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Episode #379 Excellent Tips on Getting Your Restaurant Taxes In Order

Episode #379 Excellent Tips on Getting Your Restaurant Taxes In Order

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Mirissa Harrison, a seasoned Certified Public Accountant with expertise in restaurant taxes and a passion to help you achieve your business goals. It’s not too late to clean things up for 2023, make some moves that will preserve your bottom line and put you in the best possible tax position!

Episode #375 Using Restaurant Technology to 10X your Business

Episode #375 Using Restaurant Technology to 10X your Business

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Brendan Sweeney and Tony Roy who run Popmenu, arguably one of the leading and fastest growing restaurant technology companies. We discuss how adopting technologies can significantly increase restaurant profitability and improve operations, amid labor shortages and other challenges faced in the industry.

Episode #372 What Makes a Successful Restaurant?

Episode #372 What Makes a Successful Restaurant?

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Doug Stritzel – the Founder of Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafes.
Listen as Doug shares all about what makes a successful restaurant including; experience and key-learnings gained from other leading brands that built his restaurants. Doug’s also shares his advice if you wish to grow your restaurant brand to multiple locations.

Episode #371 Restaurant Finances that are VITAL to your Success

Episode #371 Restaurant Finances that are VITAL to your Success

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Tom Rutledge, Founder and Managing Member of RDMS Group, restaurant finances guru and game-changer with expertise in payroll, food costing, labor analysis, budgeting, COGS trending, and financial viability.

Episode #370 How They Scaled Their Restaurant Brand

Episode #370 How They Scaled Their Restaurant Brand

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Josh Luger co-founder of Capital Tacos, a restaurant that started small, built a brand for itself and is now taking the country by storm. Listen as Josh shares how they scaled their restaurant brand.

Episode #369 Juggling Multiple Restaurants And Concepts

Episode #369 Juggling Multiple Restaurants And Concepts

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Ty & Karen Raju, co-owners, and founders of Bene Hospitality Group. They are juggling multiple restaurants and concepts including Italian, Spanish and even New York style pizza!

Episode #368 Extreme Hardship to Restaurant Success

Episode #368 Extreme Hardship to Restaurant Success

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Chef Ahu. Only through the strength of character, perseverance and support of family did she finally achieve her dream of opening her restaurant.

Episode #367 Tax Tips and Tricks for Restaurants

Episode #367 Tax Tips and Tricks for Restaurants

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with JT Pells, CPA. JT is known as the “Tax Quarterback”. He specializes in tax tips and tricks (totally legal) to save, make, and keep more money!

Episode #364 How to Lead a Great Restaurant Kitchen

Episode #364 How to Lead a Great Restaurant Kitchen

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Chef Anthony Bucco about how to run a great restaurant kitchen. Anthony is the Senior VP of Culinary Operations for a dynamic family run restaurant group known for elevated dining experiences in historic properties.

Episode #363 How to Lead and Grow a Great Restaurant Company

Episode #363 How to Lead and Grow a Great Restaurant Company

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Tom Krouse, the CEO of Donatos Pizza, a dynamic restaurant concept with 460 stores. It’s not the number of locations that counts, but the relationships they foster and the value proposition they offer their guests through great people. It all starts from the top,

Episode #362 A Restaurant Dining Experience to Remember

Episode #362 A Restaurant Dining Experience to Remember

Restaurants are all about people coming together, celebrating good times & life events. In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Collin Benyo, Franchise Growth Strategist for a dynamic restaurant concept called “The Melting Pot”.

Episode #360 How to Dominate Your Hospitality Competition

Episode #360 How to Dominate Your Hospitality Competition

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Keith Benjamin of Uptown Hospitality Group and Eat, Drink & Be Merry, a dynamic restaurant, bar and nightlife company. Keith started his career in college creating big hospitality events, then did a stint in sports marketing only to find his true passion working his way to the top in the hospitality space.

Episode #359 How To Get Powerful Restaurant PR

Episode #359 How To Get Powerful Restaurant PR

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Mickie Kennedy of eReleases. Mickie is a PR expert, press release ninja and media relations networker with an effective crash course in using restaurant PR to get your place on the map.

Episode #358 Delivering Hospitality at the Highest Level

Episode #358 Delivering Hospitality at the Highest Level

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast we are focused on hospitality and I’m speaking with Sofia Crokos. Sofia is the founder of Sofia Crokos Events and Lifestyle, as well as the co-founder of Elaia Estiatorio, a restaurant she operates with her husband and partner.

