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#022: The Best Social Restaurant Podcast Interviews of 2013

Nate Riggs
Nate Riggs / January 04, 2014

The Social Restaurant Podcast launched with it’s inaugural episode Wordpress banner SRPback in March of 2013.

Since that time, we’ve produced 22 episodes and had the opportunity to sit and talk with some of the best and brightest leaders in
the restaurant industry. We've also refreshed the show's branding to the new NR Media Group identity set and would love your feedback on the new logo. If you have some, please do take a moment to leave use a voice comment using our new SpeakPipe application.

This special edition episode recaps some of the most compelling interview with restaurant CEO’s who are working to innovate and shape the trends that will drive the restaurant business this year.

In episode #022 of the Social Restaurant Podcast, I look back on the show's humble beginnings as an idea and primitive recording produced in my basement to where it is today – a fully produced and syndicated audio podcast that has been downloaded by over 4000 listeners in the restaurant industry to date.

Erle Dardick @ErleDardick

First, you’ll hear interview clips with Erle Dardick, from episode #013, a life-long catering expert and CEO of MonkeyMedia Software.

Erle discusses why catering is important to restaurant operations and just how big the opportunity is. You'll also learn three categories of catering and how the business changes for restaurants versus large scale grocery retailers.


CEO of Fazoli's Carl Howard

Next, you'll hear Carl Howard from episode #012, a turn-around agent and CEO of the popular QSR brand Fazoli's.

Carl has led his brand to reverse and sustain positive comparable sales growth for the last 12 months. He has shares interesting perspectives on why he thinks consumer tastes are becoming more sophisticated and why menu trends must evolve to meet these needs.


Don Fox @DonMFox

Finally, Don Fox from episode #021, CEO of Firehouse Subs, a 19-year-old concept that was recently named by QSR Magazine as one of the Best Franchise Deals of 2013.

Don focused on what it takes to grow a franchise successfully and the set of metrics that, in his opinion, should be most important to restaurant operators.

Go ahead, turn up the speakers, click play and listening to episode #022 of the Social Restaurant Podcast.

What You'll Learn During the Interview

  • How the Social Restaurant Podcast has evolved over 2013.
  • What's next for the podcast in 2014
  • The main tips from these CEO's - the opportunity catering holds for restaurants, why you should embrace customization into your menu options and how to grow a successful franchise.

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[Tweet ""As restaurateurs we have a very specific opportunity because our brands are very powerful." - @ErleDardick "]

[Tweet ""We're just growing foodies. It's amazing about the level of culinary depth these young kids have." - Carl Howard"]

[Tweet ""It's taken almost 20 years to be an overnight success." - @DonMFox"]

Additional Show Resources and Notes

Social Pros Podcast @jaybaer

I start the show by talking about my podcast peers who inspired me to pursue the show. Make sure to tune in to Jay Baer's Social Pros Podcast and Cliff Ravenscraft's Podcast Answer Man.

stitcherFor more information on the syndication providers of the Social Restaurant Podcast, check out Spreaker, Soundcloud, iTunes, iHeart Radio and Sticher Radio.

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