Josh Kopel | Award Winning Restaurant Consultant

Restaurant Financing: Celebrity Chef Brian Malarkey Goes Against the Grain

Share with:

Restaurant Consulting

If you want to know the truth, without one ounce of sugarcoating, just call Brian Malarkey. The Celebrity Chef has spent almost two decades betting big on his version of what success looks like. Big venues, high stakes and higher revenues. Post pandemic, where everything is thinking small and capitalizing on a flush economy, he’s taking a different path.

In today’s episode Brian and I chat about how he got to where he is today and where he thinks we’re headed as an industry.


[2:10] Learning on someone else’s dime: Wisdom on running restaurants

[3:22] Generating Income 101: Decide if you’re cooking for the elite or cooking for the masses

[4:19] The benefits of larger venues

[5:05] Crushing the big game: Making it rain in The Roaring 20’s (Part II)

[7:18] Brand Awareness: Love me or hate me, they will show up.

[8:24] The Business of Celebrity: Core focuses

[10:50] The key to training your staff for a true hospitality experience

[13:30] New deals: How to bargain with your landlord

[16:57] Opinion: Why ghost kitchens are stupid

[18:14] The steps to achieve success: Studying the playbook

[20:03] What to avoid: Lawyers, monster kitchens, and cooking for other chefs

[21:49] Plagiarism is a form of flattery: It’s right there in front of you

For more on the chef visit

FULL COMP is brought to you by Yelp for Restaurants: In July 2020, a few hundred employees formed Yelp for Restaurants. Our goal is to build tools that help restaurateurs do more with limited time.


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:


Restaurant Marketing School

The Playbook

Industry Town Halls

Share with:


Leverage Digital Media to Drive Traffic to Your Restaurant

This free (and highly detailed) guide will outline how to tell your story in the most compelling way possible and how to share that story with the masses.

(Yep, even if you’re not a “tech” person!)


Lead Your Team Instead of Managing Them

This free (and highly detailed) guide will give you everything you need to know to build and lead a world class team from scratch, ensuring you work less and earn more. (Yep, even if you know nothing about leadership.)


Ready to Optimize, Manage and Grow Your Restaurant’s Profit Margin But Not Sure Where to Start?

This free (and highly detailed) cheat sheet will give you everything you need to know to set up your restaurant to maximize profitability. (Yep, even if you’re not a “business” person!)