Episode #356 How to Deliver Epic Hospitality with Epic Leadership

Episode #356 How to Deliver Epic Hospitality with Epic Leadership

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Jeff Caldwell, V.P. of Operations for the Encore Boston Harbor Hotel. Jeff is a hospitality veteran who cut his teeth at Wynn Resorts; the company known for transforming the rebirth of Las Vegas into the world-class destination it is today. This episode is all about the “right stuff” and best practices that lead to greatness in the hospitality biz!

Episode #355 This Growing Pizza Chain Has All the “Hooks”!

Episode #355 This Growing Pizza Chain Has All the “Hooks”!

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Casey Biehl, VP of Ops for Fat Boys. This growing pizza chain is company owned with many locations. Besides their unique hooks, much of Fat Boys success is due to company culture and leadership. They share all the details in this episode.

Episode #353 Expert Tips on Restaurant Finances From a CFO

Episode #353 Expert Tips on Restaurant Finances From a CFO

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Jonathan Rosa of Moura CFO. Jonathan grew up in a restaurant family, studied finance in business school and then went on to hone his knowledge and craft at Burger King Corporate HQ. His deep restaurant finance experience now helps operators like you dial in your restaurant finances, plan for the future, and find greater success.

Episode #352 Restaurant Insurance Tips

Episode #352 Restaurant Insurance Tips

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with John Cassetta, Head of Restaurant Insurance Solutions for CoverWallet, a leading provider to the restaurant industry. John cut his teeth in restaurants and his sons are now following in his footsteps, so he understands your business.

Episode #350 Killer Advice on Restaurant Finances!

Episode #350 Killer Advice on Restaurant Finances!

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Russ Spencer, a true industry professional, a guru of restaurant finances and an old friend whose Senior Director of Restaurant Success for “Craftable”.

Episode #349 A Super Fresh Restaurant Startup Success Story

Episode #349 A Super Fresh Restaurant Startup Success Story

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Dan Londono and Dan Sobsey, co-founders of “Alfalfa”. Alfalfa’s restaurant startup success began at a local farmer’s market and now they’ve grown bi-coastal.

Episode #348 31 Amazing Years of Hospitality Excellence

Episode #348 31 Amazing Years of Hospitality Excellence

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I speak with Tina Hewett-Gordon, a 31-year leader at the Nonantum Resort on the coast of Maine. Tina’s style of recognizing talent, empowering her team, and dazzling guests is an inspiration to our industry demonstrating true hospitality excellence.

#347 How Stellar Leadership Builds Epic Company Culture

#347 How Stellar Leadership Builds Epic Company Culture

Restaurant Rockstars Episode 347How Stellar Leadership Builds Epic Company CultureLISTEN HERE OR ON YOUR FAVORITE PODCAST PLAYERPrefer to watch the interview?Click the video below.Many details create a successful growing business,...

#346 Powerful Restaurant Marketing & Brand Building

#346 Powerful Restaurant Marketing & Brand Building

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast I’m speaking with Restaurant Marketing expert Carolyn Walker, the CEO of The Response Agency. Carolyn has 20 years of experience working for some of the largest restaurant companies, as well as on the brands of billion-dollar corporations.

Episode #345 Designer Turns Operator, A Restaurant Startup Story

Episode #345 Designer Turns Operator, A Restaurant Startup Story

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Kevin Cimini, the owner and designer of Gair, a new restaurant startup in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn. Kevin masterfully applied his architecture and design background to create a dynamic space using historic building elements, accentuated with modern touches.

Episode #344 Want to Sell Your Restaurant?!

Episode #344 Want to Sell Your Restaurant?!

This week on the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Robin Gagnon, the Co-Founder & CEO of “We Sell Restaurants”. With tremendous industry knowledge and an amazing track record of successful sales, Robin shares with us what you need to know and do before you sell your restaurant.

#343 Amazing Leadership As The Key To Restaurant Success

#343 Amazing Leadership As The Key To Restaurant Success

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Antonio McBroom, the CEO of Primo Partners. Primo is a leading franchisor of two of the hottest “best of brands” in their categories (Ben & Jerry’s & Starbucks). There are powerful leadership lessons here for your own restaurant success!

