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What do the most successful entrepreneurs know, that you don't? Today's most successful Restaurateurs and Restaurant Professionals sharing tips and insights 2-days weekly to help make your restaurant dreams unstoppable! Listen as our guest explain what it takes to be successful in the restaurant industry. We'll discuss topic on how to lead, manage and market a successful restaurant. Join us at RestaurantUnstoppable.com to find show notes which recap all books, services, resources and tools covered in each episode. An incredible resource for any aspiring Restaurateur. Now, Join our community and make your restaurant dreams UNSTOPPABLE!

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What do the most successful entrepreneurs know, that you don't? Today's most successful Restaurateurs and Restaurant Professionals sharing tips and insights 2-days weekly to help make your restaurant dreams unstoppable! Listen as our guest explain what it takes to be successful in the restaurant industry. We'll discuss topic on how to lead, manage and market a successful restaurant. Join us at RestaurantUnstoppable.com to find show notes which recap all books, services, resources and tools covered in each episode. An incredible resource for any aspiring Restaurateur. Now, Join our community and make your restaurant dreams UNSTOPPABLE!

    946: Jonathan Fox Co-Owner of Fox Bros. BBQ

    946: Jonathan Fox Co-Owner of Fox Bros. BBQ

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    Growing up in Texas, twin brothers Jonathan and Justin Fox were inspired by Texas heat and southern spice. After moving from Fort Worth to Atlanta, Justin and Jonathan were homesick for Texas-style barbecue and after being unable to find the flavors they grew up with, the twin brothers decided to take matters into their own hands. With no professional training, Jonathan and Justin began throwing backyard gatherings for friends and family to test out their barbecue skills. Small gatherings grew into cooking for over 250 people, a barbecue catering operation was born. After a pop-up stint at Smith's Olde Bar in 2005 where Fox Brothers was named “Runner-up Best Barbecue in Atlanta", the brothers decided to open their own restaurant. In 2007, The Brothers along with partner Beau Nolen, opened the Candler Park location on Dekalb Avenue and began welcoming guests with their signature style of smoked brisket, pulled pork, wings, and a mix of original side dishes seven days a week.
    Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and get your first 30 days on me!  Connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favor success quote/mantra: "If you ain't learning, you ain't living." In this episode with Jonathan Fox we will discuss:
    Advice for first time BBQers Finding your unique selling point How to stand out today Finding a brick and mortal location Parking problems with a very popular restaurant Today's sponsor: Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.
    Knowledge bombs
    Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success? The best service and best food What is your biggest weakness? Always trying to have the best service and food What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team? Something about them and who they are and what brings them to us? What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it? Remember to say no Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team. Connect with people and make positive experiences What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influenced operations? Micros Avero What is one thing you feel restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough? Stay on quality If you got the news that you'd be leaving this world tomorrow and all memories of you, your work, and your restaurants would be lost with your departure with the exception of 3 pieces of wisdom you could leave behind for the good of humanity, what would they be? If you're not learning, you're not living Be proud of what you do Just because you have it doesn't mean you need to sell it Contact: Website: http://www.foxbrosbbq.com
    Instagram: @foxbrosbarbq
    Thanks for listening! Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!
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    • 2 hr 10 min
    945: Damian Otero Owner/Operator of Rreal Tacos and Sabores del Plata

