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FULL COMP: The Voice of the Restaurant Industry Revolution

FULL COMP: The Voice of the Restaurant Industry Revolution

By Josh Kopel
Coming to grips with over 100,000 restaurants shuttered...It's time to fix what's broken.

FULL COMP is a weekly show exploring the past and future of the hospitality industry. Provocative and actionable, the show aims to ask the tough questions, supplying listeners with the tools and resources needed to thrive post-pandemic.

The host, Michelin-rated restaurateur Josh Kopel, challenges conventional wisdom by hosting both hospitality professionals and thought leaders from outside of the industry, offering a new perspective on an old business.
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Go Small to Get Big: Ed Szymanski & Patricia Howard of Dame
How many articles have you read about "the restaurant of the future?" It conjures visions of robot cooks and digital menus but no one really talks about how big it is or the steps the proprietor took avoid the massive failure rate we've been saddled with in the past. I think that, more than anything, the restaurant of the future is sustainable and built to last a lifetime. Ed Szymanski and Patricia Howard of Dame believe that too and today they walk us through the bulletproof strategy they implemented to secure the future of their restaurant and their careers. That's Ed Szymanski & Patricia Howard of Dame. For more on the restaurant go to https://www.damenewyork.com ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter Book time on Josh's personal calendar We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: FULL COMP The Happy Mouth Morning Show Restaurant Marketing School The Playbook
26:33
August 3, 2021
The Future of Farm to Table: Loren and Lisa Poncia of Stemple Creek Ranch
Change is in the air. We've felt it coming for years and we see it happening before our eyes in this moment. Today's buzzwords were the dreams of innovators from decades past. And innovation can be found everywhere. Today we chat with Loren and Lisa Poncia, founders of Stemple Creek Ranch. Stemple Creek is not only famous for their regenerative agricultural practices but they're also the guys supplying protein to every Michelin rated restaurant in the Bay area. In our conversation we talk about the path to carbon neutrality, the future of ranching and how, despite a global pandemic, 2020 was a profitable year for the ranch. For more on The Stemple Creek Ranch go to https://stemplecreek.com ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter Book time on Josh's personal calendar We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: FULL COMP The Happy Mouth Morning Show Restaurant Marketing School The Playbook
25:35
July 30, 2021
Leaning in to the Life You Want: Celebrity Chef Claudette Zepeda of Vaga Restaurant & Bar
We've all been burned. A bad business plan, a bad business partner, a global pandemic... What happens next is what defines our lives and our careers. Chef Claudette Zepeda built an award winning restaurant only to have it taken away but, rather than seeing that as the end of the story, she began a new chapter, leveraging her talent and experience to create the career of her dreams and a platform to help others achieve the same. Today we unpack the lessons learned on that journey and discuss what the future holds for her, her team and the industry at large. For more on the chef go to https://chefclaudettezepeda.com ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter Book time on Josh's personal calendar We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: FULL COMP The Happy Mouth Morning Show Restaurant Marketing School The Playbook
26:29
July 27, 2021
Beverage Trends Mirroring Social Trends: Sahra Nguyen of Nguyen Coffee Supply
Layers. Great storytelling has tons of them. As restaurateurs we create these layers through food, beverage and ambiance to draw our guests into our world. Today we take a trip into Sahra Nguyen's world and learn how the vendors we purchase from can say something about who we are and what we believe. That change can happen one cup of coffee at a time... For more on Nguyen Coffee Supply go to https://nguyencoffeesupply.com ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter Book time on Josh's personal calendar We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: FULL COMP The Happy Mouth Morning Show Restaurant Marketing School The Playbook
28:04
July 23, 2021
Mastering Delegation & The Blueprint for Excellence: Cameron Herold of the COO Alliance
Cameron Herold has built three companies valued at $100M each. His superpower is getting shit done. He's an operator of the highest caliber that is responsible for driving the growth of companies like 1800GotJunk and entrepreneurs like Elon and Kimball Musk. Today we define what operational excellence is, what it looks like in practical application and how we can achieve it in our own restaurants. For more on Cameron go to https://cameronherold.com ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter Book time on Josh's personal calendar We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: FULL COMP The Happy Mouth Morning Show Restaurant Marketing School The Playbook
34:46
July 20, 2021
Moving Towards Sustainability: Anthony Myint of Zero Foodprint
April of 2020 was going to be a magical month for my restaurant. We had spent over a year working towards carbon neutrality and that was the month we were finally going to achieve it. Obviously my plans were derailed by the pandemic but, I've never lost sight of the importance of environmental responsibility. What I learned through that process was that it's possible to run a sustainable operation and be profitable. One of our key strategic partners was Zero Foodprint. In this episode, I chat with Anthony Myint, the director of partnerships at Zero Foodprint. In our conversation we get down to the nitty gritty, discussing what the move towards sustainability looks like as well as the associated costs, time commitments and, ultimately, the benefits. For more on Zero Foodprint go to https://www.zerofoodprint.org/ Also be sure to check out these videos!  https://vimeo.com/478877793 https://vimeo.com/526756635 ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter Book time on Josh's personal calendar We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: FULL COMP The Happy Mouth Morning Show Restaurant Marketing School The Playbook
22:21
July 16, 2021
Turning a $3000 Investment Into a Billion Dollar Company: Ken Grossman, founder of Sierra Nevada Brewing
Ken Grossman is a craft brewing pioneer. In the late 1970's, he, along with about half a dozen other brewers, started the first craft breweries in the US. Over 40 years later, the other guys are no longer in business and Ken's company is worth over one billion dollars. In our conversation together we talk about what it took to survive in those early days and the critical decisions he made along the way to become the king of craft brewing. For more on Sierra Nevada go to https://sierranevada.com ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter Book time on Josh's personal calendar We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: FULL COMP The Happy Mouth Morning Show Restaurant Marketing School The Playbook
23:25
July 13, 2021
Doubling Down on Industry Fundamentals : Dustin Valette of The Matheson
Go big or go home. Remember those days? It seems a lot of folks have changed their minds. Restaurants with small footprints small menus are popping up everywhere. Well, not in wine country and not with Dustin Valette at the helm. Dustin is leveraging over 50 years of combined industry know-how to create an iconic restaurant that's as ambitious as it's founders. Today we talk about Dustin's vision for the Matheson and the steps he's taking to ensure it's a wild success. For more on The Matheson go to https://www.thematheson.com ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter Book time on Josh's personal calendar We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: FULL COMP The Happy Mouth Morning Show Restaurant Marketing School The Playbook
30:51
July 9, 2021
Scaling Core Values: John Cappasola, CEO of Del Taco
As a business, creating and living by core values is a full time job. It's a choice that changes the very genetic code of our restaurants. When done right, they answer every question and create a roadmap to the future. Today we chat with John Cappasola, a culture-first leader who spent the pandemic doubling down on his commitment to living and leading by Del Taco's core values. Today we unpack how to scale culture across over 600 locations, even in the midst of a global pandemic and the result it has on recruiting, retention and growth. For more on Del Taco go to https://www.deltaco.com ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter Book time on Josh's personal calendar We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: FULL COMP The Happy Mouth Morning Show Restaurant Marketing School The Playbook
31:07
July 6, 2021
Single Location to International Brand: Mark Kelegian of Randy's Donuts
For 50 years, Randy's Donuts has been a Los Angeles staple. The iconic giant donut seated above the restaurant can be seen for miles and on the big screen. One man, Mark Kelegian, saw more than a restaurant, he saw an international brand that could transform this tiny restaurant into a global phenomenon. Today Mark shares the tactics and tools he's using to take Randy's Donuts from one location to 1,000. For more on Randy's Donuts go to https://randysdonuts.com ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter Book time on Josh's personal calendar We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: FULL COMP The Happy Mouth Morning Show Restaurant Marketing School The Playbook
27:41
July 2, 2021
Mastering Management During a Labor Crisis: Ken McGarrie, author
Do you remember the transition from employee to manager? For most of us, the boss just handed us the keys one day and asked us to lock up. Within a month, we have a title, a lot more responsibility and a lot less money in our pocket. What do you wish you knew before stepping into that role? A lot, right? Ken McGarrie set out to document every lesson he learned along the way to help the next generation of hospitality professionals. Today, we run through some of the big lessons covered in that book. You can pick up a digital copy of The Surprise Restaurant Manager for 99 cents on Amazon today. _______________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter Book time on Josh's personal calendar We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: FULL COMP The Happy Mouth Morning Show Restaurant Marketing School The Playbook
37:43
June 29, 2021
A Hard Look in the Mirror: Jason Vincent of Giant