Episode #342 How To Exceed Expectations with Restaurant Hospitality

Episode #342 How To Exceed Expectations with Restaurant Hospitality

We all define hospitality in our own way, and it’s a foundational element in your business. In this week’s episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Alfio Celia, VP of Food & Beverage for Crescent Restaurant Group. He shares his definition of hospitality and how to exceed guest’s expectations.

Episode #341 This Intriguing Restaurant Concept is Out of The Box

Episode #341 This Intriguing Restaurant Concept is Out of The Box

This week on the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Austin Capoferi, the President of Franchising and Development for “Beef-A-Roo”, a 56-year-old brand known for its wild west restaurant concept and homestyle family values. They are here to share some real out of the “box” thinking!

Episode #337 Restaurant Strategy Shifts in The Digital Era

Episode #337 Restaurant Strategy Shifts in The Digital Era

You can either have a restaurant strategy or keep putting out daily fires. Having a strategy is pro-active and moves your business forward.
In this week’s episode of the podcast, I am speaking with restaurant strategy experts Carl Orsbourn and Meredith Sandland.

Episode #335 How to Run Great Restaurants

Episode #335 How to Run Great Restaurants

in this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast. I’m speaking with Michelle Corry who has a true passion for great restaurants. She cut her teeth under a master at “The French Laundry”, one of the world’s most illustrious. Michelle along with her husband, chef & partner has taken that critical foundation, her own talents and inspiration to create truly great restaurants in one of the country’s biggest and most competitive “foodie” towns.

Episode #332 Lessons Learned from Secret Shopping Breweries

Episode #332 Lessons Learned from Secret Shopping Breweries

In this week’s episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Andrew Coplon, the founder of secret shopping for breweries. Whether you love and serve beer or not, it’s important to put yourself in your guest’s shoes to find out what they experience in your operation.

Episode #331 How to Elevate Your Bar Business

Episode #331 How to Elevate Your Bar Business

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Andy Rodriguez who has a true passion for sharing his knowledge of all thing’s spirits, bar business and the fine points of mixology.

Episode #327 The Keys to Total Restaurant Success

Episode #327 The Keys to Total Restaurant Success

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Scott SirLouis about achieving true restaurant success. He is a veteran operator, franchise team builder and all-around restaurant guy.

Episode #325 How to Deliver True Restaurant Hospitality

Episode #325 How to Deliver True Restaurant Hospitality

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars podcast, I am speaking with Steve Turk, Founder and CEO of Turk Hospitality Ventures which specializes in executing stand-out food & beverage programs in restaurants and hotels.

Episode #324 How Build a Restaurant Empire

Episode #324 How Build a Restaurant Empire

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with John Meadow, Founder and President of LDV Hospitality who is truly building a global restaurant empire one concept at a time.

Episode #323 How to Run a Strong Restaurant Kitchen

Episode #323 How to Run a Strong Restaurant Kitchen

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast I’m speaking with Chef Mike Harvey about building a strong restaurant kitchen. These determine our guest satisfaction, online reviews, a ringing cash register and repeat business.

Episode #321 Get BIG Money Back from your Payroll Taxes via ERTC

Episode #321 Get BIG Money Back from your Payroll Taxes via ERTC

In case you haven’t heard, your restaurant can claim lots of money without paying it back. This is money you’ve already paid in payroll taxes, and the IRS will pay it back to you. In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Mike Schaeffer of Whirks, an accounting firm specializing in payroll taxes and the ERTC.

Episode #320 Restaurant Profit – How to Move the Needle

Episode #320 Restaurant Profit – How to Move the Needle

When I owned multiple concepts, I was obsessed with my Restaurant Profit. Now I work with other operators….and I am obsessed with their restaurant profit! With rising costs beyond your control, there is nothing as important as having a feel for your restaurant’s critical numbers, your restaurant profit or where you might be losing money.

Episode #319 A Great Approach to the Restaurant Labor Crisis

Episode #319 A Great Approach to the Restaurant Labor Crisis

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Chuck Kline of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants. In order to grow to 71 concepts and locations, this group had to solve their own restaurant labor crisis and effect a different approach to leading and growing their team. Their approach is now their advantage.

Episode #315 Innovative Solution to the Labor Crisis

Episode #315 Innovative Solution to the Labor Crisis

Everyone in hospitality has been hit hard by the labor crisis. In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars podcast, I am speaking with Chef and Partner Jamie Lynch of The 5th Street Group who has some very innovative solutions to this Labor Crisis.

