Welcome

Hi! I’m Jay.

In addition to working in technology, marketing, and as a writer, I owned and operated restaurants for a good portion of my career. In 2006, our flagship restaurant became, as far as we can tell, the nation’s first no-tipping table-service restaurant to establish itself in the modern era. I wrote about that experience, and about tipping in general, in a series of pieces you can read here.

You can read the rest of my blog here.

CONSULTING SERVICES

I’ve started several independent restaurants from scratch including planning, permitting, construction, and opening, on a bare-bones budget. (I’ve done it the expensive way too, which is a little less interesting.)  As a result, I’m often approached by independent restaurant operators and those just getting started, looking for help with the process.  I enjoy helping people build great spaces and great restaurants, and can provide any or all of the following services at an hourly rate.

  • Pre-lease evaluation
  • Kitchen and restaurant design
  • Drafting plans and preparing submittals for permitting
  • Equipment specification and purchase
  • Assistance obtaining permits
  • Project management and co-ordination of buildout
  • Assistance with pro formas, business plan development, marketing plans, and operational plans.

If you are interested in contacting me regarding these services, please email me at jay -at- jayporter -dot- com

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

I’m currently working on a software application that helps small restaurant operators stay on top of administrative work. I expect to release it as a SaaS (software-as-a-service) product in late 2017.

SELECTED PUBLISHED WRITING

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS