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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!

Restaurant Unstoppable with Eric Cacciatore Inspiring interviews with todays most successful restaurateurs 2-days a wee

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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!

    815: Chris Viaud Owner and Executive Chef of Greenleaf and Culture

    815: Chris Viaud Owner and Executive Chef of Greenleaf and Culture

    Chef Chris Viaud is owner and executive chef of Greenleaf Millford and sister restaurant, Culture, both residing in Milford, NH. Originally from Randolph, MA, Chris and his parents, who had immigrated from Haiti, moved to Londonderry, N.H. where, post-high school graduation, he attended Johnson & Wales University, receiving his bachelor's degree in Culinary Arts & Food Service Management.​Post culinary school, Chris came back to Boston where he spent three years at Deuxave, a true culinary landmark for modern French cuisine in the city, where he gained experience working alongside chef and owner Chris Coombs, Adrienne Mosie, and acclaimed chef Stefanie Bui. Since his time at Deuxave, he has been an essential part of four restaurant openings in the Massachusetts and New Hampshire. In the spring of 2019, Chris opened Greenleaf in what was the Souhegan National Bank building in Milford, NH. Chris' approach to food is rustic yet refined by classic techniques and his menus are driven by locally grown seasonal products. His strength and motivation build from the support of his family, friends, and staff and he continues to push himself every day.
    Check out episode 742 with Keith Sarasin as mentioned in today's episode.
    Check out VOLT ink. Recipes, Stories, Brothers by Bryan and Michael Voltaggio as recommended by Chris in today's episode.
    Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and 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!) Favorite success quote or mantra: "Live life, eat , work, and play like there's no tomorrow." In today's episode with Chris Viaud we will discuss:
    Race perceptions in modern America Mentors at Johnson & Whales Culinary school advice The importance of culture and how to efficiently implement it Popups Becoming a master of time management Learning from the corporate food world Lessons learned from opening a restaurant for the first time What a trip to Europe taught Chris about food relations A chaotic, highly anticipated opening Budgeting an opening Partnerships with friends Breaking up a partnership The importance of lawyers in business creation Leaning on tech when you need it Today's sponsor: Ovation: Recently voted the #1 guest feedback platform in a nationwide RestaurantOwner.com survey, Ovation uses a SMS-based survey as a “digital table touch” that has redefined guest feedback. Through frictionless integrations with online ordering platforms and other tools, Ovation allows you to easily collect guest feedback, resolve concerns in real-time, get more 5-star reviews, and uncover insights to improve brand-wide.  As a listener of Restaurant Unstoppable, you’ll receive 2,000 FREE text messages - contact our team!

    Restaurant365 is a cloud-based, all-in-one, restaurant-specific accounting and back-office platform that seamlessly integrates with POS systems, payroll providers, food and beverage vendors. It generates accurate real-time reporting and analysis in user-friendly dashboards, facilitating immediate, data-driven decision making. Restaurant365 eliminates manual, error-prone processes and is designed to help restaurant businesses grow with functionality that helps optimize labor costs, reduce food costs and increase revenue.

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    • 1 hr 47 min
    814: Zack Oates Founder and CEO of Ovation

    814: Zack Oates Founder and CEO of Ovation

    With Excitement Allow me to introduce to you today's guest, Founder and CEO of Ovation, Zack Oates. Zack Oates is an author, husband, father, entrepreneur, and hot tub aficionado (but not in that order, necessarily). He was voted Top 100 Entrepreneurs, rang the NASDAQ bell, won the world’s biggest business competition, and started 3 companies. He went on over 1,000 dates before he got married and wrote a book, Dating Never Works...Until it Does. He currently is Founder and CEO of Ovation, an actionable guest feedback platform for restaurants that specializes in text communication.
    Check out Zack's previous episode right here!
    Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and 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!) Favorite success quote or mantra: "Choose to live an extraordinary life for an ordinary one will always waiting."
    In today's episode with Zack Oates we will discuss:
    Growing up in the hospitality industry Mormonism Why Zack created Ovation What Ovation can provide to your business Today's sponsor: Ecolab: Streamline your clean with Ecolab’s new EPA-registered 2-in-1 solution, Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer. It will help reduce risk, simplify your procedures and help ensure compliance. This solution cleans and sanitizes hard non-porous surfaces with a single product, eliminates the rinse step and equips your staff to clean more efficiently. Clean simplified, confidence delivered.

