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Lessons through story-telling in the restaurant industry and life.

Restaurant Talks OFF THE CLOCK with Jon Nguye‪n‬ Jon Nguyen

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Lessons through story-telling in the restaurant industry and life.

    OPENING TRAN AN

    OPENING TRAN AN

    Late night conversations with old friends just never seem to get old, do they? We welcome back our dear friend, Chef Justin Lee to sit and hang out with us as I basically berate him with my life struggles in the past week. We had our first week of unofficial business at the new restaurant, and we thought it might be interesting to shed some light on what really goes on during the opening of a restaurant in real-time. Along with struggle bus diaries, it's important to note that our work is not just normal work. This is life. All of our personal problems or struggles outside of the 4 walls of our restaurant are not separate from our work because both are so closely knit together. We hope you enjoy this conversation with our friend, and hope we were either able to bring value to you or entertain you in any way shape, or form. See ya next time!

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    CONTACT US: jonnguyentalks@gmail.com

    • 1 tim. 27 min
    SAIGON SOCIAL - Helen Nguyen

    SAIGON SOCIAL - Helen Nguyen

    It's never too late to do anything you want in life. Helen Nguyen started her cooking career at 33, after a 12-year career in real estate. Her story is just another example of how relentless hard work can transform passions into reality. From her upbringing to her career path, to even now opening her first restaurant in NYC, she's had to defy all odds to come out on top and she's done so with sheer will, determination, and unwavering courage. We can all learn from her story, but most importantly, when you see her going after something she wants, just get out of the way and admire the work you see. Enjoy the show and don't forget to subscribe.

    FOLLOW US: @jonnguyentalks
    CONTACT US: jonnguyentalks@gmail.com

    • 1 tim. 45 min
    HOSPITALITY

    HOSPITALITY

    In the midst of this pandemic and while our restaurants are shut down, we are still sitting here talking about how we can be doing our jobs better. Because talking about how much all of this sucks won't help us coming out of this. So today we talk about how hospitality is not only part of our job, but it is life. We have to practice connecting with people on a human level and stop looking at people as transactions. That's not how you build relationships that will help you grow. Food and Drinks are only 30% of your restaurant or bar's overall success. Most people like to microwave their success and their relationships with people they think can help them, while I am making soup. It takes time to build success and it takes attention to detail to build meaningful relationships. We are working very hard right now and making no money, but hoping that people will recognize that we're just being good humans and it'll all pay off for us when we are back up and running like normal again. Have a great week everyone!

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    CONTACT US: jonnguyentalks@gmail.com

    • 51 min
    INDEPENDENCE

    INDEPENDENCE

    Welcome everyone to ANOTHER shutdown. It's been a few weeks now, why don't you stay for a while. Happy belated Independence Day! Even though as we are relearning about our country's history, the word "independence" refers specifically to just one race of people. So as you can imagine, we are feeling a bit icky this year. Restaurants in Miami have shut down again, but we are still working. We are not slowing down our progress despite the irresponsibilities of others around us. We empathize with those businesses that rely on the in-house experience and we are praying for all of your survival. If you're not a resident here in Miami, may I kindly ask you to GET THE F*!# OUT OF OUR CITY! This is no time for vacationing and partying. Entitlement Kills. I miss my son and want to instill lessons upon him that I did not receive growing up. Stay creative, keep grinding, and show compassion to those around you within your community. This way of life will lead us out of this f****d up dark tunnel.

    FOLLOW US: @jonnguyentalks
    CONTACT US: jonnguyentalks@gmail.com

    • 40 min
    37

    37

    Welcome to our 1st annual Birthday Episode as I take you all on a journey through the highlights of my 37 years of life and how we even got to this point. This episode has no other purpose except to show you how a 37-year-old guy, who's been working in restaurants for 15 years, is single and has a son, has multiple businesses and 2 restaurants, and living in Miami lives and thinks. Hopefully, my story gives you a little better perspective on who I am if you even cared in the first place, and gives you hope that life ain't all that bad if you're able to put things into perspective and be more self-aware of who you are and what your true value is. Thanks for the continued support and thanks for keeping me alive for this long.

    FOLLOW US: @jonnguyentalks
    CONTACT US: jonnguyentalks@gmail.com

    • 54 min
    KONBI REOPENED - Nick Montgomery

    KONBI REOPENED - Nick Montgomery

    We'de like to formally apologize to all of you for skipping a day last week and leaving yall hanging without a show, but we have a semi-valid excuse. I'm opening a restaurant right now, so things might get a little weird from here on out, but I promise you, we are dedicated strongly to bringing you consistent, valuable, and hopefully entertaining content.

    Today's episode we bring back our dear friend chef Nick Montgomery of Konbi, LA. We wanted to check in with him and his restaurant and see how they're dealing with everything going on and how they're keeping their staff safe and inspired each and every day. These conversations need to happen more often and more open because we can all use more and more perspectives in order to help us navigate through these uncharted circumstances. Nick, as you'll hear, is not as optimistic as I tend to be, but judging by how their restaurant conducts their business, as long as we are focused on the right things, then over time our results will overshadow any pessimistic views we might have on the world as we know it. Enjoy the show and pleas don't forget to SUBSCRIBE and leave a nice comment.

    FOLLOW: @jonnguyentalks
    EMAIL: jonnguyentalks@gmail.com

    • 52 min

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