7,000 indie restaurants closed since fall of 2008…

…But how many opened? This recent article in the L.A. Times caught my attention for two reasons: 1. It doesn’t provide any context. OK, so 7,000 closed in the last 3.5 years. Well, why not tell us how many have closed on average every 3.5 years. Is it 2,000? 5,000? I have no reference point…

ROU video series – Dave Query part V…

Here is the final video we made from our interview with Dave Query at Big Red F Restaurant Group in Boulder, CO. In this interview Dave talks about the crazy life of being a restaurant owner, and ownership’s biggest challenge. We’re so honored to have had the opportunity to interview Dave to kick off this…

Why a "hippy from the 60’s" takes great care of his employees

Chip Bair has owned Colorado pizzeria Beau Jo’s for 37 years. When he bought a tiny little pizza place on a side street in Idaho Springs, CO, $30 was a big day. He did everything from sleeping on the restaurant floor to avoid having to pay for an apartment, to recycling the paper from the…

ROU video series – Dave Query part IV…

Here is the fourth (of five) videos we’re making from our interview with Dave Query at Big Red F Restaurant Group in Boulder, CO. In this interview Dave talks about the challenge of managing “Millenials” and the types of creative benefits his group offers to help build brand loyalty from his team. Dave is one…

Getting old is cool

Assuming you’re healthy and happy – getting old is cool. For a bunch of reasons actually – personally and professionally. One of the best things about it is that you learn (and become OK with) the fact that most people don’t communicate the same as you do. Most people don’t react the same way you…

"La la la la la la I can’t hear you la la la la…."

Last Friday afternoon I was at the U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) here in Charlotte, watching the Olympic trials for kayaking and canoeing. As I watched a team of two late 30’s guys compete in the 2-man canoe event and place third overall (against competitors who were all nearly half their age), and heard stories…

16,981

Our book, “Restaurant Owners Uncorked” (“ROU”), is currently ranked #16,981 out of over 8,000,000 paperback books available on Amazon.com. The stats update hourly, and I don’t fully understand how they are measured, but it’s the second highest rank we’ve achieved (it was #10,294 on April 2). Anyway, it seems pretty cool that we’re in the…

A lesson learned from our dog…

My family lost a dog this morning. Cami. We had her 11 years, but we think she was around 15-17 years old. We adopted her, and the rescue mission had picked her up from the pound so nobody knew how old she was. When they found her she was matted and had heart worms, but…

Any chance you get, thank your customers for their business.

Yesterday I picked up our chocolate lab (River…in pic on right) from the vet – he had spent 3 days there while my family was out of town. It’s a great facility with wonderful vets – they really take great care of the animals there. However, something I noticed when I picked River up yesterday…

ROU vid series continues with Dave Query part III….

Here is the third (of five) videos we’re making from our interview with Dave Query at Big Red F Restaurant Group in Boulder, CO. In this interview Dave talks about attracting investors, structuring his business, and the million dollar problem in the restaurant industry. As with the first two vids, we keep it short and…