This two class course is geared towards those individuals who dream of one day owning and operating a restaurant – as well as those interested in investing in one.

Harris Eckstut shares his knowledge from over 30 years as a successful Philadelphia restaurant owner. He provides insights that can only come from long-term accomplishment and commitment. Eckstut is not only an expert in restaurant ownership and consulting, but is a lively presenter who incorporates his restaurant business knowledge and depth of experience keeping attendees actively engaged.

From a recent class attendee, and longtime restaurateur,

“…Harris Eckstut is outstanding. He is the most knowledgeable restaurant consultant that I have met in my career in Philadelphia. His lecture was a tour de force. In a low key fashion, he covered a great amount of information….”

Another grateful attendee shared this thank you note:

“The information you gave us was beyond useful! We now have a more realistic perspective about the restaurant business.”

Greg Vernick, Chef/Owner, Vernick Food & Drink in Philadelphia:

“Vernick Food & Drink would not be as successful without the help of Harris Eckstut.”

Connie Correia, owner of the Pop Shop in Collingswood, NJ:

“Harris took us by the hand and taught us all the things about the restaurant business that we didn’t even know we didn’t know! Because of him, we are still in business and now thriving instead of floundering.”

His professional services include: leasing and development, sales and purchases, operational analysis and planning, “turnarounds,” and “start-ups” for the independent or prospective restaurant owner. He also evaluates business plans, operations and budgets for lenders, investors, developers, community organizations, and urban and suburban Main Street planning.

Harris owned the legendary MontSerrat Restaurant on South Street for 25 years and has over 30 years’ experience in the independent restaurant industry.  In the last two years he has assisted in opening and/or expansion of the highly successful: Vernick Food & Drink, Cicala’s at The Divine Lorraine, The Good Karma Cafes, Sang Kee, The Pop Shop in Medford/Collingswood, NJ, Green Line Cafés, 320 Market Café in Swarthmore, T&N Kitchens, Philly Farm Truck, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken (MD) The Cow & The Curd, as well as working with new restaurant start-ups, lenders, investors, landlords, attorneys, community development organizations, and developers.