Mr. Abayomi is a seasoned restaurant expert having bagged two culinary certificates from England and US and has worked in various restaurant establishment as manager and consultant. His wealth of knowledge in the industry is noteworthy as he has a distinctive approach to managing the restaurant industry you would love to learn… Listen to what he says.
Podcast Key Notes
Can you pleases introduce yourself and tell us about your background –
My name is Abayomi Oladeji, I started off as a Chef some years ago then at a restaurant called Casa Lydia and I was there as a kitchen/ FOH manager where I had to guide the kitchen staff on day to day activities. Then at a point, I left and went to England to acquire a culinary degree at Tante Marie Culinary Academy. I came back to Lagos again; worked somewhere else and, after a while I decided to go back to school again because I wanted more.
(Listen to his podcast to learn more about how and what he did to climb the industry ladder)
Listen to the Podcast to hear his opinion on restaurant style that moves well in Lagos.
What areas should consultants focus on once they go into business with restaurant owners?
It is very peculiar especially here in Lagos. My point is there is really no angle to this. Truth is you just have to remember what you’ve learned or taught, get into the project with your mind and make the best of it. What may apply or work for A may not work for B. So go in, look at what the owners want; who are the people involved, there friends, and try to know what there preferences are, and start to tailor the menu, the services, training etc; towards that.
How do restaurants keep customers engaged?
It boils down to your vision for the restaurant, your target market and your offerings. Then you can start forming how you want to engage them. In-house marketing could be one of the best ways to have people come to your place. If you attend to your customers’ needs satisfactorily, they would definitely stay engaged.
Key Takeaway Points:
- As a consultant, you just have to remember what you’ve learned or taught, get into a project with your mind and make the best of it
- What may apply or work for ‘A’ may not work for ‘B’ so look at what the owners want and try to know what there preferences are, and start to tailor the menu, the services, training etc; towards that.
- In-house marketing could be one of the best ways to have people come to your place
- If you attend to your customers’ needs satisfactorily, they would definitely stay engaged
- Every member of your staff team is important .