Yelli began as an idea in early 2019. Our founder Danielle was working as a waitress in Los Angeles. Having worked in restaurants across the country since she was a teenager, she was used to adapting to new venues; from diners to fine-dining, and everything in between.
With a natural knack for organization, Danielle would often head the training programs for both new hires and veteran employees. She noticed a pattern of chaos, disorganization, and lack of communication that seemed to come hand in hand with traditional training systems, no matter how "fancy" the restaurant. She felt that there must be a tool that both managers, and more importantly, servers and bartenders could use to bridge the gap between them.
The goal was to create a simple, user-friendly platform that catered directly to the restaurant industry - specifically restaurant workers. In an industry with such a high-turnover rate, Danielle paid attention to what made her coworkers the most frustrated about a job before they ended up quitting. Usually, it was some form of poor communication or disorganization within the venue. If servers were hired onto the job, given thorough training and resources, and then continued to have the information and tools needed to do their jobs, turnover lowered and the culture of the restaurant would improve.
Yelli launched in 2021. We are 100% family owned, with headquarters in Los Angeles, California. We are committed to a different approach, one that can help restaurant owners, managers, and staff members reach their goals together. We believe that technology and transparent communication can revolutionize the restaurant industry, bringing people closer and improving quality of life. Please feel free to contact us directly if you have any questions, want to schedule a demo, or even just want to chat. See you on the floor!