When we reflect upon the overall failure rate within our industry and when we look at the current labor crisis we're facing, it easiest question to ask is "Who's to blame?" The hardest answer to stomach is "us". To one degree or another, as an industry, we've dug the hole we find ourselves in.  But that's just the bad news. The good news is that means we're in the drivers seat. Today we chat with Jason Vincent, a talented chef and restaurateur who has taken the time to look into his past to ensure a better future for himself and his team. For more on the chef's restaurant visit www.giantrestaurant.com ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter Book time on Josh's personal calendar We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: FULL COMP The Happy Mouth Morning Show Restaurant Marketing School The Playbook
33:49
June 25, 2021
People-First Culture and the Labor Crisis: Michel Falcon of Brasa Peruvian Kitchen
Why won't our people come back to work? What do we need to do to get them back and get them excited about rebuilding this industry together? Restaurateur Michel Falcon has been asking the same questions and has come up with really useful answers. Today, we dive deep into the recipe he uses to create and manage world class teams and the tactics he uses to keep those teams inspired. For more on the Michel and People First Culture go to http://www.michelfalcon.com ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter Book time on Josh's personal calendar We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: FULL COMP The Happy Mouth Morning Show Restaurant Marketing School The Playbook
35:00
June 22, 2021
The Path to Predictable Income for Restaurants: Jacob Bindman of the SF New Deal
What if we could create great businesses by doing good?  The biggest hurdle I've faced as a restaurateur is the unpredictability of sales week to week and month to month. I believe Jacob Bindman may have created the solution to not only that problem but also how to feed the hungry at the same time. Today, we're discussing the San Francisco New Deal. A charitable organization that's paying restaurants to feed the needy. Born out of the pandemic, Jacob and his team have managed to create a sustainable model that's helping both independent restaurants and those in need survive these difficult times. For more on the SF New Deal visit https://sfnewdeal.org/ ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter Book time on Josh's personal calendar We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: FULL COMP The Happy Mouth Morning Show Restaurant Marketing School The Playbook
33:10
June 18, 2021
The Laws of Power, Mastery, War & Human Nature: Robert Greene, 5x NYT Bestselling Author
The truth: unvarnished. That's what this moment requires. As an industry, we need to take a hard look in the mirror and determine what's working and what isn't. Today's guest, Robert Greene did just that but, instead of tackling an industry, he chose to tackle the human condition at large. Robert is a NYT bestselling author who's dug deep into the motivators and essential elements of power, mastery, war and human nature. In reading his work, I walked away with a better understanding of myself and of you. Today Robert shares how he's internalized and utilized the lessons he's written about and, how he uses them to help athletes, executives and world leaders do the same. For more on Robert's past and upcoming projects visit https://powerseductionandwar.com ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter Book time on Josh's personal calendar We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: FULL COMP The Happy Mouth Morning Show Restaurant Marketing School The Playbook
45:44
June 15, 2021
Back with a Vengeance: Victoria Freeman of Cookshop, Vic’s, Shuka, and Rosies
How do we overcoming the obstacles in our life?  Rarely we succeed by holding our ground. To overcome, we must push forward. That forward march can look different for each of us. For serial restaurateur Victoria Freeman, it looks like opening another restaurant. Today we discuss how her restaurant group managed to survive the pandemic and how they intend to come back stronger than ever in 2021. For more on the Victoria's concepts visit https://www.vicsnewyork.com ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter Book time on Josh's personal calendar We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: FULL COMP The Happy Mouth Morning Show Restaurant Marketing School The Playbook
34:33
June 11, 2021
The FULL COMP Origin Story: Josh Kopel & Stephen McKeon
I've dedicated most of the last year of my life to asking these two questions: How did we get here? Where are we going? Believe it or not, one of the most frequent question I get is: How did you get here? It seems many of you are curious as to how and why I started the show and exactly what is the nature of my relationship with Yelp. Today I tackle those questions and many more with the help of Stephen McKeon, one of the guys from Yelp that helped make this show happen. ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter Book time on Josh's personal calendar We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: FULL COMP The Happy Mouth Morning Show Restaurant Marketing School The Playbook
27:45
June 8, 2021
How to Thrive Post Pandemic: Ian Pomerville of Spruce Peak
We've spent a ton of time talking about pandemic pivots, but what about the evolutions that have resulted from this apocalyptic disruption? What about the permanent changes operators have made that are having a lasting positive impact on their businesses. Ian Pomerville and the Spruce Peak Lodge are having their best year ever. Why? They didn't pivot, they've evolved their concept to meet the changing needs of their customers. They did this by leveraging the latest tech and tactics out there.  In today's episode Ian runs us through what they've done and the tremendous impact it's had. For more on the resort go to https://www.sprucepeak.com ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter Book time on Josh's personal calendar We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: FULL COMP The Happy Mouth Morning Show Restaurant Marketing School The Playbook
27:14
June 4, 2021
Tech Innovations from Restaurant Royalty: Alex Canter of Canter's Deli and Ordermark
I often wonder what the next generation thinks when they look at the way we do business. They grew up with the internet as a part of their daily life and they go to work in restaurants with POS systems older than they are. Well, it appears they've had quite enough of that... Alex Canter is a new breed of restaurateur working to fix the problems he sees within the industry by creating the solutions himself. Today we discuss the tech he created to serve his own needs and how we, as an industry, can benefit from his efforts. For more on his projects go to http://www.cantersdeli.com and https://www.ordermark.com ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter Book time on Josh's personal calendar We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: FULL COMP The Happy Mouth Morning Show Restaurant Marketing School The Playbook
34:40
June 1, 2021
The Renegade Restaurateur: Logan Sandoval of Zef BBQ
We live in a polite society. We're taught the importance of asking for permission. But what happens when you don't. What happens when you decide one day to start a restaurant. No investors, no permit, no publicist, no permission. You just start. Today we chat with Logan Sandoval who created Zef BBQ, a trendy BBQ joint on the edge of Los Angeles located in his parents garage. We discuss the inspiration behind starting the restaurant and what led to Zef getting national media attention despite its humble beginnings. For more on Zef BBQ visit https://www.zefbbq.com ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter Book time on Josh's personal calendar We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: FULL COMP The Happy Mouth Morning Show Restaurant Marketing School The Playbook
28:17
May 28, 2021
The 2 Billion Dollar Restaurateur: Todd Graves of Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers
I was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. When I was in college, there was a guy just a little bit order than me working the fry line at a small fried chicken joint that he opened on the edge of campus. That guy was Todd Graves and that fried chicken joint has become the $2 billion dollar Raising Cane's empire. Today Todd and I run through what it takes to found and lead a restaurant to that level of success as well as what he's doing to pay his good fortune forward. But first, we flash back to a simpler time when we were both two good ole boys tearing it up in Baton Rouge. That's Todd Graves. For more on Cane's and Restaurant Recovery go to www.RaisingCanes.com ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on Josh's personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: The Happy Mouth Morning Show - https://restaurants.yelp.com/happy-mouth-podcast/ Restaurant Marketing School - https://restaurants.yelp.com/hospitality-marketing-podcast/ The Playbook - https://restaurants.yelp.com/the-playbook-restaurant-stories/
28:12
May 25, 2021
The News You Need to Know: Nyesha Arrington & Philip Camino of Happy Mouth
We've all got a lot going on. Sometimes it's hard to figure out how the headlines we see on the news directly affect our restaurants. But the truth is, what's going on out there does matter in here. Few see this more clearly that Celebrity Chef Nyesha Arrington and restaurateur Philip Camino. These two have decided to bridge the gap between what's happening in the world and what's happening in our businesses. Today we unpack the mission of their new project and what we all have to gain from bite-sized restaurant news. ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on Josh's personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: The Happy Mouth Morning Show - https://restaurants.yelp.com/happy-mouth-podcast/ Restaurant Marketing School - https://restaurants.yelp.com/hospitality-marketing-podcast/ The Playbook - https://restaurants.yelp.com/the-playbook-restaurant-stories/
26:21
May 21, 2021
Tools & Tactics to TurboCharge Your Restaurant: Afsheen Afshar of Pilot Wave Holdings
You've heard me say it before, as an industry I think there's a ton to be learned from the experts outside of our industry. Today we chat with Afsheen Afshar, who proves me right. Afsheen is in the business of taking good companies and making them great and in recent years, has turned his attention to the restaurant industry. Today we run through the tools and tactics he uses to take restaurant concepts to the next level. For more on his company go to www.pilotwaveholdings.com ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on Josh's personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: The Happy Mouth Morning Show - https://restaurants.yelp.com/happy-mouth-podcast/ Restaurant Marketing School - https://restaurants.yelp.com/hospitality-marketing-podcast/ The Playbook - https://restaurants.yelp.com/the-playbook-restaurant-stories/
