Guests: Al Bhakta, CEO of Genghis Grill and Howard Cannon, Restaurant Expert Witness
This is one of the coolest stories ever! Four college boys buy a pool hall, grow it, sell it, use the money to buy a franchise, grow it, buy out the franchisor, and explode it! Al and 3 college buddies now own over 270 restaurants around the US. And they grew Genghis Grill from 6 units to over 110 units in 23 states! According to legend, 12th century Mongol armies heated their shields over open fires to grill food in the fields of battle. At Genghis Grill, diners build their own meals from a selection of fresh meats, vegetables, sauces, and spices. The Grill Masters cook it on a large, round grill in a matter of moments. Barely out of college, these college friends had little life experience and even less restaurant experience. On the night they opened, not a single customer stopped by to eat! Now, even Genghis Khan himself would be proud of their empire!
Howard Cannon, Restaurant Expert Witness
Howard is America’s most recognized restaurant and bar expert witness. Since 1987, he has provided expert witness, start-up, and turnaround services to restaurants of all types and sizes. He has worked with some of the world’s most prominent brands, and his experience in state and federal court cases is unmatched. He authored four books including his most recognized, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Starting a Restaurant©, published world-wide by Penguin Group and Alpha Books. Howard has also given hundreds of seminars and speeches, and has been published in or featured on Anderson Cooper, The Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, Fox News, MSNBC, and others.