311: Keep it clean, functional, and relevant with Kevin Bednarz


In this episode, we discuss becoming a person of value by learning a unique skill that can serve someone else, why Kevin took the pay cut to transition to a management role, the approach Kevin took to becoming a bar owner, catering to what your customers want, how you can create a promotion out of anything, staying clean, functional and relevant, how to market a modern day restaurant or pub.

Artist. Bar Owner. Comic Book Shop Owner. Entrepreneur. Hustler. Husband & Father. Bednarz wears a lot of hats, but the one thing that he always manages to accomplish in all of his passions is having fun. Kevin is the Owner / Operator of The Ashburn Pub, Northern Virginia’s original neighborhood pub. With over 20 years in business, the Pub is a landmark restaurant that features amazing food, a full bar, craft beers, 11 TVs and exciting monthly events.

Show notes…

Favorite Success Quote or Mantra.

“If you fail to plan you plan to fail.”

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Career Challenge or Failure

Kevin was responsible for running a promotion at a bar he was working for. The promotion was a flop. Kevin attributes the failure to being more interested in hanging out with his bartender friends that he flew in for the promotion than being interested in creating a truly great promotion.

Knowledge bombs

  1. Which “it factor” habit, trait, or characteristic you believe most contributes to your success?

    • 100% positive attitude.
  2. What is your biggest weakness?

    • Hates confrontation. Kevin genuinely likes making people happy, and it is very uncomfortable for him to make someone unhappy.
  3. What is one piece of advice you have for leading others?

    • Lead by example. No one will work harder than you do for your business.
  4. What’s one question you ask or thing you look for during an interview?

    • Find out if these people are teachable.
  5. What’s a current challenge? How are you dealing with it?

    • Needs more space. He’s handling it by getting more creative.
  6. What’s one thing (besides food) your restaurant does well and separates you from other restaurants?

    1. Strong on “off nights” Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays.
  7. What’s one book we must read to become a better person or restaurant owner?

    1. Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World

  8. What’s one piece of technology you’ve adopted in your restaurant and how has it influence operations?

    • Facebook Live.
  9. 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?

    • Do it sooner.
  10. What is one question you think should be added to this interview?

  • Q: If you weren’t in this industry what do you think you’d be doing? 
  • A: Artwork, painting, acting.

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