33:23
May 18, 2021
Mastering Food Media: Max Block of CarvingBlock
If an amazing restaurant opens and no one knows about it, does it have a chance at survival? Today we chat with media maven Max Block of CarvingBlock PR. He runs us through the tools and tactics he uses to get his clients the exposure they deserve and need to survive in a digital world. For more on CarvingBlock go to www.carvingblockpr.com ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on Josh's personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: The Happy Mouth Morning Show - https://restaurants.yelp.com/happy-mouth-podcast/ Restaurant Marketing School - https://restaurants.yelp.com/hospitality-marketing-podcast/ The Playbook - https://restaurants.yelp.com/the-playbook-restaurant-stories/
27:06
May 14, 2021
The Next Beverage Revolution: Reena and Bianca Shah of Chado Tea Room
The chai tea latte you ordered at Starbucks this morning was made possible in no small part to the Shah family. Many believe that, Devan Shah, the prolific tea importer, is directly responsible for creating the American tea market as we know it today. In this episode we chat with Devan's wife and daughter, Reena and Bianca. Together they own Chado Tea Room, a 4 location tea salon based in Los Angeles. Together we'll unpack what it took to grow this 30 year old company and what it took to survive and thrive through a global pandemic. For more on Chado Tea Room visit https://www.chadotea.com ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on Josh's personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: Full Comp - https://restaurants.yelp.com/full-comp-podcast/ The Happy Mouth Morning Show - https://restaurants.yelp.com/happy-mouth-podcast/ Restaurant Marketing School - https://restaurants.yelp.com/hospitality-marketing-podcast/ The Playbook - https://restaurants.yelp.com/the-playbook-restaurant-stories/
24:56
May 11, 2021
The Chemical Formula for Reducing Labor: Paul Edmondson of Procter & Gamble
Who's excited to talk about cleaning products? Anyone? Anyone? What if I told you that the products we use to clean directly relate to our labor margin? As it turns out, innovation in cleaning products could result in hundreds, if not thousands, of labor hours saved over the course of a year. Excited yet? Today we chat with Paul Edmondson of Proctor & Gamble who will walk us through what they've been working on and how it can help our whole industry run a cleaner, more profitable operation. To check out any of the products mentioned on the show today visit www.pgpro.com ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on Josh's personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: Full Comp - https://restaurants.yelp.com/full-comp-podcast/ The Happy Mouth Morning Show - https://restaurants.yelp.com/happy-mouth-podcast/ Restaurant Marketing School - https://restaurants.yelp.com/hospitality-marketing-podcast/ The Playbook - https://restaurants.yelp.com/the-playbook-restaurant-stories/
27:22
May 7, 2021
The Refugee Restaurateur: Tee Tran of Monster Pho
We see headlines everyday about immigration but there's very little talk about the immigrants themselves. The story I bring you today isn't a story about overcoming adversity, it's a story about enduring adversity. Tee Tran represents the best our industry has to offer. Instead of fighting for the survival of his businesses over the last year he's fought for his community, working with the World Central Kitchen and getting support from big names like Steph Curry. Today we explore one man's journey to and through hospitality and what we can all learn from his story. For more on Tee and Monster Pho visit https://www.monsterpho.com ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on Josh's personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: Full Comp - https://restaurants.yelp.com/full-comp-podcast/ The Happy Mouth Morning Show - https://restaurants.yelp.com/happy-mouth-podcast/ Restaurant Marketing School - https://restaurants.yelp.com/hospitality-marketing-podcast/ The Playbook - https://restaurants.yelp.com/the-playbook-restaurant-stories/
24:04
May 4, 2021
A Masterclass in Getting The Most From Your Wine Program: Greg Martellotto of Big Hammer Wines
Creating and maintaining a great and profitable wine program at my restaurant proved an impossible task. Folks spend their lives working to understand the intricacies of wine and I don't even drink wine. I know I'm not alone and, as we all begin the process of reopening, I wanted to bring in a friend and an expert to offer best practices. Greg Martellotto is the guy. He's got his own winery. He's got his own direct to consumer wine business and he sells and works with some of the best restaurants in California. Today he unpacks how to conceptualize and execute a great and profitable wine program. That's Greg Martellotto. For more on Greg's company go to www.martellotto.com ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on Josh's personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: Full Comp - https://restaurants.yelp.com/full-comp-podcast/ The Happy Mouth Morning Show - https://restaurants.yelp.com/happy-mouth-podcast/ Restaurant Marketing School - https://restaurants.yelp.com/hospitality-marketing-podcast/ The Playbook - https://restaurants.yelp.com/the-playbook-restaurant-stories/
27:42
April 30, 2021
What It Really Takes to Succeed: Mary Sue Milliken of the Border Grill
We idolize the trailblazers...those heroes with enough courage to do something truly original. It's easy to romanticize their struggles or attribute superhuman qualities that make them seem different than us. But they're not. Celebrity Chef Mary Sue Milliken is just a person, like you and me but through patience, grit and the belief in a better future she has overcome overwhelming odds to become a celebrity chef, successful restaurateur, published author, television personality, wife and mother. Today Mary Sue shares her path from culinary student to industry leader and the lessons she's learned along the way. For more on the chef go to www.bordergrill.com ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on Josh's personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: Full Comp - https://restaurants.yelp.com/full-comp-podcast/ The Happy Mouth Morning Show - https://restaurants.yelp.com/happy-mouth-podcast/ Restaurant Marketing School - https://restaurants.yelp.com/hospitality-marketing-podcast/ The Playbook - https://restaurants.yelp.com/the-playbook-restaurant-stories/
28:11
April 27, 2021
Virtuous Leadership: Erick Williams of Virtue
What does it mean to be a chef? Chef have long been known for high standards, attention to detail and an unparalleled work ethic. But they have also been know for big egos and bad tempers. Slowly things seem to be evolving. Today we chat with Erick Williams of Virtue who is redefining what it means to be a chef. Erick's standards are as high or higher than most but he leads with a grace, warmth and empathy...qualities somewhat unique to back of house. In our conversation, the chef shares how his life and his career have evolved into something that can only be described as virtuous. For more on the Erick's restaurant go to https://www.virtuerestaurant.com ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on Josh's personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: Full Comp - https://restaurants.yelp.com/full-comp-podcast/ The Happy Mouth Morning Show - https://restaurants.yelp.com/happy-mouth-podcast/ Restaurant Marketing School - https://restaurants.yelp.com/hospitality-marketing-podcast/ The Playbook - https://restaurants.yelp.com/the-playbook-restaurant-stories/
30:52
April 23, 2021
Supporting the Service Industry: Amanda Gunderson of Another Round Another Rally
What do Ryan Reynolds, P Diddy and The Rock all have in common? They've all partnered with and/or donated to Another Round Another Rally, a nonprofit organization devoted to bailing out and building up hospitality workers during and after the pandemic. Today we chat with founder Amanda Gunderson who looks back on what was accomplished in the last 12 months and what the long road ahead look like for both their organization and the industry at large. For more on Another Round Another Rally go to https://anotherroundanotherrally.org ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on Josh's personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: Full Comp - https://restaurants.yelp.com/full-comp-podcast/ The Happy Mouth Morning Show - https://restaurants.yelp.com/happy-mouth-podcast/ Restaurant Marketing School - https://restaurants.yelp.com/hospitality-marketing-podcast/ The Playbook - https://restaurants.yelp.com/the-playbook-restaurant-stories/
33:15
April 20, 2021
The King of Community: Zak Wallace of Local Green
We all open restaurants with the noble goal to serve our communities something they want. Zak Wallace of Local Green took a different path. He set out to serve his community something they needed. Local Green provides healthy, plant based food within the food desert that Zak calls home. Being a social entrepreneur in the restaurant industry makes for a great mission but it also makes for a great business. Today Zak shares how serving an unknown need creates massive impact. For more on Local Green go to www.localgreenatlanta.com and be sure to follow Zak on Instagram using the handle @bigzakwallace. ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on Josh's personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: Full Comp - https://restaurants.yelp.com/full-comp-podcast/ The Happy Mouth Morning Show - https://restaurants.yelp.com/happy-mouth-podcast/ Restaurant Marketing School - https://restaurants.yelp.com/hospitality-marketing-podcast/ The Playbook - https://restaurants.yelp.com/the-playbook-restaurant-stories/
33:25
April 16, 2021
Determined to Thrive: Randy Dewitt of FB Society
I'm obsessed with massive growth. Though I have no desire to own dozens of restaurants, I think there's a ton to be learned from the folks that do. Randy Dewitt is a scaling mastermind. From a single cafe, he launched an empire that includes Twin Peaks, Velvet Taco and countless other national brands. Today Randy shares the essential elements that have enabled him to create hit after hit. For more on FB Society go to www.fb-society.com ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on Josh's personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: Full Comp - https://restaurants.yelp.com/full-comp-podcast/ The Happy Mouth Morning Show - https://restaurants.yelp.com/happy-mouth-podcast/ Restaurant Marketing School - https://restaurants.yelp.com/hospitality-marketing-podcast/ The Playbook - https://restaurants.yelp.com/the-playbook-restaurant-stories/
