The book is based on the lessons Kounoupis learned during his 30-plus years in the hospitality industry, as well as his time managing and operating Billy's Downtown Diner, an award-winning restaurant that he has owned since 2000. It provides practical advice on how anyone can build and operate a business in America.
"I believe that entrepreneurship paired with practical knowledge is what has allowed people to have success," said Kounoupis. "With my new book, I simplify the mysteries behind building a successful business and inspire other innovators to succeed. These tools and concepts have proven to work for me, even in a down economy."
“Billy Cooks Like a Mother” provides advice on everything from choosing and developing a business concept to staying competitive in the marketplace, and each chapter includes practical tips on pricing, hiring personnel, lawyers and accountants, marketing, design and more. These practical platitudes are presented in a no-nonsense, easy-to-understand style with Kounoupis’ unique sense of humor and candid tone.
Over the last decade, Kounoupis has developed multiple business concepts, including transforming Billy's Downtown Diner into a popular favorite. Kounoupis and his wife Yanna initially took over a site best known for being a popular newsstand, and his practical experience allowed him to turn it into a wildly successful eatery. In fact, the diner has received a great deal of media coverage, and people have been known to travel from all over the Northeast to eat there.
"Building a business is not meant to be easy, but the journey can be fun, knowledgeable and practical," Kounoupis said. "It will help define who you are and what you are capable of doing."
For more information on Billy’s Downtown Diner or “Billy Cooks Like a Mother: A Guide to Starting Your Own Business by Someone Who’s Been There and Done That,” visit http://www.billysdiner.com.