    945: Damian Otero Owner/Operator of Rreal Tacos and Sabores del Plata

    Unstoppables! Please consider taking this survey about our listener demographics so that we can better determine how to best serve our listeners. Less than 10 simple questions. Here is the link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdDIaieCxKEe1Gd5OfhKS-txpc2fTUMDej-OrOr-MguQK0-xw/viewform?usp=sf_link
    Damián Otero is the Owner/Operator of Rreal Tacos, Sabores del Plata, and Cafe At Pharr in Atlanta, Georgia. Damián Otero is a serial entrepreneur. Prior to entering the restaurant industry, he was a business owner and salesman. In August of 2014, he purchased an existing restaurant called Sabores del Plata in Atlanta, GA that he was personally a fan of. He purchased the restaurant for $75,000, and reopened it as the owner/operator after spending only $105,000.  At that time, he was only 21 years old. His mother was, and still is, the manager of Sabores del Plata. Later, in 2021, he purchased Rreal Tacos, also in Atlanta, which he has grown to multiple locations, quadrupled sales, and gained over 36,000 Instagram followers in under 2 years.
    Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and get your first 30 days on me!  Connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favor success quote/mantra: "You have to create a vision large enough that other people's dreams can fit into it, where you can bring A-players into it with you, and everyone comes out better in the end." In this episode with Damián Otero we will discuss:
    The differences between the industry 10 years ago vs. today Branding Sales Instagram marketing The benefits of Toast POS Growing too fast Menu engineering Digital menu engineering Restaurant marketing Today's sponsor: At Popmenu, we know that in today’s world, a great hospitality experience usually begins online. Keeping the conversation with guests going beyond the meal also requires simple, powerful, fun technology capable of expression through all kinds of channels. Our team takes pride in helping restaurants put their best foot forward digitally so they can focus on what they do best. We think PDF menus are super boring, we believe 3rd party platforms have had too much say in how consumers find their next dining experience and we deeply feel that sharing your beautiful menu doesn’t have to be so difficult, time-consuming and expensive. As a listener of the Restaurant Unstoppable, you'll receive $100 off your first month of Popmenu!
    Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.
    7shifts is the team management platform for restaurants. From hiring to scheduling, training, and retaining, they’ve got the tools you need to help you run your business with ease. Better understand your restaurant, hit your labor targets, and keep your entire team connected. Plus, 7shifts integrates with POS and payroll systems you already use and trust! Join over 30,000 restaurants using 7shifts today. Restaurant Unstoppable listeners get 3 months for free. Sign up here: https://www.7shifts.com/unstoppable
    Knowledge bombs
    Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success? Uncorruptable character What is your biggest weakn

    • 1 hr 53 min
    944: David Bancroft Chef/Owner at Acre and Bow & Arrow

    944: David Bancroft Chef/Owner at Acre and Bow & Arrow

    Unstoppables! Please consider taking this survey about our listener demographics so that we can better determine how to best serve our listeners. Less than 10 simple questions. Here is the link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdDIaieCxKEe1Gd5OfhKS-txpc2fTUMDej-OrOr-MguQK0-xw/viewform?usp=sf_link
    David Bancroft is the Chef/Owner of Acre and Bow & Arrow, both in Aubur, Alabama. David grew up on his grandfather's farm. As a kid, David became interested in BBQ and started practicing the art of BBQ in his early teens. He attended University of Auburn and studied finance and accounting. He got his start in the restaurant industry at Amsterdam Café in Auburn, where he eventually turned that restaurant around financially, starting with re-engineering the menu. He soon moved on to open his own restaurant, Acre, in 2013. Acre is named such because it sat on a full acre of land which was farmed and provided food for the restaurant itself. Later, in 2018, David opened Bow & Arrow, a southern Texas-style BBQ joint mixed with Alabama potluck style food gatherings. David and his concepts have won or been nominated for many industry awards, including James Beard.
    Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and get your first 30 days on me!  Connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favor success quote/mantra: "Many of life's failure's are people that did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." In this episode with David Bancroft we will discuss:
    Learning BBQ in your teens Working at a fresh fish restaurant in Alabama Working at your first restaurant that serves frozen fish after working with only fresh Taking over menu engineering at an existing restaurant Menu engineering Fund raising Getting nominated for a James Beard Award Today's sponsor: Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.
    Knowledge bombs
    Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success? Charisma What is your biggest weakness? Vulnerability What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team? Investment in our culture and restaurant What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it? Entitlement in the workforce Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team. The Golden Rule What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff? Be aware of body language, be aware of your surroundings What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner? Letters To A Young Chef by Daniel Boulud GET THIS BOOK FOR FREE AT AUDIBLE.COM  What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations? Resy Toast What is one thing you feel restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough? Trust their leaders If you got the news that you'd be leaving this world tomorrow and all memories of you, your work, and your restaurants would be lost with your departure with the exception of 3 pieces of wisdom you could leave behind for the good of humanity, what would they be? Follow your heart Allow yourself to be vulnerable Don't