    Ovation: Recently voted the #1 guest feedback platform in a nationwide RestaurantOwner.com survey, Ovation uses a SMS-based survey as a “digital table touch” that has redefined guest feedback. Through frictionless integrations with online ordering platforms and other tools, Ovation allows you to easily collect guest feedback, resolve concerns in real-time, get more 5-star reviews, and uncover insights to improve brand-wide.  As a listener of Restaurant Unstoppable, you’ll receive 2,000 FREE text messages - contact our team!

    Restaurant365 is a cloud-based, all-in-one, restaurant-specific accounting and back-office platform that seamlessly integrates with POS systems, payroll providers, food and beverage vendors. It generates accurate real-time reporting and analysis in user-friendly dashboards, facilitating immediate, data-driven decision making. Restaurant365 eliminates manual, error-prone processes and is designed to help restaurant businesses grow with functionality that helps optimize labor costs, reduce food costs and increase revenue.

    Contact info: Email: zack@ovationup.com
    www.ovationup.com/unstoppable
    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 Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.
    And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.
    Huge thanks to Zack Oates 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 34 min
    813: Aimee Olexy Founder of Talula's Table, Talula's Garden, The Love

    813: Aimee Olexy Founder of Talula's Table, Talula's Garden, The Love

    Owner and founder of Talula's Table, and Co-owner and founder of Talula's Garden, Talula's Daily, The Love, Aimee Olexy.
    One of the pioneering forces behind the farm to table movement, Aimee is Chef/Owner of Talula’s Table, a hybrid gourmet café and BYOB in Kennett Square, PA that hosts nightly 12-person tastings, so incredibly coveted that it has been dubbed it “The Toughest Table in America.” Aimee is also chef and co-owner (in collaboration with STARR Restaurants) of several of Philadelphia’s most notable restaurants: Talula’s Garden, Talula’s Daily and The Love. Check out Tock as mentioned in today's episode.
    Check out Google Chrome's Momentum as mentioned in today's episode.
    Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and 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!) Favorite success quote or mantra: "My body is not a temple." The restaurant industry is hard. Embrace it. In today's episode with Aimee Olexy we will discuss:
    Learning EVERY station An interest in small, independant businesses Risk taking in the industry; it's a good thing Learning from corporate hotels Don't serve experiments, serve refined dishes/experiences Hard lessons from opening your first restaurant Selling a business and a concept Documenting and tracking Partnerships Today's sponsor: Ovation: Recently voted the #1 guest feedback platform in a nationwide RestaurantOwner.com survey, Ovation uses a SMS-based survey as a “digital table touch” that has redefined guest feedback.  Through frictionless integrations with online ordering platforms and other tools, Ovation allows you to easily collect guest feedback, resolve concerns in real-time, get more 5-star reviews, and uncover insights to improve brand-wide.  As a listener of Restaurant Unstoppable, you’ll receive 2,000 FREE text messages - contact our team!

    Restaurant365 is a cloud-based, all-in-one, restaurant-specific accounting and back-office platform that seamlessly integrates with POS systems, payroll providers, food and beverage vendors. It generates accurate real-time reporting and analysis in user-friendly dashboards, facilitating immediate, data-driven decision making. Restaurant365 eliminates manual, error-prone processes and is designed to help restaurant businesses grow with functionality that helps optimize labor costs, reduce food costs and increase revenue.

    Ecolab: Streamline your clean with Ecolab’s new EPA-registered 2-in-1 solution, Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer. It will help reduce risk, simplify your procedures and help ensure compliance. This solution cleans and sanitizes hard non-porous surfaces with a single product, eliminates the rinse step and equips your staff to clean more efficiently. Clean simplified, confidence delivered.

     
    Knowledge bombs
    Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success? Super energized, never tired What is your biggest weakness? Slow to make change What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview? Do you go the extra mile? What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it? Commuting, parking, urban issues Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team. Smile, be positive What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff? If a guest looks unhappy, we approach them and stay ahead of their needs What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?  Keeping Sharp by Sanjay Gupta GET THIS BOOK FOR FREE AT AUDIBLE.COM  Name one service you've hired. Publicist - Nicole Cashman - Cashman and Associates What's one piece of technology you've adopted within

