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Brian Ash


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I can answer any type of question related to the restaurant industry. I started and owned my own restaurant for 15 years. I now own a web based business selling a piece of kitchen equipment (The Drain Strainer) that I invented in my restaurant as well as own my own marketing agency (Calibrate Marketing). If you have questions about running or marketing your restaurant, then feel free to ask me anything.

Experience in the area

I started and have owned three restaurants for over 15 years. We started our restaurants from scratch and learned it all along the way. My duties included financials, marketing, hiring (everything except cooking). Before owning my restaurants, I was an engineer. My main job title is "problem solver". If you've got a problem and you're stumped on how to proceed, then even if I don't know the right answer, I can at least point you in the right direction.


Rotary Club of Springfield MO, American Cancer Society Action Network, Springfield MO Chamber of Commerce


Bachelors degree in Computer Science and Master's Degree in Engineering Managment from the University of Missouri - Science and Technology.

Awards and Honors

Awarded 2008 Restaurateur of The Year by the MO Restaurant Association.

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2016-04-15 Sensor Door Systems for Restaurant.:

I'm fine with installing a system so you'll get a notification whenever someone comes in the door, but I strongly caution you not to rely solely on that to know when people come in your restaurant.   

2016-04-11 Aquarium fish tanks in Restaurants.:

I never had aquariums in my restaurant, but I do think they could bring in customers if you do them right. You'd have to weigh the upfront costs and the ongoing maintenance expenses to decide if it's really

2016-03-31 Seats Reservation on Restaurants website.:

I'm not a big fan of taking reservations in general. You have to hold tables for people who may not show up and customers who are sitting in your restaurant possibly can't get sat and they might get frustrated

2016-03-29 Portable Vacuum cleaner for Restaurants.:

I'm not sure I completely understand your question.    When you say a "portable vacuum cleaner" what do you mean exactly? Can you please post a online link to show me what you're talking about? Also can

2016-03-25 Restaurants rooms sections.:

Having three separate rooms seems like more overkill than having two. I wouldn't do it.    I'd either have them all together in one dining room (and not worry about who is vegetarian and who isn't) or


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