This is an interview with Chef Keith Jones. Keith and I have known each other since 1994 when I worked with him at The Metropolitan Club in Englewood Colorado. This is a great interview with Keith who has done and continues to do a little of everything in the hospitality business. We touch on the importance of mentors and a lot of other great topics in the business. I think a lot of you will like this episode because Keith has as expanded his horizons out of the restaurants but stayed in food service.
In this interview, we talk with Rob Siegal who owns Trajectory Insights, a consumer marketing and branding firm. He talks about how brands use this information to make more informed decisions and change themselves to stay relevant with their current and aspirational customers. www.trajectory-insights.com/
Trajectory Insights About Us: Trajectory Insights uses both data-driven quantitative and deep understanding qualitative research approaches to provide actionable growth strategies and tactics based on consumer and customer behaviors to set our clients on growth paths.
In this episode, Tommy speaks with John Franke, Corporate Chef for Front Burner Restaurants. Front Burner Restaurants has gotten into the business of building restaurant brands, testing concepts, and then they look to sell those chains. They are currently the majority owners of the Twin Peaks chain. John talks about this new food hall that is going to open North of Dallas in the summer.
In this week’s interview, we speak with Ian Garlic, a digital marketing guru. We discuss his experience in restaurants, his dad set up the mass distribution of Gyro’s from Greece back in the 70’s and used to own a restaurant that had a live dolphin show in Wisconsin. We also speak extensively about social media and the strategy that is working best for restaurants right now.
Ian had a few giveaways for the show:
1. Mobile Video Studio Equipment Guide: iangarlic.com/vidgear/
2.Reach out to him at iangarlic.com and mention the show to get his 8 Video Online Course, 2017 Video Marketing Plan, for free.
This weeks interview is with Scott Turner, founder of Waresys. Waresys is a food safety and FSMA training company. Scott discusses how FSMA affects restaurants, the Food Code 2017 release, temp monitoring solutions how they work and how much they cost. It is a great interview that talks about things that are affecting our industry right now. To learn more about Waresys, check out their site: www.waresys.net
This episode we speak with George Tinsley II, G2. George is VP and Managing Director of Tinsley Family Concessions, they run restaurants in the Miami, Tampa, and Louisville airports. George’s dad was one of the original KFC franchisees and made his deal directly with Colonel himself. George discusses the challenges of running airport restaurants and building up a family business.
This week we interview Wayne Humphrey, COO of Larkburger. Wayne speaks about how Larkburger is ready to start growing out of the state of Colorado. Wayne also speaks about food consistency across the industry and why it is so hit or miss. If you live in Colorado or Overland Park KS shortly, please check out Larkburger’s open interviews on Walk-in Wednesdays, Wednesday afternoons in each of their restaurants from 2 to 5pm.
Islam Ahmed shares his experience in the restaurant industry and his passion for running great operations. He discusses his time with Chipotle and what he believes has contributed to their recent struggles. Tommy gets a little bit of a different perspective from a less seasoned restaurant industry evangelist.
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This week’s interview is with Tom Moxcey, former CEO of Rock Bottom, Old Chicago’s and Charlie Browns. Tom talks about his amazing career starting in Boulder, CO in 1970 through today where he is a restaurant gun for hire that will come in and fix broken restaurants by actually managing them, not just consulting and moving to the next project. Tom spends some time talking about the prestige of working at restaurants and how he feels that has been degraded over time and some of what he believes will be the unintended consequences of the current minimum wage increases. This is a great interview that you don’t want to miss.
To contact Tom, you can reach him through LinkedIn at by clicking here.
In this episode, Tommy Y interviews Don Fox CEO of Firehouse Subs. Firehouse has 1016 locations around the world. Don talks about his career path, what they are working on at Firehouse and the government mandated wage increases around the country.
In the interview, Don mentioned Firehouse’s charitable foundation, the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. Here is the address if you would like to donate: www.firehousesubs.com/firehouse-subs…ty-foundation/