Ralph Kinder
  • 50, Male
  • Dallas, TX
  • United States
  • Restaurant Consulting 101, LLC
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Restaurant Consulting 101, LLC
What best describes my company
Casual, Fine Dining, QSR, Quick Casual, Upscale Casual
Discovering new food, Discovering new wines, Consulting, Making Friends, Networking, New locations, Gaining Knowledge
Personal Quote
Integrity is defined by doing the right thing when nobody is looking.
20 years experience as GM, Area Director and Director of Franchise Development. Currently launching web-based consultancy geared specifically to helping restaurateurs grow their business. I love the business, I'm passionate about creating a winning culture, taking care of the guest, growing sales, maximizing profits and, most of all, KILLING THE MADMAN. You'll have to ask about that last one.
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Conquering Your Fears

Fear is the great equalizer. Fear of failure. Fear of loss. Fear of the unknown. It makes the strong feel weak. It makes the timid petrified. It affects us all in some form or fashion. Not a single person is immune.

A great leader and the 32nd President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, famously declared “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” Those were far worse times than what we face today. The country was on the abyss of a financial and socioeconomic disaster… Continue

Posted on May 14, 2008 at 7:01am

Please, No! Not the Birthday Song! Not here!

It happened again. I'm enjoying a nice meal with my wife at one of the nicer chain restaurants when the clamoring, stomping and shouting begins. This is not fine dining, I understand. However, this particular restaurant is trying to compete, albeit on a smaller scale, with The Cheesecake Factory. Rich decor, servers and managers alike in ties, black aprons, appropriately lit. I would guess that the average turn-key cost runs in the $2.8MM range with seating for approximately 250. Very good…


Posted on January 24, 2008 at 7:31pm — 8 Comments

Killing the madman

My closest friends and numerous co-workers have heard me tell this story hundreds of times. I wish I could take credit for creating it, but the truth is, I am just not that clever. However, it is one of my absolute favorites and I thought you might get a little fun out of it and maybe even use it yourself in your restaurant. I told it often, maybe too often. I used it almost…


Posted on January 20, 2008 at 5:24pm — 4 Comments

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At 6:41am on January 23, 2008, John Peltier said…
Thank you Ralph. We appreciate the nice comment. Which location do you visit?
At 9:15pm on January 21, 2008, Carol Webster said…
Hi Ralph,

Indeed. Larry is a Good Guy.
At 12:03pm on January 20, 2008, Matt Urdan said…
Hey Ralph,

Thanks for joining the LSM group. Looking forward to your participation, but I have to ask what "Killing the Madman" is all about.

At 9:34am on January 8, 2008,
Ami Annen
can't wait to see your site live! keep us posted...
At 5:17pm on January 7, 2008, Scottie said…
Ralph, perhaps we should talk. I do a lot of web based support for our clients. I like what you are planning on doing.
At 4:26pm on January 7, 2008, Brieanna Fisher said…
Great I look forward to hearing from you and reading more about the MadMan
At 9:12am on January 7, 2008, Brieanna Fisher said…
Ok I am scared, but I have to ask about that last comment? What is Killing the MADMAN? Well, that's not all I wanted I would love to speak with you regarding using Focus POS in your franchises. We currently have deals with Smoothie King and Marble Slab to provide systems for all of their franchises and it has worked out perfectly. Please contact me if you would like to discuss this further.
At 8:34am on January 6, 2008, Howard Appell said…
I have you on my mailing list on Greenville is that still current? If so you should be getting our pub each month unless someone in the office is getting to it before you. It happens alot.
At 11:33pm on January 4, 2008, Roy MacNaughton said…
Hi Ralph:

Got your request....and sure.....I just haven't yet figured out how to make that happen.

At 7:20pm on January 4, 2008, Jennifer said…
Thank you so much, I needed that. Thank you for the wonderful advice I will most definately keep all of it in mind. Is the website up yet for your business? I checked your site earlier and it was under construction, I am very interested to see what your business is all about. Thanks again.




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