Opening Soon is a weekly show about the journey of opening a restaurant featuring 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.
Serving and scaling better slices with Scarr Pimentel of Scarr's Pizza
Pizza is like religion here at Tilit NYC, and with the exception of the pandemic era, we have a tradition of enjoying Pizza with our team every Friday for pretty much the last 9 years. 5 years ago that all changed for the better when Scarr’s Pizza opened up on Orchard St. So now we don’t just have pizza, we have Scarr’s Pizza. Don’t get the wrong idea, if you’re not in NYC you may think this episode will be dedicated to some fancy overpriced 'tiny pizzas' place. Scarr’s is essentially the classic NY pizza slice, but with excellent ingredients in a well-curated space.
So this is a bit of a fangirl moment to welcome Scarr Pimentel to the show. We have watched this shop explode in popularity. They opened in 2016 and there have regularly been lines down orchard street ever since. And now there are plans on the horizon for another location, so pizza fans everywhere, rejoice!
Re-Opening and Then Some with Johnny Spero
We are officially in the midst of what will be known as the great reopening of 2021. Shuttered restaurants have most likely flipped ownership and are hurriedly making their way to the finish line, while those on hiatus or at partial capacity are seeing their dining rooms full again. And don’t forget about the patios! When it comes to butts in seats, America is sitting - inside / inside, outside / inside, and outside / outside.
Our friend and guest today is marching through the process with, not one, but two projects in Washington DC. Johnny Spero, who has worked at notables including Mugaritz, Noma, and Minibar, and currently helms Reverie, has 2 new projects up his sleeve, or in the process of permitting.
And if all that wasn’t quite enough to keep him busy, he just welcomed a new family member into the world a little over a week ago.
Opening Restaurants with Opening Expert and Consulting Chef Bradford Thompson
To date, we’ve chatted with vendors that assist in openings including legal experts, technology companies, and press relations, but never a hospitality consultant whose business is to open restaurants - a hired expert to come in and assist new or even seasoned entrepreneurs to chart, plan and enact their vision.
So when our friend and longtime Tilit supporter came into the shop for some new threads for his latest consulting gig, we booked him on the spot! Bradford Thompson has a resume that exudes experience, including being named as an F&W Best New Chef and being presented with a coveted James Beard award. He has helped open over 30 restaurants.
Designing a profitable beverage program with Adam Fournier and Diageo Bar Academy
It's common knowledge that wine and alcohol sales have much better margins than food. Building a great bar program not only delights guests but can also really drive profitability. But how does a post lockdown world turn the bar program on its head? Many major metropolitan cities still haven’t opened up bar seating, which challenges the added revenue restaurateurs are accustomed to as diners wait for their tables. Amongst other challenges like dwindling large groups and events, how can the cocktail remain fun and exciting while still driving revenue?
Our guest today is Adam Fournier. Adam is the World Class sponsored by Diageo Bartender of the Year for 2021. This means he will go on to represent the US and compete in International World Class in July. Adam has 15+ Years of hospitality experience, as Bar Manager at awarding-winning Nomad LA, and now Bar Director at Fellow LA.
The Patiently Waiting Game with Joe Flamm Chef/ Owner of Rose Mary
Most restaurants have a 9-month journey from creation to inception. The ones that were aiming for Spring of 2020, Summer of 2020, Fall of 2020, or even Winter of 2020 experience a longer stretch; In the case of our guest today, over 560 days in the making. We're excited to welcome Chef Joe Flamm to the show, now just a few weeks since his doors opened. Joe is the chef/owner of Rose Mary’s in Chicago. You may know Joe from his days at Chicago’s Michelin Starred Italian Temple Spiaggia or his turn as Bravo’s Top Chef champion in 2018.
Restaurant Revitalization Fund and the Re-Opening Dirt Candy with Amanda Cohen
14 months in and it's finally here. Vaccines, Reopenings, and Targeted Restaurant Relief. After a year of lobbying by the Independent Restaurant Coalition (IRC) the restaurant revitalization fund started taking applications this week!
Here to talk today about the grant fund and reopening is Chef Amanda Cohen, Owner of the Acclaimed and beloved OG vegetarian temple, Dirt Candy, and our neighbor here at Tilit NYC. Amanda is an active member of the Independent Restaurant Coalition and an outspoken advocate for re-opening the industry differently.
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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!
Content is helpful!
Content is great, BUT PLEASE equalize your mics. It makes it super difficult to listen when one has to keep turning volume up and down because the man speaks so SO softly and the woman speaks so loudly. Only started the podcast so hopefully you figured it out..
Vocal fry is a choice
I’m on number 4. The only thing that I can’t stand is this woman’s vocal fry! It’s ok to be “like a total valley girl ok” but to add the annoying vocal fry to the end of a sentence is like scratching a chalkboard! Especially if you do podcasts lol!