Josh Kopel | Award Winning Restaurant Consultant

Nikita Seal on the joyful path to restaurant success

Nikita Seal shares many qualities with the average restaurateur. She’s smart, hard working, and focused on serving her guests to the best of her ability. But there’s one quality that makes her stand about amongst the rest: she’s one of the happiest people I’ve ever met. Nikita has cracked the code on how to transform the day to day grind of restaurant life into a joyful exercise that anyone can emulate. Today we sit down to discuss how in prioritizing her own happiness, she found a shortcut to success. 

For more information on Nikita and her restaurant, visit https://www.zzsicecreampuffs.com/.

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Kevin Beary on how to create an iconic bar program

You may not know Kevin by name but you definitely know Kevin’s work. As Beverage Director of Three Dots and a Dash in Chicago, Kevin has helmed a cultural revolution in Tiki cocktails over the last decade. Today we sit down to discuss the essential elements of an iconic beverage program, the value in a blockbuster non alcoholic offering, and the future of the bar industry. 

For more on Kevin and his bar, visit ​​https://www.threedotschicago.com/.

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John Manion on succeeding in a major market

Two decades in our industry would equate to 80 in any other industry so there’s something to be said for getting to the top and staying there. Today we chat with John Manion, a chef who has dominated the Chicago dining scene for almost 20 years. We sit down to discuss the long road to the top and what’s required to maintain relevance in a competitive and ever-changing market. 

For more information on the chef and his restaurants, visit https://www.elchechicago.com/.

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Becca McIntyre on the right way to launch a limited time offer

There’s an art to creating a perfect limited time offer. It has as much to do with the offering as it does with the messaging around the offering. Becca McIntyre of Craveworthy Brands is an LTO expert, having created an endless series of limited time offers for the biggest brands in the country. Today she sits down to discuss the essential elements of a perfect LTO and how to get the most bang for our buck when it comes to marketing that offer. 

For more information on Becca and Craveworthy Brands, visit https://www.craveworthybrands.com/.

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Greg Willman on how to create the next big franchise

Rarely do we open a restaurant without the aspiration to open many. Sure luck plays a role but there are some folks out there that seem to have the secret to scaling. Today we sit down with Greg Willman, an investor and restaurateur who, after becoming the largest Qdoba franchisee in the world, has set his sights on dominating with a new brand. In our conversation he unpacks the steps to scaling successfully and the mistakes to avoid along the way. 

For more information on Naf Naf Grill, visit https://www.nafnafgrill.com/.

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Obadiah “Obie” Ostergard on the evolution in mindset from chef to restaurateur

I’ll be the first one to say that if you’re looking to achieve greatness in our industry, focus is the key. Today’s guest, Obie Ostergard, may just prove me wrong. A trained chef turned operations guru, Obie has mastered the hardest parts of our industry in both front and back of house. In our conversation Obie unpacks the lessons he’s learned and the tools he’s leveraged to become a jack of all trades in the trade industry. 

For more on Obie and his restaurant group, visit https://www.vinehospitality.com/.

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Mistie Boulton on the risks and rewards of dynamic pricing

Misite Boulton has had the inside track on our industry for years. As a consultant and secret shopping agency, she’s seen the best and worst that our industry has to offer. Her vantagepoint also gives her the ability to see trendlines in our industry that wouldn’t be readily obvious without such a large client base. Today we sit down to discuss how this industry is evolving and the things we can do in our restaurants today to ensure we evolve with it. 

For more information on Mistie and her company, visit https://eyespycc.com/.

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David Dittenber on AI’s Game-Changing Role in Restaurants

All anyone wants to talk about today is AI and the way that it’s going to change our industry in the future, but I find it nearly impossible to see how it’s impacting day to day operations today. That’s why I called my friend and fellow restaurateur Dave Dittenber to discuss his latest project MABEL. MABEL is the assistant we deserve and that we’ve all wished we could have. In our conversation, Dave discusses how MABEL is changing the game for operators today and the roadmap for how he intends to transform our industry tomorrow. 

For more information on Dave, BYOD, and MABEL, visit https://byod.ai/.

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Jonathon Sawyer the keys to sustainable success

There’s this old curse I remember hearing when I was younger, “May you get what you wish for.” What if you do get it all…the locations, the accolades, the attention and it’s not all it’s cracked up to be? Then what? Today we sit down with celebrity chef and restaurateur Jonathon Sawyer to discuss what happens when our dreams become reality. He shares the path that led to his success, his potential demise, and the new path he’s set for the future. 

For more information on the chef and his restaurant, visit https://www.kindlingchicago.com/.

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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.

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Darshak Mehta on the Fast Track to Scaling Profitability

For most of us, our career as restaurateurs is defined by making due with what we can afford. Sure it would be fantastic to bring on a Chief Financial Officer, a director of HR, and a day to day bookkeeper, providing real time analysis of our restaurants, but who can afford all of that? Well, through the internet and this globalized world we live in, there’s now hope for all of us. Today we sit down with Darshak Mehta of Analytix, an offshore Advisory firm changing the face of our industry by providing great restaurants with the information and support they need. We discuss the path to profitability for their restaurant clients and the steps you can take today to achieve the same results. 

For more information on Analytix, visit

https://www.analytix.com/industries/restaurants/.

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Neal Foard on the Art of Crafting an Irresistible Brand Story (Part 1)

What is great marketing? If we distill it down to its simplest form, it’s great storytelling. But, for most of us, there’s hesitation in putting ourselves out there. What would we talk about? Who would care? Today we sit down with master storyteller, Neal Foard, a marketing executive turned social media guru who’s collected close to half a million loyal followers simply by sharing his life in the most compelling way imaginable. In this epic two part conversation we discuss the essential elements of a great story and how you can put it together to scale awareness and loyalty for your restaurant brand. 

For more information on Neal, visit https://www.nealfoard.com/.

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Andrew Zimmerman on how patience can be a competitive advantage

Chef Andrew Zimmerman has been a fixture in Chicago’s fine dining scene for almost two decades now. In his quiet pursuit of excellence he has collected a lifetime's worth of Michelin stars, forgetting the dozens of other accolades. We sat down today to discuss what has set him apart from his competitive set and the strategies he’s used to be as relevant today as he was when Michelin first came to town. 

For more information on the chef and his restaurants, visit https://chefandrewzimmerman.com/.

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