Bryan Gibb is the founder of Bolt Coffee Co. Over 4 years ago Bolt Coffee Co. carved out a niche by starting as a mobile coffee catering cart which focused on weddings and other events. They have since scaled into their first brick and mortar location at The Dean Hotel in Providence, RI. Bolt Coffee Co. is A COFFEE COMPANY SEEKING TO CREATE MEANINGFUL IMPACT IN THE PLACE they find themselves. They BELIEVE THAT GOOD COFFEE IS BEST ENJOYED WITH FRIENDS.
In this episode we will discuss: COFFEE. Bringing people together around a cup of coffee. Coffee catering. Moving from having a boss to being your boss. Start small and grow. Starting a restaurant with minimal capital. Growing while maintaining culture. Recognize what makes you special and retain it. Changing the normal interactions in the hospitality industry. Using body language to sell coffee.
Favorite Success Quote or Mantra.
“Make haste slowly.” Have urgency to get things done but don’t rush.
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Career Challenge or Failure
Opened a new business and raised the capital based on early quotes. The real cost ended up being almost 5 times more.
Which “it factor” habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?
Knowing what matters and sticking to those things.
What is your biggest weakness?
“Not addressing confrontation when I should.”
What is one piece of advice you have for leading others?
Developing a spirit of empathy. Be approachable.
What’s one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?
What are your personal of professional goals for the next two years? You can’t train someone to be a good person or a hard worker.
What’s a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?
Understanding the seasonality of our business, especially with the second location.
What’s one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?
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What’s one piece of technology you’ve adopted in your restaurant and how has it influence operations?
With all the knowledge you have now if you could go back in time and give your past self one piece of business advice, What would it be and why?
- Work smart AND hard.
What is one question you think should be added to this interview?
Ask about work-life-balance and how to maintain a healthy dose of each.
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