty at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration for almost 30 years, where she taught literally thousands of students and executives about development and planning for hotels and restaurants. Prior to joining academia, she designed commercial kitchens for just about every kind of operation: restaurants, hotels, airports, hospitals, universities, and more. Check out The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey as mentioned in today's episode. Check out Start With Why by Simon Sinek as mentioned in today's episode. Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and get your first 30 days on me!  Connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: “Know who you're talking to and what they care about.” In today's episode with Stephani Robson we will discuss: This is part one of of three-part workshop all about business planning. Today we are discussing: who is your audience? and... how do you write your business plan for that audience? Today's sponsor: At Popmenu, we know that in today's world, a great hospitality experience usually begins online. Keeping 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. PlateIQ- the leading AP automation platform in the hospitality industry. Since 2014, Plate IQ has been saving time and money for companies like Cava, Tender Greens, and more. Just upload your invoices into Plate IQ and our proprietary technology will code each line item to your chart of accounts — automatically. For Bill Pay, virtual cards, and end-to-end invoice automation, head to plateiq.com.   Contact info: Email: skr4@cornell.edu Thanks for listening! Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you'd like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post. Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them. And finally, don't forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. Huge thanks to Stephani Robson for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!   Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!


    819: Clay Dover President, CEO, taco maker at Velvet Taco

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 106:20

    With excitement, allow me to introduce to you today's guest: CEO, President, and taco maker at Velvet Taco, Clay Dover. Joining Velvet Taco as president in early 2017 Clay Dover has helped scale the brand from four restaurants to 29 locations by the time of this episode aired. Graduate of Brigham Young University where he studied Sales and Marketing, Dover got straight to work leveraging his degree in Chili's Corporate Offices. He'd continue to focus on marketing working with Houlihans, and Apex Restaurant Group before cutting his teeth as CEO while with Metromedia Restaurant Group. After 10 months of CEO, he put his marketing hat back on and went to work with Raising Canes then Pei Wei as Chief Marketing/President. Check out episode 690 with Chris Schultz as mentioned in today's episode. Check out this RUNetwork workshop with Chris Schultz about knowing when it's time to scale! Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and get your first 30 days on me!  Connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: "The harder I work, the luckier I get." In today's episode with Clay Dover we will discuss: Working for Chili's when it was at its height Heading up a marketing campaign with Chili's The importance of ops feedback P and L's "Volunteer for everything." Franchising models Sharing the numbers with your team Growing and scaling during 2020-2021 Today's sponsor: At Popmenu, we know that in today's world, a great hospitality experience usually begins online. Keeping 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. PlateIQ- the leading AP automation platform in the hospitality industry. Since 2014, Plate IQ has been saving time and money for companies like Cava, Tender Greens, and more. Just upload your invoices into Plate IQ and our proprietary technology will code each line item to your chart of accounts — automatically. For Bill Pay, virtual cards, and end-to-end invoice automation, head to plateiq.com. Knowledge bombs Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success? Hard work What is your biggest weakness? Hard work What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview? Desire What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it? People AND purchasing Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team. Be relentless What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff? Kick ass and take names. We pride ourselves on winning. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?  Oh, The Places You'll Go! GET THIS BOOK FOR FREE AT AUDIBLE.COM  What's one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough? Visit the restaurants, work a shift, talk to customers Name one service you've hired Consolidated Concepts What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations? KDS with Toast 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? Being a father and a husband is the most important Creating a phenomenal company that empowers others Creating companies that improve the community Contact info: Velvet Taco website Instagram: @velvettaco 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 Clay Dover 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!

    818: Samuel Stanovich Area Representative at Firehouse Subs

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2021 118:52

    With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, Restauranteur- Author - Podcast Host - Strategist - Coach - People Connector- Samuel Stanovich. Samuel has been involved with the hospitality industry for over two decades. Samuel primarily works on the leadership and development as Area Representative for Firehouse Subs responsible for Northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana.  Samuel's restaurant serves as the training restaurant for the market. Before assuming his current position, Samuel was Director Partner Product Development & Industry Relations, National Restaurant Association including the support of the National Restaurant Association Military Foundation. Samuel's past experiences include: President & CEO of the Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau, in addition, he is a 12-year veteran of Marriott International. Samuel holds a bachelor's degree in hospitality management and associates degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management from Johnson and Wales University. Samuel volunteers his efforts to serve on the board of directors and finance chair for the Bellwood - Proviso Chamber of Commerce and recent past board member of Housing Forward, an Illinois based homeless prevention organization. Other activities include: Advisory Board Member of the Illinois Restaurant Association, member of Les Amis d'Escoffier Society; and strategic adviser to Baci Hospitality. Past board of directors for the American Culinary Federation Chicago Chefs of Cuisine, past- president of the International Food Service Executives Association- Northern Illinois Chapter. Nightclub and Bar Magazine Advisory Council and co-chair of Teresa's Trotters Cancer Team. Check out S.M.A.R.T. Guide To Catering Domination by T.J. Schier and Sam Stanovich! Check out Rocketbook as highly recommended by Sam Check out Peak: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo From Maslow by Chip Conley as mentioned ion today's episode. Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and get your first 30 days on me!  Connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: "Go big or go home." In today's episode with Samual Stanovich we will discuss: The Marriott family and culture Learning from the best in the beginning Promotion and marketing Opening a waterpark - lessons learned Networking [the pre-internet kind (it still works today)] Change fees: what are they? (They are important) Occupancy costs Advice on brokers The importance of partners Catering 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. PlateIQ- the leading AP automation platform in the hospitality industry. Since 2014, Plate IQ has been saving time and money for companies like Cava, Tender Greens, and more. Just upload your invoices into Plate IQ and our proprietary technology will code each line item to your chart of accounts — automatically. For Bill Pay, virtual cards, and end-to-end invoice automation, head to plateiq.com. At Popmenu, we know that in today's world, a great hospitality experience usually begins online. Keeping the conversation with guests going beyond the meal also requires simple, powerful, fun technology capable of expression through all kinds of channels. Our team takes pride in helping restaurants put their best foot forward digitally so they can focus on what they do best. We think PDF menus are super boring, we believe 3rd party platforms have had too much say in how consumers find their next dining experience and we deeply feel that sharing your beautiful menu doesn't have to be so difficult, time-consuming and expensive. As a listener of the Restaurant Unstoppable, you'll receive $100 off your first month of Popmenu!   Knowledge bombs Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success? My wife What is your biggest weakness? My A.D.D. Keep a journal. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview? What does service mean to you? What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it? Getting the right people Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team. Treat everybody like family What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff? Do something unexpected What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner? Don't Bullshit Yourself: Crush The Excuses That Are Holding You Back by Jon Taffer Your Restaurant Sucks by Donald Burns Don't Stop The Carnival by Herman Wouk GET THIS BOOK FOR FREE AT AUDIBLE.COM  What's one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough? Get out from behind the counter and spend time with the customers/ask them open-ended questions Name one service you've hired. CaterZen - catering software What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influenced operations? Facebook group for the restaurant 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 passionate about what you do spend time with those that you love My legacy is what you see from my family, what I left behind Contact info: Samuel's podcast Samuel's website Sam on LinkdIn Catering Domination! -Sam's book Instagram: @chicago_sam 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 Samuel Stanovich 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!

