Online Restaurant Academy

Where new and seasoned restaurant owners come for experienced mentorship to elevate themselves and their businesses.

Our online coaching programs are designed to help restaurant owners become more knowledgeable, establish efficient and effective operation strategies, plus maximize profitability to create time freedom to live the restaurant life they've always wanted. 

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Opening a restaurant is exciting and fun, but the reality is that it's much harder than it looks. Our "Restaurant Start Up" programs are ideal for soon-to-be restaurant business owners. These program curriculums will help guide you through the start up phase of restaurant ownership and how to set you up for success.

Looking for personalized mentorship in only certain areas of your business? Our mini course downloads are the perfect solution for the busy restauranteur that is ready to elevate but doesn't need the additional support systems our traditional programs offer.

 

Are you a seasoned restauranteur wanting to improve your ownership game? Our "In Business" coaching programs are crafted to solidify what is working in your business and to elevate what isn't, getting YOU and YOUR business into success alignment.


With over 20+ years of combined restaurant & ownership experience we know a thing or two...

We get it- we've been in your shoes. We not only walk the walk, but talk the talk. We are currently working in our businesses and an active part of our restaurant community.

Stop letting your restaurant run you, it's time to gain control and get back in the drivers seat.

Close your eyes and imagine what your life would look like if...

  • You showed up with an abundant mindset to realistically¬†accomplish anything you desire.

  • You understood restaurant profitability at its core &¬†the financial wellbeing of your business.

  • You had all the efficient systems in place to run a successful AND¬†profitable restaurant.

  • You could effectively manage a restaurant, while making a livable income all while not being over consumed.

  • You had more insight into menu management & control over costing which would improve your overall bottom line.

  • You gained knowledge around exceptional customer service increasing guest retention.¬†

  • You learned how to interview, train and retain the best restaurant industry team members.¬†

  • You learned new marketing strategies that actually get butts in seats.

  • You could¬†maximize your restaurants profitability by adding on additional revenue streams.

If I knew then, what I know now... 

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 and ownership experience will help steer you through what NOT to do and what actually works. Our coaching helps you avoid the mistakes we've made in the past saving you time, money and LOADS of frustration.

That's why we are here to help. This is why ORA was created. 

We've been there. We are in the thick of it everyday in our own businesses. We experience the highs and lows, but we also know how to thrive and build successful businesses through proven systems and strategies.

Friends... it time to work smarter not harder.


Meet Your Mentors

Meet Lauren Storeby and Tiffany Helton, two female restaurantuers that have a combined 20+ years of real and raw restaurant ownership experience. They have been in your shoes and know the ins and outs of running a successful restaurant business. 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. Additionally in 2022, both Lauren and Tiffany were nominated in Biz West Publication as notable women in the Northern Colorado Hospitality Industry.

Hi I'm Tiffany!

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, Colorado. I have a true passion for cooking and customer service and I 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 restaurant Stuft burger bar. 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 was voted Consultant of the Year in 2020. 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

Hey I'm Lauren!

My name is Lauren Storeby and it's so great to meet you! You'll find me at one of my two restaurant businesses... Snack Attack Specialty Sandwiches and brews that I own with my husband or my new project Happy Trails Coffee Co.

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. Never did I ever think I'd end up as a restauranteur, but here I am.

Through high school, college and even after graduating I found myself in hospitality positions. I've worked for small family owned establishments as well as large corporate operations. The magic of the hospitality industry always had me coming back.

After graduation from FIDM in Los Angeles I took a short hiatus from restaurants to pursue my degree in the apparel industry. I spent 12 years in product development working or companies like Fox Head, Oakley and Billabong bringing apparel products to life and traveling the world. Little did I know my experience as a PD would translate into restaurant ownership.

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 6 years we've built a successful high 6 figure and community driven business serving up the best sandwiches and beers in town! In 2021 we were voted "Best Sandwiches in Noco" with other top awards in our community.

 

Not only do I have a passion for being a restauranteur, but I love being connected in the business community.

I currently sit on the executive committee for the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce board of directors, I am involved with the Noco Hospitality Sector Parternship and also give back by being a Larimer County Small Business Development Center consultant for restaurants.

I love everything about the restaurant industry and I want to share my experiences with you. It's my goal and commitment to set you up for success!

Check Out Snack Attack Here Check Out Happy Trails Here

Our programs are structured on three main pillars of success. We call them the 3P's.

Planning

It's so important that you have a solid foundation to build your business on. Without a roadmap where do you know where you are or where you need to go? Our programs help you create a strategic plan to help get you set up for success.

Processing

The restaurant business is all about avoiding inefficiencies and improving systems. Without consistent processing your operation will not run smoothly, leading to wasted time and money. Our goal is to coach you on implementing strategic processes which will formulate maximized profitability and give you the gift of time freedom.

Profitability

Why get into this business to not be profitable? Our program goals are to drive maximized profitability for your restaurant business and teach you how to analyze, identify profit opportunity, manage and even scale your business.

What To Expect From Our Programs

Our online coaching programs will educate you and create a better understanding through all aspects of restaurant ownership, whether you're about to open a restaurant or a veteran restaurant owner.

We discuss all areas of restaurant operations and teach you the tools to be a better leader, understand your business operations and how to improve your bottom line- that means more money in your pocket.

Real & relatable educational curriculum.

"Take Action" implementation assignments to complete (because YES you have to do the work).

One-on-one zoom calls to dive more into your business for personalized attention and goal setting.

 
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Who We Help

Our programs have been designed for both new restaurant owners wanting to open a restaurant and those already in business restauranteurs. The owners we accept into our programs are those ready to become better owners, to elevate their businesses and ready to put in the work towards transformation. We don't accept just anyone. Our application process ensures our clients are ready to commit and do the hard work that comes with mentorship and coaching. Because if you don't fully commit, you're not going to see the changes.


What Our Clients Are Saying

We are beyond appreciative for our 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 their experience with ORA.

Pat & Amanda Olson, The Market Lisbon ND

"We absolutely loved working with Lauren and Tiffany with ORA. We went from zero restaurant experience to feely comfy and confident in our ability to open our Eatery."

Julie Shaffer, AKA Kitchen, Loveland CO

"ORA is an excellent course for all restaurant owners and managers. It is well thought out, prepared and the sequence of topics were great! The quality and quantity of practical, useful information is invaluable. I would recommend this course to anyone in the restaurant industry. Tiffany and Lauren are both so knowledgeable and have a sincere passion for helping others reach their goals."

Chaz Maull, Decorum, Chicago IL

"ORA is the BEST investment I've made yet. Lauren & Tiffany are gifted. Because of them I am now READY to open my restaurant." 


Why Our Programs Are Different

We are real, raw and ready to help.

  • We've been in your shoes and we've learning the hard way- wasting time AND money.
  • We are currently working in¬†our businesses¬†and continuing to adapt to this post Covid landscape.
  • We dive right in and assess your current state of business along with a P&L review. Because that's the most important part- identifying what is and isn't working for you.
  • Weeks of real hands-on in the business topics and accountability that you're doing the work.
  • No fluff- straight to the point discussions.
  • We¬†are able to talk to both fast causal and full service concepts.
  • Our weekly topics are designed to build upon each other through foundational topics, educational curriculum, real time implementation and daily support.
  • We collaborate with¬†other industry experts to talk on specific topics.
  • Our discussions will be real and raw- true transparency on all topics.¬†This is a safe space to discuss your business.
  • This program was created out of the want to help other restaurant owners¬†no only survive but thrive.

Need immediate assistance in your business?

We are now offering one-on-one zoom coaching calls designed for personalized attention to give you the advice you need NOW.

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