Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Daryl Wittle: Running a Chain Like it’s Not a Chain

Fleming’s – Daryl WittleI love to go to high-end restaurants and savor the byproduct of the usually seamless partnerships between the front and back of the house. And that’s why we so much enjoy Fleming’s at the Domain. Yes, it  Continue Reading »

Rudy’s Bar-B-Q: The Guys Behind the “Sause”

We want to thank all of you who submitted their top ten pizza lists as part of our Pizza Wars 2014 feature from last week. It was easy to tell that a lot of thought went in to your lists. And thanks to the many foodies who took the time to read our lengthy  Continue Reading »

This Week’s Podcast: Steven Dilley, Founder and Owner of Bufalina

  Steven Dilley’s story, as you’ll hear, is quite remarkable. With no restaurant experience whatsoever, he took his insatiable curiosity about pizza and parlayed that into the very popular (4th in our Pizza Wars 2014) Bufalina on Cesar  Continue Reading »

7 Characteristics of Highly Effective Restaurateurs

Ken Schiller – CEO of Rudy’sStephen Covey wrote a book over twenty years ago that revolutionized the business world and advanced the notion that success in business and in life were interdependent. I reread the book earlier this year, and  Continue Reading »

Brad Meltzer Podcast

  This week’s podcast guest is Brad Meltzer who is the owner of Sumo Japanese Steakhouse, a teppanyaki restaurant on I-10 in San Antonio. Brad has owned teppanyaki spots in Austin in the past, and is a serial entrepreneur who dabbles in many  Continue Reading »

Do Presidential Perks Extend to BBQ Lines?

Franklin BarbecueBig brouhaha yesterday when President Barack Obama, after finishing up a DNC fundraiser and speech at the Paramount, decided to jump the line at the intergalactically famous Franklin Barbecue on East 11th. The hue and cry on social media  Continue Reading »

Is Austin Really Restaurant Friendly?

Austin has a national reputation as a business-friendly city. On the whole, that statement seems reasonable. But take a closer look into the restaurant segment of Austin’s business map. And remember, the restaurant/bar industry in the Austin area employs  Continue Reading »

Fourth of July Weekend: Burgers and Q

John MuellerAs we approach the Fourth of July weekend, all red-blooded central Texans are hunkering down for fireworks, get togethers, and of course, whether at a restaurant or at home, burgers and barbecue. The two go together like apple pie and ice  Continue Reading »

Frankie Hoch Podcast, Grillmaster at It’s All Good Bar-B-Q

  This week’s podcast features Frankie Hoch, the Grillmaster at It’s All Good Bar-B-Q in Spicewood. He came to the business the old-fashioned way: driven by a lifelong love of Q he competed in cook-offs around the state and across the South.  Continue Reading »

What’s in a Name? The Story of Cedro

James SunOne of the more complicated and interesting aspects of the restaurant business is the actual naming of the establishment. Some names work well and last a long time. Others (Peso and Bucks, Rival’s Steakhouse, Sardine Rouge, Demi Epicurious  Continue Reading »