    817: Emily Williams Knight CEO of Texas Restaurant Association

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 59:50

    With excitement allow me to introduce today's guest, CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association, Emily Williams Knight. With excitement allow me to introduce today's guest, CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association, Emily Williams Knight. Knight has more than 20 years of experience and success in national and global leadership positions and is the current President and CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association. Previously, she was the Managing Director of Higher Education North America at Study Group, a leading provider of international education. Her career includes senior leadership roles at Laureate Education and serving as President of Kendall College, a leader in hospitality and culinary arts education. During her time as Kendall's president, Knight expanded access to culinary education throughout the Midwest, Latin America, and the Middle East. Check out episode 638 with Larry & Jessica Delgado as mentioned in today's episode! Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and get your first 30 days on me!  Connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: "When you pass someone, make sure you smile because it might be the only smile they see that day." In today's episode with Emily Williams Knight we will discuss: Restaurant associations in general The role of restaurant associations How to re-haul your restaurant association FOR THE BETTER How the TRA lead its members through COVID Supply chain challenges Career paths/professional development within the industry Virtual brands and ghost kitchens Models for the future of the industry Digital franchising Third-party delivery and how we make it work for the restaurants Membership models? 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.   PlateIQ- the leading AP automation platform in the hospitality industry. Since 2014, Plate IQ has been saving time and money for companies like Cava, Tender Greens, and more. Just upload your invoices into Plate IQ and our proprietary technology will code each line item to your chart of accounts — automatically. For Bill Pay, virtual cards, and end-to-end invoice automation, head to plateiq.com.   At Popmenu, we know that in today's world, a great hospitality experience usually begins online. Keeping the conversation with guests going beyond the meal also requires simple, powerful, fun technology capable of expression through all kinds of channels. Our team takes pride in helping restaurants put their best foot forward digitally so they can focus on what they do best. We think PDF menus are super boring, we believe 3rd party platforms have had too much say in how consumers find their next dining experience and we deeply feel that sharing your beautiful menu doesn't have to be so difficult, time-consuming and expensive. As a listener of the Restaurant Unstoppable, you'll receive $100 off your first month of Popmenu!   Contact info: TRA website Instagram: @txrestassoc 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 Emily Williams Knight 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!

    816: Ellis Winstanley President of El Arroyo

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2021 133:30

    With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, President of El Arroyo, Ellis Winstanley.   Check out episode 641 with Greg Scheinman about restaurant insurance as mentioned in today's episode. Check out A Lapsed Anarchist's Approach To Building A Great Business by Ari Weinzweig as mentioned in today's episode. Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and get your first 30 days on me!  Connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: "Let's give it hell." In today's episode with Ellis Winstanley we will discuss: Employee-guided culture Being someone's exit strategy Labor management Costing Reverse engineering a labor plan Menu engineering Business interruption insurance! GET IT! Dealing with employees who steal Flipping restaurants Operating a sign in front of you restaurant Brand awareness Merch best practices Delivering margaritas Building in-house software for your restaurant Today's sponsor: 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. PlateIQ- the leading AP automation platform in the hospitality industry. Since 2014, Plate IQ has been saving time and money for companies like Cava, Tender Greens, and more. Just upload your invoices into Plate IQ and our proprietary technology will code each line item to your chart of accounts — automatically. For Bill Pay, virtual cards, and end-to-end invoice automation, head to plateiq.com. At Popmenu, we know that in today's world, a great hospitality experience usually begins online. Keeping the conversation with guests going beyond the meal also requires simple, powerful, fun technology capable of expression through all kinds of channels. Our team takes pride in helping restaurants put their best foot forward digitally so they can focus on what they do best. We think PDF menus are super boring, we believe 3rd party platforms have had too much say in how consumers find their next dining experience and we deeply feel that sharing your beautiful menu doesn't have to be so difficult, time-consuming and expensive. As a listener of the Restaurant Unstoppable, you'll receive $100 off your first month of Popmenu! Knowledge bombs Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success? Intensity of interest What is your biggest weakness? Over-commiting, helping people who maybe should be trying to help themselves What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview? Are you a contributor? What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it? Scaling the team Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team. Empathetic, emotional intelligence What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?  The E-Myth by Michael E. Gerber GET THIS BOOK FOR FREE AT AUDIBLE.COM  What's one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough? Financial literacy, better planing Name one service you've hired. Bevinco liquor inventory app from Sculpture Hospitality What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influenced operations? Axial Commerce If you got the news that you'd be leaving this world tomorrow and all memories of you, your work, and your restaurants would be lost with your departure with the exception of 3 pieces of wisdom you could leave behind for the good of humanity, what would they be? Invest in your team Invest in your family Find a way to set up your life so that you're smiling Contact info: EMAIL: ellis@axialcommerce.com ellis@elarroyo.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 Ellis Winstanley 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!

    815: Chris Viaud Owner and Executive Chef of Greenleaf and Culture

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2021 107:18

    Chef Chris Viaud is owner and executive chef of Greenleaf Millford and sister restaurant, Culture, both residing in Milford, NH. Originally from Randolph, MA, Chris and his parents, who had immigrated from Haiti, moved to Londonderry, N.H. where, post-high school graduation, he attended Johnson & Wales University, receiving his bachelor's degree in Culinary Arts & Food Service Management.​Post culinary school, Chris came back to Boston where he spent three years at Deuxave, a true culinary landmark for modern French cuisine in the city, where he gained experience working alongside chef and owner Chris Coombs, Adrienne Mosie, and acclaimed chef Stefanie Bui. Since his time at Deuxave, he has been an essential part of four restaurant openings in the Massachusetts and New Hampshire. In the spring of 2019, Chris opened Greenleaf in what was the Souhegan National Bank building in Milford, NH. Chris' approach to food is rustic yet refined by classic techniques and his menus are driven by locally grown seasonal products. His strength and motivation build from the support of his family, friends, and staff and he continues to push himself every day. Check out episode 742 with Keith Sarasin as mentioned in today's episode. Check out VOLT ink. Recipes, Stories, Brothers by Bryan and Michael Voltaggio as recommended by Chris in today's episode. Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: "Live life, eat , work, and play like there's no tomorrow." In today's episode with Chris Viaud we will discuss: Race perceptions in modern America Mentors at Johnson & Whales Culinary school advice The importance of culture and how to efficiently implement it Popups Becoming a master of time management Learning from the corporate food world Lessons learned from opening a restaurant for the first time What a trip to Europe taught Chris about food relations A chaotic, highly anticipated opening Budgeting an opening Partnerships with friends Breaking up a partnership The importance of lawyers in business creation Leaning on tech when you need it Today's sponsor: Ovation: Recently voted the #1 guest feedback platform in a nationwide RestaurantOwner.com survey, Ovation uses a SMS-based survey as a “digital table touch” that has redefined guest feedback. Through frictionless integrations with online ordering platforms and other tools, Ovation allows you to easily collect guest feedback, resolve concerns in real-time, get more 5-star reviews, and uncover insights to improve brand-wide.  As a listener of Restaurant Unstoppable, you'll receive 2,000 FREE text messages - contact our team! Restaurant365 is a cloud-based, all-in-one, restaurant-specific accounting and back-office platform that seamlessly integrates with POS systems, payroll providers, food and beverage vendors. It generates accurate real-time reporting and analysis in user-friendly dashboards, facilitating immediate, data-driven decision making. Restaurant365 eliminates manual, error-prone processes and is designed to help restaurant businesses grow with functionality that helps optimize labor costs, reduce food costs and increase revenue. Ecolab: Streamline your clean with Ecolab's new EPA-registered 2-in-1 solution, Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer. It will help reduce risk, simplify your procedures and help ensure compliance. This solution cleans and sanitizes hard non-porous surfaces with a single product, eliminates the rinse step and equips your staff to clean more efficiently. Clean simplified, confidence delivered.   Knowledge bombs Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success? Personable What is your biggest weakness? Getting in my own head What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview? What do you like to do on your off-time? Want to relate to a future employee What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it? Structure and scheduling for myself Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team. Treat others the way you would like to be treated What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff? Our guests are part of our family so we try to relate to them on a personal level What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner? Yes Chef: A Memoir by Marcus Samuelson GET THIS BOOK FOR FREE AT AUDIBLE.COM  What's one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough? Relate to your staff Name one service you've hired. Ethos And Ables Creative for marketing What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influenced operations? Google Drive plugins 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 comes before everything Treat others with love and respect Live, love, and share your culture Contact info: Email: chris@greenleafmilford.com Social Media: @chefchrisviaud 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 Chris Viaud 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!

