"We believe in people more than we do in things"

Meherwan Irani got an MBA and spent 15 years in corporate America, working for other people. He was not unhappy, but never jumped out of bed in the morning excited to head to work. So in 2009 as the economy was collapsing, he and his wife Molly took a leap of faith and decided to…

"It takes discipline to stay simple"

Cris Eddings co-owns Chuck’s Fish (two locations) and 5 Bar (five locations). His restaurants are very popular and very highly rated. He and his team follow their own compasses and don’t pay attention to conventional wisdom when it doesn’t align with what they believe. So they do things like raising the minimum wage for non-tipped…

"My business plan called for $1,000,000 but I opened for $70,000"

Mic Heynekamp of Eddyline Brewery was in our book, Restaurant Owners Uncorked, and told me one of the most interesting stories I’ve ever heard about opening a restaurant. He and his wife, Molley, drew up a $1,000,000 business plan to open their first place. It included new equipment and everything conventional wisdom says you need…

Why we don’t try to sell people on using Schedulefly

As we’ve mentioned before, we don’t have sales people – nobody trying to convince restaurants to use Schedulefly. Why would we? How do we know if it’s right for them? We don’t know how they operate, what issues are important, etc. Or if the timing is right. Maybe they want to deal with scheduling a…