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Take care of your staff and customers and everything else will take care of itself
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August 13, 2018 10:48 AM PDT
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Dennis Carter owns Ryan'S Restaurant in Winston-Salem, N.C. The restaurant opened in 1977 and Dennis was the GM. Forty-one years later, he co-owns the restaurant and oversaw it's best year ever last year (and they are on track to surpass that this year). Dennis talked about the simple philosophy he learned early in his restaurant career (the title of this episode) and how he's stuck with that all along. He's found a great balance of having time to enjoy life as well as always keeping his eye on the ball. Simple stuff, executed over and over for decades, has compounded to build a institution that has long-tenured staff and tons of happy, regular customers. Enjoy...
Heather Miller of Riverside Market shares her story
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August 03, 2018 08:29 AM PDT
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The World Famous Riverside Market in Ft. Lauderdale, FL is one of the most memorable places I've been in my 10 years with Schedulefly. Nowhere else makes you feel more like you are literally visiting your friend's house. We've filmed there, they are in our second Restaurant Owners Uncorked book, owner Lisa Siegel has been on this podcast ... I guess we can't get enough of Riverside! Heather has been there a year and loves every minute of it. Enjoy...
Brothers Brent & Brad Steven have built an awesome group of restaurants in Wichita
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July 31, 2018 10:07 AM PDT
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Brad and Brent come from an entrepreneurial family. In 2003 and in their early 20's with no restaurant or bar experience, they decided to partner together and open a bar. Fifteen years and lots of trial and error later, they have four successful restaurants (Wine Dive, The Hill Bar & Grill, Wine Dive + Kitchen, Industry Old Town) and a phenomenal reputation in Wichita, KS. These are two guys who have found the right combination of a laid-back style along with clear passion for what they do. Enjoy...
Price Beall started Truffles Cafe in 1983 and it's still killing it
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July 30, 2018 12:15 PM PDT
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Price co-founded Truffles Cafe in Hilton Head Island, SC in 1983. Thirty-five years later, he has two Truffles locations and two Chow Daddy's locations. He treats his team like family, leads by example, and is having a lot of fun every day building a very successful group of restaurants. Price talks about his team's focus on consistency and great guess service, and it's very clear that he's an authentically great guy who would be fun to work for and who will continue to be successful as long as he's at it. Enjoy...
Markting Coordinator Katharine Warner shares her story
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July 27, 2018 06:17 AM PDT
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Katharine works for Three Brothers Wineries & Estates in Geneva, NY (https://www.3brotherswinery.com). She wears many hats at this unique place, and it was really fun to hear the progression of her career over the years, what caused her to leave to try something different, and why she came back. She loves what she does, and her professionalism and commitment to being an important part of a growing, thriving business are very clear. Katharine is the type of person we all want in our businesses. Enjoy...
Father-Daughter Keith & Tabby Wren share the story of The Cone
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July 25, 2018 11:14 AM PDT
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The Cone is a landmark location in West Chester, OH, that opened in 1995 with a 30-foot tall ice cream cone building, and it has been creating smiles with it's fresh, high quality soft serve ice cream ever since. Keith and his wife Peggy bought the business from Keith's father, and they run it today with their daughter, Tabby. Hard work, lots of hours, and lots of passion go into this business every day, and it draws people from all over the surrounding areas to enjoy great ice cream, great service, and unique, memorable building, and a family that loves what they do for their community. Enjoy...
Wil's thoughts on why he wants his kids to work for independent restaurants
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July 25, 2018 10:43 AM PDT
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I wrote a blog post last year discussing why I want my kids to work for independent restaurants when they are old enough to work. After listening to nearly every owner I speak to tell me how hard it is to find good people these days, I am even more excited for them to hopefully pursue this opportunity one day. I decided to read my post to share my thoughts on why it's such a great opportunity. Enjoy...
Brewery Bhavana manager Luisa Jaramillo shares her story
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July 24, 2018 11:15 AM PDT
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Luisa manages one of the most unique, memorable, inspiring places you'll ever visit, Brewery Bhavana. Part brewery, part restaurant, part flower shop, part bookstore and fully amazing in design and experience, Brewery Bhavana was named in "One of the 10 Coolest Places to Eat in the World" by Forbes Magazine and was also nominated as one of Top 10 Best New Restaurants in the U.S by the James Beard Foundation, both in 2018. Luisa gets deep into the foundational philosophies she and her team have built Brewery Bhavana upon, and the amount of thought, intention, and care they put into this amazing place are staggering. Enjoy...
Comida GM Dameda Finney shares her story
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July 23, 2018 06:46 AM PDT
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Dameda has been in the restaurant business off and on for many years, and last year became the GM of Comida (www.eatcomida.com) in Denver, her first time as a GM. It was fun talking to Dameda about her goals, as well as what she's learned in the last nine months and how she's made adjustments along the way. Dameda is all about learning and growing, and has a wonderful, uplifting perspective about the restaurant business. Enjoy...
Owner of an 84-year old ice cream shop tells his story
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July 18, 2018 12:55 PM PDT
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Doug and Peggy Warren took over Four Seas Ice Cream in Cape Cod, MA from Doug's father, Dick, in 2001. The business was started in 1934, making it the third oldest ice cream shop in New England. It's won dozens of awards, including many Top 10 Ice Creams in the U.S. designations. Doug absolutely loves this business and his a tremendous amount of pride for it, as his father did before him. I so thoroughly enjoyed hearing his story and the stories of his customers, and you will too...

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