Andre Neyrey knows a thing or two about how to run a restaurant. He's managed divisions of Popeyes, Steak and Ale, and Johnnie's New York Pizzeria and opened multiple restaurants of his own.
That's why in 2011 Neyrey decided to launch his own consulting firm, Blackwood Hospitality, to help others in the industry.
Blackwood Hospitality has worked with several well-known New York restaurants, like the Cake Boss Cafe in Times Square, to increase their business. Over the past 12 months, its nine clients posted a combined $20 million in revenue, Neyrey said.
With high failure rates in the industry, building a successful restaurant is as much about what you do as what you don't do. "There are things that people don't really realize that are really challenging about this business," he said.