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Setting the Table Audiobook

Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business

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Publisher's Summary

Danny Meyer started Union Square Cafe when he was 27, with a good idea and scant experience. He is now the CEO of one of the world's most dynamic restaurant organizations, one that includes 11 unique dining establishments, each at the top of its game. How did he do it? How has he consistently beaten the odds in one of the toughest trades around?

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.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Finalist, Non-fiction, Abridged, 2007

"This honest, modest book will appeal most to foodies and aspiring restaurateurs but also offers insight for entrepreneurs in any industry." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Jay Oliver, British Columbia, Canada 12-04-07
    Jay Oliver, British Columbia, Canada 12-04-07 Member Since 2016
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    "Solid"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Iskandar Azaman 05-24-16
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    "A Book Every Restauranteur Should Read"

    This book is not the normal "how to" book. Instead, it explains in detail Meyer's vast experience and basically the mindset he had going into his very successful restaurant ventures starting from his very first restaurant.

    A running theme in the book is how "hospitality" over rides everything else bringing a deeper meaning of being a restauranteur rather than just making money.

    It's an inspiring book letting the reader take a look into what goes on in the mind of one of the most successful restauranteurs in the world.

    The audiobook is high quality and having the man himself narrate the book, you can hear the difference. He's not just reading text. He experienced it.

    Highly recommended for all restauranteurs.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    servingwench 07-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "More biography than information"
    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It's great if you want a biography of Danny Meyer and his restaurants.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jackie Pittsburgh, PA, USA 09-22-08
    Jackie Pittsburgh, PA, USA 09-22-08
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    "Inspiring listen"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kayle 09-16-17
    Kayle 09-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Good read"

    This was a good book to listen to while driving to work. He has positive insights and has a great knowledge. The only thing I didn't particularly like was the long intro about his experiences growing up in such detail.

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    Joseph Luk 09-14-17
    Joseph Luk 09-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great to hear the Arthur read his own story!"

    Pretty inspiring and read very well by Danny himself! Highly recommended for anyone looking to start their own business, whatever it is.

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    sohail fatoorechi 09-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    " not a great book unfortunately "

    exaggerated stories, not interesting, downloaded hoping to learn, ended up annoying! no idea what the point is!

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    Bigbird 08-21-17
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    "Great Journey"

    I would recommend this book to the beginner going into management or restaurant ownership and to everyone in the restaurant business. The book allows you to gain insight and understanding to the hospitality and people business. Excellent and eloquently written.

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    Don J. Plato 07-22-17
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    "Good info a bit prententious"

    The standard for hospitality which is unfortunate. However the stories are out of touch with a common folk not in new york with access to high profile media and guests.

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    Edison M Fajardo Lopez 07-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "must read"

    Great view on hospitality. This book really puts in perspective the thought process involved when analyzing​ a business opportunity. It's a definitively a must read for anyone interested in service and hospitality.

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    "Not ideal if you're after learning"

    The book is mostly about the author's journey to fame. There isn't much to learn here, except perhaps that hospitality should be your main focus and that you should not expand too quickly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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