EPISODE 45 | July 6, 2020

Creating a unique and authentic space with Kate & Ben Towill of Basic Projects

This week we’re airing an episode that starts back in January where we caught up with Ben and Kate Towil…

EPISODE 44 | June 19, 2020

Forging Ahead Despite The Pandemic with Chef Todd Richards

Fundraising for a restaurant project is no walk in the park. One can prepare to be met with under delivered…

EPISODE 43 | June 10, 2020

Re-Opening with Kwame Onwuachi

It’s been 2 weeks since our last episode of re-opening soon and in that short time our country is marching…

EPISODE 42 | May 20, 2020

Re-Opening is Here, for Some of Us

Re-Opening is upon us. Well for some of us at least, and pending for the rest of us. Jenny and…

EPISODE 41 | May 5, 2020

A Glimpse at Our Future – Conversations with Restaurateurs in Hong Kong

“‘Normal’ will never be a thing until we have a vaccine.” That comes from Ali Mokdad, chief strategy officer for…

EPISODE 40 | April 29, 2020

A Lockdown is Lifted, But when will the Doors Open

Writing for the Washington Post, Atlanta restaurateur Hugh Acheson and former OS guest, says: “My governor here in GA, Brian…

EPISODE 39 | April 22, 2020

P is for Pivot

Change is inevitable and in today’s landscape change is constant. Restaurants will not look the same as they once did…

EPISODE 38 | April 7, 2020

What is the PPP anyway? And will it help the hospitality industry?

We’re back with another episode of RE-Opening soon, talking to chefs, restaurateurs and those in the hospitality business about the…

EPISODE 37 | March 31, 2020

Mental Health and the COVID Crisis

We’re back with another episode of RE-Opening soon, talking to chefs, restaurateurs, and those in the hospitality business about the…

EPISODE 36 | March 24, 2020

Too Small To Fail. The Hospitality Industry Organizes Relief Efforts

We’ve optimistically dubbed this season as RE-Opening soon, talking to chefs and restaurateurs impacted by the Coronavirus Crisis. We hope…

EPISODE 35 | March 22, 2020

COVID Crisis & The Hospitality Community Response pt. 2

Starting today, on this special addition of Opening Soon, which we will be optimistically dubbing hereafter RE-Opening soon, we are…

EPISODE 34 | March 18, 2020

COVID Crisis & The Hospitality Community Response pt. 1

Starting today, on this special addition of Opening Soon, which we will be optimistically dubbing hereafter RE-Opening soon, we are…

EPISODE 33 | March 10, 2020

From a Bank to Brasserie

We have heard about varying degrees of complexity during the build out phase on this show. From quick cosmetic updates…

EPISODE 32 | March 3, 2020

Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget

In a perfect world, vision and aesthetics would drive all design decisions for a restaurant space and money would be…

EPISODE 31 | February 25, 2020

Permitting: Into the Great Unknown

Permitting may be the one piece in the puzzle that is mostly out of your control. There is typically a…

EPISODE 30 | February 19, 2020

Everything is a negotiation: Navigating a New Lease

When it comes to a new restaurant lease, everything is a negotiation. Your terms presented at signing have the power…

EPISODE 29 | February 6, 2020

Show me the Money: Real Life Trials & Tribulations in Fundrasing

You have been dreaming of opening your own place for years. You have a business plan. Now you need a…

EPISODE 28 | January 28, 2020

But First… You need a Liquor License

This season we are mixing it up and interviewing chefs and restaurateurs as they actively open a restaurant. We’ll be…

EPISODE 27 | January 21, 2020

The Changing Culture in The Hospitality Industry with Steve Palmer

The hospitality industry is historically and notoriously been known for late nights and hard partying. The drug and booze filled…

EPISODE 26 | December 10, 2019

When Your Partner is also Family with Chefs Anna & David Posey

There are over 1.4 M businesses in the US run by married couples and I can rattle off dozens of…

EPISODE 25 | December 3, 2019

Opening Restaurants with a Food PR Pro

Opening a restaurant comes with a laundry list of challenges. Let’s assume you’ve checked all the boxes and you have…

EPISODE 24 | November 19, 2019

Moving Markets to build your dream restaurant with Gavin Kaysen

Sometimes the city where you cut your teeth and completed your training may not be the best place to start…

EPISODE 23 | November 13, 2019

How to open a neighborhood restaurant with Gabriel Stulman

There are lots of ways to define the type of restaurant you will open, one of the more inviting ideas…

EPISODE 22 | November 5, 2019

Common Mistakes plaguing Restaurateurs & Ways to Avoid Them

One of the most common resources we hear guests shout out time and time again on the show is simply…

EPISODE 21 | October 30, 2019

Creating a Unique Experience With Simon Kim

Food is sustenance, when brought to another level it can be much more. Great food can wow diners, but what…

EPISODE 20 | October 22, 2019

Breaking the Mold with Mason Hereford

Today we’re talking about breaking the mold, the risks and the advantages of going against the norms in your market….

