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A man on a mission: Marcus Guiliano of Aroma Thyme Bistro
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June 11, 2018 12:48 PM PDT
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Wow! Marcus has an absolutely amazing story, a bold philosophy, and a very authentic, intentional, passionate approach to his restaurant and the restaurant business in general. There is no room for doubt about what Marcus believes and why he believes it, an because of that there's no surprise that he and his wife Jamie have been very successful building an institution in their small town of Ellenville, NY. You can find Marcus at Aroma Thyme Bistro (http://www.aromathymebistro.com) and at Chef On a Mission (http://www.chefonamission.com). This is a MUST-listen episode if you are interested in learning from successful restaurant owners. Enjoy...
Cody Wilderman of Grassburger
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June 04, 2018 11:47 AM PDT
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Cody is Director of Operations and co-owner of Grassburger (https://www.eatgrassburger.com), which has locations in Durango, CO and Albuquerque, NM. Cody has tremendous passion for learning and growing as manager and leads his team by example. You can't help but be inspire when listening to Cody share his philosophy for working in and running a restaurant. Great specific ideas as well as general life philosophies abound. Enjoy...
Another quick summary from Wil
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May 22, 2018 08:21 AM PDT
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Update on new recording equipment and a new idea we have for our content. Quick and to the point...
Micheál Mallie and the story of Jack's Prime and Maverick Jack's
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May 21, 2018 12:31 PM PDT
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Micheál started Jack's Prime (https://www.jacksprime.com) in 2008 and Maverick Jack's (http://www.maverickjacks.com) in 2016, and has a second Maverick Jack's opening soon. We talked about having investors and how to find the right people to be a part of your dream, finding and keeping good people in a very competitive environment in the Bay Area, business growth enabling opportunities for great team members to grow with the business, the potential pitfalls of lease negotiations, and the advantages independent restaurants have over large chains. Micheál loves what he does, and he articulates what it takes to be a restaurant owner incredibly well. Enjoy...
A few quick thoughts from Wil
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May 10, 2018 12:59 PM PDT
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After eight years of interviewing restaurant owners, I have a few thoughts I wanted to share. Also, some news on where we are going with this podcast.
David Halpern and the story of 4EG
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May 03, 2018 08:30 AM PDT
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David and Ben Klopp got started in the restaurant business right out of college in 1996, opening aliveOne in Chicago. In 22 years they've grown to running a restaurant group with two other partners, operating 20 locations between Chicago and Cincinnati. aliveOne is still thriving today, and David shares his thoughts on what it takes to be successful in the restaurant business, what he loves about it, what's changed, and more. It's worth paying attention to anybody who has been able to accomplish what he has in the competitive city of Chicago for as long as he has. Enjoy...
3rd Generation Owner Ashley Padget shares the story of Alisson's
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May 02, 2018 08:03 AM PDT
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Ashley's grandparents started the restaurant in 1973, and 45 years later it's thriving as much as ever. Ashley shares what's made them successful, what she loves about independent restaurants, and how she's able to be very selective of who she hires. Enjoy...
Gina Stefani of Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants shares her awesome story
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April 12, 2018 09:57 AM PDT
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Phil Stefani opened his first restaurant 35 years ago in Chicago. Today the Stafani family owns 17 restaurants, and Phil's grown children, Gina and Anthony, are part of the very successful business. Gin shares the lessons and philosophies she learned from her father over the years, and the challenges she faces as she attempts to continue providing the legendary customer service the Stefani restaurants are known for, while also opening new locations and growing the business. This is a very educational, informative conversation if you are interested in how a group of restaurants can keep growing while not losing a hold on the core values that go them where they are today. Enjoy...
Doug Schantz and the story of D.C.'s #1 Sports Bar, Nellie's
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April 12, 2018 09:31 AM PDT
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Doug opened Nellie's Sports Bar & Grill in Washington, D.C. in 2007. Eleven years later is is an iconic, very popular sports bar that annually wins a slew of "Best of..." awards in our nation's capital. Doug came from corporate America, where he worked in advertising. When he opened Nellie's, he had never worked in, run, or owned a restaurant. The perfect recipe for success? Enjoy...
Emmy Kaplan and the cool story of Emmy's Spaghetti Shack
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March 19, 2018 10:47 AM PDT
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Emmy had been working in restaurants in San Francisco for a few years and felt like the only options were stuffy, fine dining places that she and her friends and fellow restaurant workers couldn't afford to go to themselves and didn't want to hang out at even if they could. The city needed a fun, laid back, affordable place. So she opened it, and called it Emmy's Spaghetti Shack. That was in 2001. Emmy's is still going strong today, and it was fun and inspiring to hear Emmy's story of the ups and downs along the way. Enjoy...

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