Bio: Harris Eckstut

Principal of Eckstut Consulting, Harris Eckstut

Harris at Java and Gems

Harris at Java and Gems

Harris Eckstut of Eckstut Consulting is a restaurateur, businessperson, teacher, consultant, and commercial business and real estate adviser. His career spans 40+ years and is filled with success – his own and others including outstanding achievements by those he has:

  • advised,
  • encouraged,
  • assisted,
  • supported.

In 1980, Harris opened the landmark MontSerrat Restaurant on Philadelphia’s iconic South Street. As a veteran of the restaurant business, Eckstut is familiar with every aspect of a restaurant He knows “The Dollars and Sense” of owning a restaurant: concept, menu, operations, management, marketing, budgeting, bookkeeping, financing, real estate, leasing, maintenance, and the many, many other hats a restaurant business owner must wear.

In the 1990’s, while still operating Montserrat and as a member of the South Street business community, Harris led the formation of South Street/Headhouse Business Improvement District. Through his guidance, the goal of securing the welfare of independently owned businesses in the area and assuring the continuation of the community as a thriving business hub, as well as residential and cultural center, was achieved. The success of the endeavor is borne out today by the area’s prominence as one the nation’s most vibrant hospitality based small business communities.

For the past ten years, as the Principal of Eckstut Consulting, Harris has used his experience, knowledge and skills to help scores of independently owned restaurants, taking start-ups from concept to completion or expanding operations or stabilizing businesses or even guiding the turnaround of those in serious trouble. These clients have become very successful restaurants – many of them Award winning:

  • Vernick Food & Drink, Philadelphia, PA
  • The Pop Shop, Collingswood & Medford, NJ
  • 320 Market Café, Swarthmore & Media, PA
  • Same-Same, Philadelphia, PA
  • Rustica NoLibs, Philadelphia, PA
  • Le Virtu, Brigantessa, Philadelphia, PA
  • Sang Kee, Philadelphia PA and Cherry Hill, NJ
  • Circles Restaurants, Philadelphia, PA
  • Mac’s Taverns, Philadelphia, PA
  • Bistro 7, Philadelphia, PA
  • Silverspoon, Wayne, PA
  • Rotisseur, Philadelphia, PA
  • Sunflower Café, Pottstown, PA
  • The Cow & The Curd, Philadelphia, PA