32:27
April 13, 2021
The Pandemic-Proof Restaurant: Quasim Riaz of Dog Haus
Restaurants within restaurants within restaurants within restaurants.  No, this isn't the sequel to the movie Inception, it's the innovative way the national brand Dog Haus has evolved its company over the last two years.  It's a lot to take in, but today we chat with Quasim Riaz who unpacks their unique business strategy to take one restaurant and turn it into five. For more on Quasim's projects go to www.doghaus.com ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on Josh's personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: Full Comp - https://restaurants.yelp.com/full-comp-podcast/ The Happy Mouth Morning Show - https://restaurants.yelp.com/happy-mouth-podcast/ Restaurant Marketing School - https://restaurants.yelp.com/hospitality-marketing-podcast/ The Playbook - https://restaurants.yelp.com/the-playbook-restaurant-stories/
25:54
April 9, 2021
The Recipe for Restaurant Success: Mike Bausch, author of Unsliced
Before the pandemic, before the calls for transparency between restaurateurs, there was Mike Bausch. A super successful restaurateur giving away all of his trade secrets. I reached out after reading his book Unsliced, a playbook on how to run a successful restaurant. Today we explore what motivated him to share his wisdom and key lessons from the book. For more on his book check out www.unslicedbook.com ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on Josh's personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: Full Comp - https://restaurants.yelp.com/full-comp-podcast/ The Happy Mouth Morning Show - https://restaurants.yelp.com/happy-mouth-podcast/ Restaurant Marketing School - https://restaurants.yelp.com/hospitality-marketing-podcast/ The Playbook - https://restaurants.yelp.com/the-playbook-restaurant-stories/
32:07
April 6, 2021
We're all influencers: Patrick Kim of the Worth Network
It feels like almost every facet of our industry has been redefined over the last 12 months, especially our relationship to our customers. We've had to rely on their loyalty and support more than ever. Patrick Kim saw an opportunity there: an opportunity to reward their loyalty while breeding more awareness for our brands. Enter the Worth Network, a disruptive platform turning our favorite customers into social media influencers. Today Patrick shares his utopian vision for the future of digital marketing and how we can benefit. To check out  Worth go to www.worthnetwork.io ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on Josh's personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: Full Comp - https://restaurants.yelp.com/full-comp-podcast/ The Happy Mouth Morning Show - https://restaurants.yelp.com/happy-mouth-podcast/ Restaurant Marketing School - https://restaurants.yelp.com/hospitality-marketing-podcast/ The Playbook - https://restaurants.yelp.com/the-playbook-restaurant-stories/
28:12
April 2, 2021
Dream First, Details Later: Ellen Bennett of Hedley & Bennett
There's a gritty side to entrepreneurship that doesn't get much attention. The hardest part of ownership isn't owning the business, it's in owning the choices you've made and the impact they have on you and your team. Today we chat with multi-million dollar culinary clothing maven, Ellen Bennett. Ellen wrote a book that's one part biography and one part action plan for aspiring entrepreneurs. We run though what the past 10 years has been like for Ellen, bringing to light what has made her and her company so successful. To pick up Ellen's new book Dreams First, Details Later, click here. ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on Josh's personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: Full Comp - https://restaurants.yelp.com/full-comp-podcast/ The Happy Mouth Morning Show - https://restaurants.yelp.com/happy-mouth-podcast/ Restaurant Marketing School - https://restaurants.yelp.com/hospitality-marketing-podcast/ The Playbook - https://restaurants.yelp.com/the-playbook-restaurant-stories/
30:59
March 30, 2021
Everybody Loves a Winner: Michelin-Rated Chef David Myers
Some folks seem to have it all figured out. Chef David Meyers is a Michelin-rated, globetrotting chef with restaurants around the world. He's one of the only guys I know that was able to successfully pop-up a restaurant in the midst of the pandemic. In today's episode we run through the best and worst decisions he's made and the lessons he's learned from both. For more on David go to www.gypsychef.com ________________________________________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on Josh's personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: Full Comp - https://restaurants.yelp.com/full-comp-podcast/ The Happy Mouth Morning Show - https://restaurants.yelp.com/happy-mouth-podcast/ Restaurant Marketing School - https://restaurants.yelp.com/hospitality-marketing-podcast/ The Playbook - https://restaurants.yelp.com/the-playbook-restaurant-stories/
22:45
March 26, 2021
A Digital Transformation: Tressie Lieberman of Chipotle
Tressie Lieberman is the Vice President of Digital and Off Premise for Chipotle. Do you think that was a big job in light of the pandemic? Tressie worked to conceptualize and execute a new way for this massive company to do business in a world that went from brick and mortar to digital overnight. In today's episode we tackle emerging trends, Chipotle's digital transformation and what independent restaurateurs can learn from Chipotle's successes and struggles over the last 12 months. For more on Chipotle, go to www.chipotle.com ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on Josh's personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: Full Comp - https://restaurants.yelp.com/full-comp-podcast/ The Happy Mouth Morning Show - https://restaurants.yelp.com/happy-mouth-podcast/ Restaurant Marketing School - https://restaurants.yelp.com/hospitality-marketing-podcast/ The Playbook - https://restaurants.yelp.com/the-playbook-restaurant-stories/
30:09
March 23, 2021
Restaurant Marketing Masterclass: Jay Livingston of Shake Shack
It wasn't just independent restaurants that have suffered through the pandemic, many of the big guys were hurt too. Their big advantage is that they have more money to try more things.  We can benefit from the wisdom of their experiences. Today we chat with Jay Livingston, the Chief Marketing Officer of Shake Shack to discuss what's working, what isn't and what's next. For more on Shake Shack go to www.shakeshack.com ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on Josh's personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: Full Comp - www.restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomp The Happy Mouth Morning Show - www.restaurants.yelp.com/happy mouth Restaurant Marketing School - www.restaurants.yelp.com/marketingschool The Playbook - www.restaurants.yelp.com/influencers
28:57
March 19, 2021
Leaning Out and Leveling Up: Celebrity Chef Curtis Stone
As an industry we can look at the pandemic as a blessing or as a curse. No matter which one you choose, you'll be right.  Celebrity Chef Curtis Stone is choosing to view the pandemic as an opportunity to improve.  Today we run through the operational improvements he's made and the impact they've had on restaurants. For more on the chef visit www.curtisstone.com ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on Josh's personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: Full Comp - www.restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomp The Happy Mouth Morning Show - www.restaurants.yelp.com/happy mouth Restaurant Marketing School - www.restaurants.yelp.com/marketingschool The Playbook - www.restaurants.yelp.com/influencers
24:07
March 16, 2021
The Restaurant of the Future: Tim Brown of Oracle
Most of us have a tough time imagining what the world is going to look like next month, forget about next year. But, in order to ensure the survival of our businesses and this industry, we need to know what's coming down the pike. What resources and tools can we leverage to truly thrive in the restaurant industry? Today Tim Brown of Oracle runs us through what's available today and what we can look forward to in the future. ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on Josh's personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: Full Comp - www.restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomp The Happy Mouth Morning Show - www.restaurants.yelp.com/happy mouth Restaurant Marketing School - www.restaurants.yelp.com/marketingschool Restaurant Influencers: The Playbook - www.restaurants.yelp.com/influencers
37:16
March 12, 2021
The Value of a Great Story: Tucker Max of Scribe Media
Where do I think we've gone wrong as an industry? In a nutshell, it's storytelling. We've been unable to have tough conversations with our patrons and our peer around pricing and how hard our jobs truly are. Enter the most unlikely resource imaginable, Tucker Max. As it turns out, Tucker grew up in a restaurant family and that background paired with his prowess for storytelling puts him in a position to offer experienced-based, actionable advice on how we can and should share our stories with each other and our communities. For more on Tucker's company go to www.scribemedia.com ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on Josh's personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: Full Comp - www.restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomp The Happy Mouth Morning Show - www.restaurants.yelp.com/happy mouth Restaurant Marketing School - www.restaurants.yelp.com/marketingschool The Playbook - www.restaurants.yelp.com/influencers
34:15
March 9, 2021
The Art of Mastery: Noel Brohner
I am fascinated by the mastery of anything, especially in our industry. Noel Brohner, better known as the dough doctor, has mastered the art of making pizza. He's the go-to guy for the rich and famous seeking the perfect slice and the independent restaurateur looking to level up their offering. Typically, the best teachers are the best students and Noel is no exception. Today, Noel share with us what he's learned in the pursuit of perfection. For more on Noel go to www.slowrisepizza.com ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on Josh's personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: Full Comp - www.restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomp The Happy Mouth Morning Show - www.restaurants.yelp.com/happy mouth Restaurant Marketing School - www.restaurants.yelp.com/marketingschool The Playbook - www.restaurants.yelp.com/influencers
34:40
March 5, 2021
The Case for Change: Martha Hoover of Patachou, Inc.
