Episode #105  Why We Love That Old Staff Magic!

Episode #105 Why We Love That Old Staff Magic!

We all been to those restaurants that are just firing on all cylinders… the place is alive, fun and staff are shining.  Let’s call this staff magic.  You’ll know you’ve arrived when your team are having more fun and making more money and your customers are having more fun and spending more money. So give this episode a listen where Thea and I share what that staff magic is all about, how to create team chemistry and most important how to build a culture of hospitality, family and fun. 

Episode #104  So You Think You Want To Start A Restaurant

Episode #104 So You Think You Want To Start A Restaurant

So today’s episode is all about the different reasons people start restaurants, their varying “zones of excellence” and degree of knowledge that is either advantage or hindrance.  Where they might excel and where they’ll run into trouble without the necessary expertise.  Stay tuned as Thea (Restaurant Rockstars Co-Founder, V.P. and My Wife) and I offer opinion and fact.  As always, food for thought...

Episode #103 Build Your House On This Foundation!

Episode #103 Build Your House On This Foundation!

In my book, there are three “Foundational Fundamentals” to running a successful, highly profitable restaurant or hospitality enterprise. Much like the foundation of a building, they are each supportive and reliant upon each other for maximum strength.  Listen to today’s episode as the numerous ideas Jaime Oikle (runningrestaurants.com) and I discuss will be a new foundation to greater success for your business. 

Episode #102 Can Your Operation Use a Makeover?

Episode #102 Can Your Operation Use a Makeover?

Restaurateurs can be somewhat biased about their operation, thinking “I’ve got this”!  To be honest, I was like that too for many years, but came around to fresh thinking.  That is, taking a big step back from the place and seeing what the guest sees.  This is the first step in building and sustaining a powerful brand!  Give this episode a listen, then sit down with your team and discuss fresh ideas.  From mild to wild, change is good,  You can be sure your customer will notice and spread the word.

Episode #101 In The Age Of Online Reviews This Is Dangerous Thinking

Episode #101 In The Age Of Online Reviews This Is Dangerous Thinking

This past weekend, my young daughters and I traveled to Jackson Hole, WY where we experienced far differing service and value at many different types of businesses, restaurants and hotels included.  Granted this is a high-traffic year-round tourist destination, and certain businesses may mistakenly believe that repeat business is not as essential as it is in any-town USA, but in the age of on-line reviews this is dangerous thinking.  In two of our experiences, these blatant “misses” were so obvious that even my kids were surprised. They had words to say both to me and in online review sites for these businesses.   

Episode #100 Key Learnings from a Global Hospitality Entrepreneur

Episode #100 Key Learnings from a Global Hospitality Entrepreneur

I have known Mr. Fred Forsley for over 20 years and have watched in awe and admiration as he has built a hospitality empire, from restaurants, to brewery operations, partnerships with the biggest names in beer, to inns and real estate projects on a national and international level.   You’ll hear his early inspirations and success, major deals gone awry, optimism for future projects and how he maintains direction with his partners and hundreds of employees across numerous operations.

Top 5 Podcast Episodes of 2017

Top 5 Podcast Episodes of 2017

These killer episodes got the most downloads and listens of any all year long.  This tells us a lot about what you want more of in 2018!   Happy Holidays and I wish you an EPIC year of business in 2018!  Remember this is the year to work smarter not harder.

Episode #99   The Truth About Your Competitors

Episode #99 The Truth About Your Competitors

Imagine every restaurant in the world was your competition - even the absolute best 5 star establishments.  What will you do today to rise above this competition?  Listen to this episode, rally the team and raise your own bar because  the ultimate competitive advantage is SERVICE. 

Episode #98   If You Build It Will They REALLY Come?

Episode #98 If You Build It Will They REALLY Come?

Whether you’re a new or seasoned operator, there is never an end to the learning curve.  At the very least there are 3 “Key-Fundamentals” every restaurateur or should I say entrepreneur should understand and  master. These are the keys to true success in the restaurant business, but one really stands out from the rest.

Episode #97  Inventory in Half the Time, No Kidding!

Episode #97 Inventory in Half the Time, No Kidding!

