BDO To-Go Restaurant Podcast Series

A Podcast Series Presented by the BDO Restaurant Industry Practice

The constantly evolving landscape of the Restaurant Industry forces operators and owners to adapt quickly and maintain a keen awareness of consumer and economic shifts. Understanding these business impacts and insights is key to the continued success and resilience of the restaurant industry. That’s why we crafted our new BDO To-Go Podcast Series, a monthly podcast that you can take…to go!
Join your host, Jeff Tubaugh and special guests and subject matter experts from all around the industry as they explore industry trends, best practices and discuss all things restaurants. 

Upcoming topics of discussion include:
  • COVID-19: Leadership and Community Impact
  • Restaurant Industry Updates
  • Improving the Guest Experience
  • And more…

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Episode 6: Paving the Way for a New Restaurant Model with Virtual Food Brands

Robert Earl, the founder and CEO of Planet Hollywood and the Chairman of the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas pops into our latest podcast with BDO’s Dana Zukofsky. A mogul in this space, Robert shares his unique insights about where the future of the restaurant industry is headed and the exciting new projects he’s currently working on within the industry.

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Episode 5: When Passion Meets Resilience: How One Restaurant Group Got It Right

Jeff Tubaugh sits down with Mike Axiotis, the President & CEO of Lehigh Valley Restaurant Group, a thriving Red Robin franchise covering the Lehigh Valley, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Philadelphia and Harrisburg regions. Mike also serves as the Chair of the National Restaurant Association Restaurant Advocacy Fund. In this episode, Mike shares his journey on what was supposed to be ‘just a five year plan’ and how it turned into over two decades of service in the restaurant industry. Mike is passionate about the people he serves and shares some of the strategies he and his team quickly implemented during COVID that not only positively impacted his patrons, but his employees.

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Episode 4: What the New Normal Means for Restaurants in 2021 with Kevin Burke

BDO’s Dana Zukofsky joins us in this episode as she interviews Kevin Burke, the founder and Managing Partner of Trinity Capital. Kevin discusses what he’s seeing in the restaurant space right now and offers an informative chat on where he sees new restaurant policies going with the new administration, how consumers will be eating, and other trends for 2021. This podcast was recorded in December of 2020 and all references to year end pertain to 2020.

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Episode 3: Wage and Salary Considerations During the Times of COVID-19 with Attorney Carolyn D. Richmond

BDO’s Dana Zukofsky joins us as she interviews Carolyn D. Richmond, the Co-Chair of Fox Rothschild’s Hospitality Practice Group. Her practice largely consists of representing and counseling employers in the hospitality industry, specifically restaurants, hotels, caterers, night clubs, lounges, and fitness centers. Carolyn has extensive experience litigating wage and hour class actions, restrictive covenants, and employment discrimination cases. Listen in as Carolyn shares what restaurant owners need to consider to mitigate risk during times of COVID-19 from a lawyer’s perspective. This podcast was recorded in December of 2020 and all references to year end pertain to 2020.

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Episode 2: Step Up to The Table… Supporting Local with the Founder of ClearPath Solutions, Helen Lao

BDO’s Dana Zukofsky joins us in today’s conversation as she interviews Helen Lao, Founder & President of ClearPath Solutions. Helen is known for her social media hashtag #helenonthemove and has been a huge advocate in the restaurant space. Everyone in this industry has been affected by the stay-at-home orders and Helen knew that if we sat idling by, some of our favorite places would be going under. Inspired by the ice bucket challenge to raise money, Helen created Step Up To The Table to help local restaurants stay afloat during these challenging times. Find out more about how you can support your local favs in this week’s episode!

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Episode 1: Noodling Around With the CEO of Fazolis, Carl Howard

CEO of America’s largest fast casual Italian chain, Carl Howard understands restaurants. When he joined Fazoli’s in 2008, the brand was ready for an update. With a strong background in multi-unit hospitality and food service, Howard rolled up his sleeves and re-energized the franchise. In this episode, our host Jeff Tubaugh sits down with Carl as he shares the critical pivots he and his team made early on in the pandemic, why it’s important to keep your third-party delivery drivers happy, and how he made the process of ordering food easy for all generations. 

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