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Restaurateurs: What’s Really Driving You?

As an owner of a successful multi-unit independent restaurant company it is important to understand what motivates you so you can be intentional in that regard as you develop your business. If you don’t know that, you could be working randomly — or, worse, against your own self-interest. Before you get into your day and … Continued

Attention Restaurateurs: An Appeal to Take Better Care of Yourself

Why are restaurateurs better to their guests than they are to themselves? If you know me well, you know that is the question I suggest you ask yourself every day. The great Debi Saltzberg recently interviewed me for her podcast, Just Forking Around, and we talked about many aspects of that big question. You can … Continued

Why Raising PPA is the Best Thing for Your Guests

One of my clients owns six restaurants, serving a combined million guests every year. Working together, we figured out how to raise their PPA by $1.00. That raised system-wide sales $1,000,000. And $650,000 dropped to the bottom line. Annually. My clients and I have done this time and time again. I have talked about it … Continued

The Surprising Reason Restaurateurs Confidently Say Goodbye to Top Talent

The professionals at the top of your successful multi-unit independent restaurant company are critical to your success, but they are not irreplaceable.   In some cases, replacing them will actually propel you forward. Experience in the restaurant industry is very important, but there’s also a lot to be said about the role of fresh ideas in propelling … Continued

Remembering the Great Restaurateur Mr. Jim

G. “Jim” Hasslocher — my client, who was founder and chairman of Frontier Enterprises in San Antonio — passed away back in November, 2015. Known to all as “Mr. Jim,” he began his hospitality career in 1947. Today, Frontier Enterprises operates 24 restaurants (most of which have been operating for decades) over four concepts. You … Continued

Business Lessons Taught by David Bowie

On January 8, 2016 David Bowie released his 25th album, Blackstar, which debuted on the charts at number 1. Two days later, he died from a cancer that, it turned out, he had been fighting for a year and a half. Blackstar was literally his pre-planned farewell to the world. You can’t go out any higher than number … Continued

How to Fully Staff Your Restaurants

We have all seen the forecasts. They are all the same: In the coming years there will not be enough employees to staff our restaurants. The idea of an ample labor supply is as archaic as phones connected to the walls by wires, 13-column pads, and the onion-skin booklets the credit card companies sent us … Continued

Three Things Successful Restaurateurs Focus on at Election Time

In this month’s QSR Magazine, I’m quoted in Kevin Hardy’s article — “For Restaurants, What’s Changed Under Trump?” — in which industry experts discuss what has changed for them during the Trump administration and how the upcoming midterm elections might affect them. With an election coming up, this piece is very timely. If you have … Continued

How Restaurants Become Unstoppable

Eric Cacciatore recently stopped by my house to record an episode of his incredible, segment-leading podcast “Restaurant Unstoppable.” He was on a cross-country mission to talk to interesting, informed, creative, and significant restaurant people from coast to coast, and he was here to record episode 518. And that is not a typo: he has already … Continued

Avoid the Biggest and Most Expensive Restaurant Budgeting Mistake

Too many successful multi-unit restaurant companies budget like people who go to the grocery store and take a list of what they ate last week without any thought for what they might enjoy in the future. The result? They get good things, but not great things — nothing new, interesting, or life changing. Many companies like … Continued