The Top Restaurateurs Podcast

How to be an early mover and stay ahead of restaurant trends with John Lettieri - Founder, Hero Certified Burgers

An episode of The Top Restaurateurs Podcast

By Scott Reyes
On The Top Restaurateurs Podcast, we interview leading restauranteurs to unpack how they approach the business side of running restaurants. Each episode gets right to the point with real, actionable advice and information you can use to grow as a restauranteur.
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Using a marketing first approach to grow a frozen yogurt chain with Solomon Choi, CEO - 16 Handles
Today on the show, Solomon Choi talks about how he used a marketing first approach to create New York City's first self-serve frozen yogurt chain, plus thoughts on food delivery apps, and how he chose the location of his first store. Check out the new Top Restaurateurs website, https://toprestaurateurs.com, and sign up for the show extras. You'll get access to extra content like transcripts of past episodes, audio that didn't make it into the show, and more. You can stay update to date with the show online on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
54:20
October 8, 2019
Growing fifty percent in year 12 with Scott Dixon, Chef Owner - Scott's Downtown
Today on the show, we have Scott Dixon, the Chef Owner of Scott’s Downtown, a small town establishment serving up a casual fine dining experience. He’s been open for twelve years, survived a move, and has see fifty percent growth in his twelfth year of business. Check out the new Top Restaurateurs website, https://toprestaurateurs.com, and sign up for the show extras. You'll get access to extra content like transcripts of past episodes, audio that didn't make it into the show, and more. You can stay update to date with the show online on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
47:22
October 1, 2019
Scaling a franchise business the second time through with Nick Voijnovic, CEO - Little Greek Fresh Grill
On this episode, Scott interviews Nick Vojnovic. He is the former president of Beef O'Brady's. Now he's applying what he's learned, running and growing Little Greek Fresh Grill. He partnered with the founder when they had 4 locations. Now they have 43. Check out the new Top Restaurateurs website, https://toprestaurateurs.com, and sign up for the show extras. You'll get access to extra content like transcripts of past episodes, audio that didn't make it into the show, and more. You can stay update to date with the show online on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
37:22
September 24, 2019
How to scale to 100 locations in 5 years with Landon Eckles, CEO - Clean Juice
Today on the show we have Landon Eckles. In 2014 he decided he was traveling too much, so he packed up his family and moved south to start CleanJuice with his wife. They have scaled the company to 80 locations and will be over 100 in Q1 2020.
37:01
September 17, 2019
How to go from delivery driver to CEO and help others do the same with Chuck Thorp - CEO, DoubleDaves Pizzaworks
Today's guess is Chuck Thorp. In 1988 he was a delivery driver for DoubleDaves. Now he owns the company and has 39 locations. We talk about helping employees find a path to ownership, investing in technology, and designing the right store format for the market.
37:08
September 10, 2019
How to grow from a food cart to a multi-state chain with Rob Giuliani - CEO, Playa Bowls
Today's guest is Rob Giuliani. He and his co-founder fell in love with acai bowls on a surfing trip and started selling them from a food cart on the Jersey Shore. Now they have 78 locations throughout the east coast. We chat about scaling a franchise business, building a brand, and keeping an open line of communication with your stores.
37:53
September 3, 2019
How to listen to the market and deliver with Jeff Schroeder - Owner, La Roccia Pizza
Today's guest is an owner at La Roccia Pizza in Chicago, a Lincoln Park joint taking on "big pizza." He's listening to feedback, navigating the delivery app marketplace. Jeff is betting business growth on leveraging established networks.
39:24
August 29, 2019
How to leverage community to grow a local restaurant with Koby Keller - Founder, Old Country Place
Today's guest is the founder and owner of Old Country Place, a home town barbecue joint with high quality, locally sourced ingredients. While they are a new restaurant, they are a community favorite. Koby is looking to grow his business through adding another location.
14:30
August 27, 2019
The number one thing that keeps restaurateurs from scaling with Ryan Gromfin - Owner, The Restaurant Boss and Bacon
Today's guest runs the website, therestaurantboss.com and the software clickbacon.com. He has been working in restaurants since before he could drive. Now he's the most followed restaurant coach online, helping restaurateurs scale and grow their businesses.
25:31
August 22, 2019
How to turn your side hustle into a coffee brand with Justin Carner - Founder, Velvet Robot Coffee
Today's guest is the founder of Velvet Robot Coffee. He started it as a side hustle, and now he is busy scaling the business at farmers markets and looking to open his first location.
29:22
August 22, 2019
How to be an early mover and stay ahead of restaurant trends with John Lettieri - Founder, Hero Certified Burgers
Today's guest has been starting businesses in the restaurant space since 1989. He's the founder of Hero Certified Burgers, and an innovator in the restaurant industry. His brand was one of the first to embrace the sustainability movement and is leading the charge in virtual kitchens.
36:39
August 22, 2019
The Top Restaurateurs Podcast Trailer
On The Top Restauranteurs Podcast, we interview leading restaurateurs and unpack how they approach the business side of running restaurants. Each episode gets right to the point with 20 to 30 minutes of real, actionable advice and information you can use to grow as a restauranteur. Subscribe at https://anchor.fm/toprestaurateurs.
01:34
August 5, 2019
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