Setting the Table

By Danny Meyer

The bestselling business book from award-winning restauranteur Danny Meyer, of Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, and Shake Shack

Seventy-five percent of all new restaurant ventures fail, and of those that do stick around, only a few become icons. Danny Meyer started Union Square Cafe when he was 27, with a good idea and hopeful investors. He is now the co-owner of a restaurant empire. How did he do it? How did he beat the odds in one of the toughest trades around? In this landmark book, Danny shares the lessons he learned developing the dynamic philosophy he calls Enlightened Hospitality. The tenets of that philosophy, which emphasize strong in-house relationships as well as customer satisfaction, are applicable to anyone who works in any business. Whether you are a manager, an executive, or a waiter, Danny's story and philosophy will help you become more effective and productive, while deepening your understanding and appreciation of a job well done.

Setting the Table is landmark a motivational work from one of our era's most gifted and insightful business leaders.


NEWS & OPINION: Crowdsourced Entrepreneurial Reads

Posted September 14, 2009, 7:17 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
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NEWS & OPINION: Testing and Tasting The Theory

Posted September 18, 2007, 1:59 AM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
Jack and I are in NYC this week on our annual fall trip. We dined at Union Square Cafe this evening. Owner Danny Meyer wrote Setting The Table last year and the two of us decided we need to check if the theory was put into practice. Read more

NEWS & OPINION: Erika Andersen and Danny Meyer Live

Posted March 7, 2007, 8:36 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
Forbes. com has video of our friend Erika Andersen (Growing Great Employees) and her ten year client Danny Meyer (Setting The Table). Read more

NEWS & OPINION: NYT Book Review on Setting The Table

Posted January 15, 2007, 8:36 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
I picked the Sunday New York Times yesterday and saw Setting The Table (written by Danny Meyer) was reviewed by Sara Dickerman. Her review shows she likes the book, but Dickerman thinks Meyer gets a little cutesy: But Meyer is not giving advice to would-be restauranteurs: his book aims for a broader business audience. Whether his model of "hospitalitocracy" can expand beyond the service industry is hard to say, but Meyer certainly tries hard. Read more

NEWS & OPINION: Todd's Best of Business Books 2006

Posted December 13, 2006, 8:08 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
I started with a list of 22 books that I thought deserved year-end honors. The narrowing of the list was the hard part. I quickly marked the ones I knew should be on my list and looked to see if they had something in common. Read more


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Publisher Harper Perennial
Publish date 01/29/2008
Pages 320
ISBN-13 9780060742768
ISBN-10 0060742763
Language English

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