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Coming to grips with over 100,000 restaurants shuttered...It's time to fix what's broken. FULL COMP is a weekly show exploring the past and future of the hospitality industry. Provocative and actionable, the show aims to ask the tough questions, supplying listeners with the tools and resources needed to thrive post-pandemic. The host, Michelin-rated restaurateur Josh Kopel, challenges conventional wisdom by hosting both hospitality professionals and thought leaders from outside of the indust ...
 
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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 c ...
 
Ever wonder if there is more to success and happiness than making money and looking good? Can we experience a profound sense of meaning and contribution despite already being committed to our spouses and our faith? This show cuts to the core of what success is all about. Lift Your Legacy is the show for people looking for inspiration in the areas of mental and emotional wellbeing, Judaism, family, relationships, business, and health. I reach out to people who could guide us based on their ow ...
 
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Entrepreneur, restaurateur, and environmental advocate, Josh Kopel, was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Throughout his 20+ year career in food and beverage, he has managed venues ranging from the Alligator Bayou Bar, as well as the hottest Hollywood nightclubs, bars, and ultra-lounges. He went independent in 2010, opening his first conce…
 
Here's what we're tackling in Season 6 of FULL COMP! ________________________________ CLICK HERE to Chat with Josh Free Download: 5 Steps to Achieve a 15% Net Profit We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: FULL COMP Restaurant Marketing School The Playbook Industry Town Halls…
 
In this quick recap we highlight some of our favorite moments from Season 5 of FULL COMP. ________________________________ CLICK HERE to Chat with Josh Free Download: 5 Steps to Achieve a 15% Net Profit We have a lot more content coming your way! Be sure to check out the FULL COMP media universe by visiting: FULL COMP Restaurant Marketing School Th…
 
Corey grew up in the industry as his parents owned fast casual restaurants in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he learned first hand the good, the bad and the ugly that comes with operating. In 2015, Corey joined New York City based Relay Delivery as the first employee, helping define the optimal delivery playbook used by hundreds of restaurants. Seei…
 
"It'll all your fault." You hear those words internally every single day. I think we all do. We run at such a quick pace that there's rarely time to celebrate the wins as we run from problem to problem. But there's good news on the other side of that coin. David Scott Peters believes that in owning our role as owners and operators we can become the…
 
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 Eng…
 
I was raised in this industry. For over a decade, I ran my restaurants the way I was taught to run other people's restaurants. I led my teams the way others had led me. And I never questioned it. Until one day I did...and a whole new world opened up before my eyes. But what if you never got that education? Andrew Dana is an incredibly successful re…
 
On the eve of his 17-year milestone of sober living, Michael Chernow, the celebrated serial entrepreneur, restaurateur, fitness expert, and celebrity chef—who has spent more than a decade launching legacy dining destinations such as The Meatball Shop and Seamore’s—is taking a rest from restaurants to make healthy breakfasting habitual in his newest…
 
Rome wasn't build in a day, it also wan't build by one guy. Today we chat with Miles Canares who's built one of Los Angeles' signature food events, breaking through the noise in an incredibly competitive environment. How did he do it? Through hard work and a central focus on building relationships that bring value to both parties. Today we talk abo…
 
CLICK HERE to schedule your discovery call with David Scott Peters and redeem your $1,000 off... only available to Restaurant Unstoppable Listeners. Email David@davidscottpeters.com with your name and email to get the 3 free bones mentioned in today's episode. In this episode, David Scott Peters joins Eric Cacciatore on the Restaurant Unstoppable P…
 
Are we getting screwed by our food vendors? Do you know where your food comes from? Food Fraud is real and, for many of us, we've been paying a premium rate for lower quality goods for far too long. That's where Sarela and Simpli come in. They're working to expose the greed and inefficiencies in our supply chain. Today we talk about the true path y…
 
With Excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, Chef and Co-founder of Stalk Restuarant Nicole Nocella. Chef Nicole Nocella is From Londonderry, NH. After high school she spent some time in California, then returned to the Northeast where she became a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts- Cambridge, MA. She's has since spe…
 
How's delivery working out for you? Is it a thriving revenue stream or are you still struggling to get attention on those delivery platforms? Are you running a breakeven or, worse yet, losing money on every transaction? Today we chat with PJ Oleksak of Slice because, from where she's sitting, she has access to 2 criticial pieces of data: What deliv…
 
With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, host of the Agents Of Change podcast, and president of Flyte New Media, Rich Brooks. Rich Brooks is founder and president of flyte new media, a web design and Internet marketing firm in Portland, Maine. His monthly flyte log email newsletter and web marketing blog cover topics such as sear…
 
In this moment, we're not just rebuilding our businesses, we're rebuilding our industry. What would you change if you had the chance? For Dina Samson, change comes in the form of increased visibility. She's working to raise the voices of entrepreneurial women within our industry. She's also out front ensuring that the policymakers that directly eff…
 