    814: Zack Oates Founder and CEO of Ovation

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2021 94:30

    With Excitement Allow me to introduce to you today's guest, Founder and CEO of Ovation, Zack Oates. Zack Oates is an author, husband, father, entrepreneur, and hot tub aficionado (but not in that order, necessarily). He was voted Top 100 Entrepreneurs, rang the NASDAQ bell, won the world's biggest business competition, and started 3 companies. He went on over 1,000 dates before he got married and wrote a book, Dating Never Works...Until it Does. He currently is Founder and CEO of Ovation, an actionable guest feedback platform for restaurants that specializes in text communication. Check out Zack's pervious episode right here! Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: "Choose to live an extraordinary life for an ordinary one will always waiting." In today's episode with Zack Oates we will discuss: Growing up in the hospitality industry Mormonism Why Zack created Ovation What Ovation can provide to your business Today's sponsor: Ecolab: Streamline your clean with Ecolab's new EPA-registered 2-in-1 solution, Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer. It will help reduce risk, simplify your procedures and help ensure compliance. This solution cleans and sanitizes hard non-porous surfaces with a single product, eliminates the rinse step and equips your staff to clean more efficiently. Clean simplified, confidence delivered. Ovation: Recently voted the #1 guest feedback platform in a nationwide RestaurantOwner.com survey, Ovation uses a SMS-based survey as a “digital table touch” that has redefined guest feedback. Through frictionless integrations with online ordering platforms and other tools, Ovation allows you to easily collect guest feedback, resolve concerns in real-time, get more 5-star reviews, and uncover insights to improve brand-wide.  As a listener of Restaurant Unstoppable, you'll receive 2,000 FREE text messages - contact our team! Restaurant365 is a cloud-based, all-in-one, restaurant-specific accounting and back-office platform that seamlessly integrates with POS systems, payroll providers, food and beverage vendors. It generates accurate real-time reporting and analysis in user-friendly dashboards, facilitating immediate, data-driven decision making. Restaurant365 eliminates manual, error-prone processes and is designed to help restaurant businesses grow with functionality that helps optimize labor costs, reduce food costs and increase revenue. Contact info: Email: zack@ovationup.com www.ovationup.com/unstoppable 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 Zack Oates 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!

    813: Aimee Olexy Founder of Talula's Table, Talula's Garden, The Love

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2021 125:23

    Owner and founder of Talula's Table, and Co-owner and founder of Talula's Garden, Talula's Daily, The Love, Aimee Olexy. One of the pioneering forces behind the farm to table movement, Aimee is Chef/Owner of Talula's Table, a hybrid gourmet café and BYOB in Kennett Square, PA that hosts nightly 12-person tastings, so incredibly coveted that it has been dubbed it “The Toughest Table in America.” Aimee is also chef and co-owner (in collaboration with STARR Restaurants) of several of Philadelphia's most notable restaurants: Talula's Garden, Talula's Daily and The Love. Check out Tock as mentioned in today's episode. Check out Google Chrome's Momentum as mentioned in today's episode. Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: "My body is not a temple." The restaurant industry is hard. Embrace it. In today's episode with Aimee Olexy we will discuss: Learning EVERY station An interest in small, independant businesses Risk taking in the industry; it's a good thing Learning from corporate hotels Don't serve experiments, serve refined dishes/experiences Hard lessons from opening your first restaurant Selling a business and a concept Documenting and tracking Partnerships Today's sponsor: Ovation: Recently voted the #1 guest feedback platform in a nationwide RestaurantOwner.com survey, Ovation uses a SMS-based survey as a “digital table touch” that has redefined guest feedback.  Through frictionless integrations with online ordering platforms and other tools, Ovation allows you to easily collect guest feedback, resolve concerns in real-time, get more 5-star reviews, and uncover insights to improve brand-wide.  As a listener of Restaurant Unstoppable, you'll receive 2,000 FREE text messages - contact our team! Restaurant365 is a cloud-based, all-in-one, restaurant-specific accounting and back-office platform that seamlessly integrates with POS systems, payroll providers, food and beverage vendors. It generates accurate real-time reporting and analysis in user-friendly dashboards, facilitating immediate, data-driven decision making. Restaurant365 eliminates manual, error-prone processes and is designed to help restaurant businesses grow with functionality that helps optimize labor costs, reduce food costs and increase revenue. Ecolab: Streamline your clean with Ecolab's new EPA-registered 2-in-1 solution, Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer. It will help reduce risk, simplify your procedures and help ensure compliance. This solution cleans and sanitizes hard non-porous surfaces with a single product, eliminates the rinse step and equips your staff to clean more efficiently. Clean simplified, confidence delivered.   Knowledge bombs Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success? Super energized, never tired What is your biggest weakness? Slow to make change What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview? Do you go the extra mile? What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it? Commuting, parking, urban issues Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team. Smile, be positive What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff? If a guest looks unhappy, we approach them and stay ahead of their needs What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?  Keeping Sharp by Sanjay Gupta GET THIS BOOK FOR FREE AT AUDIBLE.COM  Name one service you've hired. Publicist - Nicole Cashman - Cashman and Associates What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influenced operations? Taylor Company - drink machines/blenders If you got the news that you'd be leaving this world tomorrow and all memories of you, your work, and your restaurants would be lost with your departure with the exception of 3 pieces of wisdom you could leave behind for the good of humanity, what would they be? Be kind Be generous Be curious Who should be my next Guest Mentor? Steven Starr Contact info: Instagram: @talulastable www.talulastable.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 Aimee Olexy 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!

    812: Brandon Knoepfle Owner/Operator of Acorn Grill Restaurant

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2021 125:21

    With excitement allow me to intro owner-operator Acorn Grill Restaurant Brandon Knoepfle. Check out episode 782 with Ryan Gromfin as mentioned in today's episode. Brandon recommends Hireme - hiring software for restaurants! Brandon also recommends Ovation - Restaurant Unstoppable hosted an Ovation workshop in the restaurant Unstoppable Network and you can check that out right here. Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: "Patience and persistence makes for an unbeatable combination for success." In today's episode with Brandon Knoepfle we will discuss: Growing up in restaurants Working at Applebee's and finding mentors there Going to prison Living with addiction The power of writing/journaling Bootstrapping and building out a gutted restaurant Learning how to build a restaurant through audio books Branding and marketing Learning marketing through app development Creating a name for your restaurant and your concept Consumer-first marketing approach The hiring process Creating checklists Using profit first Partnerships Today's sponsor: Restaurant365 is a cloud-based, all-in-one, restaurant-specific accounting and back-office platform that seamlessly integrates with POS systems, payroll providers, food and beverage vendors. It generates accurate real-time reporting and analysis in user-friendly dashboards, facilitating immediate, data-driven decision making. Restaurant365 eliminates manual, error-prone processes and is designed to help restaurant businesses grow with functionality that helps optimize labor costs, reduce food costs and increase revenue. Ecolab: Streamline your clean with Ecolab's new EPA-registered 2-in-1 solution, Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer. It will help reduce risk, simplify your procedures and help ensure compliance. This solution cleans and sanitizes hard non-porous surfaces with a single product, eliminates the rinse step and equips your staff to clean more efficiently. Clean simplified, confidence delivered. Ovation: Recently voted the #1 guest feedback platform in a nationwide RestaurantOwner.com survey, Ovation uses a SMS-based survey as a “digital table touch” that has redefined guest feedback.  Through frictionless integrations with online ordering platforms and other tools, Ovation allows you to easily collect guest feedback, resolve concerns in real-time, get more 5-star reviews, and uncover insights to improve brand-wide.  As a listener of Restaurant Unstoppable, you'll receive 2,000 FREE text messages - contact our team!   Knowledge bombs Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success? Work ethic What is your biggest weakness? The negative side of my personality What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview? A genuine smile What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it? My lack of skills. Always learning and absorbing Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team. Run a tight ship. What you do outside work is your business, but at the restaurant, you're here to work What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff? Find a way to deeply connect with your staff and customers What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?  Never Split The Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It by Chris Voss GET THIS BOOK FOR FREE AT AUDIBLE.COM  What's one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough? Putting themselves first. Letting their family go by the wayside Name one service you've hired. Sweetly Simplified Solutions for social media marketing What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations? 7Shifts 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 stop trying Be willing to say yes Be mindful Contact info: www.acorngrill.com Instagram: @acorngrill_ 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 Knoepfle 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!

