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Nov. 6, 2020

A Life of Service

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” - Winston Churchill   I am proud of our industry. Hospitality is fuelled by generous, passionate people with a gift for servitude and selflessness. It’s bee…

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Nov. 6, 2020

The Mystery of Margins

I can’t be the only person who opens up their P&L, not realizing I am holding my breath. I wonder how many other businesses feel that as viscerally as we do as restaurant owners. Dancing on this tight rope for years and years can feel li…

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Hi, I’m Josh. Hello Josh.  And I am a workaholic. Or maybe let’s say I “was” a workaholic. I have spent all of my adult life creating businesses and running restaurants. I don’t regret that time at all. It was …

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Nov. 6, 2020

So, What's the Plan?

So, what’s the plan?   Are you hearing this question as often as I am? It is a well-meaning question so I try not to take it to heart that I don’t really know the answer yet. What is my plan? Where do I go from here? Is it poss…

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I’ve reflected on success before and the fundamentals of creating a great hospitality brand. But I’m thinking a little deeper today. Could small experiments in your business be the key to long-lasting success? What mindsets shifts ha…

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The pandemic has decimated many industries. Taken and destroyed lives. Thrown us into an economic crisis. For those of us clinging on, trying to find a way through, it can seem like there are no silver linings at all. Our world has crumbled. We have…

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Staring down the barrel of a 60% permanent closure rate...It's time to fix what's broken. It’s time to change the game. The hospitality industry is at a pivotal point and it has become painfully obvious that business acumen and strategic pla…

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Imagine a world without promotion. Advertising of the past feels insensitive. Customers become allergic to pushy salesman tactics. They stop reading marketing emails. Maybe they even withdraw from social media altogether for a while.  Well, we…

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Failure.  So many emotions come up even as I write the word. To me, it means financial instability, low self-esteem, and a bruised ego. It can also mean opportunity, new beginnings, and fresh starts.  I think the word feels even heavier …

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I’ve done it all. Mailers, promos, flyers, email marketing, Facebook ads, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and, of course, Yelp. I marketed my restaurant a thousand ways, experimenting with new avenues my entire career.  Out of those metho…

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