Michelin Rated Podcast?! with Josh Kopel

Josh Kopel is a restaurateur, tech pioneer and environmental advocate. Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the spawn of bootleggers and retail giants, he was bred for the hospitality industry. Throughout Kopel’s 20+ year career in hospitality he has managed venues ranging from the Alligator Bayou Bar, located on Alligator Bayou Road, seated on Alligator Bayou (it was exactly how you’re picturing it in your mind) to the hottest Hollywood nightclubs, bars, and ultra-lounges (far less glamorous than you’re picturing it in your mind).

Kopel went independent in 2010, opening his first concept Five0Four, a New Orleans-inspired bar, on the Walk of Fame in the heart of Hollywood. In subsequent years, he would open the Michelin-rated fine dining concept, Preux & Proper as well as South City Fried Chicken, voted the best fried chicken in Los Angeles by LA Weekly. Despite his success, he saw foundational issues within the industry and set out to fix them himself.

In 2018, Kopel founded FLO Hospitality Solutions, a company solely focused on leveraging tech to bring more humanity to the customer service experience, not less. His first product, FLO, launched in 2019 offering an all-in-one communication solution for restaurants, saving restaurateurs 1,500 labor hours per year while increasing their profits, on average, 5-15%. .

In 2020, the pandemic offered another opportunity for Kopel to serve the industry. In response to the devastation he saw, Josh created FULL COMP, a podcast, blog and video series dedicated to seeking out thought leaders from within and outside of the hospitality industry, using their wisdom to help the restaurateurs survive the present and thrive in the future.

Kopel’s varied interests and talents have landed him several positions of influence including board seats on the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council and the California Restaurant Association. He is also a co-founder of the Friends of Runyon Canyon, a non-profit focused on the protection of local Los Angeles Park areas.

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In this episode, we explore: 

03:38 – Josh’s Background

05:59 – Becoming the student of the game

10:10 – Solving problems is the industry

12:52 – Recipe for Success

15:20 – Bringing more revenue  

18:53 – Diversification of Revenue

22:42 – Are you doing it wrong? – social media

25:04 – Establishing Partnership

28:36 – Engaging your audience to your content

33:14 – Minimizing customer acquisition cost

38:40 – The ability to control their behavior

42:35 – Steps in the Case Study

Connecting with the Guest:

Website: www.joshkopel.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joshkopel/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/172117011497393/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joshuakopel1/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/josh_kopel

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