How to Test Your Restaurant Concept with Minimal Cost

Episode 15
Suzanne Simon and Bettina Stern are the co-founders of Chaia, a very popular, fast-casual vegetarian restaurant in Georgetown, DC that features delicious plant-based tacos.

Despite their different professional backgrounds, a common passion for food brought the two lady bosses together. In this interview, Suzanne and Bettina shared their story from food blogging to testing their food at a local farmers’ market, to then building their own vegetarian restaurant together. They talked about how to test the water with a new restaurant concept and what you can do to make yourself stand out in the highly competitive food industry.

“You have to be truly inspired by what you are making.”

– Suzanne Simon

 


Chaia

Location:

3207 Grace St NW
Washington DC 20007
Phone: (202) 333-5222
Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Yelp, Foursquare


Reference

Union Kitchen

Loulies

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How to Run A Successful Food Business while Keeping Your Sanity

Episode 11

Today on the show, I interview Kirk Francis, who is the Captain of Captain Cookie and the Milkman, a mobile bakery and dessert shop in Washington DC. By popular votes, they have the best ice cream sandwiches in town, and Kirk has an inspiring entrepreneurial story to tell. In this interview, he talks about why he picked making cookie as a business, the extreme extent he went to get initial customers, how he bootstrapped the business from nothing, and how to find the perfect locations for your food trucks. Kirk not only have great stories to share, he is also the hardest working man in cookie business. And you’ll know that’s not an exaggeration after you listen to this episode.

“Don’t be swept away by the romance of starting your own business. Although it’s very sweet sometimes, it’s mostly a whole lot of work that goes unappreciated and unacknowledged. But if you’re willing to work very hard, put your customers first, and treat your employees and partners with respect, you might start to make it. There’s really no magic formula.”

– Kirk Francis

 


Captain Cookie and the Milkman

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Yelp

Flagship Location:

2000 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC

General Information

(202) 556-3396

captaincookiedc@gmail.com

Store & Delivery

(202) 795-9184

2000Penn@captaincookiedc.com

Events & Catering

(202) 681-5423

events@captaincookiedc.com


Reference

Foodtruck Fiesta