You should listen to Martha Hoover. Not because she owns and operates 14 different restaurants. Not because she offers her 400 member team full benefits and parental leave. Not because of her nationally renowned sustainability efforts.Not because her farm to table casual concepts are actually profitable. You should listen to Martha Hoover because she's right. This is our moment. This is our opportunity to look at the mistakes of the past and make better choices for ourselves. This is the conversation we should of had years ago. For more on Martha's organization go to www.patachouinc.com ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on Josh's personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: Full Comp - www.restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomp The Happy Mouth Morning Show - www.restaurants.yelp.com/happy mouth Restaurant Marketing School - www.restaurants.yelp.com/marketingschool The Playbook - www.restaurants.yelp.com/influencers
41:56
March 2, 2021
Disrupting Food Delivery: Roger Avats of InHouseDelivery.com
Food delivery has always been complicated and prohibitively expensive and, when third party delivery came on the scene, it seemed like a godsend. It appeared to be an infrastructural solution to a foundational problem. But this gift has also been a curse for many restaurateurs.  30% commissions didn't make since when delivery constituted 15% of our sales. Now that it constitutes 80+ percent, the wheels are coming off the bus. Enter Roger Avats, a tech pioneer that has set his sights on saving the restaurant industry, one delivery at a time. Today, Roger takes us through his plan to help get restaurateurs back in the driver's seat. For more on InHouseDelivery go to www.inhousedelivery.com ________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on Josh's personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: Full Comp - www.restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomp The Happy Mouth Morning Show - www.restaurants.yelp.com/happy mouth Restaurant Marketing School - www.restaurants.yelp.com/marketingschool Restaurant Influencers: The Playbook - www.restaurants.yelp.com/influencers
20:55
February 26, 2021
Influencing the Industry: Ben Leventhal of Eater and Resy
I've spent a lot of time over the last several months thinking about legacy.  I can't help but wonder if my efforts will result in a lasting impact on our industry. Am I able to move the conversation forward? Can I improve the day to day lives of my peers? I look to guys like Ben Leventhal for inspiration. Ben's contributions to food media and tech are undeniable. On the heels of him stepping down as GM of Amex's Global Dining Team, we look back at his legacy and what comes next for him and for the restaurant industry. ____________________________________________________________ Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on Josh's personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: Full Comp - www.restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomp The Happy Mouth Morning Show - www.restaurants.yelp.com/happy mouth Restaurant Marketing School - www.restaurants.yelp.com/marketingschool Restaurant Influencers: The Playbook - www.restaurants.yelp.com/influencers
24:47
February 23, 2021
The Secret to Exponential Growth: Adam Fleischman of Umami Burger
Our industry is full of one hit wonders. Innovators that are able to capture lightening in a bottle but only once. Many of us dream of a culinary empire with locations that span the globe. What I've been trying to figure out is what enables some folks to achieve this dream while so many of us fail in the pursuit. Today we chat with Adam Fleischman, a self taught chef that created and scaled both Umami Burger and 800 Degree Pizza worldwide. We unpack the mindset and the strategy that enabled him to grow these businesses to global proportions. Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on Josh's personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: Full Comp - www.restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomp The Happy Mouth Morning Show - www.restaurants.yelp.com/happy mouth Restaurant Marketing School - www.restaurants.yelp.com/marketingschool Restaurant Influencers: The Playbook - www.restaurants.yelp.com/influencers
25:04
February 19, 2021
Back to Zero: Grant Cardone of Undercover Billionaire
There are roughly 1300 self made billionaires in the world. That may seem like a big number but when you compare that to the 7.8 billion people on the planet, it's incredibly small. How did they get there? Is it luck, skill or a combination of the two? Today we delve into the aspirational story of real estate tycoon Grant Cardone who elected to go back to zero just to see if he could do it all over again. Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on Josh's personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: Full Comp - www.restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomp The Happy Mouth Morning Show - www.restaurants.yelp.com/happy mouth Restaurant Marketing School - www.restaurants.yelp.com/marketingschool Restaurant Influencers: The Playbook - www.restaurants.yelp.com/influencers
16:05
February 16, 2021
Cover Your A**: Anthony Zaller of Zaller Law Group
You don't know what you don't know. For many of us, the laws have changed on an almost daily basis on a local, state and federal level. Each change increases the odds of a slip up that could cost us thousands. Today we chat with attorney Anthony Zaller who will run us through what we need to know to stay protected, what resources are at our disposal and what steps we need to take to remain compliant. Below you'll find links to the resources mentioned in Anthony's episode: Firm website: www.zallerlaw.com Blog: www.californiaemploymentlawreport.com Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/EmploymentLawReportCA Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on Josh's personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: Full Comp - www.restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomp The Happy Mouth Morning Show - www.restaurants.yelp.com/happy mouth Restaurant Marketing School - www.restaurants.yelp.com/marketingschool Restaurant Influencers: The Playbook - www.restaurants.yelp.com/influencers
27:42
February 12, 2021
The Debt Free Restaurant Model: Tyler Wilson of Wurstkuche
Empire building has become the standard in our industry. Why have one restaurant when you can have 100? This ambition, paired with debt financing, has led to the collapse of our industry. Many of us grew too big too fast. Enter Tyler Wilson. Tyler has spent the last decade growing from one location to two, without incurring one penny of debt. Wins and losses are financed from the profits of the business not debit from outside investment. In this episode we dig into the pros and cons of a debt free restaurant model. For more on Tyler's restaurant go to Wurstkuche.com Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on Josh's personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z Want to streamline your front-of-house operations and increase sales? Head over to http://restaurants.yelp.com to claim your free page and learn more about these powerful tools for your business.
27:13
February 9, 2021
Restaurant Marketing School: Eric Siu of Leveling Up
My greatest frustration as a restaurateur has always been marketing. I knew we were doing a great job in the restaurant, I knew the community was in need of what we were offering but I had no idea how to effectively communicate that. There's so much noise out there, how do you break through? Most of us can't afford to hire a digital marketing expert but I happen to be close friends with one of the best, Eric Siu. Eric has built a $25M empire helping individuals and companies reach their target markets. Today we unpack what has driven his pursuit of excellence, his strategies for building audience and unveil his latest project, the Restaurant Marketing School podcast. Be sure to check out Eric's book, Leveling Up, and subscribe to our newest podcast Restaurant Marketing School. Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on Josh's personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z Want to streamline your front-of-house operations and increase sales? Head over to http://restaurants.yelp.com to claim your free page and learn more about these powerful tools for your business.
23:39
February 5, 2021
Embracing the Suck: Lindsay Tusk of Quince
The restaurateurs that have really thrived over the last 10 months are the ones that have embraced the reality of our situation. They've accepted the pandemic and reworked their concepts to meet these new challenges head on. Mindfulness, innovation, pliability and strict adherence to standards have become the tools of the trade. Few incapsulate this more than Lindsay Tusk. From moving her restaurant into the middle of a farm to building out the retail arm of their business, they are making the pandemic work for them. Today we unpack what's worked, what hasn't and where we go from here. For more on their projects go to quincerestaurant.com Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on Josh's personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z Want to streamline your front-of-house operations and increase sales? Head over to http://restaurants.yelp.com to claim your free page and learn more about these powerful tools for your business.
26:41
February 2, 2021
The View from the Top: Celebrity Chef Brooke Williamson
The pandemic didn't pick favorites. For each small, independent restaurant that has shut down, just as many celebrity chefs have lost everything. But they'll be fine. I'm sure they're sitting on piles of money, right? Wrong. When the fundamentals of an entire industry are wrong, every participant at every level suffers. Chef Brooke Williamson has reached the pinnacle of what our industry has to offer and is successful by every metric. In sharing her story with you today, I'm hoping to show that the view from the top, looks a lot like the view from where you're sitting today. Be sure to follow her on Chef Brooke on instagram using the handle chefbrookew. Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on Josh's personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z Want to streamline your front-of-house operations and increase sales? Head over to http://restaurants.yelp.com to claim your free page and learn more about these powerful tools for your business.
24:22
January 29, 2021
The Blueprint for a Successful Restaurant: Susan Sarich of SusieCakes
We all hope to be successful, but how many of us plan to be successful? Susan Sarich of SusieCakes took the time to plan every aspect of her restaurant. The research and development that went into her business plan directly resulted in the success she had after opening. Having weathered two economic disasters and with dozens of locations under her belt, her plan seems bulletproof and in today's episode we walk through it step by step. For more on SusieCakes go to susiecakes.com Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on Josh's personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z Want to streamline your front-of-house operations and increase sales? Head over to http://restaurants.yelp.com to claim your free page and learn more about these powerful tools for your business.
