38 episodes

The Restaurant Growth Podcast by 7shifts brings together restaurant leaders from all corners of our industry: full-service, quick-service, tech, and everyone who helps push hospitality forward. In short, 15- to 20-minute episodes, you’ll come away with practical tips, new insight, and tactics to help your restaurant grow. Sign Up for our Restaurant Roundtable: https://bit.ly/7shifts-tips

Restaurant Growth Podcast 7shifts

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The Restaurant Growth Podcast by 7shifts brings together restaurant leaders from all corners of our industry: full-service, quick-service, tech, and everyone who helps push hospitality forward. In short, 15- to 20-minute episodes, you’ll come away with practical tips, new insight, and tactics to help your restaurant grow. Sign Up for our Restaurant Roundtable: https://bit.ly/7shifts-tips

    Creating a restaurant culture that attracts and retains with Danny Meyer and Jordan Boesch

    Creating a restaurant culture that attracts and retains with Danny Meyer and Jordan Boesch

    How do you create a restaurant culture that attracts staff and retains them?
    We asked someone who’s done it—the one and only Danny Meyer.

    Danny Meyer is the founder of Union Square Hospitality Group and Shake Shack, one of the most prolific restaurateurs of our time. Danny is also a founder of Enlightened Hospitality Investments, which invests in companies that serve the hospitality space.
    Danny joined 7shifts CEO, Jordan Boesch, for a talk hosted by Danny Klein of Food News Media. From what culture is, to how it’s built, and how to use servant leadership, a lot of ground was covered. 
    The Restaurant Growth Podcast is presented by 7shifts and hosted by DJ Costantino.
    About 7shifts
    Since 2014, 7shifts has helped restaurant managers schedule, evaluate, and communicate with their workforce. Our team is comprised of people who live and breathe restaurant culture and strive to help our customers simplify team management, every single day.

    • 56 min
    Leading the New Kitchen Culture with Adam Lamb

    Leading the New Kitchen Culture with Adam Lamb

    The restaurant business is notorious for being a tough one to work in. And for decades, it has been. But we’re at an inflection point—and restaurant leaders are rethinking what it means to be a part of this industry right now. A better work environment is here, and for guys like Adam Lamb, it’s a long time coming.
    Adam and I sat down to discuss his career as a chef, when he realized that things needed to change, and how he’s begun to do just that from his position as a leader. We also chat about what the new kitchen culture looks like, and how we can achieve it.
    The Restaurant Growth Podcast is presented by 7shifts and hosted by DJ Costantino.
    About 7shifts
    Since 2014, 7shifts has helped restaurant managers schedule, evaluate, and communicate with their workforce. Our team is comprised of people who live and breathe restaurant culture and strive to help our customers simplify team management, every single day.

    • 46 min
    Going all in on restaurant culture with Chris Smith, CEO at Zunzi's + Zunzibar

    Going all in on restaurant culture with Chris Smith, CEO at Zunzi's + Zunzibar

    Zunzi’s has one promise: to make everyone walk away saying “Shit Yeah!” Chris Smith, alongside his role as CEO, is the protector of that promise. 
    In this episode, we chat with Chris about the culture at Zunzi’s and Zunzibar: the why behind it, how they maintain it, and what they hope it will do for their guests, community, and most importantly, their team. 
    The Restaurant Growth Podcast is presented by 7shifts and hosted by DJ Costantino.
    About 7shifts
    Since 2014, 7shifts has helped restaurant managers schedule, evaluate, and communicate with their workforce. Our team is comprised of people who live and breathe restaurant culture and strive to help our customers simplify team management, every single day.

    • 39 min
    Making MáLà Project with Amelie Kang, Owner of MáLà Project NYC

    Making MáLà Project with Amelie Kang, Owner of MáLà Project NYC

    On the latest episode of the show, we are joined by Amelie Kang, the owner of MáLà Project in New York City.

    Amelie opened the first location of her restaurant at the young age of 23—and has learned a lot of lessons along the way. Amelie takes us through: 
    How her role (and team!) has changed as they've expanded to three locationsHer team’s people-first approach to employee managementHopes for the future of the restaurant businessWhat to order in your Szechuan dry potAnd more!The Restaurant Growth Podcast is presented by 7shifts and hosted by DJ Costantino.
    About 7shifts
    Since 2014, 7shifts has helped restaurant managers schedule, evaluate, and communicate with their workforce. Our team is comprised of people who live and breathe restaurant culture and strive to help our customers simplify team management, every single day.