    • 2 hr 5 min
    812: Brandon Knoepfle Owner/Operator of Acorn Grill Restaurant

    812: Brandon Knoepfle Owner/Operator of Acorn Grill Restaurant

    With excitement allow me to intro owner-operator Acorn Grill Restaurant Brandon Knoepfle.
    Check out episode 782 with Ryan Gromfin as mentioned in today's episode.
    Brandon recommends Hireme - hiring software for restaurants!
    Brandon also recommends Ovation - Restaurant Unstoppable hosted an Ovation workshop in the restaurant Unstoppable Network and you can check that out right here.
    Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and 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!) Favorite success quote or mantra: "Patience and persistence makes for an unbeatable combination for success." In today's episode with Brandon Knoepfle we will discuss:
    Growing up in restaurants Working at Applebee's and finding mentors there Going to prison Living with addiction The power of writing/journaling Bootstrapping and building out a gutted restaurant Learning how to build a restaurant through audio books Branding and marketing Learning marketing through app development Creating a name for your restaurant and your concept Consumer-first marketing approach The hiring process Creating checklists Using profit first Partnerships Today's sponsor: Restaurant365 is a cloud-based, all-in-one, restaurant-specific accounting and back-office platform that seamlessly integrates with POS systems, payroll providers, food and beverage vendors. It generates accurate real-time reporting and analysis in user-friendly dashboards, facilitating immediate, data-driven decision making. Restaurant365 eliminates manual, error-prone processes and is designed to help restaurant businesses grow with functionality that helps optimize labor costs, reduce food costs and increase revenue.

    Ecolab: Streamline your clean with Ecolab’s new EPA-registered 2-in-1 solution, Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer. It will help reduce risk, simplify your procedures and help ensure compliance. This solution cleans and sanitizes hard non-porous surfaces with a single product, eliminates the rinse step and equips your staff to clean more efficiently. Clean simplified, confidence delivered.

    Ovation: Recently voted the #1 guest feedback platform in a nationwide RestaurantOwner.com survey, Ovation uses a SMS-based survey as a “digital table touch” that has redefined guest feedback.  Through frictionless integrations with online ordering platforms and other tools, Ovation allows you to easily collect guest feedback, resolve concerns in real-time, get more 5-star reviews, and uncover insights to improve brand-wide.  As a listener of Restaurant Unstoppable, you’ll receive 2,000 FREE text messages - contact our team!

     
    Knowledge bombs
    Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success? Work ethic What is your biggest weakness? The negative side of my personality What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview? A genuine smile What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it? My lack of skills. Always learning and absorbing Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team. Run a tight ship. What you do outside work is your business, but at the restaurant, you're here to work What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff? Find a way to deeply connect with your staff and customers What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?  Never Split The Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It by Chris Voss GET THIS BOOK FOR FREE AT AUDIBLE.COM  What's one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough? Putting themselves first. Letting their family go by the wayside Name one service you've

    • 2 hr 5 min
    811: Matt Plapp Leveraging Your Marketing To Build A Database Of Customers

    811: Matt Plapp Leveraging Your Marketing To Build A Database Of Customers

    Matt Plapp is an AVID Marketer, CrossFitter, Author, Speaker, Consultant & Business Coach.  He's owned his marketing firm since 2008 and since then he has helped hundreds of companies market with a purpose, that purpose is ROI!  Since 2016 they've changed their focus to restaurants and today they help restaurants all over the world with their ROI Engine marketing platform.  Matt's two books in the restaurant marketing field are, "Don't 86 Your Restaurant Sales" & "Sell More Slices" and his third book comes out next week, titled "Restaurant Marketing That Works." Today we're here to talk about using marking to build a customer database.
    Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and 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!) Favorite success quote or mantra: "The hardest part of writing your own story is knowing you are worth the ink." Today's sponsor: Restaurant365 is a cloud-based, all-in-one, restaurant-specific accounting and back-office platform that seamlessly integrates with POS systems, payroll providers, food and beverage vendors. It generates accurate real-time reporting and analysis in user-friendly dashboards, facilitating immediate, data-driven decision making. Restaurant365 eliminates manual, error-prone processes and is designed to help restaurant businesses grow with functionality that helps optimize labor costs, reduce food costs and increase revenue.

    Ecolab: Streamline your clean with Ecolab’s new EPA-registered 2-in-1 solution, Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer. It will help reduce risk, simplify your procedures and help ensure compliance. This solution cleans and sanitizes hard non-porous surfaces with a single product, eliminates the rinse step and equips your staff to clean more efficiently. Clean simplified, confidence delivered.

    Ovation: Recently voted the #1 guest feedback platform in a nationwide RestaurantOwner.com survey, Ovation uses a SMS-based survey as a “digital table touch” that has redefined guest feedback.  Through frictionless integrations with online ordering platforms and other tools, Ovation allows you to easily collect guest feedback, resolve concerns in real-time, get more 5-star reviews, and uncover insights to improve brand-wide.  As a listener of Restaurant Unstoppable, you’ll receive 2,000 FREE text messages - contact our team!