23:53
January 26, 2021
Leading By Example: Chef Greg Baxtrom of Olmsted
Some of the most inspiring things to come out of the pandemic have been the unexpected acts of heroism we've seen within our industry. In the worst of times, we still find ourselves of service to others. Few illustrate that ideal more that Chef Greg Baxtrom. He's converted one restaurant into a community food bank and another into a platform for aspiring chefs of color. In this episode we dive into the experiences and choices that have made him a world class chef and a community leader. For more on the chef and his projects go to www.olmsteadnyc.com Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on my personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z Download our restaurant recovery guide: https://bit.ly/2ZAcmo0 Want to streamline your front-of-house operations and increase sales? Head over to http://restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomppodcast to claim your free page and learn more about these powerful tools for your business.
26:54
January 22, 2021
Mindful Management as a Catalyst for Growth: Andy Hooper of &pizza
As a leader, it takes courage to experience a problem and then chart the new course to remedy it. Vision is required to see that problem before it happens and make it part of your solution. Andy Hooper of &pizza is that kind of visionary. His early investments in technology and company culture have paid dividends over the last 9 months. They spent 2020 growing the company and will expand even farther in 2021. In this episode we unpack the management tools and resources he's created and how he's successfully utilized them despite the pandemic. For more on &pizza visit www.andpizza.com Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on my personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z Download our restaurant recovery guide: https://bit.ly/2ZAcmo0 Want to streamline your front-of-house operations and increase sales? Head over to http://restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomppodcast to claim your free page and learn more about these powerful tools for your business.
34:54
January 19, 2021
The Keys to Expansion During a Pandemic: Justin Rosenberg of Honeygrow
So many of us were unprepared for the struggles we'd experience in 2020. Justin Rosenberg of Honeygrow was well prepared for any obstacles that came his way. Why? Some brands are built on strong economies and good luck, others are forged in fire. In this episode, Justin walks us through the hard lessons he learned scaling Honeygrow and how that prepared him for the pandemic. For more Honeygrow go to www.honeygrow.com Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on my personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z Download our restaurant recovery guide: https://bit.ly/2ZAcmo0 Want to streamline your front-of-house operations and increase sales? Head over to http://restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomppodcast to claim your free page and learn more about these powerful tools for your business.
28:10
January 15, 2021
The New Breed of Restaurateur: Camilla Marcus of West~Bourne
Cross-training to composting, there's a new breed of restaurateur out there. They're leveraging the newest restaurant tech and strategies from outside of our industry to create entirely new companies. Chef Camilla Marcus is leading the charge for change and today we run through several of her endeavors including a restaurant focused tech conference, a nonprofit for hospitality workers and her zero waste restaurant West~Bourne. For more on West~Bourne go to www.westbourne.com Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on my personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z Download our restaurant recovery guide: https://bit.ly/2ZAcmo0 Want to streamline your front-of-house operations and increase sales? Head over to http://restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomppodcast to claim your free page and learn more about these powerful tools for your business.
29:28
January 12, 2021
Lessons In Leadership: Howard Solomon of Solomon 2.0
I am not a great leader but I certainly aspire to be one and I've gotta believe that's half the battle. Any improvements I've made over the years can be traced directly back to the great coaches I've had and the great lessons they've taught me. One of the greatest coaches I know is Howard Solomon. I reached out to him because, in this moment, I think we could all use a little coaching. In today's chat we unpack what it takes to become a great leader and how to inspire greatness in your team. If you're looking to level up visit www.solomonleaders.com Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on my personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z Download our restaurant recovery guide: https://bit.ly/2ZAcmo0 Want to streamline your front-of-house operations and increase sales? Head over to http://restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomppodcast to claim your free page and learn more about these powerful tools for your business.
28:56
January 8, 2021
The Future of Food Media: Antonio Diaz of Life & Thyme
Today, I might come off as a little hypocritical. I've had the good fortune of having my brands grace the pages of almost every food publication in the country. But I also spent years out of the spotlight and I remember how cold and frustrating those days were. When you're in you're in. When you're out, you're out. Those days and that kind of journalism need to be done. Today we chat with Antonio Diaz, founder of Life and Thyme, an independent food media magazine determined to highlight the people behind the products. It's a big publication telling small stories and today we hear Antonio's story and how he's taking professional responsibility for the recovery of our industry. To check out the magazine go to www.lifeandthyme.com Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on my personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z Download our restaurant recovery guide: https://bit.ly/2ZAcmo0 Want to streamline your front-of-house operations and increase sales? Head over to http://restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomppodcast to claim your free page and learn more about these powerful tools for your business.
27:42
January 5, 2021
FULL COMP: 2021 MEDIA UNIVERSE
We have several new projects launching in 2021. Here's a preview! Restaurant Marketing School Hosted by famed digital marketer Eric Siu and Michelin-rated restaurateur Josh Kopel, RMS provides daily digital marketing tips, giving restaurateurs the tools they need to communicate with their existing customers and reach an entirely new customer base. Each episode is only 4-7 minutes, providing bite sized, actionable information that listeners can implement in their restaurants that day. Release Schedule: Monday-Friday Season 1 launches 1/11/21 Restaurant Influencers: The Playbook Restaurant Influencers offers readers a peek at the playbook of successful restaurateurs from across the country. Informative and actionable, these are the stories, tools and resources that will ensure the hospitality industry thrives. Digital publication launches 1/18/21 Release Schedule: Daily Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on my personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z Download our restaurant recovery guide: https://bit.ly/2ZAcmo0 Want to streamline your front-of-house operations and increase sales? Head over to http://restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomppodcast to claim your free page and learn more about these powerful tools for your business.
01:18
January 1, 2021
FULL COMP Season 3 Trailer
In Season 3, the restaurant revolution is taking a new shape. As we see our way out of the pandemic the new ideas and strategies we've implemented have taken root and blossomed. We have entered the Restaurant Renaissance. Season 3 focuses on the revolutionary ideas and leaders that have thrived during this difficult time, empowering listeners to walk a similar path. Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on my personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z Download our restaurant recovery guide: https://bit.ly/2ZAcmo0 Want to streamline your front-of-house operations and increase sales? Head over to http://restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomppodcast to claim your free page and learn more about these powerful tools for your business.
01:20
December 29, 2020
Season 2: My Favorite Lessons
No different than Season One, I find it impossible to pick out my favorite episodes from Season 2.  Having said that, I do have my favorite lessons.... We've got much more planned for Season 3 which launches January 5th. Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on my personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z Download our restaurant recovery guide: https://bit.ly/2ZAcmo0 Want to streamline your front-of-house operations and increase sales? Head over to http://restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomppodcast to claim your free page and learn more about these powerful tools for your business.
02:48
December 25, 2020
Using Wine as a Tool for Change: Julia Coney of BlackWineProfessionals
For many of us, wine is hard. It’s a world with a language all its own and there’s just something about it that’s always made feel foolish. Whether by design or not, that uneasiness…that inaccessibility needs to change.  One of the soldiers leading the charge towards diversity and inclusion is Julia Coney. Her mission is to bring the world of wine to underserved groups and bringing diversity to the industry at large. Today we explore her role within the industry and her efforts to make the wine world look more like the world around us. For more on Julia and her initiatives go to www.juliaconey.com Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on my personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z Download our restaurant recovery guide: https://bit.ly/2ZAcmo0 Want to streamline your front-of-house operations and increase sales? Head over to http://restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomppodcast to claim your free page and learn more about these powerful tools for your business.
28:12
December 22, 2020
Building a Brand to Create an Empire: John Seymour of Sweet Chick
We all do it. We look at someone else’s restaurant in awe, wondering how they got a custom shoe deal or lines out the door. When does a restaurant transcend food and beverage and become an idea?  John Seymour of Sweet Chick seems to have cracked that code. Today we discuss how to build a brand, culture and community. We also discuss how those efforts translate into survival in tough times like these. To check out John’s latest initiatives go to www.sweetchick.com Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on my personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z Download our restaurant recovery guide: https://bit.ly/2ZAcmo0 Want to streamline your front-of-house operations and increase sales? Head over to http://restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomppodcast to claim your free page and learn more about these powerful tools for your business.
