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Setting the Table

Setting the Table

Scritto da Danny Meyer

Narrato da Danny Meyer


Setting the Table

Scritto da Danny Meyer

Narrato da Danny Meyer

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4.5/5 (43 valutazioni)
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5 ore
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Pubblicato:
Oct 3, 2006
ISBN:
9780061252686
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Descrizione

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 that includes eleven unique dining establishments-and each is at the top of its game. How has he done it? How has he consistently beaten the odds in one of the toughest trades around?

In this landmark book, Danny shares the lessons he's learned while developing the winning recipe for doing business 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 application of hospitality is to the people who work for you, and, in descending order of priority, the guests, the community, suppliers, and investors. This way of setting priorities stands the more traditional business models on their head, 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 of the American restaurant scene, Setting the Table is a treasure trove of innovative insights that are applicable to any business or organization.

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Pubblicato:
Oct 3, 2006
ISBN:
9780061252686
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Informazioni sull'autore

Danny Meyer, a native of St. Louis, opened his first restaurant, Union Square Cafe, in 1985 when he was twenty-seven, and went on to found the Union Square Hospitality Group, which includes some of New York City's most acclaimed restaurants: Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, The Modern, Maialino, North End Grill, Blue Smoke, and Shake Shack, as well as Jazz Standard, Union Square Events, and Hospitality Quotient. Danny, his restaurants, and his chefs have earned an unprecedented twenty-five James Beard Awards. Danny's groundbreaking business book, Setting the Table, was a New York Times bestseller, and he has coauthored two cookbooks with his business partner, Chef Michael Romano. Danny lives in New York with his wife and children. Michael Romano joined Union Square Cafe in 1988, preparing his unique style of American cuisine with an Italian soul. In 1993, Michael became Danny Meyer's partner. Under Michael's leadership, Union Square Cafe has been ranked Most Popular in New York City Zagat surveys for a record seven years. The restaurant also received the James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant of the Year. Michael has coauthored two cookbooks with Danny Meyer, The Union Square Cafe Cookbook and Second Helpings. He is the recipient of numerous nominations and awards, including the James Beard Foundation's Best Chef in New York City in 2001, and in 2000, he was inducted into the James Beard Foundation's Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America.


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  • (3/5)
    Corporate glossy version of the restaurant tradeThis is pretty light on any of the blood and guts behind the scenes of the restaurant business but does have its points in terms of the psychology of customer interaction and the selection of employees for your business. Meyer's 51 percent rule of hiring people who bring a greater share of emotional skills vs a lower share of technical skills (which can in most cases be taught and learned) is something of wider use beyond the food business. For a more grittier, albeit fictionalized, view of the Union Square Café group see Stephanie Danler's "Sweetbitter."
  • (3/5)
    Decently entertaining story. Not as much structure and detail about management as I expected/wanted. Kind of a rambling memoir. Somewhat boring narration with a lot of level monotone.
  • (5/5)
    This is a Great book. Thanks for the Hospitality lesson!
  • (4/5)
    I started reading this book based on a VC's recommendation and express admiration of Danny Meyer. I loved the storytelling and arc with which Danny leads. As I've seen with books from other entrepreneurs, this book mixes a personal story, beliefs, and best practices they followed in their business. Inevitably all leaders focus on management which even Danny does in this book. Some exceptional concepts that I took away from this book are finding the north star of a business, in Danny's case it was "Enlightened hospitality". Gems like "If you'd like to grow then learn to let go", the principle of "Whoever wrote the rule" and "Write the last chapter of the story" will remain etched in my mind forever. Needless to say, having dined in Gramercy Tavern, it was a thrill to read the story of its origin. A must-read.
  • (5/5)
    For person from hospitality industry this book was extremely informative
  • (5/5)
    Amazing book. As an aspiring restauranteur myself, Danny has changed a lot of my perspectives on hospitality and has inspired me to learn even more!
  • (5/5)
    Learned so much about running a restaurant. Hospitality is key. Always hire people who have high EQ. So they bring and hire similar people. Don't jump onto every opportunity. Be a restaurant where people come because it is a good place to come. Don't compromise on standards. Always try to give the best food to the customer. Wow- so many tips. I always wanted to open a coffee shop. I will surely review these tips again. Really awesome book to learn about running restaurants and hospitality.
  • (4/5)

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    I've had this on my shelf for I don't know how long and finally started to read it a few weeks ago. It's a quick and fast read that took this long only because I didn't have steady reading time on vacation. I think I was especially curious to read this now due to the new Shake Shack opening on my corner, although I don't think I've been to any of his restaurants. I work at NYC & Company, which Meyer references frequently throughout the book in the context of his work after 9/11 and for the restaurant committee. In fact, I think I got his book at the office.I like how Meyer's family history shaped his leadership and business goals - how they helped him to be who he is. While there's a lot of focus on the opening of Union Sq Cafe, it's nice to see the other issues that went into Tabla, Eleven Madison Park, etc. all of which are familiar on the NYC restaurant landscape. Due to the time that had passed between the restaurant openings and the book, Meyer had tme to reflect on the challenges and therefore I think his writing on them was different than it would have been if this book was written immediately after any of the openings. I'm also interested in Meyer's philosophy on hospitality as it connects to my own work in the industry. A great read.

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