How Once a Small Time Butcher Became the Owner of a Successful Restaurant
Co-owner of Salt & Time and team member 2020, we decided to get up close and personal with Bryan Butler.
Bryan is a whole meat butchery advocate and expert, Bryan’s portfolio is nothing less than phenomenal. Having worked in almost all areas of the industry, we asked Bryan to share some things he has learned along his journey.
Q. How do you build a successful team?
A. Hire a “team” not just individuals. While a group of like-minded, easing going employee may be good for moral they might tend to slack off more or let more things slide.
Q. How do you choose your candidates?
A. I always look for the best leaders and try to groom them into roles of supervision. Sometimes they aren’t always the most talented, but they work better than someone who looks great on paper but is dull!
Q. Once, hired, how do you, as a co-owner, make sure yours and the team’s productivity remains optimum?
A. Protect yourself and staff from burnout. We are able to take vacations, as in go someplace not just stay at home. Encourage the same in your salaried staff. Everyone works hard and not much better can be bought than once in a lifetime experiences and travel.
A long day is the norm but remember it’s not only physical fatigue but also mental you have to deal with. Take time for your family and your own personal interests..
Q. What three tips would you give to anyone starting out a new venture in our industry?
A. Number one would be to always consider outsourcing profession resources, for example, HAACP specialist. It will save you time and likely have greater results. Time is the most valuable resources we have.
Use that time to educate yourself!
Secondly, don’t sell anything without proper costing and yield testing. In the meat industry margins are razor thin. Also if your margins and profits are coming in as you expect, do more frequent inventories, once a month if needed.
Thirdly, and lastly, don’t accept any deliveries without a bill of lading or an invoice...ever. Even if it does seem petty at the time, in the end, it will protect you if ever a dispute over payment. These unfortunately come up often with smaller farmers who don't see a reason to use anything basic accounting programs.
Actually, one more! Hire a professional bookkeeper. A good one!
Q. Thank you, Bryan! Anything else you’d like to add?
A. I have rambled on enough, maybe next time!