Episode #305 Restaurant Success by Service First

You know a really great restaurant the minute you walk in the door and my guests today aren’t missing a beat! In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast. I’m speaking with family operators Joe, Nicole and Blane of the Blue Collar Restaurant Group www.bcrg.com. They have 9 concepts and growing!

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Episode #304 An Investor’s Look at Great Restaurants!

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I speak with Anthony Ackil who co-founded a 70+-unit restaurant chain, then exited to become the Founder of Street Light Ventures. Stay tuned to learn how to: run a great restaurant, grow one concept to many and discover new opportunities.

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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.
As you listen, you’ll see what it takes to build a unique innovative brand and unified culture while targeting rapid growth.

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Episode #301 The Magic Restaurant Formula

A 20+ year run in this business holds hard-won experience and many stories! In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Eric Scheffer of The Scheffer Group. Eric is a true industry leader, visionary, and builder of five dynamic concepts in Asheville, NC.

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Episode #300 Incentives May Solve your Labor Challenge

Now, 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.

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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.

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Episode #298 Advice after 1,500 Restaurants

Imagine the know-how and experience you would have after building 1,500 restaurants. In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I speak with Kevin King, President of Donatos. Kevin’s long career has taken him some of the most successful franchises in the business including Dominos, Papa Murphys, Smoothie King and others.

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Episode #297 A Front of House Perspective on Restaurant Training

In this week’s episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Zaylan Jacobsen. Zaylan is a veteran server, bartender and team leader who saw a gap in staff training and service. He not only found a way to up-level the guest experience in his own employer’s restaurants but is now disrupting the industry.

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Episode #296 Chef, Host & Food Critic Dishes on Restaurants

This is a FUN episode. I’m speaking with a food writer, podcast/ television host and all-around colorful guy Chef Joe Ricchio. He is a big personality around the food scene in the state of Maine, as well as in the culinary world at large. Joe has written for Bon Appetit, The Food Network, The New York Times and has appeared on Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations”. He is all about food trends, new and favorite restaurants, critiques, up and coming chefs and more.

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Episode #294 Success of An Inspired Chef

In this episode of the Restaurant Rockstars Podcast, I’m speaking with Brandon Boudet, Co-owner and Executive Chef of Little Dom’s of Los Angeles and the new Little Dom’s Seafood in Carpenteria. He shares his cooking inspirations, leadership style, training philosophies, how he coped with the labor shortage, and his best advice for operators moving forward.

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