    • 26 min
    Own diner’s attention with Matt Plapp, CEO of America’s Best Restaurants

    Own diner’s attention with Matt Plapp, CEO of America’s Best Restaurants

    Matt Plapp and his team have been to more restaurants than anyone. Since 2021, they’ve taken cross country to visit and document America’s best independent restaurants. And they’ve learned what separates successful restaurants from struggling ones. 
    Matt joins us on the Restaurant Growth Podcast to chat about:
    His career in radio advertising to restaurant marketingWhat 90 to 95% or restaurant are not doing—but should beA ton of creative ways to collect customer data The importance of storytellingWhether or not Matt has taken his van to HawaiiAnd more!The Restaurant Growth Podcast is presented by 7shifts and hosted by DJ Costantino.

    Meet Matt Plapp
    First, I’m a husband to Christy for the past 20 years, then a father to Paige & Cole. Next I’m an AVID marketer, CrossFitter, Author, Speaker, Consultant & Business Coach. I’ve owned my marketing firm since 2008 and since then we’ve helped hundreds of companies market with a purpose, that purpose is ROI! Since 2016 our main focus has been to help independent restaurants and today we help restaurants all over the country.
    I commonly get asked, “Matt what do you do”?
    #1 I’m the CEO of America’s Best Restaurants. We help independent restaurants tell their stories, acquire customers and build sales momentum.
    #2 I’ve written 3 books on restaurant marketing and my 4th is coming out late 2023
    #3 I’ve personally traveled to over 1,000 restaurants to understand what works and what doesn’t, when it comes to restaurant marketing. CLICK HERE to see what I learned on that path.
    #4 I’m the host of two podcasts. MPTV is my podcast talking to restaurant owners and fellow entrepreneurs. Restaurant Expert Roundup is the 2nd podcast where I interview authors and influencers in the restaurant business.
    At the end of the day, I exist to help independent restaurant owners WIN! And this didn’t start yesterday. It started in 1999 when I first started helping restaurants working for WGRR 103.5 with radio advertising. By 2008 I had become an accidental expert in digital marketing and turned my attention to consulting. Fast forward to 2015 and I’d created an online marketing strategy that helped restaurants FINALLY see results with their marketing and build their customer database like never before.
    About 7shifts
    Since 2014, 7shifts has helped restaurant managers schedule, evaluate, and communicate with their workforce. Our team is comprised of people who live and breathe restaurant culture and strive to help our customers simplify team management, every single day.

    • 52 min
    Going all in on virtual restaurants with Alex Canter, CEO of Nextbite

    Going all in on virtual restaurants with Alex Canter, CEO of Nextbite

    Alex Canter is a fourth generation restaurateur at Canter’s, the famous Los Angeles deli. And he was very early on the delivery and virtual restaurant game. Now, he’s a leader in the space at Nextbite, creating virtual brands with celebrities and helping small restaurants maximize revenue in the process. We chat about:
    The early days of food delivery in LAThe growing pains of adding delivery to a decades-old brandAlex’s first virtual brand, Grilled Cheese HeavenThe creation of Ordermark, and later NextbiteHow to build a brand from nothingFax machinesAnd more!The Restaurant Growth Podcast is presented by 7shifts and hosted by DJ Costantino.
    Meet Alex Canter
    Alex is a restaurant industry innovator, in-demand speaker, and passionate advocate for restaurant operators and workers. He was raised in the kitchen of the world-famous Canter’s Deli in Los Angeles, where he and his team started work on what would become Nextbite. A fourth-generation restaurateur, the restaurant business has been in Alex’s blood for over 90 years. In addition to being the visionary and leader of Nextbite, Alex is active with the Techstars network and enjoys mentoring other restaurant technology entrepreneurs and occasional angel investing. He is a 2019 recipient of the Forbes 30 Under 30, Fast Casual Executive’s Top 25 and a recipient of Nation’s Restaurant News’ 2022 Top 50 Power List. Alex previously led several technology ventures and most recently, Nextbite announced the close of its $120M Series C funding round led by Softbank.

    About 7shifts
    Since 2014, 7shifts has helped restaurant managers schedule, evaluate, and communicate with their workforce. Our team is comprised of people who live and breathe restaurant culture and strive to help our customers simplify team management, every single day.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

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4 Ratings

4 Ratings

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Engaging and actionable!

DJ and his guests shine the brightest of lights on the restaurant industry and those inside of it! Engaging conversations, actionable tips to level up your restaurant, and insights into the industry abound in these episodes. Thanks for putting out such a superb show - keep up the great work!

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