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Restaurant Unstoppable with Eric Cacciatore

Release Date: 08/12/2019

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Restaurant Unstoppable with Eric Cacciatore

Dean Small is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, where he apprenticed for two years at Windows On The World. In 1985, Dean became Director of Culinary Development and Purchasing Manager at , which operated more than 220 units and 12 restaurant concepts, with operations grossing over $420 million. In 1988, Dean founded to provide innovation and efficiency strategies to restaurants and food manufacturers. Since then, Synergy has been a food, beverage, and operations resource to over 225 national restaurant chains and independent operators. Check out as mentioned in today's...

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Restaurant Unstoppable with Eric Cacciatore

Learn more about Bruce Irving . Key Takeaways Restaurants that show the customer the entire process of how pickup/curbside food is handled safely and successful Use social media to demonstrate that you are being safe with handling food to reassure them if you close you MUST stay relevant on social media If you are closed create a consistent online presence and talk to your customer base Go live and teach your customers how to cook Engage with your community online Plan your reopen now Resources mentioned in this Chronicle: Check out Bruce's online  Email Bruce:...

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Restaurant Unstoppable with Eric Cacciatore

Learn more about Matt Louis . Key Takeaways If it's impossible for your restaurant to safely and efficiently turn to take and delivery, don't do it; close. Don't play games with public health; take this seriously If you  feel uncomfortable operating amid COVID-19 concerns then don't do it Don't go forward with takeout/delivery unless you have solid plan; don't wing it Your staff could be in the most-at-risk demographic Matt is running a marathon on his treadmill as a fundraiser for his staff so…GET CREATIVE! Once again: Plan for WORST-CASE scenario Resources mentioned in this...

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Restaurant Unstoppable with Eric Cacciatore

Chef Krimsey Ramsey graduated with a bachelor's in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana State University --Krimsey also has her MBA From Texas A&M Corpus. After 5 years as a Petroleum Engineer, Krimsey had an extreme awakening and decided to change her life into one of positive activism through opening a restaurant. In 2017 in North Hollywood, CA: The World's First 100% Vegan Cajun Restaurant, was born! Today, they'er about to go into their second location with their mission is to spread "Good Voodoo" for themselves, our Earth, and all our planet's inhabitants. Check out as mentioned in...

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Restaurant Unstoppable with Eric Cacciatore

Chronicle # 28: Start rebuilding NOW! - Jim Laube & Joe Erickson- RestaurantOwner.com is giving owners and operators 90 days of FREE membership. Email Jim at Jim@restaurantowner.com Let them know I sent you.  Audio here Key Takeaway The resources the RestaurantOwner.com is providing its members.  Understanding that we're in this together.  Is April 12 a realistic time to get back to business?  Plan for longer Hows the landscape going to change?  Who will recover quicker? Larger operations or smaller operations?  Resources mentioned in this Chronicle: ...

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Find out more about Patrick Mulvaney . Key Takeaways Dealing with mental health during these anxious times.  Stepping up and being there for those in your community who need you. Patrick and Mulvaney are preparing 400 meals a day. Don't wait for funding, just take care of people... they'll take care of you.  being mindful of social distancing while you serve your community.  Holding family meals to maintain business culture.  Using your unique skills and network to serve your community and farmers. Use this as a time to love, learn, and build each other up. We'll come out...

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Restaurant Unstoppable with Eric Cacciatore

  Find out more about Jillian and Suerte . Key takeaways Maintain culture by staying connected with your team while physically separated Suerte chose WhatsApp because it's less concerned with “work” WhatsApp and communication with your team allows you to get to know each other better and become closer while physically separated WhatsApp has a Coronavirus Information Hub on their website which makes this easier Suerte has a tri-weekly newsletter given to everyone on their team Suerte had to lay-off their staff so they are providing meals to those who got laid-off Suerte has...

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Restaurant Unstoppable with Eric Cacciatore

Key takeaways How their drive-through burger stand was up 39% Why Erica still decided to make the hard decision to close, despite the willingness of her staff to continue working.  We ask,  "Is it the socially responsible thing to stay open?" Staying in contact with your people via social media.  Working ON the business during this slow time.    Resources mentioned in this Chronicle: None

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Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Jason Berkowitz is a hospitality veteran dedicated to team development and operational excellence.  Jason credits his Psychology degree from Michigan State University for helping shape his unique approach to hospitality and team management. His career spans more than 40 restaurant openings from fast-food to fine-dining. He's held a number of posts, including VP of Operations for and COO for . Today Jason serves as CEO and Founder of , a stylized safety, anti-harassment training and supervisory coaching n program for restaurants. Catch Jason's book Check out...

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Once upon a time Austin, TX hometowner, Jason Sabala, had aspirations of becoming an elementary school teacher, until one day, when Sabala broke up a fight at Austin's well-known night club, Emo's. This experience took him on a new trajectory into the world of security, and eventually night club ownership. His experience at Emo's gave him the skills and knowledge to eventually open his own Night club in Portland, OR called Sabala's. Today Jason Sabala is the owner of two Buzz Mill Coffees with a third on the way, and Plow Burger.

Show notes…

Favorite success quote or mantra:

  • "You gotta kill the man you are today to become the man you will be tomorrow."

In this episode with Jason Sabala we will discuss:

  • Self-reflection and self-improvement
  • The desire to teach and mentor
  • The importance of community
  • The importance of having fun
  • Running a club vs. a restaurant
  • Mismanagement and how to avoid it
  • Embarrassment in the industry and what it teaches you
  • Honesty
  • Falling down only to get back up bigger and better
  • Culture and soul
  • Cultivate your community

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Knowledge bombs:

  1. Which "it factor" habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
    • Perseverance.
  2. What is your biggest weakness?
    • Too trusting; too kind.
  3. What's one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
    • "What is one trait you admire most about human beings?"
  4. What's a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
    • "A man who chases two rabbits doesn't catch either." Focus.
  5. Share one code of conduct or behavior you teach your team.
    • Learn everything above you while teaching those who come behind you.
  6. What is one uncommon standard of service you teach your staff?
    • Don't blame your staff when things go wrong, blame yourself.
  7. What's one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
  8. What's the one thing you feel restaurateurs don't know well enough or do often enough?
    • Thank their people.
  9. What's one piece of technology you've adopted within your four walls restaurant and how has it influence operations?
  10. 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?
    1. Time, take the leap
    2. Play the infinite game
    3. Have empathy

Contact info:

Email: sabala@buzzmillcoffee.com

Website: www.buzzmillcoffee.com

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Huge thanks to Jason Sabala for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!

 

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