    811: Matt Plapp Leveraging Your Marketing To Build A Database Of Customers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 88:07

    Matt Plapp is an AVID Marketer, CrossFitter, Author, Speaker, Consultant & Business Coach.  He's owned his marketing firm since 2008 and since then he has helped hundreds of companies market with a purpose, that purpose is ROI!  Since 2016 they've changed their focus to restaurants and today they help restaurants all over the world with their ROI Engine marketing platform.  Matt's two books in the restaurant marketing field are, "Don't 86 Your Restaurant Sales" & "Sell More Slices" and his third book comes out next week, titled "Restaurant Marketing That Works." Today we're here to talk about using marking to build a customer database. Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: "The hardest part of writing your own story is knowing you are worth the ink." Today's sponsor: Restaurant365 is a cloud-based, all-in-one, restaurant-specific accounting and back-office platform that seamlessly integrates with POS systems, payroll providers, food and beverage vendors. It generates accurate real-time reporting and analysis in user-friendly dashboards, facilitating immediate, data-driven decision making. Restaurant365 eliminates manual, error-prone processes and is designed to help restaurant businesses grow with functionality that helps optimize labor costs, reduce food costs and increase revenue. Ecolab: Streamline your clean with Ecolab's new EPA-registered 2-in-1 solution, Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer. It will help reduce risk, simplify your procedures and help ensure compliance. This solution cleans and sanitizes hard non-porous surfaces with a single product, eliminates the rinse step and equips your staff to clean more efficiently. Clean simplified, confidence delivered. Ovation: Recently voted the #1 guest feedback platform in a nationwide RestaurantOwner.com survey, Ovation uses a SMS-based survey as a “digital table touch” that has redefined guest feedback.  Through frictionless integrations with online ordering platforms and other tools, Ovation allows you to easily collect guest feedback, resolve concerns in real-time, get more 5-star reviews, and uncover insights to improve brand-wide.  As a listener of Restaurant Unstoppable, you'll receive 2,000 FREE text messages - contact our team!   Contact info: www.mattplapp.com Email: matt@mattplapp.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 Plapp 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!

    810: Amy Mills Owner of 17th Street BBQ, The Warehouse, and OnCue Consulting

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2021 118:26


    With Excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, Owner of two 17st BBQ locations, The Warehouse event Center, OnCue Consulting and Co-author of Peace, Love and Barbecue and Praise the Lard, Amy Mills. Barbecue heiress Amy Mills, daughter of barbecue legend Mike Mills, is considered the industry's go-to girl for all things barbecue. She is the James Beard Award-nominated author of Peace, Love and Barbecue, a television personality, and a branding, marketing and PR pro. Her company, OnCue Consulting, offers premiere barbecue industry education and she consults with restaurants and barbecuers world-wide. Amy divides her time between Boston, Southern Illinois and barbecue destinations across the country. She always wanted to be a glamorous heiress. Little did she dream her fortune would lie in barbecue. Check out Start With Why by Simon Sinek as mentioned in today's episode!   Check out Shopify and Goldbelly as mentioned in today's episode. Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: "Generosity is a recipe for success." In today's episode with Amy Mills we will discuss: BBQ in Missouri BBQ competitions Food competitions in your town will boost the entire community's economy Good marketing Hiring best practice Advice on writing and publishing a book Retail and merchandise Multiple channels of revenue Visual branding Today's sponsor: Restaurant365 is a cloud-based, all-in-one, restaurant-specific accounting and back-office platform that seamlessly integrates with POS systems, payroll providers, food and beverage vendors. It generates accurate real-time reporting and analysis in user-friendly dashboards, facilitating immediate, data-driven decision making. Restaurant365 eliminates manual, error-prone processes and is designed to help restaurant businesses grow with functionality that helps optimize labor costs, reduce food costs and increase revenue. Ecolab: Streamline your clean with Ecolab's new EPA-registered 2-in-1 solution, Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer. It will help reduce risk, simplify your procedures and help ensure compliance. This solution cleans and sanitizes hard non-porous surfaces with a single product, eliminates the rinse step and equips your staff to clean more efficiently. Clean simplified, confidence delivered. Ovation: Recently voted the #1 guest feedback platform in a nationwide RestaurantOwner.com survey, Ovation uses a SMS-based survey as a “digital table touch” that has redefined guest feedback.  Through frictionless integrations with online ordering platforms and other tools, Ovation allows you to easily collect guest feedback, resolve concerns in real-time, get more 5-star reviews, and uncover insights to improve brand-wide.  As a listener of Restaurant Unstoppable, you'll receive 2,000 FREE text messages - contact our team! Knowledge bombs Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success? Cheerfully flexible What is your biggest weakness? Holding grudges What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview? The servant heart; the giver, not the taker.. How will you recover when dealing with a difficult guest What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it? Recovering from the pandemic, findingnstaif and keeping team members happy through staff shortages Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team. All for the team What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff? The greeting and the goodbye. Make people feel seen and thanked. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner? This Is Marketing by Seth Godin Atomic Habits by James Clear GET THIS BOOK FOR FREE AT AUDIBLE.COM  What's one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough? Pay attention to food cost Name one service you've hired. Robin Insley - Communication and Branding Meridith Paulhus - Graphic Design and Food Styling Arthur Agency in Carbondale, Illinois - Graphic Design What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations? Toast 7Shifts 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? BBQ is a culture not a concept Shine a light on your region Create a legacy and loyalty in a community Contact info: Instagram: 17thstreetbbq Email: amy@17bbq.com Website: 17bbq.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 Amy Mills 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!


    809: Amy Morton Owner/Operator of Found Kitchen And Social House

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2021 92:39

    With Excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, Owner/Operator of Found Kitchen And Social House,  The Barn Steakhouse, PATTY2, and Stolp Island Social, Amy Morton.   Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: "Give the guest what they want." "Always say yes." "Think outside the box." "Do what is right." In today's episode with Amy Morton we will discuss: 4th (or 5th) generation restaurateur The Playboy organization The margins Tipping causes an unfair distribution of earnings Paying more to cooking staff is essential Tracking and watching the numbers is how you stay open Payroll is our biggest and most controllable number Reverse engineering your numbers Have a SINGULAR vision Industry rebellion Creativity without pressure The value of a dollar Integrating your identity into your work Restaurateurs spend too much money on the build-out Opening mistakes Finding a chef The host position Advice on partnerships Communications, intentionality, and ego 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. BentoBox empowers restaurants to own their presence, profits and relationships. The hospitality platform disrupts third-party services that come between the restaurant and the guest. BentoBox puts the restaurant first and offers tools that drive high-margin revenue directly through the restaurant's website. BentoBox is trusted and loved by over 5,000 restaurants worldwide including Union Square Hospitality Group, Eleven Madison Park, Gramercy Tavern, Lilia and more. Ecolab: Streamline your clean with Ecolab's new EPA-registered 2-in-1 solution, Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer. It will help reduce risk, simplify your procedures and help ensure compliance. This solution cleans and sanitizes hard non-porous surfaces with a single product, eliminates the rinse step and equips your staff to clean more efficiently. Clean simplified, confidence delivered. Knowledge bombs Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success? My personality What is your biggest weakness? Feeling a need for others to buy in What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview? What's your dream position? What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it? Making sure the restaurants make moneyBe hands-on and efficient. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team. Genuine What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff? Give back What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner? Setting The Table by Danny Meyer Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton GET THIS BOOK FOR FREE AT AUDIBLE.COM  What's one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough? Make people feel at home Name one service you've hired. Chris Hesterberg - Midwest Hospitality Controls Group What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations? Bentobox 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 what you love Be honest Love eachother Contact info: Email: amy@foundkitchen.com Instagram: personal: @amythemort Found Kitchen: @foundkitchen The Barn Steakhouse: @barnevanston Stolp Island Social: @stolpislandsocial 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 Amy Morton 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!