Episode #314 How to Simplify Your Restaurant Accounts Payable

Episode #314 How to Simplify Your Restaurant Accounts Payable

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Barrett Boston, the CEO of Plate IQ who shows us how to simplify your restaurant’s accounts payable. This accounts payable system is like a fully automated, paperless filing cabinet!

Episode #313 Awesome Guest Experiences Build Your Restaurant Brand

Episode #313 Awesome Guest Experiences Build Your Restaurant Brand

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Bob Andersen of The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill, a fast-growing franchise focused on building a restaurant brand that delivers a guest experience authentic to Greek lifestyle and culture.

Episode #311 How to Provide True Hospitality + Get Raving Fans

Episode #311 How to Provide True Hospitality + Get Raving Fans

Hospitality drives our business and is the foundation that great guest service is built upon. In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Greg Provance of GP Hospitality Partners, a true kindred restaurant spirit and expert on the fine points of hospitality.

Episode #310 Fill Your Restaurant Seats Using Birthday Marketing

Episode #310 Fill Your Restaurant Seats Using Birthday Marketing

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast I’m speaking with Dyson Barnett of FanCONNECT & The Birthday Club. Dyson is a former restaurant owner/ operator and knows a thing or two about reaching your customers and getting new ones in the door using birthday marketing.

Episode #309 Illustrious Restaurant Industry Disruptor

Episode #309 Illustrious Restaurant Industry Disruptor

In this episode, I’m speaking with Stratis Morfogen, a restaurateur’s restaurateur and a restaurant industry disruptor. He tells about playing by his own rules, having a driving vision, creating luck, and achieving destiny.

Episode #308 Killer Advice from a Restaurant Lease Expert

Episode #308 Killer Advice from a Restaurant Lease Expert

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Dale Willerton an expert in restaurant leases, aka “The Lease Coach”. It has been said that “You don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate”! To come out on top, takes experience and the right approach.

Episode #307 Do You Have a Restaurant Strategy?

Episode #307 Do You Have a Restaurant Strategy?

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I speak with Martha Lucius, who specializes in restaurant strategy. She is a kindred hospitality spirit who was inspired by experiencing great food & drink around the globe.

Episode #305 Restaurant Success by Service First

Episode #305 Restaurant Success by Service First

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast. I’m speaking with family operators of the Blue Collar Restaurant Group. Hitting all the marks is a continual challenge, but my guests today aren’t missing a beat! Well-earned restaurant success, they have 9 concepts and growing!

Episode #302 How To Build An Amazing Company Culture

Episode #302 How To Build An Amazing Company Culture

In this week’s episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Mark Setterington, the Co-Founder and CEO of Island Fin Poke Co. Mark is a 35-year industry veteran who has managed some of the world’s leading restaurant brands. He knows the importance of an amazing company culture.

Episode #301 The Magic Restaurant Formula

Episode #301 The Magic Restaurant Formula

Restaurant Rockstars Episode 301The Magic Restaurant Formula with Eric ShefferLISTEN HERE OR ON YOUR FAVORITE PODCAST PLAYERPrefer to watch the interview?Click the video below.A 20+ year run in this business holds hard-won...

Episode #300 Incentives May Help Solve your Restaurant Labor Challenge

Episode #300 Incentives May Help Solve your Restaurant Labor Challenge

With the restaurant labor challenge, it’s more important than ever to keep your good people happy and create a culture that attracts new team-players. I had great success by incentivizing my entire team to strive for maximum performance and guest service. In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Andrew Duffy, the CEO and Co-Founder of SparkPlug, the world’s first Incentive Management Platform for restaurants.

Episode #299 How to Increase Restaurant Sales & Dazzle Customers

Episode #299 How to Increase Restaurant Sales & Dazzle Customers

These are crazy times for all of us, and now more than ever it’s up to you to deliver dining experiences that WOW your guest, make them forget their daily routine and give them a memorable escape. In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Bob Ray, the C.O.O. of Margaritas a 25 location Mexican concept that really knows how to dazzle its patrons.

Episode #293 The Essence of Hospitality

Episode #293 The Essence of Hospitality

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Chris Adams, CEO and Founder of the Ellis Adams Group, an international hospitality consulting firm that works with some of the leading hospitality brands around the globe.

Episode #265 Restaurant Marketing That Really Works

Episode #265 Restaurant Marketing That Really Works

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Matt Plapp, the founder of Americas Best Restaurants and author of the new book “Restaurant Marketing That Works; Before, During and After the Pandemic”!