31:06
December 18, 2020
Taking the High Road: Saru Jayaraman of One Fair Wage
2020 has been the most educational year of my life. It’s amazing what you see when you take a moment to look around. I’ve spent the last 20 years in this industry, blind to the struggles of so many. Well, my eyes are open now and I’m ready to become part of the solution. I sat down with Saru Jayaraman of One Fair Wage to discuss the inequities in our industry and what we can do to change them. To offer support of get support go to www.onefairwage.org Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on my personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z Download our restaurant recovery guide: https://bit.ly/2ZAcmo0 Sign up for the free town hall featuring JET TILA: https://bit.ly/33Pa06P
27:50
December 15, 2020
The McDonald's of Nutritious Food: Sam Polk of EveryTable
Can good, nutritious food be reasonably priced? Can it be cheap? Is healthy food is a human right? Sam Polk thinks it is and he’s putting his money where is. Sam created Everytable, a company dedicated to offering nutritious food at a low price point…and he intends to make a profit while doing it. Today we discuss how Sam is bucking convention and using the big corporations playbook to make a big impact on local communities. For more on Everytable and their mission go to www.everytable.com Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on my personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z Download our restaurant recovery guide: https://bit.ly/2ZAcmo0 Sign up for the free town hall featuring JET TILA: https://bit.ly/33Pa06P
34:48
December 11, 2020
The Restaurateur of Tomorrow: Irene Li of Mei Mei
Vulnerability is the superpower that can change the world and, in the moment, is changing the face of the hospitality industry. When Chef Irene Li opened her books revealing that her busy, award-winning restaurant Mei Mei was breaking even, the news went viral. Diners were shocked and restaurateurs were forced to take a hard look in the mirror. The jig was up. Today Irene opens her books again, giving us insight into what Mei Mei is today and what it will become in the future. For more info on Mei Mei’s virtual classes and CPG offering go to http://www.meimeiboston.com Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter: https://pineapplepost.news Book time on my personal calendar: https://bit.ly/3otQm8z Download our restaurant recovery guide: https://bit.ly/2ZAcmo0 Sign up for the free town hall featuring JET TILA: https://bit.ly/33Pa06P
29:38
December 8, 2020
The $50 Million Deli: Ari Weinzweig
I bought into the same dream you did: build a restaurant, make it successful, rinse and repeat. How well did that work for you? It took me down the path of exhaustion, frustration and, ultimately, failure. Ari Weinzweig, co-founder of Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor, Michigan, took a different path. He created a community of businesses, each supporting the next. He stayed small and strategic, investing heavily in his team. He’s built the stuff dreams are made of and today we tackle how he turned those dreams into reality. Click here to check out Ari’s tools and resources. Click here to check out Ari’s community of businesses. Click here to sign up for our weekly newsletter. Click here to book time on my personal calendar. Click here to download our Restaurant Recovery Guide. Want to streamline your front-of-house operations and increase sales? Head over to http://restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomppodcast to claim your free page and learn more about these powerful tools for your business.
48:38
December 4, 2020
The Business of Bravery: Robert Egger, founder of the LA & DC Kitchens
You can’t talk to Robert Egger without asking yourself one simple question: What have I done with my life? Robert has dedicated his life to supporting the hungry, sustainability and those in desperate need of a second chance. He’s weaponized food in the fight to end hunger and build community. Today we discuss his revolutionary ideas around charity needs to change and how we, as restaurateurs and chefs, can play a vital role. For more on Robert and his upcoming projects go to fuckingshitup.net Click here to sign up for our weekly newsletter. Click here to book time on my personal calendar. Click here to download our Restaurant Recovery Guide. Want to streamline your front-of-house operations and increase sales? Head over to http://restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomppodcast to claim your free page and learn more about these powerful tools for your business.
42:46
December 1, 2020
The Education of a Celebrity Chef: JJ Johnson founder of Field Trip
Stalking is illegal but I don’t know how else I would describe the process I used to book Chef JJ Johnson for the show. Why? Because he has something important to say. JJ sees food as a common language and uses it to educate the masses about who we are and where we come from. Today we delve into his culinary education and the path that led him to where he is today. Click here to sign up for our weekly newsletter. Click here to book time on my personal calendar. Click here to download our Restaurant Recovery Guide. Want to streamline your front-of-house operations and increase sales? Head over to http://restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomppodcast to claim your free page and learn more about these powerful tools for your business.
21:40
November 27, 2020
Building the Next Fried Chicken Empire: Max Sheets, founder of Chick N Max
If there’s only one lesson to be learned from helping someone open a restaurant it’s that it would be a bad idea to open up one yourself. Max Sheets spent his professional life helping restaurateurs scale their businesses to massive proportions. At some point along the way, he caught the entrepreneurial bug and decided to strike out on his own to create Chick N Max. Today we discuss the tools and tricks he learned from corporate giants and how he implemented those in his restaurant concept. To check out his employee handbook click here. Click here to sign up for our weekly newsletter. Click here to book time on my personal calendar. Click here to download our Restaurant Recovery Guide. Want to streamline your front-of-house operations and increase sales? Head over to http://restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomppodcast to claim your free page and learn more about these powerful tools for your business.
40:08
November 24, 2020
Pandemic Lessons From the Australian Winter: Shaun de Vries of Open Pantry
Here in America, we don’t know what the winter will bring. But we can look to Australia, who’s just coming out of the cold winter months, for indicators of what’s to come. Today I sit down with Shaun de Vries of Open Pantry Consulting. In this episode we discuss how the Australian Hospitality Industry fared during the winter and what we can do stateside to prepare for the colder months. For more on what Shaun and the Open Pantry team are working on go to openpantryconsulting.com Click to sign up for our weekly newsletter. Click here to book time on my personal calendar. Click here to download our Restaurant Recovery Guide. Want to streamline your front-of-house operations and increase sales? Head over to http://restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomppodcast to claim your free page and learn more about these powerful tools for your business.
28:42
November 20, 2020
12 Things Every Restaurateur Needs to Hear: Seth Godin
When you hear truth, it resonates. The first time a read a book by Seth Godin, I knew in my heart he was speaking the truth. I just read his newest book, The Practice, and I had to talk to him about it. I believe the right mindset is what will help us prevail in these difficult times and this book has helped get me back on track. We talk about The Practice and much more in today far reaching conversation. Be sure to pick up his new book, The Practice, available wherever you buy books. Click to sign up for our weekly newsletter. Click here to book time on my personal calendar. Click here to download our Restaurant Recovery Guide. Want to streamline your front-of-house operations and increase sales? Head over to http://restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomppodcast to claim your free page and learn more about these powerful tools for your business.
32:40
November 17, 2020
Feeding the Future: Dan Giusti
Working in hospitality is a calling. I felt called to serve people and, as a restaurateur, I’ve done just that. Chef’s have a different calling, to feed and nourish the masses. Today we chat with Dan Giusti, the former executive chef of Noma. Dan walked away from the prestige of fine dining to serve a bigger purpose. Through his company Brigaid, he’s committed his life to turning school cafeterias across America into scratch kitchens led by seasoned chefs. Today we explore the work that goes into revolutionizing the American school food system. For more on Brigaid go to chefsbrigaid.com Click to sign up for our weekly newsletter. Click here to book time on my personal calendar. Click here to download our Restaurant Recovery Guide. Want to streamline your front-of-house operations and increase sales? Head over to http://restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomppodcast to claim your free page and learn more about these powerful tools for your business.
44:20
November 13, 2020
Disrupting the Restaurant Industry Debt Crisis: Johann Moonesinghe of InKind
Restaurateurs tackle many problems, but money problems always make it to the top of the list. If we’re going to rethink the whole industry we need to start with financing. We start these passion projects deeply in debt and spend the first several years trying to dig our way out. That’s no way to run a business! My search for innovative ideas to avoid debt financing led me to Johann Moonesinghe. On this episode we chat about his company InKind, a restaurant financing company that’s created a debt free model worth exploring. For more on InKind go to www.inkind.com  Click to sign up for our weekly newsletter. Click here to book time on my personal calendar. Click here to download our Restaurant Recovery Guide. Want to streamline your front-of-house operations and increase sales? Head over to http://restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomppodcast to claim your free page and learn more about these powerful tools for your business.
28:40
November 10, 2020
How Independent Restaurants Are Coping: Andrea Borgen Abdallah of Barcito
Twice a week, I show you the world I see. The world I want to live in. It’s filled with big names, big stories and bright futures. But there’s something to be said for the small stories...The independent restaurateur fighting the good fight in a forgotten neighborhood. There’s hope and inspiration there as well. Today we chat with Andrea Abdallah, owner of Barcito in Downtown Los Angeles. Andrea is proof that we can change the whole industry by changing the way we do business. Her story of struggle and survival epitomizes the reason why I’ve dedicated my life to serving those that serve the world. For more on Barcito, go to www.barcitola.com Click to sign up for our weekly newsletter. Click here to book time on my personal calendar. Click here to download our Restaurant Recovery Guide. Want to streamline your front-of-house operations and increase sales? Head over to http://restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomppodcast to claim your free page and learn more about these powerful tools for your business.
