121: Brian Oliveira – Happy Hour at Home, During the Pandemic

Brian Oliveira – Happy Hour Hospitality and @cozinha_philly

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On this episode, we sat down (virtually) with Brian Oliveira.  Brian formerly owned Girard Brasserie & Bruncherie, Philly’s first fair wage restaurant (and the first restaurant in Philadelphia to pay its workers $15/hr).  He currently owns Happy Hour Hospitality, a full service catering and events business, and recently launched Cozinha as a side project for Portuguese pop-ups around the city of Philadelphia.

Visit Happy Hour Hospitality here: happyhourhospitality.com

On this episode you will hear:

  • How Brian started Girard, and why he eventually had to let that restaurant go.
  • The lessons Brian learned from running Brasserie.
  • How Brian’s experiences eventually led to the beginning of Happy Hour Hospitality.
  • Why Brian chose to work another job, while working towards launching Happy Hour Hospitality.
  • We also discuss fair wage business models, and pay disparities in restaurant business (front of house-back of house, etc.).
  • Lastly, we talk about the impact of COVID-19 on the restaurant/hospitality industries.
Production Credits:

The Self Made Strategies Podcast is a SoftStix Productions LLC jawn. This episode was hosted and produced by Tony Lopes, and edited by Eric Leidelmeyer.  Brian Oliveira joined us remotely, via Zoom.

Executive Producer – Tony Lopes (SoftStix Productions LLC – info@softstixproductions.com)

Host – Tony Lopes

Guest – Chef Brian Oliveira

Editor – Eric Leidelmeyer

The Self Made Strategies Podcast is sponsored by Lopes Law LLC (www.LopesLawLLC.com).

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