With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, Chef/Partner of Earth's Harvest Kitchen, Chef George Bezanson. After years of traveling and cooking through Boston, New Hampshire, and Florida Chef George returned to Manchester, NH to open The Bridge Cafe, Mint Bistro, and Pressed Cafes. After a series of unfortunate events, Chef George m…
 
Change is hard. Becoming irrelevant is harder. Today we chat we Joe Jackman who wrote the book on change. Joe walks us through what real change can look like in our businesses, creating a blueprint for disruption and innovation within an industry that desperately needs both. You can pick up The Reinventionist Mindset wherever books are sold. ______…
 
With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, the founder and CEO of Restaurant HR Group, Inc. Carrie Luxem. You can find Carrie Luxem at her website www.carrieluxem.com or read her book Restaurant Operator's HR Playbook here. Carrie Luxem is the founder and CEO of Restaurant HR Group, Inc. and Carrie Luxem LLC and she is laser-focuse…
 
So many restaurant owners have desperately fought for survival over the last 15 months. Why? Is it for the money or the glory? Because both have been in short supply... We do this to serve a higher calling, and the best of us light the path forward. Today we chat with Chef Steve Samson & Hans Luttman, partners and operators of Rossoblu in Downtown …
 
With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, co-founder of Bartaco and Barcelona Wine Bar and CEO of Taste Maker Acquisition Corps, and I should mention you hold titles with Wisely, US Foods and Upwards Projects Restaurant Group, Andy Pforzheimer. Andy is a graduate of Harvard University. After graduating he traveled to France to exp…
 
Imagine, if when you started your entrepreneurial journey, you were provided with a plan for guaranteed success. Dennis McKinley did and he shares that plan with us today. Dennis became a franchisee in his early 20's. He took that playbook, improved upon it and today sits as the franchisor of one of the fastest growing restaurant chains in the coun…
 
With Excitement allow me to introduce today's guest Co-founder Korgen Hospitality Group and Author of The Surprise Restaurant Manager, Ken McGarrie. Ken is also the author of the book The Surprise Restaurant Manager. Ken McGarrie is the cofounder of Korgen Hospitality, a nationwide consulting firm dedicated to helping restauranteurs reach their abs…
 
Nick Brune calls himself a chef but I'd call him a culinary entrepreneur. The reason being is that he's as interested in the business of food as he is in cooking it. In today's far reaching conversation we cover the path he took to master the business of hospitality, how he's applied those lessons to build multimillion dollar F&B businesses and how…
 
With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, Executive Chef of The Tuckaway Tavern, Hop + Grind, and Rise + Grind...Chef Bobby Marcotte. Chef Bobby Marcotte started in the restaurant business at age 14, just 3 years later he was a sous chef and by age 21 a Head Chef. In 2013 he was chosen to helm The Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery as Exe…
 
Have you chosen your customers or have they chosen you? In an effort to achieve profitability many of us refuse to clearly state who is and who is not our target customer. Kevin Tan chose a different path. In having a maniacal focus on his target customer, he's built a platform that's grown to over half a million users in just a couple of years. Wh…
 
Zane and Brandon Hunt hail from Detroit, MI. They came to Austin, almost with the idea to open a pizza joint. In 2011 they started where they could, with a mobile food trailer they named Via 313 Pizza. Their vision was to offer the first Detroit style option outside of Detroit. It didn't take long for their native Detroit style pizza to take center…
 
Can we make more money today? Like right now? Are there simple fixes to the problems we've been suffering from as an industry for the last, I don't know, 1000 years. Most of us don't make enough money and today we're talking with Chip Klose, who's trying to fix that. In our conversation, Chip lays out some simple, easy to execute tips and tricks fo…
 
With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest Managing Partner at The Idea Collective and Co-Founder of Trufl, Chris Dimmick. With 10 years of experience opening and operating a myriad of unique properties, Chris is driven daily by the constant progress he sees in his restaurants and in the people who make them successful. Over the pas…
 
I'm not crazy. There are definitely people that make an absolute fortune in this industry. They're just few and far between and and many haven't been willing to share their recipe for success. But you can learn a lot from observing the masters at work. And that's the vantage point from which the team over at Restauranttopia views our industry. They…
 
With excitement, allow me to introduce to you today's guest: Emeritus Faculty of The Hotel School of Cornell University, Stephani Robson. Until her recent retirement, Dr. Stephani Robson was a member of the faculty at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration for almost 30 years, where she taught literally thousands of students and exec…
 
I'm not crazy. There are definitely people that make an absolute fortune in this industry. They're just few and far between and and many haven't been willing to share their recipe for success. But you can learn a lot from observing the masters at work. And that's the vantage point from which the team over at Restauranttopia views our industry. They…
 
With excitement, allow me to introduce to you today's guest, Owner of Mikey's Late Night Slice, Mikey Sorboro. Mikey started his entrepreneurial journey with a pedicab service in Columbus, OH. His next entrepreneurial journey was Mikey's Late Night Slight, which started in a shipment container. Today, Mickey's portfolio includes 6 Late Night Slice …
 
