and Restaurant Success System
Jonathan Munsell: I’m a restaurant guy – through and through! If you like the tips, suggestions and information on building a profitable restaurant business, then you are in the right place. Follow me on Twitter for more great tips.
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Who is Jonathan Munsell:
As I mentioned, I am all things “restaurants.” I have more than 16 years of restaurant and food service management experience, including full-service restaurants, catering, and retail outlets. I did work for The Ritz Carlton, Restaurant Associates, and Compass Group, as well as my own restaurant development company called Trend Setter Enterprises, Inc.
Restaurant Training is Key
I acquired some unique first-class training in both restaurant management and culinary expertise after receiving my bachelor’s degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management from Drexel University.
I began my restaurant career at the early age of 15 getting a start in a sub shop and pizza delivery store. To pay my way through college, I worked several restaurant positions (both front- and back-house) at a time including working my way up the ranks at Marabella’s, managing the kitchen at the Spaghetti Reef, and ultimately becoming Restaurant Manager at The Ritz Carlton Dining Room in Philadelphia.
After receiving my degree at Drexel University, I was hired to manage the restaurants at Lincoln Center in Manhattan. During my first year as manager, profits grew by 20 percent…. not bad! This success trend continued to pave new career opportunities, leading me from New York, to Philadelphia, and then to the metro Washington, DC area. Some of the establishments I helped refine include Dining Services for the Franklin Mint World Headquarters, Freddie Mac’s World Headquarters, ExxonMobil, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), for Compass Group-USA.
Being an Entrepreneur
With my entrepreneurial spirit burning, I started my own company called Trend Setter Enterprises, Inc. TSE focuses on services to the restaurant industry including contract cleaning, business development, and consulting. I managed and consulted for restaurants and other food service locations, a role which helped refined my ideas and passion for the restaurant biz.
Family and Career
Soon I was asked to head up operations for a conglomerate of four companies. I took the position and spent a few years as the Area Director for Restaurant Operations at three major Airports: Washington-Dulles, Washington-National, and Pittsburgh International: taking this airport food service provider from $20 million in annual revenues to over $40 million in less than 2 years.
Making the final move, I moved my family and I relocated to† North Carolina to open my first branded creation; Jumpin’ Jonny’s Steaks & Subs, which is located in Raleigh, Brier Creek.
Through networking ties in North Carolina, I realized there was a gap in the restaurant market. Surrounded by the best operators the BakeHouse Bistro brand, Bakery Cafe~ Restaurant ~Wine Bar, was born.
BakeHouse Bistro and Premier Catering
Soon after the first BakeHouse Bistro location was opened and only a couple months after my second son was born, I started Premiere Catering. I purchased, revitalized, reinvented and systematized a long standing catering company. Premiere Catering is now the most sought after catering company in the Raleigh Durham Area and quickly taking a regional presence in the Carolinas.
Within 6 months of purchasing Premiere Catering the second BakeHouse Bistro location was opened and the focus has been operations and community involvement ever since. The company currently has one Jumpin’ Jonny’s Steaks & Subs, with large expansion plans already in place, two BakeHouse Bistro locations also positioned for growth and Premiere Catering which ties the company to a broad range of event sizes and locations further solidifying its regional presence.
Jonathan’s Current Standing
First and foremost is my commitment to my beautiful wife Cheryl and my two amazing boys. Family reigns king for me.
My daily work load consists of Principal Operating Partner of Amazing Brands, serving on the Board of Directors for the NCRLA – North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association and fostering industry advancement with my support of independent restaurant operators through my Restaurant Success System.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- principal manages brand development
- strategic planning and financial obligations including working capital, inventory, cash, and marketable securities
- perform financial forecasting including capital budgeting, cash flow analysis, pro forma financial statements, and external financing requirements
- prepare financial analysis of operations for guidance of management, including the preparation of reports which outline company’s financial position in areas of income, expenses, and earnings, based on past, present and future operations; direct preparation of budgets and financial forecasts; and arrange for audits of company’s accounts.