Episode #175 Why Not Take YOUR Profit First?

Forget about the usual accounting formula of Sales – Expenses = Profit. Instead, listen to this episode of the Restaurant RockStars Podcast. I’m speaking with a restaurant professional that also happens to be a “Profit First Certified Master”. Kasey Anton will show us how you can actually increase your profit, grow your business and smile all the way to the bank.

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Episode #174 Running your Restaurant can be a Piece of CAKE

I just bought a restaurant that uses the CAKE POS system. In this episode of the Restaurant RockStars Podcast, I’m speaking with Chip O’Connell, the Director of Customer Success for CAKE by Sysco. We’ll be talking about the ins and outs of the system, easy training with CAKE University, 24/7 support, online ordering and CAKE’s “Guest Manager” feature which increases guest counts. Folks, this is how to run a restaurant and how to increase restaurant sales.

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Episode #173 The Future of your Business

In this week’s episode of the Restaurant RockStars Podcast, I’m speaking with Ms. Amy Saltzman, Director of Pro-Start at the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. Amy tells us how today’s generation is defining their own career paths with “new collar” jobs – those positions that require specialized education and skill but not necessarily a four-year degree. Pro-Start trains students in both the culinary and management sides of the business. The program teaches them life skills – responsibility, teamwork, time management and professionalism.

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Episode #172 A Unique Marketing Idea For Your Restaurant

In today’s episode of the Restaurant RockStars Podcast, We’re going to show you how you can increase restaurant sales using your WiFi connection.  My guest is Mr. Steve Fletcher from WiFi Technology Solutions. He’s going to show us strategies to increase sales in restaurants and how sending 100 text messages can actually bring in 30 customers to your restaurant.

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Episode #171 Priceless Legal Advice For Restaurants

When I ran restaurants, my attorney was invaluable for so many unexpected issues saving me time, money and headaches. You never know when something seemingly innocent turns into a big problem. I’m also a huge believer in creating and sustaining an unstoppable “Brand”, not just running a restaurant. Today on the Restaurant RockStars Podcast, I’m speaking with Abe Cohn, a NYC attorney who specializes in Intellectual Property, Trademark & Brand Protection for restaurants.

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Episode #170 The Skinny On A POWERFUL BRAND

I was blown away this week speaking with Reed Allen Slobusky – he’s the consummate impresario restaurateur. Passion drives this business, but so does marketing genius, financial acumen and a finger on the pulse of what diner’s want in a restaurant. Listen to this episode of the Restaurant RockStars Podcast, get creative and follow Reed’s lead on this. If you have one location or many locations, build and run a “BRAND”. Its truly how to open a restaurant, how to run a restaurant and how to increase restaurant business.

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Episode #169 A New Take On The Labor Shortage

The biggest restaurant challenge today is finding and keeping a great staff! Doesn’t matter where you live or run your restaurant, unemployment is at record lows. In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, we explore an innovative way of recruiting. I’m speaking with last year’s Gubernatorial candidate from Maine, who now heads up the “Workforce Development Committee” for Hospitality Maine. I’m on this committee so I’ve had a first hand look and front row seat for a new program that finds, recruits and apprentices staff for restaurants and lodging properties.

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Episode #168 How to Grow Profits & Please Customers with Online Orders

Fact is 82% of the Dining Public Order Out! If your restaurant isn’t taking online orders, you’re missing lots of sales and potential profit. I have always believed that you can’t have too many profit centers in your restaurant and this one is a must have. Problem is many systems require you to have multiple tablets from each of the delivery platforms to receive orders. Talk about a nightmare. How could your staff possibly keep it all straight without messing up orders, not to mention the wasted food, lost profits, clutter and storage issues. That’s just crazy. But today, I’m talking with an industry veteran who’s disrupting the old way with an innovative online ordering solution!

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Episode #167 Dream Candidates For Your Restaurant Kitchen

Does your operation have a “Plan B”? A backup when the unexpected occurs? Most of the time this happens in the kitchen. You just got notice from your chef that they’re moving on to your competitor. Your customers love your food and now the person responsible for making it all happen just gave you two weeks. Are you feeling the heat? Well no worries. Today I’m talking with Mr. Daryle Degan, a charming Scot who noticed both an increase in demand from restaurants to find quality staff and the struggles candidates faced when navigating their way to the perfect job.

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Episode #166 A Little Love, Salt and an Epic Restaurant Comeback

I loved this episode. Passion runs deep in all restaurants, but the magic formula to creating a truly great restaurant can be elusive. Even more so when you take an established and iconic brand and turn it into something completely new. Today, I’m speaking with Ms. Sylvie Gabriele who accomplished just that. She transformed her father’s 37 year old Los Angeles restaurant and re-branded it with her own vision in every way. In fact along with other accolades, her new restaurant “Love & Salt”, was named “LA’s Best Restaurant Comeback Story” by Forbes Magazine.

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Episode #165 How a Great Website Drives Profits!

The key to all of this is a great restaurant website. One that’s designed to be mobile-friendly and SEO optimized so potential customers can find you. Best of all, wouldn’t it be great if you could update your website yourself on the fly, without waiting for a web designer to do it for you. Big changes or small changes, adding press and publicity, etc.. Its easy and you can do it even if you’re not tech-savvy. Today I’m speaking with Bentobox, creators of great restaurant websites. Whether you have an existing website or need one from scratch Bentobox can help.

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