Episode #261 Increase Sales with a Virtual Kitchen – it’s Genius!

I’m a huge believer in new profit centers and revenue streams. Listen on and see if this may be your restaurant’s next Big Opportunity. In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast I’m speaking with Alex Canter; a serial entrepreneur, the heir to the iconic Los Angeles eatery “Canter’s Deli” and the creator of NextBite. NextBite turns your existing operation into a virtual restaurant or ghost kitchen.

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Episode #259 Celebrity Chef beats Addiction and Rises to New Heights

It’s no secret this business is ripe for misuse. Chefs selling steaks out the back door to feed cocaine habits, bartenders dealing drugs, alcoholic beverages at arms reach, etc.. It’s nearly impossible to run a clean business and keep it clean. In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I speak with Michael Chernow, a former abuser turned restaurateur, celebrity chef, author, fitness guru and business impresario.

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Episode #258 How to Turn First Time Guests into Regulars

If you’re still standing, now is the time to stoke that fire, get re-inspired and rock your restaurant. In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Brendan Sweeney, Co-Founder and CEO of Popmenu. In this episode we discuss what technology is most important to serve your guest and re-build a stronger restaurant business.

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Episode #257 Hot Pie Concept Serves Up Happiness, One Slice at a Time!

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Sean Brennan, the Founder of The Pie Hole. He’s worked just about every job in hospitality before coming up with this idea. The Pie Hole serves up a classic combination of delicious gourmet pie and organic coffee. I love speaking with founders and Sean’s passion for his people shines through. Take a slice of pie from Sean’s book and then go Rock YOUR Restaurant!

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Episode #256 5 Ways to TACKLE the Restaurant Labor Shortage!

The biggest restaurant challenge continues to be labor. How do you find, motivate, keep and get the best performance from your team? In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with fellow industry pro and friend Jaime Oikle of Running Restaurants. We’ll be dishing up “5 Ways to Incentivize your team to not only get you through this shortage, but we will give you a new approach to managing your operation through your staff.

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Episode #255 Outdoor Dining Spaces are the New Opportunity!

When Covid hit and our restaurants were forced to cut capacity, or shut inside dining down altogether, many of us immediately improvised with an outdoor solution. Parking lots, roof decks, sidewalks and even streets outside our restaurant became our new dining rooms. I’m speaking with three guests, all offering unique solutions to this new opportunity of outdoor dining.

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Episode #253 The Surprise Restaurant Manager

At some point, you’ll start thinking seriously about your “Exit Strategy” from the business. This might mean retirement, selling your operation, walking away to start a new business, or just spending more time with family. You can’t do any of these things without a solid manager or two that you can trust.

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Episode #252 The 3,000 Details Of Running Luxury Hotel Restaurants

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast I’m speaking with Mr. Ian Pomerville, the Director of Food & Beverage for The Lodge at Spruce Peak in beautiful Stowe, Vermont. Known as “Ski Capital of the East”, some would say Stowe is busier in the summer than winter. Regardless of season, The Lodge is always hopping with upscale guests used to pampered service and perfection with every minute detail.

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Episode #251 Restaurant Staffing Made Simple & Profitable

It’s no secret that to be really successful in this business, you must stay focused on Efficiency, Productivity and Profit! Cost Controls are right at the top of that list as well! Your restaurant’s biggest expense is probably your Labor Cost. With all the challenges of staffing right now, you need to also be thinking about keeping your team happy. In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Jordan Boesch, CEO of 7shifts, an all-in-one labor management solution.

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Episode #250 A&W Rocks 102 Years of Restaurant Success!

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I am speaking with Mr. Kevin Bazner, the C.E.O. of A & W Restaurants. It’s amazing that this successful restaurant brand has shown double digit growth the last 2 years, even during the pandemic. You’ll be surprised at A & W’s Covid strategy not to scale back on their inside dining room model.

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