    • 2 hr 22 min
    943: Kathleen Wood Founder of Kathleen Wood Partners

    943: Kathleen Wood Founder of Kathleen Wood Partners

    Kathleen Wood is the Founder of Kathleen Wood Partners. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Management from the University of Wisconin and a Masters in Business Administration from Loyola University in Chicago. For over 20 years, Kathleen has been a corporate and entrepreneurial leader, business owner, and business innovator. She is a public speaker and an author of many books. We will be discussing her 6 key ingredients for success in business.
    Check out Kathleen's book Founderology as mentioned in today's episode.
    Check out episode 290 with Kathleen Wood as mentioned in today's episode!
    Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and get your first 30 days on me!  Connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favor success quote/mantra: "The clearer the leader, the clearer the team, the clearer the business." In this episode with Kathleen Wood we will discuss:
    The six key ingredients for success! Vision Team Direction Systems Brand Culture Today's sponsor: At Popmenu, we know that in today’s world, a great hospitality experience usually begins online. Keeping the conversation with guests going beyond the meal also requires simple, powerful, fun technology capable of expression through all kinds of channels. Our team takes pride in helping restaurants put their best foot forward digitally so they can focus on what they do best. We think PDF menus are super boring, we believe 3rd party platforms have had too much say in how consumers find their next dining experience and we deeply feel that sharing your beautiful menu doesn’t have to be so difficult, time-consuming and expensive. As a listener of the Restaurant Unstoppable, you'll receive $100 off your first month of Popmenu!
    Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.
    Contact: Website: https://www.kwoodpartners.com/
    Thanks for listening! Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!
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    Huge thanks to Kathleen Wood for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!
    Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!

    • 1 hr 28 min
    942: Andy Husbands Chef/Owner The Smoke Shop BBQ

    942: Andy Husbands Chef/Owner The Smoke Shop BBQ

    Unstoppables! Please consider taking this survey about our listener demographics so that we can better determine how to best serve our listeners. Less than 10 simple questions. Here is the link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdDIaieCxKEe1Gd5OfhKS-txpc2fTUMDej-OrOr-MguQK0-xw/viewform?usp=sf_link
    Andy Husbands is the Chef/Owner of The Smoke Shop BBQ in Boston, MA. After a storied career cooking and traveling, which you can find out about here, Chef Andy owned and operated Tremont 647 for 20 years, from 1996-2016. in 2018, he opened The Smoke Shop BBQ in Boston, which he created with the intention of scaling the concept. There are currently five locations in and around the Boston area.
    Check out The Thrill of the Grill by Christopher Schlesinger as mentioned in today's episode!
    Check out all of Andy's books:
    Pitmaster
    Wicked Good Burgers
    Wicked Good Barbecue
    The Smoke Shop's Backyard BBQ
    Grill To Perfection
    Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and get your first 30 days on me!  Connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favor success quote/mantra: "Every day - just a little bit better." "Have the best time possible in all circumstances." In this episode with Andy Husbands we will discuss:
    Having a competitive nature The importance of "getting involved" Establish roots before you open your own restaurant Leadership advice Empathetical management Is your concept scalable? The importance of a multi-cultural team Responding to reviews Today's sponsor: Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.
    Knowledge bombs
    Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success? Ability to roll with it What is your biggest weakness? Too quick What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team? Can they be pushed? What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it? Growing quickly Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team. Community What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff? Treat everybody like Grandma What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner? Setting the Table by Danny Meyer Built to Last by Jim Collins GET THIS BOOK FOR FREE AT AUDIBLE.COM  What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations? Toast POS What is one thing you feel restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough? Take time off and vacations If you got the news that you'd be leaving this world tomorrow and all memories of you, your work, and your restaurants would be lost with your departure with the exception of 3 pieces of wisdom you could leave behind for the good of humanity, what would they be? Enjoy Focus Relax Contact: Instagram: @andyhusbands
    Website: thesmokeshop.com
    Thanks for listening! Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!
    If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post.
    Also, please leave an honest review for the

