Follow the journey of opening a restaurant through conversations with some of the world’s greatest chefs, restaurateurs and the vendors that help take their business from an idea to opening soon. Opening Soon is hosted by the founders of Tilit NYC, Jenny Goodman and Alex McCrery, who bring their unique perspective as hospitality industry insiders and many questions as the former proprietors of a now shuttered restaurant.
The Build: Opening Day
It’s the day we’ve been waiting for all season: Ursula is open! In this episode we hear the staff celebrating on opening night, and debrief with Eric and Lani about surviving their first week of service. Plus, Jenny and Alex reminisce on the opening - and closing - days of their restaurant Goods.
Additional music in this episode by Doctor Turtle, HolinzaCC0, Andy G. Cohen, Jan-Michael Hökenschnieder & Fachhochschule, and 10 Echo.
The Build: The Final Countdown
It’s the final week before opening and a LOT is happening. Moving day, construction, staff training, friends and family; this episode has it all. Plus, a visit from Ursula herself!
The Build: Laughing, Crying, Making Burritos
On this season of Opening Soon– which we are affectionately calling The Build– we’re taking a look at all aspects of opening a brick and mortar. In today’s episode, we’ll hop onto a rollercoaster of emotions. We’re painting a picture of how self care and mental health look during a build, and using all the colors we can get our hands on. Listen in for some deep reflections, lessons learned along the way, and an intimate look behind the scenes of team TILIT.
The Build: What Are We Drinking?
In this episode of The Build; tune into Eric - in conversation with his collaborators - as he spends time intentionally sourcing ingredients, wines and spirits for his new beverage menus at Ursula's new home.
If you want to hear more John deBary, he's creating a limited-run companion podcast with HRN for his new book Saved by the Bellini. Subscribe to the Eat Your Words wherever you get your podcasts to get the episodes as they launch.
Additional Music in this episode by Jahzzar, Jan-Michael Hökenschnieder & Fachhochschule Dortmund, TRG Banks, Rowan Jane, Fields Ohio.
The Build: Whose Job is it Anyway?
The Build takes a deep dive into the process of building up a new restaurant from signing the lease to opening day. In this episode, not only do you get more glimpses at the fun aesthetic bits, but you’ll also hear about the processes and systems behind making sure customers feel taken care of in the space that Eric and Team Ursula are in the middle of creating. Between architects pointing fingers at plumbers, and deciding on plate ware, you’ll hear about the nitty gritty required to build up (and out) your brick and mortar world.
The Build: Who’s the Team?
Welcome to the latest episode of The Build! In this episode, we explore the world of Ursula: meet new team members and take a deep dive into the values and systems that Eric and Lani plan to instill in the new location.
Plus, get a glimpse at how the team is restructuring compensation for employees to better serve everyone and encourage warmer hospitality.
Working in the restaurant industry was rewarding but challenging. This podcast gives you the insights of the industry. The “The build” series gave some info I was not aware.
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As a food entrepreneur this podcast is extremely helpful and gives you a real understanding of what dedication and work is involved in running a food business. It’s not all top chef, people! thank you!
Enjoyed! Sound quality interfered with hearing everything
I listened to the Cloudy Donut episode & learned a lot, but I had to strain to hear everything clearly. I had the most difficulty understanding the woman host, then the male, but heard Zewidi fine if I didn’t run the shower.