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Maintaining Authenticity in Your Franchise System with Yianni Kosmides of Apola Greek Grill

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Yianni Kosmides is the CEO and co-founder of Apola Greek Grill, an Authentic Greek Grill based in California that is taking the US by storm with its truly authentic Greek gyro. Their work has been featured on Yahoo Finance, US News, Food Service Exchange and on TV’s ‘This is LA’ among other publications.

 

Key Takeaways:

[0:05] Welcome to Franchise Euphoria, the podcast that takes a deep dive into specific topics related to franchising. Franchise Euphoria exists to help individuals who are trying to grow their business through a franchise or franchise-like model.

[0:49] Josh introduces today’s interview guest, Yianni Kosmides, the CEO and co-founder of Apola Greek Grill.

[2:24] Josh welcomes Yianni to Franchise Euphoria.
[3:10] Yianni shares what inspired his family to open Apola Greek Grill.

[7:10] Growing up, Yianni’s father acquired several restaurants across a variety of cuisine types, but the Apola was the first Greek concept in his family’s history.

[11:10] Yianni gives an overview of the various food offerings that Apola features on their menu.

[17:49] Apola has a variety of restaurant layouts including some traditional restaurant locations some drive through only locations.

[22:43] Yianni shares the pros and cons of going into business with a family member.

[26:05] Yianni explains what the transition from restaurant owner-operator for franchise owner is like.

[31:33] Josh and Yianni debate where the ideal location for your first franchised location should be.

[39:21] Yianni shares about the community partnerships Apola establishes with each new location they open.

[41:32] If you want to learn more about Apola Greek Grill, you can visit their website listed below.

[42:20] Thanks for listening, and please, reach out to Josh anytime through email at josh@indyfranchiselaw.com. If you enjoyed this interview, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts.

 

Mentioned in This Episode:
josh@indyfranchiselaw.com
www.franchiseeuphoria.com
www.indyfranchiselaw.com
https://www.eatapola.com

Josh Brown

Josh Brown

Hi! I’m Josh Brown, franchise attorney and creator of the Franchise Euphoria podcast. I’m just your average guy who loves to golf, eat hibachi, and immerse myself in the ever-expanding franchise world.

My goal is to navigate entrepreneurs and all people interested in the current events of franchises through all the hottest topics and most popular tools for success. Going on four years now, Franchise Euphoria is hotter than ever and ready to help you plan and execute a pathway to success.

Josh Brown

Josh Brown

Hi! I’m Josh Brown, franchise attorney and creator of the Franchise Euphoria podcast. I’m just your average guy who loves to golf, eat hibachi, and immerse myself in the ever-expanding franchise world.

My goal is to navigate entrepreneurs and all people interested in the current events of franchises through all the hottest topics and most popular tools for success. Going on four years now, Franchise Euphoria is hotter than ever and ready to help you plan and execute a pathway to success.

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pardee2003 from United States
11/16/2019
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Great and applicable information from professionals in the franchise world that are doing it every day. I’ve listened to 3 episodes: Gutter Brothers, Woofies, and Cycle Bar. Enjoyed all and looking forward to hearing more.
WTutor311 from United States
8/30/2019
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Highly recommend. Great guests. Filled with tons of helpful information.
Katie Joy B. from United States
7/16/2019
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Josh and his wide variety of knowledgeable guests are truly rockstars! They deliver quality (and free!) franchise knowledge and advice in each and every episode. The great advice they provide, combined with the engaging way they deliver it had me hooked from the very first listen. Thanks for putting out such a stellar show Josh - keep up the great work!
Jordan gross from United States
07/15/2019
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This podcast provides the advice necessary to start building, growing, and scaling your business TODAY! The host asks probing questions of his guests that add value to the listeners in an immediately implementable way!
VPugliese from United States
07/15/2019
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What do you get when you combine business savvy, legal expertice and a great personality? You get the ultimate podcast for franchise owners. Josh Brown brings it all togehter perfectly with Franchise Euphoria. Not only does he possess all of the skills and abiliites above, but he has great guests, asks awesome questions and created the ideal podcast for this niche. If you have a franchise, or are considering it, subscibe to this show and consume all of the content!
Mick James from United States
06/05/2019
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Started listening to Josh's podcast after the wife and I decided to buy a franchise and I quickly went through about 200 episodes on 1.5x & 2x, before signing on to purchase a franchise. Josh's info was an invaluable part of our decision to buy, and after listening to so many episodes, I felt like I knew and trusted him on a personal level, so it was a no-brainer to enlist his services when it came time to review the franchise agreement. Josh was super easy to talk to and very empathetic to our needs, and being first time business owners, we needed all the empathy we could get. Josh helped us negotiate a great deal with the franchisor and we were very happy with his services. Great podcast, great guy, great service to anyone involved in the franchise world!
Dean575 from United States
06/04/2019
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Very interesting discussion. I found the information valuable.
Summieysum from United States
05/06/2019
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I've just completed the legal process of franchising my business and have now begun selling franchises. Just found this podcast and it's an incredible resource! Great content and Josh is a very engaging host. Highly recommend for franchisors and franchisees.
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