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Table Touch Podcast 007 — Nostalgic Restaurant Reflections & Erin Levzow

 

Career restaurant folks, want to walk down memory lane?

Maybe you got your start in the working world within the restaurant industry. Maybe even a chain.

Most of us did.

On this podcast episode of Table Touch, Randy and Brandon wax nostalgic about great lessons learned from their earliest working days in the industry and once-vibrant brands who have disappeared.

We also interview Erin Levzow, Director of Digital Marketing with Wingstop (Want to skip straight to our interview? Go to the 26:10 mark of the show, or -25:58 if you’re looking at the countdown clock.)

Show Notes

Among the many memories we talk about that maybe you can relate to…

  • How we should thank our lucky stars for chains — look how many people learned what it means to work at a chain restaurant
  • Smoking sections in restaurants
  • Fluting
  • Dance floors in Applebee’s
  • Polyester uniforms wadded up in the manager’s box
  • Where can one find a good smorgasbord? Where have they gone? Did Ikea steal that category?
  • How about lutefisk? Do a Yelp search for that term!
  • Whatever happened to Sambo’s? Howard Johnson’s? Chi-Chi’s? Pioneer Chicken? Kenny Rogers’ Roasters?

Randy’s Nugget of Wisdom: everyone should work at some point, 1) In sales, 2) As a server or work in a restaurant, and 3) Take a public speaking and/or acting course.

Our interview with Erin Levzow was a crazy good time. Catch her on LinkedIn here or Twitter here.

Wingstop

Our Interview with Erin Levzow

Again, if you want to skip right to our interview? Go to the 26:10 mark of the show (-25:58 if you’re looking at the countdown clock).

Among the takeaways from our interview with Erin:

  • Erin moved from Las Vegas to Dallas to join Wingstop after a long run in the gaming industry.
  • Wingstop has 625 locations in the U.S. and more in Russia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Indonesia.
  • How much do flavor preferences change from the U.S. to Russia?
  • Wings are a lifestyle — more than just food, they’re an experience — but find out why Erin feels that way.
  • Erin’s a lemon pepper kind of girl. Do you have a wing sauce favorite?
  • What can Erin’s gaming background tell us about the future of restaurants? (Data and getting to know your guests, that’s what.)

Erin was a lot of fun to talk to, including playing a game of Either/Or with us. What were her choices?

  • Email or text?
  • Facebook or Twitter?
  • Fine Dining or Takeout?
  • Usher or Pharrell?
  • Buzzfeed or Upworthy?
  • Ben Affleck or Christian Bale?

Check out Wingstop, folks. Huge thanks to Erin for joining us. You can also catch her insights in a recent interview with Fastcasual.com’s Brenda Rick Smith.

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About the author

Brandon Hull

Brandon is the original founder of NextRestaurants.com. He has helped thousands of restaurants implement innovative marketing strategies, campaigns, and tactics by incorporating new technology, in order to attract loyal guests.

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