For nearly two decades, I got used to doing bar inventory the hard way.  This is how most of us take inventory.  My guest in this episode is Dave Allred from barpatrol.net.   He’s invented a cracker-jack “APP”, that’s the absolute easiest way to take  both your food & drink inventory.  Its a system made simple that will free your time for the thousand other important details of running your place.  

Episode #96 Too Crazy To Believe - A True Story

Episode #96 Too Crazy To Believe - A True Story

Give a listen to this episode.  Yikes, unfortunately, Its a true story that we can all learn from, but mostly its about what should never happen in your operation.  It won’t if you put a premium on training and service also.

Episode #95  Is Technology Replacing True Hospitality in your Operation

Episode #95 Is Technology Replacing True Hospitality in your Operation

Listen to today’s episode and see for yourself if true Hospitality is being replaced by Technology.  It's perfectly fine to automate your business and use technology and systems to improve, but not at the expense of understanding the core elements of your business first.  After several days of experiencing paramount service at the Diplomat Beach Resort in Florida, my initial judgement got the better of me as I was suddenly immersed in technology at the Minneapolis airport.  

Episode #94 More Money in Your Register, Night after Night!

Episode #94 More Money in Your Register, Night after Night!

Listen to today’s episode and I’ll give you the “key” to maximizing profit from your menu, every item every time.  Menu Profit is one mission critical detail in your restaurant that you may be missing.  You may in fact have a menu that your customer’s love, but that doesn’t mean you’re making lots of money selling it!  This really is common and I see it all the time in restaurant’s I work with.  You’re working just as hard preparing low profit items as high profit, so you might as well give yourself every advantage. 

Episode #93 A Winning Strategy For Your Restaurant From Your Favorite Sports Team

Episode #93 A Winning Strategy For Your Restaurant From Your Favorite Sports Team

Give today’s episode a listen… its short, but powerful.  Here, I present one of the most effective training exercises I know that’s proven to not only deliver amazing dining and service experiences, but to increase your restaurant sales.  When your entire team are conditioned with product and restaurant knowledge to educate, inform and entertain each and every customer, you will have an unstoppable competitive advantage.  

Episode #92 HIT THE JACKPOT with your Restaurant’s Marketing

Episode #92 HIT THE JACKPOT with your Restaurant’s Marketing

Have you ever won the lottery? Maybe not.  Or if you have, it wasn’t a huge take.  But I’m betting it was an instant of fun getting that ticket and scratching off those circles with a quarter.  Well, why not give your customer that same excitement each and every time they dine with you? 

Episode #91 Is Your Restaurant Running You?

Episode #91 Is Your Restaurant Running You?

You can work 6 and 7 days a week or Not.  Its your choice!  What I’m saying is, all it takes is a few simple “systems” that will empower your team, free your time and give you that all-important “Big Picture” view of your operation. 

Episode #90  Maybe The Most Important PROFIT BUILDER In Your Restaurant

Episode #90 Maybe The Most Important PROFIT BUILDER In Your Restaurant

Its no secret that I’m obsessed with Profits.  Always have been since running my restaurants and now, I’m just as obsessed for my clients and other restaurant’s profit.  The alarming fact is, so many restaurants DON'T have a Profitable Menu.  Do you?

Episode #89 Are Millennials REALLY Hard to Manage?

Episode #89 Are Millennials REALLY Hard to Manage?

Today’s episode is all about reinventing your restaurant and your management style. Listen as I share 3 simple best practices to inspire, raise the bar on service and get your team working together to over deliver and beat the competition.

Episode #88 Astounding Service That Knocked My Socks Off

Episode #88 Astounding Service That Knocked My Socks Off

Listen to my latest episode as I detail (in this business of 1000 details), how a true “Team Approach” to service knocked my socks off, made my entire travel experience to this fair city and will long into the future remind me of the real definition of Hospitality.

Episode #87 Make THOUSANDS of NEW DOLLARS with Relationships

Episode #87 Make THOUSANDS of NEW DOLLARS with Relationships

Today’s episode throws that idea out the window and presents an easily actionable and proven way to bring thousands of new dollars in the door.   All by building relationships with other non-competing businesses and leveraging their customers to become your new customers…  UREKA!