    808: Tony Smith Founder and CEO of Restaurant365

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2021 74:48

    With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, Founder and CEO of Restaurant365, Tony Smith. Tony Smith is Chief Executive Officer and a Co-founder of Restaurant365. Tony's career has centered on using software to solve business issues across various industries. Prior to starting Restaurant365 he was Director of Services at Dynamic Methods, a software consulting company focused primarily on designing and implementing accounting and operations software solutions. From the beginning at Restaurant365 he spent the majority of his time designing and creating an innovative product that would move the restaurant industry forward. Today he primarily focuses on company vision, culture, growth and long-term strategy. He earned his bachelor's degree in business management and information systems, magna cum laude, from Brigham Young University. Tony enjoys life while trying out new restaurants, spending time with his girls – wife and 4 daughters, singing and watching college football. Check out episode 776 with Jeff Dixon as mentioned in today's episode! Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: "It's suppose to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would be doing it." In today's workshop with Tony smith we will discuss: Similarities between software and restaurant startup business Restaurant365 and what it can provide for your 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. BentoBox empowers restaurants to own their presence, profits and relationships. The hospitality platform disrupts third-party services that come between the restaurant and the guest. BentoBox puts the restaurant first and offers tools that drive high-margin revenue directly through the restaurant's website. BentoBox is trusted and loved by over 5,000 restaurants worldwide including Union Square Hospitality Group, Eleven Madison Park, Gramercy Tavern, Lilia and more. Ecolab: Streamline your clean with Ecolab's new EPA-registered 2-in-1 solution, Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer. It will help reduce risk, simplify your procedures and help ensure compliance. This solution cleans and sanitizes hard non-porous surfaces with a single product, eliminates the rinse step and equips your staff to clean more efficiently. Clean simplified, confidence delivered. Contact info: restaurant365.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 Tony Smith 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!

    807: Erick Williams Founder and Chef of Virtue Restaurant

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2021 117:36

    With excitement allow me to introduce today's guest, owner and executive Chef of Virtue Restaurant, Erick Williams. A Chicago native with a formidable career, Williams' foray and eventual establishment in the culinary scene began at mk The Restaurant working alongside admired chef Michael Kornick. His home for nearly two decades, Williams held the position of Executive Chef at mk, where he was extolled for his farm-to-fork, seasonal approach. During his tenure, the restaurant amassed fiercely loyal patronage while consistently receiving accolades from coast to coast. The expertise Williams built over the years is reflected at Virtue with his precise sense of timing, immaculate presentation, deeply considered menu and a mantra of leading every guest experience with kindness. Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: "Every guest and team member who walks into the restaurant is walking into an extension of my home. Every farmer and product is intentionally and consciously sourced. These things help guests, staff, and the environment. All of these things equate to high moral standards in the restaurant." In today's episode with Erick Williams we will discuss: "Falling" into the industry Specific costs that chefs don't naturally think about Empower your people Being "trainable" Real Estate! What Erick learned from MK People often need reinsurance/reinforcement Supporting team members who are stressed out Closing MK/what did Erick learn? Intricacies of owner/chef 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. BentoBox empowers restaurants to own their presence, profits and relationships. The hospitality platform disrupts third-party services that come between the restaurant and the guest. BentoBox puts the restaurant first and offers tools that drive high-margin revenue directly through the restaurant's website. BentoBox is trusted and loved by over 5,000 restaurants worldwide including Union Square Hospitality Group, Eleven Madison Park, Gramercy Tavern, Lilia and more. Ecolab: Streamline your clean with Ecolab's new EPA-registered 2-in-1 solution, Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer. It will help reduce risk, simplify your procedures and help ensure compliance. This solution cleans and sanitizes hard non-porous surfaces with a single product, eliminates the rinse step and equips your staff to clean more efficiently. Clean simplified, confidence delivered. Knowledge bombs Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success? Commitment What is your biggest weakness? Obsessive What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview? Asking indirect questions looking for: trainability and loyalty. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it? Finding balance. Justifying the means. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team. Honesty What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff? Kindness What's one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough? Catching people doing things right. Society would be better served 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 Live with purpose Have as much patience with you mate as you do with your friends Contact info: Instagram: @cheferickwilliams 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 Erick Williams 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!

    806: Ken McGarrie Co-Founder of Korgen Hospitality

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2021 113:42


    With Excitement allow me to introduce today's guest Co-founder Korgen Hospitality Group and Author of The Surprise Restaurant Manager, Ken McGarrie. Ken is also the author of the book The Surprise Restaurant Manager. Ken McGarrie is the cofounder of Korgen Hospitality, a nationwide consulting firm dedicated to helping restauranteurs reach their absolute potential with effective leadership and maximum profitability. For the past two decades, he has helmed many successful restaurants, bars, and entertainment-based venues with a relentless focus on anticipatory service, staff empowerment, and attentive hospitality. He has helped launch new concepts and train hospitality leaders throughout the U.S. and Canada. After failing to start an exceptional college band with only average talent, Ken worked as a server/bartender while writing for magazines and newspapers. He started in management the same way that many people do – by surprise. When his GM asked if he would take a set of keys and open the restaurant on occasion, he was suddenly promoted to manager with no training or preparation, like so many others in the industry. Ken went on to open and manage numerous successful restaurants and entertainment venues. With Korgen Hospitality, he has an exceptional client list, including helping open over a dozen restaurants with Celebrity Chef Fabio Viviani nationwide. Check out Angel's Envy distillery as mentioned in today's episode. Shoutout to The Fifty/50 Restaurant Group inChicago for hosting this interview! Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join with a 30-day trial Restaurant Unstoppable Network and connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: "Enjoy the ride." In today's episode with Ken McGarrie we will discuss: Past experiences influencing you today Lobbying to be manager right out of the gate Working in nightclubs/as a bouncer Language Apathy Training/empowerment The host position Regrets Membership models? The Five G's Today's sponsor: Ecolab: Streamline your clean with Ecolab's new EPA-registered 2-in-1 solution, Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer. It will help reduce risk, simplify your procedures and help ensure compliance. This solution cleans and sanitizes hard non-porous surfaces with a single product, eliminates the rinse step and equips your staff to clean more efficiently. Clean simplified, confidence delivered. 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. BentoBox empowers restaurants to own their presence, profits and relationships. The hospitality platform disrupts third-party services that come between the restaurant and the guest. BentoBox puts the restaurant first and offers tools that drive high-margin revenue directly through the restaurant's website. BentoBox is trusted and loved by over 5,000 restaurants worldwide including Union Square Hospitality Group, Eleven Madison Park, Gramercy Tavern, Lilia and more.   Knowledge bombs Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success? Obsession What is your biggest weakness? Rumination What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview? Preparation "Who not to hire" Chapter 2 pg 11 From Ken's book What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it? Second guessing myself Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team. If you are comped in a restaurant, tip the original amount, not the discounted amount What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff? The guest is usually wrong What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner? The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A Fuck by Mark Manson GET THIS BOOK FOR FREE AT AUDIBLE.COM  What's one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough? Anyone who works for you could work anywhere for anyone Name one service you've hired. Talent Distinctions based in LA for HR What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations? BevSpot 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? My book Bill Hicks standup special "Revelations" Fish Bone album titled Truth and Soul Contact info: www.korganhospitality.com Find Ken's book right here. 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 Ken McGarrie 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!