39:12
November 6, 2020
The Blueprint for a Global Brand: Sam Nazarian founder of SBE
Everyone has a different definition of success. But, if we all had to pick one, we’d probably pick Sam Nazarian's. His company, SBE, owns 36 hotels and over 200 culinary and nightlife venues globally. He’s worked with everyone from Philippe Stark to Jose Andres. And even in the midst of a global pandemic he’s expanding, opening Citizen’s a 40,000 sq foot eatery later this year. Sam has dominated every tier of hospitality for more than a decade now and today he unpacks his winning strategy. For more on SBE and their upcoming projects go to www.sbe.com Click to sign up for our weekly newsletter. Click here to book time on my personal calendar. Click here to download our Restaurant Recovery Guide. Want to streamline your front-of-house operations and increase sales? Head over to http://restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomppodcast to claim your free page and learn more about these powerful tools for your business.
47:18
November 3, 2020
The Mind of a Hospitality Futurist: Michael Tingsager of Hospitality Mavericks
No one could have seen the utter decimation of our industry coming, right? Granted there were signs we were on shaky ground but I, for one, was too busy to see them. Michael Tingsager, on the other hand, was not. I reached out to Michael after pouring over the content on his website. The issues we’re tackling today, he was discussing more than a year ago. He’s a hospitality futurist. He can clearly see where we’re headed and what we need to do to ensure we get there safely. Today we dive deep into our past, present and the opportunities that lay before us. For more on Michael, go to www.hospitalitymavericks.com Click to sign up for our weekly newsletter. Click here to book time on my personal calendar. Click here to download our Restaurant Recovery Guide. Want to streamline your front-of-house operations and increase sales? Head over to http://restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomppodcast to claim your free page and learn more about these powerful tools for your business.
34:02
October 30, 2020
Scaling Up: Verne Harnish, Serial Entrepreneur
The greatest lesson I’ve ever learned is that personal development is professional development. I learned that lesson and countless others from Verne Harnish and the platforms he’s created. Verne has spent his life trying to support the endeavors of Entrepreneurs just like you and me. In these difficult times we need guidance from the best teachers out there. That’s why I asked Verne to be on the show. Links Scaling Up Wolfgang Puck's HBR article Margaret Heffernan Verne's Resources Click to sign up for our weekly newsletter. Click here to book time on my personal calendar. Click here to download our Restaurant Recovery Guide. Want to streamline your front-of-house operations and increase sales? Head over to http://restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomppodcast to claim your free page and learn more about these powerful tools for your business.
44:58
October 27, 2020
Building the Future Today: Krystle Mobayeni, founder of BentoBox
We’ve covered countless pivots on this show but I wanted to try something different. Today we chat with Krystle Mobayeni, founder of BentoBox. Krystle and her team created a plug and play website design service designed for our industry. She’s been touting the importance of the online experience for restaurants since long before the pandemic. There was no need to pivot! Retail, online ordering and so much more were readily available through Bentobox. During this time of great struggle, I see tremendous value in talking with visionaries like Krystle that have created solutions to problem we didn’t even know we had. For more on BentoBox go to getbento.com Click to sign up for our weekly newsletter. Click here to book time on my personal calendar. Click here to download our Restaurant Recovery Guide. Want to streamline your front-of-house operations and increase sales? Head over to http://restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomppodcast to claim your free page and learn more about these powerful tools for your business.ant to streamline your front-of-house operations and increase sales? Head over to http://bit.ly/YelpRestaurants to claim your free page and learn more about these powerful tools for your business.
33:30
October 23, 2020
The Best Restaurateur in the World: Will Guidara of Eleven Madison Park
If you own and operate the best restaurant in the world does that make you the best restaurateur in the world? If I didn’t believe that Will Guidara was the best before our conversation I certainly do now. His love of craft and of industry inspired him to create not only a restaurant empire, but to create the Welcome Conference: a platform whereby the hospitality industry can come together to chart a better future for all of us.  Today we chat about what it takes to be the best, the strategy to get there and what's he's doing to make sure we, as an industry, come out of the pandemic stronger than ever. To learn more about the Welcome Conference go to welcomeconference.org Click to sign up for our weekly newsletter. Click here to book time on my personal calendar. Click here to download our Restaurant Recovery Guide. Want to streamline your front-of-house operations and increase sales? Head over to http://restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomppodcast to claim your free page and learn more about these powerful tools for your business.
28:08
October 20, 2020
The Myth of the Overnight Success: Johnny Ray Zone of Howlin' Rays
What's it take to become an overnight success? The short answer is years of dedication and hard work.  Chef Johnny Ray Zone took Nashville hot chicken, an obscure regional dish, and turned it into an international institution. The guy is a hot chicken mogul selling out 1,000’s of sandwiches a day, setting his own rules with the delivery companies and partnering with Post Malone on new promotions. I looked to him for inspiration when I opened my own fried chicken joint but I did it for money and never achieved the level of success that he has.  Why?  Because it’s his authenticity that has made him a star. Zone walks the walk and, in today’s conversation, he walks me though his path to greatness.  Click to sign up for our weekly newsletter. Click here to book time on my personal calendar. Click here to download our Restaurant Recovery Guide. Want to streamline your front-of-house operations and increase sales? Head over to http://restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomppodcast to claim your free page and learn more about these powerful tools for your business.
28:16
October 16, 2020
Become a Game Changer: Join Our Community
Staring down the barrel of a 60% permanent closure rate...It's time to fix what's broken. It’s time to change the game. The hospitality industry is at a pivotal point and it has becomes painfully obvious that business acumen and strategic planning will matter just as much as resilience.There's no shortage of resources ranging from how to apply for loans to how to negotiate with your landlord. At some point, we will turn our sights towards the future and, when that time comes, we’ll need to the tools and strategies to thrive, not just survive. In the hospitality industry, we fix our own problems. This is no different. We’ve created a group called The Hospitality Game Changers It’s on Facebook, a platform you already use daily It’s a space just for us where we’re tackling the most difficult issues facing our industry and creating solutions. It’s updated daily with the most compelling audio, written and video content to make sure you’re plugged in to what’s going on today and what can help us tomorrow. It’s quick, easy and free to join. Just click here or login to Facebook and search Hospitality Game Changers in the search bar. Click join and you’re all set. We can’t change the cards that we are dealt, but we can change how we play the game.
01:26
October 15, 2020
The Original Celebrity Chef: Jeremiah Tower, The Last Magnificent
Jeremiah Tower is the father of contemporary American cuisine. From Chez Panisse to Stars, he impacted cuisine and culture. He stepped off the line and into the dining room, creating the role of the celebrity chef, I believe that, as an industry, we need to blaze a new trail and I thought it was a good idea to talk to the guy that blazed the trail for Alice Waters, Danny Meyer and, well, me. Click to sign up for our weekly newsletter. Click here to book time on my personal calendar. Click here to download our Restaurant Recovery Guide. Want to streamline your front-of-house operations and increase sales? Head over to http://restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomppodcast to claim your free page and learn more about these powerful tools for your business.
27:10
October 13, 2020
Revolutionary Leadership: Kat Cole, COO of Focus Brands
What does the COO of a $350 million restaurant conglomerate have to teach independent restaurateurs? More than you can imagine. Kat Cole worked her way up the ranks from a waitress to executive vice president of Hooters, went on to become the president of Cinnabon and now sits as the COO of Focus Brands, a corporation consisting of household names like Schlotzsky’s and Jamba Juice. Click to sign up for our weekly newsletter. Click here to book time on my personal calendar. Click here to download our Restaurant Recovery Guide. Want to streamline your front-of-house operations and increase sales? Head over to http://restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomppodcast to claim your free page and learn more about these powerful tools for your business. HIGHLIGHTS A new perspective on education Mentorship Establishing a leadership position within a organization Pivoting to leadership within an industry  The role of women within the hospitality industry  Dealing with press The role of tech in hospitality  Taking a bowling alley approach to management Connecting with your story Big wins, big mistakes
40:04
October 9, 2020
A Bulletproof Plan for Success: Jon Taffer of Bar Rescue
Jon Taffer knows what's up. Though he's made a name for himself as a television personality, Taffer is a stone-cold operator. This guy knows his sh*t. On this episode he presents revolutionary ideas on what the restaurant can do to survive today and what the industry will look like tomorrow.  Click to sign up for our weekly newsletter. Click here to book time on my personal calendar. Click here to download our Restaurant Recovery Guide. Want to streamline your front-of-house operations and increase sales? Head over to http://restaurants.yelp.com/fullcomppodcast to claim your free page and learn more about these powerful tools for your business. HIGHLIGHTS A vision for the kitchen of the future The 3 key functions in a restaurant Safe dining protocols Pricing adjustments Elements of leadership Alternatives to discounts Being honest with yourself Reaction management Enforcing customer masking and safety protocols Resetting America
33:04
October 6, 2020
FULL COMP Season 1: Favorite Lessons
Picking a favorite episode from season one would be like a parent picking a favorite child. Having said that, I do favorite lessons. Here are my top three from Shawn Walchef, Josh Holtzman and Sam Marvin.  We’ve have much more planned for