EPISODE 19 | October 16, 2019

Rethinking Wellness and Restaurant Culture wih Chef Sean Brock

One of the topics that keeps coming to us is wellness, life-work balance and the betterment of restaurant culture. As…

EPISODE 18 | October 8, 2019

Connecting Brand with Good Food & Good Design

We started the season talking about finding financing and taking the jump into ownership. So now you have finances in…

EPISODE 17 | October 1, 2019

Mentoring the Next Generation of Leaders with Chef Ed Lee & The LEE Initiative

This week’s episode of Opening Soon is all about mentorship, fostering it as a business owner and finding it as…

EPISODE 16 | September 25, 2019

The Journey from Chef to Owner with Angie Mar

Most of the guests on the show work for various chefs and restaurateurs before striking out on their own. But…

EPISODE 15 | September 17, 2019

Can you Crowdfund a Restaurant? Lessons in Alternative Financing options with Chef Maya Lovelace

Our first episode of the season focused on a more traditional route of funding through investor relations with Camilla Marcus….

EPISODE 14 | September 10, 2019

Real talk about Money and Capturing Investment

Let’s talk about money honey. One of the most requested topics following last season was to talk more about financing…

EPISODE 13 | July 30, 2019

Decoding the P&L

Restaurants live and die by the margins. This week’s episode is all about knowing your P&L and and what your…

EPISODE 12 | July 23, 2019

Getting Butts in Seats!

This week’s episode of Opening Soon is all about how to maximize your digital presence, basically how you can fuel…

EPISODE 11 | July 16, 2019

Creating buzz and growing your audience with Jordana Rothman & Sue Chan

This episode of Opening Soon is all about communicating your brand to gain traction in the media to drive awareness…

EPISODE 10 | July 9, 2019

Designing a Beverage program to Drive Revenue with Ariel Arce and Jordan Salcito

This episode of Opening Soon is all about building out a beverage program to drive sales. Your beverage program is…

EPISODE 9 | July 2, 2019

Creating a Brand that lasts a Century and Beyond with Russ & Daughters

This week’s episode of Opening Soon is all about Creating a lasting brand. What better guests then Niki Russ Federman…

EPISODE 8 | June 25, 2019

Connecting The Kitchen & The Dining Room with Chef James Kent & Jeff Katz of Crown Shy

This week’s episode of Opening Soon is all about ushering in a culture that supports collaboration between the kitchen and…

EPISODE 7 | June 18, 2019

Efficiently navigating Hospitality Regulatory Agencies and hopefully saving some headaches and money!

This week’s episode of Opening Soon is all about permitting, licensing and navigating regulatory hurdles in order to open. How…

EPISODE 6 | June 11, 2019

Creating a Team & Fostering a strong Restaurant Culture

This week’s episode of Opening Soon is all how to Hire & Train the best of the best and how…

EPISODE 5 | June 4, 2019

Designing and building your dream restaurant

This week’s episode of Opening Soon is all about designing and building your dream restaurant with Chef Missy Robbins. You’ve…

EPISODE 4 | May 28, 2019

Sourcing while staying on brand and trying not breaking the bank!

This week’s episode of Opening Soon is all about sourcing. You’ve chosen your partners, you’ve got a lease and your…

EPISODE 3 | May 21, 2019

Location, Location, Location! FInding the Perfect Place to Launch your Business with Erin & Agatha of Ovenly

This week’s episode of Opening Soon is all about location, location location! How do you navigate the wild world of…

EPISODE 2 | May 14, 2019

Building a Partnership that Lasts Decades & Spans a Restaurant Empire

Hospitality professionals are historically under staffed, overworked and hyper focused on their tasks at hand inside their business. That doesn’t…

EPISODE 1 | May 7, 2019

Building a restaurant business, but first: The Plan!

Opening Soon is a weekly show that will walk you through the steps of opening a restaurant through conversations with…

EPISODE | April 30, 2019

Opening Soon: Trailer

Coming soon to HRN: Opening Soon is a weekly show about the journey of opening a restaurant featuring conversations with…