    805: Joe Fontana Owner of Fry The Coop

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2021 86:49


    A product of Chicago, IL, Joe Fontana gave up his cush office lifestyle to pursue his passion for hospitality and food. At the time, this specific passion was meatballs. So he started where he could, selling meatballs at a farmers market, which lead to a Kickstarter campaign to support his brick and mortar. The meatball thing didn't work out, but it created opportunities, specifically, an opportunity for Fry The Coop. Check out previous episode 425 with Joe Fontana as mentioned in today's episode! He was also the guest for episode 715! Check that out too! Check out Zap Props in Chicago as mentioned in today's episode. Check out Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine by Mike Michalowicz as mentioned in today's episode and suggested by both Eric and Joe. Also, check out Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler as recommended, quite highly, by Eric in today's episode. Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: "If you want to prosper for a year, grow a plant. If you want to prosper for ten years, grow a tree. If you want to prosper for one hundred years, grow people." In today's episode with Joe Fontana we will discuss: Growth Growing PEOPLE Restaurant design Publicists? Creating opportunities FOR OTHERS Inward growth Promote within Visioning Communicating your vision The importance of vocabulary and language for culture in your business Use language to reinforce vision Profit First Money Management The Pivot 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. BentoBox empowers restaurants to own their presence, profits and relationships. The hospitality platform disrupts third-party services that come between the restaurant and the guest. BentoBox puts the restaurant first and offers tools that drive high-margin revenue directly through the restaurant's website. BentoBox is trusted and loved by over 5,000 restaurants worldwide including Union Square Hospitality Group, Eleven Madison Park, Gramercy Tavern, Lilia and more. Ecolab: Streamline your clean with Ecolab's new EPA-registered 2-in-1 solution, Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer. It will help reduce risk, simplify your procedures and help ensure compliance. This solution cleans and sanitizes hard non-porous surfaces with a single product, eliminates the rinse step and equips your staff to clean more efficiently. Clean simplified, confidence delivered. Contact info: Email: joe@frythecoop.com Instagram: @frythecoop www.frythecoop.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 Fontana 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!


    804: Kevin Boehm Co-CEO and Co-Founder of BOKA Restaurant Group

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2021 126:25

    With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, CO-CEO and CO-Founder of BOKA Restaurant GroupKevin Boehm. After opening 30 restaurants over the last 27 years, James Beard-winning restaurateur Kevin Boehm has become one of the nations foremost visionaries in the field of hospitality. Kevin, along with his partner Rob Katz have built BOKA Restaurant Group on great chefs, inspired design, and enlightened hospitality.Kevin grew up in Springfield, Illinois, and knew at a young age that he wanted to be in the restaurant business. After working in the industry for just a few years, he saved enough money to open a 6 table restaurant in 1993 called the Lazy Daze Café in Seaside, Florida. Restaurants in Blue Mountain Beach, Florida, Springfield, Illinois, and Nashville, Tennessee would follow, and Boehm got his education opening and selling 4 restaurants all before the age of 30. In 2002, Boehm would partner with Rob Katz, and the two would open 26 places together in less than 16 years. We reference Kevin's first episode often, so check it out here. Check out Restaurant That Work: Case Studies Of The Best In The Industry by Martin E. Dorf as suggested in today's episode! https://youtu.be/mA20fwXcISo Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: "Continue to be a student of the game." Last time Kevin was on the show, he said: "The key is not the will to win, it's the will to prepare to win." In today's episode with Kevin Boehm we will discuss: Mentors Communication Major business advice for a FIRST restaurant Track EVERYTHING Early mistakes Choosing the right city to start your career as a restaurateur Learning from failure Navigating partnerships 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. Bbot is the leading contactless order and pay solution for the hospitality industry.  With Bbot, guests can use their smartphones to order what they want, when they want at bars, restaurants, hotels, food halls, and more.  They can also order from home with extensive takeout, delivery, and catering services, commission-free.  Bbot also creates branded interactive menus and table signage, ensuring the best customer experience. By increasing check size and turn times, Bbot can boost revenues over 30%, while enabling your staff to cover twice as many tables. Ecolab: Streamline your clean with Ecolab's new EPA-registered 2-in-1 solution, Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer. It will help reduce risk, simplify your procedures and help ensure compliance. This solution cleans and sanitizes hard non-porous surfaces with a single product, eliminates the rinse step and equips your staff to clean more efficiently. Clean simplified, confidence delivered. Knowledge bombs Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success? Doer What is your biggest weakness? Say Yes too much What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview? Emotion What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it? Finding staff Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team. People here like taking care of people What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff? Black card system What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner? What The Buddha Taught by Walpola Sri Rahula GET THIS BOOK FOR FREE AT AUDIBLE.COM  Name one service you've hired. People Matters for HR What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations? Craftable 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? Kindness reciprocates Nothing is more important than true relationships Your own mental health is the true definition of success Contact info: Instagram: @kevinboehmboka Email: jobs@bokagrp.com Email: kevin@bokagrp.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 Boehm 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!

    803: Spencer Rubin Founder and CEO of The Melt Shop

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2021 108:55


    With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, Founder and CEO of The Melt Shop, Spencer Rubin.   Check out Blanket Inc. as mentioned ion today's episode! Check out episode 789 AND episode 802 with Ken Schwartz as mentioned in today's episode! Check out episode 786 with Becky Mulligan as mentioned in today's episode. Check out episode 780 with Josh Sharkey as mentioned in today's episode! We talked about Meez, our sponsor for today's episode. Check out our Meez demo below! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aECzOsFsE9s Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: Love the hustle In today's episode with Spencer Rubin we will discuss: FOH v. BOH Knowing you wanted to be a chef/restaurateur at age 4 Get a mentor Be humble Building a menu Building a menu around one item Finding the right partners Fast casual Scaling Starting a virtual 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. Meez One platform to organize, cost, scale, and share your recipes. With a built in database of thousands of ingredient yields and unit conversions for laser accurate costs.  Train your teams with step by step video and image slideshows that live right alongside the recipe.  Build ops guides and SOPs, create and upload content in seconds.  Never let anyone make the wrong outdated recipe again, all the while keeping your IP safe and secure. Knowledge bombs Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success? Grit What is your biggest weakness? Patients What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview? What do you want to see out of us as an employer? What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it? making sure our people are safe and happy Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team. Love the hustle. Work hard. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff? Empower our team to make decisions What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?  The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan GET THIS BOOK FOR FREE AT AUDIBLE.COM  What's one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough? Take days off Name one service you've hired. Accounting - Paperchase What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations? Meez - recipe management software 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? Find something you can love and have joy in Don't take yourself too seriously Find work-life balance Contact info: Email: Holler@meltshop.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 Spencer Rubin 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!


    802: WORKSHOP Ramp Up to Financial Sustainability w/ Ken Schwartz

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2021 74:04

    With Excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, President & CEO SSA Foodservice Design + Consulting, Ken Schwartz. SSA Foodservice Design + Consulting is a global hospitality design and consulting firm established in Tampa by Ken Schwartz in 1987. SSA specializes in food and beverage service design and is known for their Bespoke design solutions. Schwartz has been selected as one of the top 12 design consultants in the world and the SSA team has grown from a single office to multiple locations in the US and Europe. SSA project engagements range from small boutique coffee establishments to $2.6 billion resorts. Brands, architects, and interior designers within all sectors of foodservice design (ie restaurants, casino, hotels, resorts, healthcare, workplace dining, sports venues, airports and college/universities) engage SSA for its extensive knowledge, creativity, and collaborative approach.   Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: "There is no substitute for great planning." In today's workshop with Ken Schwartz we will discuss: Startup capital needed Design team Consulting fees Water, sewer, transportation fees Closing costs Insurance deposits Tech: POS/software Interest on money borrowed Opening labor Change-of-use costs Insurance 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. Meez One platform to organize, cost, scale, and share your recipes. With a built in database of thousands of ingredient yields and unit conversions for laser accurate costs.  Train your teams with step by step video and image slideshows that live right alongside the recipe.  Build ops guides and SOPs, create and upload content in seconds.  Never let anyone make the wrong outdated recipe again, all the while keeping your IP safe and secure. Contact info: Email: ken@studiofs.com 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 Ken Schwartz 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!

