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166. Restaurant Technology Guys Podcast Ep. 166 – The new way to create craft cocktails with the founders of Craft Standard

January 23, 2023

Since its launch in 2021, Craft Standard’s non-alcoholic keg mixes and ‘spiker’ technology has exploded, signing more than 70 distributors, winning 700 plus accounts in over 30 states across the country, signing major venues like Metlife Stadium in New York and accounts like Las Vegas’ most recognizable hotel, Luxor. In a year alone, an estimated 2.4 million cocktails have been served, generating roughly $24 million in revenue for the industry. 

Born out of a bar for the bar, Craft Standard was developed by methodical twin brothers, Don and William Ray, 25+ year bar industry veterans who run multiple venues in Arkansas. As bar owners, they were frustrated when they couldn’t keep up with demand for classic drink orders. Hence the concept for Craft Standard was born.  


After seven years of tinkering, the ready-to-draft craft cocktail mix keg was born with the goal of helping accounts to efficiently serve high-quality, delicious, classic cocktails at large scale and rapid pace. Craft Standard enables staff to serve high quality cocktails, crucially reducing the prep time of classic cocktails down to a matter of seconds when accounts take advantage of their empty tap lines. The technology allows accounts to add up to 9L of spirits into each keg and in minutes create roughly 160 craft cocktails on draft.

Craft Standard not only helps combat the current massive staff shortages in the industry, but promises to help accounts ‘Make Amazing, Fast’ by boosting profitability, increasing efficiency and serving classic cocktails at a large-scale through its ready-to-draft kegs. 

Check them out at Craft Standard

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165. Restaurant Technology Guys Podcast Ep. 165 – Bounteous, OLO and Jack in the Box talk digital transformation for the brand

January 9, 2023

How do you Join Kevin Rice, EVP of Bounteous, Noah Glass, founder and CEO of OLO and Ryan Ostrom, CMO of Jack in the Box where they talk about the digital transformation journey these partners have been with Jack in the Box for the past two years. For more information, check them out here: Driving Digital Transformation with Co-Innovation | BounteousOlo | Enable Digital Hospitality and Jack in the Box.

Top 5 Restaurant Tecnology Guys Podcasts from 2022

December 27, 2022

Founded in 2013, the Restaurant Technology Guys, hosted by Custom Business Solutions COO Jeremy Julian, has been bringing the latest and greatest restaurant technology news and trends to the industry. As the Restaurant Technology Guys podcast enters its 10th season, we wanted to take a look back at our top 5 favorite episodes from 2022.

#5: Episode 141 — Christopher Sebes

Serial restaurant entrepreneur Christopher Sebes joins the Restaurant Technology Guys for a riveting conversation around hospitality management and technology. Sebes has founded several companies, including Twenty20 Visual Systems, which was sold to Microsoft, and Radient Systems, which was sold to Heartland Payment System. In this episode, Sebes discusses his latest venture as he joins the team at Novadine.

#4: Episode 138 — Kwali

Kwali founder Emmanuel Massenez joins RTG to talk about AI and computer vision to make the perfect pizza. Kwali is a pizza production platform that monitors 100% of your production and changes the way you operate your restaurant.

#3: Episode 139 — Delivering the Dish

Jeremy chats with special guests Meredith Sandland and Carl Orsbourn, authors of Delivering the Digital Restaurant, about restaurant digitization and the future of restaurants. See where they see the industry headed and how customers will be impacted the most.

#2: Episode 132 — Branded Strategic Hospitality

Michael “Schatzy” Schatzberg stops by RTG to talk all things restaurant technology with Jeremy Julian. From early stage investing to what new technology everyone should be looking for. They also talk about Branded Hospitality, Michaels investment wing where they look at new tech companies.

#1: Episode 137 — Taking Credit Card Tokens

Jeremy Julian sat down with Jordan Thaeler and Tammy Billings, the founders of ABEN, to discuss the power of data and the credit card token. Aben is the first Intelligent MarketingOSTM. Leveraging proprietary data from credit card networks and POS partnerships, Aben uses data science to guide capital allocation decisions.

Catch up on these and more episodes of your favorite restaurant insider podcast here.

164. Restaurant Technology Guys Podcast Ep. 164 – Grégoire’s Innovative Culinary Hub Kitchen Model Streamlines Technology & Operations for Franchisees

December 26, 2022

French-trained chef Grégoire Jacquet had a vision of a local restaurant offering quality fine dining-style food with the convenience of a quick carry-out experience. In 2002, Grégoire opened its doors as the first fine-fast-casual restaurant concept that serves gourmet sandwich and salad dishes, its famous potato puffs and scratch daily fresh-made french fries, all served in a custom-designed take out box. After two decades of serving the local Berkley, CA community, Grégoire has launched franchising opportunities in the Greater Bay Area. Check them out at Grégoire | French Restaurant in Berkeley, CA (gregoirerestaurant.com)

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163. Restaurant Technology Guys Podcast Ep. 163 – Margin Edge’s solution to manage your restaurant

December 19, 2022

MarginEdge began in a place where many restaurateurs have been themselves—stuck doing manual invoice data entry and inventory in a tiny closet behind the kitchen, wondering why the love of food and hospitality came with so many papercuts. Bo Davis and Roy Phillips, two of the founders, have more than 40 years of restaurant experience between them. They’ve built and operated over 25 restaurants around the nation. Even though the size of their back offices differed, the problems they faced as operators didn’t. With a background in successful tech entrepreneurship, Bo assembled Roy and two long-time friends, colleagues, and successful technologists, Mike and Sam. Together, they constructed a creative solution to make running a restaurant easier— and MarginEdge was born.

Today MarginEdge serves over 4000 clients and has claimed two awards for “Best Places to Work” as well as a spot on the Inc. 5000 list. Check them out at MarginEdge | Restaurant Management Software

Founder Bo Davis

162. Restaurant Technology Guys Podcast Ep. 162 – PAR Technology acquires Menu to continue strategy of unified commerce

December 12, 2022

Join Jeremy and Savneet for the second time on the show where Savneet shared why they purchased the Menu product and how he feels it will continue to unify the customer experience for those using the PAR suite of products. Check them out at PAR – Single-Source POS, Data Management, & Loyalty Systems (partech.com)

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