In this landmark book, Danny shares the lessons he learned while developing the winning recipe for his way of doing business � what he calls "Enlightened Hospitality". This innovative business philosophy emphasizes putting the power of hospitality to work in a new and counterintuitive way: the first and most important recipients of hospitality are the people who work for you. In descending order of priority, the next most important receivers of hospitality are guests, the community, suppliers, and investors. This way of setting priorities stands more traditional business models on their heads, but Danny considers it the foundation of every success he and his restaurants have had.
Full of behind-the-scenes history on the creation of Danny's most famous restaurants, and the anecdotes, advice, and lessons he has accumulated on his long and ecstatic journey to the top, Setting the Table is a treasure trove of innovative insights applicable to any business or organization.
©2006 Danny Meyer; (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers Inc.
"This honest, modest book will appeal most to foodies and aspiring restaurateurs but also offers insight for entrepreneurs in any industry." (Publishers Weekly)
If you are looking for a how to book, this is not it. But it is a solid book providing a foundation of concepts that have allowed one man to succeed in an industry where many fail. i would have preferred a little more of the drier materials like the guts of the business, but over all i was impressed with it, a good read.
I love to hear about people undaunted by all the reasons something isn't a "practical" idea, who do it with passion and succeed beyond their wildest hopes. A happy, inspiring listen.
This book gave me really good insight and great ideas for me. It's a good book for people starting out or thinking about getting into the industry. The hard part for me was the beginning. it felt like it took forever for him to talk about his history and experiences while traveling.
Maybe one of the best business books I have read sprinkled with great food stories.
It's great if you want a biography of Danny Meyer and his restaurants.
If you're looking for info on Danny Meyer and his restaurants, go for it. If you actually want to learn about hospitality in business, don't bother.
I love the 'in the trenches' view of what makes his restaurants successful
The best parts were when he LEARNED from his mistakes and applied that knowledge to his business model
Laugh ... and take NOTES!
I love to hear success stories from someone who actually DOES the WORK.
Danny Meyer is an outstanding manager and I truly respect his style. I believe the book is just not for a restaurateur, but transcends many different types of businesses. I own and operate a fitness center and I just gobbled up Meyer's advice for our company. In addition, I recommended the book to 2 other friends who manage totally different types of business, a large General Contracting firm and Interior Plant Service. I hope they read it!
Danny has a gift when reminding us about everything we thought we already new. Not alot of new ideas, just an elegant retelling of the story and ideas that we should have known already.
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