    801: Bill Taibe Chef/owner of The Whelk, Kawa Ni, and Don Memo

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2021 120:24

    With Excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest Executive Chef/Owner of The Whelk, Kawa Ni and Don Memo, Chef Bill Taibe. Today's guest Chef Bill Taibe began early on while working after school at the local butcher shop. As a young chef, both at Two Moons in Port Chester, NY and Wildfire in Greenwich, CT, he quickly advanced from Sous Chef to Executive Chef. In the years to follow he would help to develop, design and run many successful restaurants in Fairfield County, including G/R/A/N/D, Napa & Co., and his own, Relish in Norwalk before settling in Westport and opening LeFarm in 2009. In 2012, he partnered with Massimo Tullio to open The Whelk and Kawa Ni in 2014, both located in Saugatuck, CT. The newest addition to the group, Jesup Hall, opened in the early spring of 2017. However it rebranded in 2020 to Dom Memo All restaurants are guided by Bill’s belief in sourcing the best possible ingredients and supporting our local farms and community. Since 2009, his restaurant group has evolved from staff of 6 to over 80 employees. He has created employment opportunities and programs, such as “Kitchen Share”, to increase the quality of life for his employees. The “Kitchen Share”, a 3% surcharge on all food sales, is directly dispersed to all kitchen employees on a weekly basis. Since it’s implementation in early 2017, numerous other restaurant groups are adopting his program across the tri-state area. His success has led to appearances on The Martha Stewart Show, the Today Show and Moveable Feast. He is featured in Harvest to Heat Cookbook, which highlights the relationship between the top chefs of our country and the farmers with which they work. Bill was named a James Beard-Best Chefs in America: Northeast Semi-finalist in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015. He is heavily involved in the Westport/Weston community and supports many local charities and organizations through his own personal networking and restaurant resources. He currently sits on the board of Food Rescue US and is the President of the Westport Farmer’s Market. Over the past 10 years, Bill has mentored dozens of Weston youth through his involvement with the Weston Little League. Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: "Strive For Perfection." In today's episode with Bill Taibe we will discuss: Creativity Recognize talent and hard work around you Mentors Rude awakenings Get a good attorney Business partners How do you cement culture? Pivot 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. At Popmenu, we know that in today’s world, a great hospitality experience usually begins online. Keeping 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! P&G ProfessionalTM offers innovative total foodservice solutions featuring trusted brands such as Dawn® Professional, Cascade® Professional, Spic and Span® and Comet®. We are unique in that our total solutions are founded in customer and patron understanding, superior products that help save time and cut overall costs, and a five-star service group that is compensated based on customer satisfaction, not commissions. Visit www.pgpro.com for the latest information about P&G Professional's solutions and services. Knowledge bombs Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success? Fear of failure What is your biggest weakness? Communication What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview? Is this the business you want to be in? Short and long-term goals? What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it? Accepting a change of life/balance Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team. How do you treat eachother? Respect in the kitchen What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff? Being aware What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner? Setting the Table by Danny Meyer GET THIS BOOK FOR FREE AT AUDIBLE.COM  What's one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough? Take care of themselves What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influenced operations? Toast POS Breadcrumb 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 Help others Eat well and live it Contact info: Instagram: @billtaibe @kawaniwestport @thewhelkwestport @donmemowestport 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 Bill Taibe 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!

    800: Burt Rapoport President of Rapoport's Restaurant Group, Inc.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2021 95:55


    With excitement, allow me to introduce to you today's guest, President of Rapoport Restaruant Group, Inc, Burt Rapoport. A visionary, third-generation restaurant aficionado, award-winning restaurateur Burt Rapoport has led an impressive legacy in the South Florida restaurant scene for over three decades. Rapoport started his career in New York City, where his family owned and operated a successful kosher dairy restaurant for fifty years. President of Rapoport’s Restaurant Group in Boca Raton, Florida, he is recognized for his dedication to providing high-quality cuisine for a good value, a warm and welcoming ambiance, and truly attentive service at all of his restaurants. An industry leader revered for his progressive vision, management style, and hospitality expertise, he was on the board of the South Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Wine and Food (AIWF) and he served on the advisory board for Johnson & Wales, the largest culinary university in the United States, for over ten years. He is also a Trustee for the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce. A Boca Raton, Florida, resident, Burt enjoys traveling, swimming, and surfing. He holds the title of 2017 Power Leader in Hospitality and 2016 South Florida Ultimate CEO by the South Florida Business Journal, 2008 “Business Leader of the Year” by Boca Raton’s Chamber of Commerce, 2007 “Restaurateur of the Year” by Gold Life Boca, Gold Coast and Palm Beacher Magazines, and has won numerous Readers’ Choice Awards from Boca Raton Magazine for each of his restaurant concepts including Favorite Restaurant, Best Service, Best Business Lunch, Best Dining Entertainment, Best Fine Dining and Best Outdoor Dining. Not only recognized locally but on a national level, Rapoport’s Restaurant Group won the 2013 Southeast DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award and the national Community Excellence Award, recognizing a small business’ community commitment, presented by the United States Chamber of Commerce. He was also honored by his alma mater, Arizona State University, when he was inducted in their Sun Devil 100 program in 2016, which honors university alumni business leaders and entrepreneurs. Rapoport’s Restaurant Group was also recognized by Restaurant Hospitality magazine in 2018 as one of the RH 25: Coolest Multi Concept Companies. Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: The answer is yes. Now, what's the question? In today's episode with Burt Rapaport we will discuss: Third generation restaurateur Standards Discipline Scaling Don't grow too fast Advice about HR Educational speakers for your staff Dissolving a partnership Today's sponsor: At Popmenu, we know that in today’s world, a great hospitality experience usually begins online. Keeping 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. P&G ProfessionalTM offers innovative total foodservice solutions featuring trusted brands such as Dawn® Professional, Cascade® Professional, Spic and Span® and Comet®. We are unique in that our total solutions are founded in customer and patron understanding, superior products that help save time and cut overall costs, and a five-star service group that is compensated based on customer satisfaction, not commissions. Visit www.pgpro.com for the latest information about P&G Professional's solutions and services.     Knowledge bombs Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success? Self-discipline What is your biggest weakness? Too optimistic What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview? Do I like them? What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it? Finding enough good team members to staff our restaurants Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team. If I have to do your job, what do I need you for? What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff? "Drink through it." If the power goes out at 8pm, have a party. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner? Setting the Table by Danny Meyer 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey  GET THIS BOOK FOR FREE AT AUDIBLE.COM  What's one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough? Give back to the community Name one service you've hired. Scott Berger - Food Safety and Sanitation Inspections What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations? Spot On-POS 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? Life is short so enjoy it Treat people how you want to be treated Be honest Contact info: Rapaport's Restaurant Group 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 Burt Rapaport 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!