    • 1 hr 22 min
    941: Barry Sorkin Co-Owner of Smoque BBQ

    941: Barry Sorkin Co-Owner of Smoque BBQ

    Barry Sorkin is the Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Smoque BBQ in Chicago, IL. He got his first taste of the restaurant industry when he worked at Red Lobster as a bar tender and a manager in his 20s. He left the industry to pursue a career in journalism and IT. Feeling unsatisfied, he quit his job in 2005 and, with the help of 4 partners, opened Smoque in Chicago in December of 2006. Smoque quickly proved to be too popular and too busy for their space so they expanded their existing 3 years later.
    Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and get your first 30 days on me!  Connect with my past guest and a community of superfans. Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favor success quote/mantra: No mantra. "Take it as it comes/don't get bored." In this episode with Barry Sorkin we will discuss:
    Business plans Management Labor and food cost Pricing BBQ Opening a restaurant Partnerships Delegation Today's sponsor: At Popmenu, we know that in today’s world, a great hospitality experience usually begins online. Keeping the conversation with guests going beyond the meal also requires simple, powerful, fun technology capable of expression through all kinds of channels. Our team takes pride in helping restaurants put their best foot forward digitally so they can focus on what they do best. We think PDF menus are super boring, we believe 3rd party platforms have had too much say in how consumers find their next dining experience and we deeply feel that sharing your beautiful menu doesn’t have to be so difficult, time-consuming and expensive. As a listener of the Restaurant Unstoppable, you'll receive $100 off your first month of Popmenu!
    Join the 60-day Restaurant Systems Pro FREE TRAINING. This is something that has never been done before. This 60-day event is at no cost to you, but it is not for everyone. Fred Langley, CEO of Restaurant Systems Pro, will lead a group of restaurateurs through the Restaurant Systems Pro software and set up the systems for your restaurant. During the 60 days, Fred will walk you through the Restaurant Systems Pro Process and help you crush the following goals: Recipe Costing Cards; Guidance in your books for accounting; Cash controls; Sales Forecasting(With Accuracy); Checklists; Budgeting for the entire year; Scheduling for profit; More butts in seats and more… Click Here to learn more.
    7shifts is the team management platform for restaurants. From hiring to scheduling, training, and retaining, they’ve got the tools you need to help you run your business with ease. Better understand your restaurant, hit your labor targets, and keep your entire team connected. Plus, 7shifts integrates with POS and payroll systems you already use and trust! Join over 30,000 restaurants using 7shifts today. Restaurant Unstoppable listeners get 3 months for free. Sign up here: https://www.7shifts.com/unstoppable
    Knowledge bombs
    Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success? Determination What is your biggest weakness? Organization What's one thing you ask or look for when interviewing/growing your team? Character What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it? Labor Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team. Respect What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff? Treat people like family What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner? Raving Fans by ken Blanchard Zingerman's Guide To Great Service by Ari Weinzweig GET THIS BOOK FOR FREE AT AUDIBLE.COM  What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your restaurant walls and how has it influence operations? xtrachef What is one thing you feel restaurateurs don't do well enough or often enough? Thank their employees If you got the news that you'd be le

    • 1 hr 54 min

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