The future of restaurant marketing is the current state of marketing in every other industry: data. Marketing is no longer about compelling diners to come to our restaurants, it's about compelling them to give us their contact info so that we can start a conversation. Today's marketing strategy is more about them than it us about us. Leading the ch…
 
With excitement, allow me to introduce to you today's guest: Emeritus Faculty of The Hotel School of Cornell University, Stephani Robson. Until her recent retirement, Dr. Stephani Robson was a member of the faculty at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration for almost 30 years, where she taught literally thousands of students and exec…
 
There's a new breed of restaurateur and it's pretty exciting to see. A younger generation bringing the best of the past together with a new vision of the future. Today we chat with Chicago power couple Jenner Tomaska and Katria Bravo in the weeks before the opening of their new restaurant. These two cut their teeth in some of the best restaurants i…
 
With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, President of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Sanjiv Razdan. Sanjiv Razdan is the President, Americas, and India of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. Sanjiv has held executive positions in the foodservice industry for close to 3 decades, leading globally recognized brands through hyper-growth of re…
 
We're still contending with a global pandemic in the midst of a labor crisis and this is another episode on sustainability. Are you shaking your head right now? How disconnecting am I from what's going on in your day to day lives? Today is hard but we still need to prepare for tomorrow and the challenges we'll face then. Gen Z constitutes the large…
 
With excitement, allow me to introduce to you today's guest: Emeritus Faculty of The Hotel School of Cornell University, Stephani Robson. Until her recent retirement, Dr. Stephani Robson was a member of the faculty at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration for almost 30 years, where she taught literally thousands of students and exec…
 
I always dreamed of being a successful restaurateur. In those grand visions from my youth, I must have missed rubber apron hanging in front of my 3 piece suit as I washed dishes in the scullery, and yet, there it was. Over the last 20 years of being an owner and operator, I've felt like a prince and, at times, like a prisoner. Snoop Dillard has man…
 
With excitement, allow me to introduce to you today's guest: CEO, President, and taco maker at Velvet Taco, Clay Dover. Joining Velvet Taco as president in early 2017 Clay Dover has helped scale the brand from four restaurants to 29 locations by the time of this episode aired. Graduate of Brigham Young University where he studied Sales and Marketin…
 
Is there anything more foundational to the hospitality industry than booze? Wether it's selling drinks to customers or grabbing drinks with co-workers, the social dynamics of the restaurant industry revolve around booze. Or at least they did... The data is clear: people are drinking less. Today I chat with author Julia Bainbridge about the sobriety…
 
What does success look like in the restaurant industry? For Ron Shaich, it meant driving Panera Bread to outperform both Starbucks and Chipotle over the last 20 year, ultimately creating a restaurant concept valued at $7.5 Billion Dollars. How did he do it? The answer was surprisingly simple and today he takes us on the journey from a single unit c…
 
With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, Restauranteur- Author - Podcast Host - Strategist - Coach - People Connector- Samuel Stanovich. Samuel has been involved with the hospitality industry for over two decades. Samuel primarily works on the leadership and development as Area Representative for Firehouse Subs responsible for No…
 
Idealism is great. We all want to be dream employers offering dream jobs to amazing people who love our restaurant as much as we do. But that's rarely the reality of our situation. Who's fault is that and is there a way to make that vision a reality? Today we chat with Gabriel Cole, a former chef, who's using his values to not only inform the way h…
 
With excitement allow me to introduce today's guest, CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association, Emily Williams Knight. With excitement allow me to introduce today's guest, CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association, Emily Williams Knight. Knight has more than 20 years of experience and success in national and global leadership positions and is the curre…
 
How many articles have you read about "the restaurant of the future?" It conjures visions of robot cooks and digital menus but no one really talks about how big it is or the steps the proprietor took avoid the massive failure rate we've been saddled with in the past. I think that, more than anything, the restaurant of the future is sustainable and …
 
With excitement allow me to introduce to you today's guest, President of El Arroyo, Ellis Winstanley. Check out episode 641 with Greg Scheinman about restaurant insurance as mentioned in today's episode. Check out A Lapsed Anarchist's Approach To Building A Great Business by Ari Weinzweig as mentioned in today's episode. Show notes… Calls to ACTION…
 
Change is in the air. We've felt it coming for years and we see it happening before our eyes in this moment. Today's buzzwords were the dreams of innovators from decades past. And innovation can be found everywhere. Today we chat with Loren and Lisa Poncia, founders of Stemple Creek Ranch. Stemple Creek is not only famous for their regenerative agr…
 
We've all been burned. A bad business plan, a bad business partner, a global pandemic... What happens next is what defines our lives and our careers. Chef Claudette Zepeda built an award winning restaurant only to have it taken away but, rather than seeing that as the end of the story, she began a new chapter, leveraging her talent and experience t…
 
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…
 
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