Restaurant Rockstars Podcast

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.

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

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!

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.

Restaurant Rockstars Podcast Episode #166

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.

Restaurant Rockstars Podcast #165

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.

Episode #111 Where else can you get $250,000 in 10 Minutes?

Whether you see a significant expansion, need new equipment, want to hire a manager or key-staffer or just some money to get you over a temporary hump, you need to know about Kabbage.   Listen as Victoria explains the simple application, lighting-fast approval, flexibility and ease of getting the cash your restaurant or hospitality operation needs.

 

Episode #108 Build Your Brand with Ideas For Holidays & Big Events

One of the most powerful brand-builders I know (not to mention staff pleasers) is creating several “Big Events” throughout the year around holidays and big sports events.   Give this episode a listen as I take you through many of the key-holidays and big events that will drive new and repeat business and make your place more money several times a year!..

 

Episode #107 Last Minute Tax Advice from an Industry Expert

Listen to my guest Mr. Tony Perricelli.  He’s a CPA and Tax Expert with many restaurant and hospitality clients.  He knows the restaurant business and is a tremendous resource and wealth of information. We discuss last minute tips for 2017, big changes from the Trump Administration for 2018 that can be a real benefit to your business and much more.  Also, learn what you need to do throughout the year to put your business in the best tax position before you file.