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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.

Opening Soon Heritage Radio Network

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    • 4.9 • 77 Ratings

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.

    Talking that green (cash money) with Einat Admony of Taim & Balaboosta

    Talking that green (cash money) with Einat Admony of Taim & Balaboosta

    Long before we closed our dining rooms, many chefs had opened Fast Casual concepts as a way to increase their revenue stream and ease growth expansion vs the weighing costs associated with full service casual and traditional fine dining. There are obvious drawbacks to Fast Casual, like the need for a dialed down menu, different style of service experience, and piles on piles of togo containers. So how do the numbers really stack up? Should it be a part of every chef/entrepreneurs journey to operate a fast casual restaurant in addition to a fine dining concept? And if the numbers are so great, why do we have anything else?

    Those answers, plus lots more questions ahead with today’s guest. Our friend, chef Einat Admony joins us today to tell us how to get rich in restaurants! If only it were that easy! Einat is the chef and owner of Balaboosta and Taim, the latter has 6 outlets. We’ve been enjoying Einat’s food for years and it’s easy for us to see why her food has grown from a small spot in The West Village to Nolita to a full fledged restaurant group.

    • 46 min
    A Tale of Two Restaurants with Lien Ta of All Day Baby & Here's Looking At You

    A Tale of Two Restaurants with Lien Ta of All Day Baby & Here's Looking At You

    Lien Ta, managing partner of All Day Baby and the former Here’s Looking at You in Los Angeles,CA. She recently shared the struggle of operating Here’s Looking at You and launching All Day Baby in the midst of the pandemic with LA mayor Eric Garcetti, that was aired during the Democratic National Convention. Her story is not singular, it is shared by many.

    Since this season is all about money, today we talk about the financial decisions that behind closing Here’s Looking at You and the same decisions that made it viable to push forward with All Day Baby.

    • 51 min
    From Bathhouse to Restaurant in 2 Weeks with Jason Goodman

    From Bathhouse to Restaurant in 2 Weeks with Jason Goodman

    Today, we’re excited to announce that season 5 of Opening Soon will be devoted to our most listened to and most response inducing topics, you guessed it - money. How to get it, how to spend it, (in today’s pandemic world: how to save it) and depending on your future goals, the most important: how to make it.

    Our guest today is Jason Goodman, he is the co-founder of Bathhouse in Williamsburg Brooklyn. They opened their doors in late 2019 to rave reviews from bathers and diners and were profitable from nearly the outset. Then came COVID. Today we talk to Jason about managing a budget for profitability or just even to keep the doors open in an unpredictable time

    • 46 min
    The Re-Making of a 125-year-old Legend Gage & Tollner Waits a Little Longer

    The Re-Making of a 125-year-old Legend Gage & Tollner Waits a Little Longer

    Restoration is defined as the act of returning something to its former condition or, in this case, grandeur. The team behind Gage & Tollner worked tirelessly throughout 2019 and into 2020 to restore a legend of the Brooklyn dining scene. They were slated to open on March 15th (dare I call into conversation the famous Julius Caesar line?). We all know what happened next. While the world is anxiously awaiting our opportunity for restoration within our own businesses the team behind Gage and Tollner is doing so just as eagerly to share this gem with the city of New York.

    Our guests today are Sohui Kim and St. John Frizell; partners in Gage & Tollner and seasoned restauranteurs with several beloved establishments in BK between them.

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    • 52 min
    Bootstrapping Your Way to Opening- pre and during pandemic with Love, Nelly

    Bootstrapping Your Way to Opening- pre and during pandemic with Love, Nelly

    Our guests today, Keavy Landreth and Steph Gallardo are all about being scrappy. For their newest concept Love, Nelly they capitalized on a nearby space, used their already owned equipment, and put their own sweat into a new colombian bakery concept. We first sat down with Keavy and Steph on March 3rd. To chat about their then-upcoming venture, Love Nelly. They opened July 22nd deep into the pandemic.

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    • 48 min
    Teams and training, pre- and post-shutdown, with Chef's Special Cocktail Bar

    Teams and training, pre- and post-shutdown, with Chef's Special Cocktail Bar

    We first chatted with Ben, Jason and Josh the team behind Giant in Chicago and now Chef's Special Cocktail Bar on January 14th in the midst of staff training. As you will soon hear one of the key reasons for opening Chef's Special was to provide new growth opportunities to their team including bringing over new partners from the Giant team; Aaron, Tom, and Chase. Today we catch up with Chase Bracamontes, GM Bev Manager and Partner about the opening and re-opening of Chef’s Special and how its impacted their team.

    In March, HRN began producing all of our 35 weekly shows from our homes all around the country. It was hard work stepping away from our little recording studio, but we know that you rely on HRN to share resources and important stories from the world of food each week. It’s been a tough year for all of us, but right now HRN is asking for your help. Every dollar that listeners give to HRN provides essential support to keep our mics on. We've got some fresh new thank you gifts available, like our limited edition bandanas.

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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
77 Ratings

77 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!

not today!! ,

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!

Michali digitali ,

Kitchen Confidential meets How I Build This!

Conversations so natural I feel like I’m sitting at the table with the hosts. This is a business podcast that highlights the challenges of opening a restaurant, but the adventurous anecdotes have many applications. Great tips, cautionary tales and shared knowledge.

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