    799: WORKSHOP 5 Ways to Turn Instagram Followers into Orders with Rory Balkin and Rev Ciancio

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2021 76:45

    In today's episode we're covering 5 Ways to Turn Instagram Followers into Orders with Rory Balkin and Rev Ciancio Rory is a donut blogger turned restaurant marketing coach and event organizer. She helps busy donut shops and bakery owners create compelling marketing so that they can turn followers into customers. Rory also connects donut lovers with the best artisan donuts across the country. In Texas, she co-hosts the annual Dallas Donut Fest, transforming the 2020 festival into a drive-thru version with a Halloween theme. Rev is a former New York City bar owner and knows exactly how hard it is to operate and brand a hospitality business. He is now a hospitality marketing consultant, customer, and technology evangelist with more than 20 years of experience in B2B digital marketing and business development, specializing in hospitality marketing, content, local SEO, reputation management and influencer marketing. He helps technology companies, brands, and restaurants to acquire and retain customers. Check out episode 793 with Rory Balkin as mentioned in today's episode! Show notes Calls to ACTION!!! Get the E-book The Expert's Guide to Converting Followers Into Orders Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: "Be awesome at 2 things and outsource everything else." 5 Ways to Turn Instagram Followers Into Orders- Get the E-Book Optimize Your Profile Use Order Now Buttons/stickers Make Instagram Shoppable Create a Guide of Products Use Strong Calls To Action 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. Meez One platform to organize, cost, scale, and share your recipes. With a built in database of thousands of ingredient yields and unit conversions for laser accurate costs.  Train your teams with step by step video and image slideshows that live right alongside the recipe.  Build ops guides and SOPs, create and upload content in seconds.  Never let anyone make the wrong outdated recipe again, all the while keeping your IP safe and secure. At Popmenu, we know that in today’s world, a great hospitality experience usually begins online. Keeping the conversation with guests going beyond the meal also requires simple, powerful, fun technology capable of expression through all kinds of channels. Our team takes pride in helping restaurants put their best foot forward digitally so they can focus on what they do best. We think PDF menus are super boring, we believe 3rd party platforms have had too much say in how consumers find their next dining experience and we deeply feel that sharing your beautiful menu doesn’t have to be so difficult, time-consuming and expensive. As a listener of the Restaurant Unstoppable, you'll receive $100 off your first month of Popmenu! Contact info: Rory Bulkin @donutdigest Donutdigest.com Rev Ciancio @revciancio @funwithfries 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 Rory & Rev 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!

    798: Rocco Mangel Owner of Rocco's Tacos and Tequila Bar

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2021 80:24


    With Excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest Owner of Rocco's Tacos and Tequila Bar, Rocco Mangel. Born and raised in New York, Rocco grew up in the restaurant business. First, studying his grandfather’s prowess as general manager of New York City’s famed Copacabana Nightclub. Rocco continued to develop in the business, opening his first Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar in 2007 on Clematis Street in West Palm Beach, Florida. Nine years and countless trips to Mexico later, the well-researched visionary sits atop the Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar empire, as co-owner and managing partner of locations including Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach and Orlando, Florida along with a 2014 New York homecoming in Brooklyn. Rocco’s commitment to success extends beyond his restaurants and into the communities they serve. Over the last four years, he has raised more than $100,000 for breast cancer research with his annual ”Taco, Tequila & Tatas Tuesdays.” He has also contributed time and energy to various philanthropic causes including ALS Association, Leukemia/Lymphoma Society; JustWorld International; YMCA's Polo for Pedro fundraiser; Vanilla Ice’s Toys for Tots fundraiser; Habitat for Humanity; Genesis Work Dogs; Tri-County Humane Society; March of Dimes; Palm Beach Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, to name a few. When Rocco is not at one of his restaurants or planning the next phase of Rocco’s Tacos expansion, he loves to travel and spend time with his family, especially his baby girl Charley. Check out episode 719 with Vaughan Dugan as mentioned in today's episode. Check out Eat The Frog! by Brian Tracy as mentioned in today's episode! Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: "You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only option." In today's episode with Rocco Mangel we will discuss: Failure and learning from it The nightclub business The taco business Sobriety in this industry Fundraising Take a bad situation and make it better Mentors and what they teach you Accountants Restaurant groups Consulting companies Time management Today's sponsor: getmeez.com/unstoppable One platform to organize, cost, scale, and share your recipes. With a built-in database of thousands of ingredient yields and unit conversions for laser-accurate costs. Train your teams with step-by-step video and image slideshows that live right alongside the recipe. Build ops guides and SOPs, create and upload content in seconds. Never let anyone make the wrong outdated recipe again, all the while keeping your IP safe and secure. 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. P&G ProfessionalTM offers innovative total foodservice solutions featuring trusted brands such as Dawn® Professional, Cascade® Professional, Spic and Span® and Comet®. We are unique in that our total solutions are founded in customer and patron understanding, superior products that help save time and cut overall costs, and a five-star service group that is compensated based on customer satisfaction, not commissions. Visit www.pgpro.com for the latest information about P&G Professional's solutions and services.   Knowledge bombs Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success? Generosity What is your biggest weakness? Failure What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview? Honesty What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it? Fatigue Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team. Compassion What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff? No smoking/no cellphone What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner? The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A Fuck by GET THIS BOOK FOR FREE AT AUDIBLE.COM  What's one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough? Give thanks Name one service you've hired Inventory - BevIntel What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations? Pulse by NCR 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? To love To share To be kind Contact info: Email: rocco@roccostacos.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 Rocco Mangel 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!


    797: Clyde Tiger Founder and Co-owner Fit Fixins

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2021 94:13

    Clyde Tiger, founder of Fit Fixins, believes that no reward can be achieved without first taking a risk and in 2011, after losing over 50 lbs through proper diet and exercise, he made a decision to leave a 15 year career in the construction industry to pursue his new found passion of helping people achieve their ideal fitness levels. Working as a personal trainer, Tiger was finally pursuing his dreams, however he was faced with the challenge that no matter how hard his clients trained, if they didn’t eat properly in between training sessions the results just would not be there. Soon after, he agreed to began preparing healthy meals for two of his clients. Word spread quickly and within a few weeks he was preparing meals for 10 clients in the evenings while continuing to work as a personal trainer during the day. The days began to run together with the increasing number of people requesting meals and Tiger was faced with another tough decision. It was time to take another risk and in early 2014 Tiger opened his own meal prep business, Fit Fixins, and the results have been overwhelming. In just a matter of months Tiger went from less than 10 clients to preparing and delivering close to 1,000 meals a week. Today, Fit Fixins has served thousands of customers from Sebastian to Broward County and serves an average of 3,000 meals a week. Check out Sprwt Meal Prep Software as recommended in today's episode! Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: "Do not stop when you are tired; stop when you are done." In today's episode with Clyde Tiger we will discuss: Travel Live intentionally Growing up in a small community Physical health and improving your life Spiritual guidence Pivot What is your why? Believing what people say about you Logistics of the meal prep industry Social media is your greatest friend Show up! Worry about your network, not your net worth 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. P&G ProfessionalTM offers innovative total foodservice solutions featuring trusted brands such as Dawn® Professional, Cascade® Professional, Spic and Span® and Comet®. We are unique in that our total solutions are founded in customer and patron understanding, superior products that help save time and cut overall costs, and a five-star service group that is compensated based on customer satisfaction, not commissions. Visit www.pgpro.com for the latest information about P&G Professional's solutions and services.   Knowledge bombs Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success? Always show up, never give up. What is your biggest weakness? I give to a fault What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview? What's your dream? What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it? Cultivating a brand that will leave a legacy Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team. I am responsible and quality matters over all What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff? We go to any length to fix mistakes What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner? Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins GET THIS BOOK FOR FREE AT AUDIBLE.COM  What's one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough? Don't engage their customers enough Name one service you've hired. Videography/photography: Second Mile Digital Media What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations? Slack RouteSavvy - routing software 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 there with your kids Take time to build relationships with people Tell people you love them because you don't know when you will see them next Contact info: Website: fitfixins.net Instagram: @fitfixins Facebook: @fitfixins Call: 772-519-1270 between 9am and 3pm Email: info@fitfixins.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 Clyde Tiger 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!

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