     
    Contact info: www.mattplapp.com
    Email: matt@mattplapp.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 Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.
    And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.
    Huge thanks to Matt Plapp 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
    810: Amy Mills Owner of 17th Street BBQ, The Warehouse, and OnCue Consulting

    810: Amy Mills Owner of 17th Street BBQ, The Warehouse, and OnCue Consulting

    With Excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, Owner of two 17st BBQ locations, The Warehouse event Center, OnCue Consulting and Co-author of Peace, Love and Barbecue and Praise the Lard, Amy Mills. Barbecue heiress Amy Mills, daughter of barbecue legend Mike Mills, is considered the industry’s go-to girl for all things barbecue. She is the James Beard Award-nominated author of Peace, Love and Barbecue, a television personality, and a branding, marketing and PR pro. Her company, OnCue Consulting, offers premiere barbecue industry education and she consults with restaurants and barbecuers world-wide. Amy divides her time between Boston, Southern Illinois and barbecue destinations across the country. She always wanted to be a glamorous heiress. Little did she dream her fortune would lie in barbecue.
    Check out Start With Why by Simon Sinek as mentioned in today's episode!
     
    Check out Shopify and Goldbelly as mentioned in today's episode.

    Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Join Restaurant Unstoppable Network and 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!) Favorite success quote or mantra: "Generosity is a recipe for success." In today's episode with Amy Mills we will discuss:
    BBQ in Missouri BBQ competitions Food competitions in your town will boost the entire community's economy Good marketing Hiring best practice Advice on writing and publishing a book Retail and merchandise Multiple channels of revenue Visual branding Today's sponsor: Restaurant365 is a cloud-based, all-in-one, restaurant-specific accounting and back-office platform that seamlessly integrates with POS systems, payroll providers, food and beverage vendors. It generates accurate real-time reporting and analysis in user-friendly dashboards, facilitating immediate, data-driven decision making. Restaurant365 eliminates manual, error-prone processes and is designed to help restaurant businesses grow with functionality that helps optimize labor costs, reduce food costs and increase revenue.

    Ecolab: Streamline your clean with Ecolab’s new EPA-registered 2-in-1 solution, Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer. It will help reduce risk, simplify your procedures and help ensure compliance. This solution cleans and sanitizes hard non-porous surfaces with a single product, eliminates the rinse step and equips your staff to clean more efficiently. Clean simplified, confidence delivered.

    Ovation: Recently voted the #1 guest feedback platform in a nationwide RestaurantOwner.com survey, Ovation uses a SMS-based survey as a “digital table touch” that has redefined guest feedback.  Through frictionless integrations with online ordering platforms and other tools, Ovation allows you to easily collect guest feedback, resolve concerns in real-time, get more 5-star reviews, and uncover insights to improve brand-wide.  As a listener of Restaurant Unstoppable, you’ll receive 2,000 FREE text messages - contact our team!

    Knowledge bombs
    Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success? Cheerfully flexible What is your biggest weakness? Holding grudges What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview? The servant heart; the giver, not the taker.. How will you recover when dealing with a difficult guest What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it? Recovering from the pandemic, findingnstaif and keeping team members happy through staff shortages Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team. All for the team What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff? The greeting and the goodbye. Make people feel seen and thanked. What's one book we must read

    • 1 hr 58 min

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CarpeGM ,

Countless seeds of inspiration!

As a long term industry insider as well as an aspiring restauranteur, I’ve found kernels of useful information in every episode to which I’ve listened.

Pro tip: Make sure you listen to the episodes that feature guests that are not directly affiliated with the facets of the industry with which you are interested or familiar. The guests are always intriguing and you’ll probably find answers to questions that you didn’t know you had.

Ulac ,

The best restaurant industry podcast

If you work in the industry and are looking for inspiration and great business advice look no further.

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Great content, obnoxious host

I really love the content of some of these podcasts. The expertise coming through is really terrific. Which makes it worth struggling though Eric - you can tell he is a genuinely nice guy that wants to learn, but Man. That fake loud, lower than normal announcer voice and diction. His words are often mumbled together, and he jumps in far too often to “prove” the experts point. Yeah man, we get it, it’s a great point - which is why the expert said it. Move on and make the podcast 15 minutes shorter.

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