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  • Setting the Table

  • The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business
  • By: Danny Meyer
  • Narrated by: Danny Meyer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (156 ratings)

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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.

Critic reviews

"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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brilliant

Definitely one of the best books ever re hospitality management and business development. . .

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Great read

I love the book.
Very interesting how he made it.
This is very helpful I you have restaurants

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The inner workings of an industry legend

I wish every business owner - not just restaurateurs - could read this insightful book

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A restaurant "Bible" for life and staff support.

In my opinion, a much needed guide for support for all. Professional or not is worth reading.

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Get story. Hidden gems

If you are looking for a book that shows you the technical requirements of how to start a restaurant then this might not be what you are looking for. It’s a great biography of opening many restaurants and the emotional journey is fantastic. The golden take away gems are few and far between but they are there.

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great introduction in the restaurant space

good listen learning more about the world of Danny Meyer and what he's up to

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the hospitality play book...

Danny Meyer is the ultimate, genuine host who is at the fore front of his game... his value driven approach is laid out in this book and performed to perfection at his amazing restaurants...

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business book

He is a great restauranteur and his story has strong relevance to others in the hospitality sector. I’d say for someone in restaurants, it is a gem. For those with no connection to the hospitality sector it is only mildly interesting and there are lots of other biographies/memoirs I’d choose from first. Does make me want to visit Gramercy Tavern and Union Square. Great narrator.

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more managerial spiel

not what I expected ...could he the age of the story at this stage .

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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.

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