108 episodes

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.

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    • Business
    • 4.8 • 87 Ratings

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.

    Clover Hill Version 2 Dazzles Diners in Brooklyn Heights

    Clover Hill Version 2 Dazzles Diners in Brooklyn Heights

    We often hear when one door closes another one opens. That is quite literally the case for Clover Hill in BK. It was the pandemic that forced the closure of the 4 month old Brooklyn Heights restaurant, but the re-opening of their doors 2 years later came with a fresh culinary team and today’s guest at the helm.

    Our guest today is Chef Charlie Mitchell of Clover Hill BK. Charlie has worked his way through some of NYCs finest restaurants. Clover Hill has been transformed to a 7 course tasting menu. Last month Clover Hill received its first Michelin star and Charlie was named Michelin's Young Chef Award.

    • 32 min
    Cloudy Donut Lands in Brooklyn Heights

    Cloudy Donut Lands in Brooklyn Heights

    Donuts. Entrepreneurship. Donuts.

    Our guest today is Zewiditu Jewel bringing vegan donuts from Baltimore to Brooklyn. Zewiditu is the shop operator for the Brooklyn Heights location and they have been working on their 3rd location - a Brooklyn Heights bakery - for 2 years, and just celebrated their opening weekend.

    • 36 min
    Making the MáLà Project a Household Name With Amelie Kang

    Making the MáLà Project a Household Name With Amelie Kang

    When I was running down my culinary goals I had hoped to head a NYC kitchen by the time I was 30. It seemed ambitious at the time and I was equally proud once achieved. But it pales in comparison to the drive and success of today’s guest. She can proudly say that she’s the owner of 3 restaurants with a fourth on the way, all at that same young age of 30.

    Our guest today is Amelie Kang of MáLà Project. At 23, Amelie opened the first location of MáLà Project in East Village, sharing the originality of her hometown Chinese cuisine, and has since opened two more locations in Bryant Park and Midtown East, with a fourth opening in Greenpoint coming soon!

    • 40 min
    How to Open an Approachable Neighborhood Chophouse With Chef Chris and James of Gus’s

    How to Open an Approachable Neighborhood Chophouse With Chef Chris and James of Gus’s

    If you’re involved in hospitality then you have, or maybe should have, read Danny Meyer’s industry guidebook to success, Setting the Table. One of the things you’ll garner is the importance of understanding a neighborhood, and of building a group of restaurants with easy access to one another. Our guests today may have flirted with Manhattan expansion, but found their 2nd restaurant calling was the neighborhood they’ve already started in.

    Chris McDade is the chef and co-owner behind Popina and Gus’s Chophouse in Brooklyn. Originally from GA like myself, and then finding his way into USHG kitchens in NYC. We also have Popina and Gus’s Chop House co-owner James O’Brien, also a USHG alumn who manages the FOH ops and beverage program for the group.

    • 36 min
    People Over Profits: Hospitality the Strangebird Way With Natalie Freihon

    People Over Profits: Hospitality the Strangebird Way With Natalie Freihon

    As most of our listeners know, we are also the founders and operators of Tilit, so we appreciate great style when it crosses our path. Our guest today, a longtime hospitality professional, had such style (and still has) when she first came into our showroom years ago. So we’re doubly excited to welcome her now to the podcast to hear about her growing group of restaurants.

    Our guest today is Natalie Freihon of Nat’s on Bank and Bleecker. Natalie is a seasoned hospitality operator and is the founder of Strangebird Hospitality Group. She brings her fresh, whimsical, and always stylish brand of hospitality to NYC, putting people over profits. Long time friend of Tilit, we are excited to catch up!

    • 40 min
    Lessons From Their Frist Year With Esme

    Lessons From Their Frist Year With Esme

    Traditionally we chat with restaurant entrepreneurs who are in the process of building, catching a glimpse into the process and challenges that unfold during opening. Today we’re fortunate to be having a conversation from the other side as our guests are approaching their 1 year anniversary.

    Our guests today are a fellow husband and wife team, Chef Jenner Tomaska and Katrina Bravo of Esme Chicago. They met the old fashioned way like Alex and I, working at a restaurant together. Michelin Starred Esme is their first venture, prior to which Jenner was the Chef at Next in and Katrina was the marketing director

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
87 Ratings

87 Ratings

Relish Chef ,

want a restaurant? LISTEN FIRST

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!

I c thelight ,

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.

liltle coconut ,

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..

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