No one tells you how hard operating a restaurant really is. Early mornings, late nights, hard physical work- and by that we mean blood, sweat and tears.
Our combined 20+ years of restaurant experience will help coach you through what NOT to do. To avoid the mistakes we've made in the past saving you time, money and lots of frustration.
That's why we are here to help. We've been there. We are in the thick of it everyday. We experience the highs and lows, but we also know how to thrive and build successful businesses through proven systems and strategies.
It's time to work smarter, not harder and increase your bottom line so you can live a quality life outside of your restaurant.
Meet Lauren Storeby and Tiffany Helton, two female restaurant owners that have a combined 20+ years of real and raw restaurant experience. They have walked in your shoes and know the ins and outs of running a successful restaurant business (well businesses in Tiffany's case!). They currently work day in and day out in their businesses AND they are both moms- YES it can be done! The restaurant life you've always wanted can be yours. It's time to start investing in yourself and building the business you've always dreamed of- without feeling over consumed by your restaurant. "Reach High, Breathe Easy, Smile Always"
My name is Tiffany Helton and it's so great to meet you! I am the Co-Founder of Stuft a Burger Bar in Fort Collins and Lonesome Buck Brewery and Taphouse in Windsor and Greeley! I have a true passion for cooking and love to make that personal connection with my guests. I am a results driven, strong woman and I truly love this industry.
Here's my background... I started working in a snack shop when I was 15. After I graduated High School I made the big move to beautiful Colorado from Los Angeles. As soon as I arrived I started working at a local bar and grill at 18 years old. After learning how to be a bouncer, cook and bartender I finally had my chance to learn the General Manager position. I spent 8 years running a very successful operation with the help of some amazing mentors.
After several years, I decided I needed a change. I stepped into a role at a fast casual sandwich shop where I met my business partner (my boss at the time). We went on to open up our own restaurants together which are currently the Lonesome Buck and Stuft Burger chains. I am very grateful for the opportunity he gave me and work extremely hard at it everyday! He and I have a great partnership and have been partners for over 10 years.
Somehow along the way, on my "time off" I managed to meet my amazing husband and we have two wonderful little boys. Being a Mom is the hardest and most rewarding job I have ever had. I always say if it wasn't for them I'd still be working 80 hours a week.
I've had the privilege of working alongside some amazing chefs and managers throughout the years. Our restaurants have had some amazing accolades over the years as well. "Yahoo! Travel's Best Fries" award, and The Burger Battle Winner. I was also extremely honored with being chosen for The Coloradoan's "Super Woman" Award.
Two years ago I became a part time Restaurant Consultant at the Larimer County Small Business Development Center where I mentor and coach up and coming restauranteurs. I have met the most talented people and have helped them to increase their sales, secure locations, and reduce expenses. I truly have a passion for helping other people. Are you ready to be helped? Are you ready to thrive?
Check Out Stuft Burger Bar Here
My name is Lauren Storeby and it's so great to meet you! My husband and I own Snack Attack Specialty Sandwiches & Brews located in Midtown Fort Collins! Some would call me a serial entrepreneur- I just love working for myself, creating new businesses and helping others thrive to live their best lives! I enjoy working my creative side and also diving into the nitty-gritty of numbers.
Here's my background... I grew up in the restaurant business. My parents opened a small grill shop when I was 8 years old where you would find me helping at the register and sweeping up the floor. My parents have always been self-employed which gave me the inspiration to own my worth and continue the legacy of being an entrepreneur.
When I turned 15 and got an official workers permit, I continued that restaurant life working in various concepts ranging from yogurt shops, to burger stands, corporate structures and family owned establishments all through college and even after. I feel in love with the customer service aspect of making peoples day and building relationships.
I've been employed with small family owned business to high level corporate restaurants including Islands Burgers, Yard House Restaurants and Fisherman's Wharf. Throughout my experience I've held positions including hosting, serving, bartending, table service and management as well as time spent being a corporate trainer. I've seen the ins and outs of restaurants in all levels.
I took a 6 year hiatus to follow my dreams of working in the apparel industry gaining knowledge as a product developer for brands including Oakley, Fox Head, Quicksilver, Abercrombie & Fitch, Roxy, Billabong and even created and owned my own clothing line, SelaWear Inc. My time as a product developer prepared me to be a restaurant owner through working the trenches of branding, merchandise marketing, costing, developing processes and procedures but most importantly attention to detail.
In 2017 my husband and I took the jump into the American dream and opened our first restaurant together, Snack Attack Specialty Sandwiches & Brews. In a short 3 years we've built a successful 6 figure and community driven business serving up the best sandwiches and beers in town! Our first year we were voted top three best sandwich in Fort Collins, as well as top three best sandwiches in Northern Colorado!
I'm currently working mostly behind the scenes at home and spending time with our 5 month old baby girl and 4 year old son. Thank you Covid for forcing us to pivot.
Now I'm ready to help teach others what I've learned on how to run a successful restaurant business. I'm hear to help save you time and money and live that restaurant life you've always dreamed of. Are you ready? Let's do this!Check Out Snack Attack Here
It's so important that you have a solid foundation to build your business on. We will virtually sit with you and assess your current situation, review your Profit and Loss Statement and lay the ground work for you to use the tools we provide to grow upon.
Without clearly defined processes and procedures you will not efficiently execute your plan. Here we dive into how to structure, organize, train, delegate and empower yourself AND your team to run a successful business.
Our #1 goal is to increase your profit margin! As we coach you through the course you will learn strategies to drive down costs and add additional revenue streams to drive up that bottom line! Every penny counts!
Our online coaching & mentoring programs will guide you through all aspects of restaurant ownership. We discuss all areas of restaurant operations and give you the tools to be a better leader, understand your business operations and how to improve your bottom line. Each week there are real and relatable topic(s) materials to virtually review, weekly implementation assignments to complete (because YES you have to do the work), weekly group zoom meetings and unlimited one on one Voxer access for daily support. We offer a few different program options that will fit your business journey needs.
Opening a restaurant is exciting and fun, but the reality is that it's much harder than it looks. Our start up concept course is designed for soon-to-be restaurant business owners. This program curriculum will help guide you through the start up phase of restaurant ownership and how to set you up for success.
We understand the struggles that new restaurant owners face, especially in their first year of business. Did you open a restaurant thinking "oh this is going to be easy" and now find yourself struggling to operate, feeling overwhelmed and needing some guidance on how to gain control? Then one of our "In Business" programs would be a great fit for you.
Our programs best benefit those restauranteurs that are either entering start up mode or those operating within their first few years of business. We do offer a customizable program built specifically for your needs- need help with marketing and profit building? We've got you covered! Our carefully crafted programs will help those feeling overwhelmed, needing help with strategizing and establishing processes ultimately gaining control, learning more about their operations and increasing their bottom line. Does this sound like you? Yeah we've been there before! Book a call to chat with us!
We are beyond appreciative for our student clients that have committed to signing up and doing the work with our programs! We are so proud of their progress, commitment and eagerness to learn. See what they are saying about ORA...
"The ORA program and team leaders have not only taught me skills to implement in my restaurant, but also have instilled confidence to believe in myself. They are always there to have your back and motivate you to become an amazing business owner as well as a leader."
"I truly appreciate their friendship and this networking opportunity. I have a much better mindset all thanks to these ladies."
We are real, raw and ready to help.
Our wait list is now open and we are booking calls! There are limited spaces available for April's session. We will be accepting clients through March 28th and we are looking forward to working with you!