In the restaurant business, planning to open or operate one, looking to open another one or several more? Grab pen and paper you’ll want take notes from my next guest. If you live or work in Pittsburgh you’ve dined at one of his restaurants, Atria’s, Juniper Grill or Ditka’s. They are just part of Pat McDonnell’s growing empire of restaurants and business. Even if you are outside of Pittsburgh and you’ve visited a Chi Chi’s restaurant, then you’ve felt his influence, Pat helped to roll out 80 of those Mexican favorites in the past. Today he’s busy working on ways to carve out a better experience for his diners, while eating away at his competition. On this episode, you’ll find Pat dishes on the financing and money management in the restaurant industry and why staying away from cheesy gimmicks is the best way to bring in the dough.