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  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha; 1st edition (November 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 002864168X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028641683
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

HOWARD CANNON is President of Restaurant Operations Institute, Inc. (ROI), a national restaurant-based operations, training, and consulting firm specializing in turnarounds and start-ups. With more than 20 years of experience, he is a frequent speaker at universities and industry shows across the nation. BRIAN TARCY has authored or co-authored more than 13 books, including The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Business Management.


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Anyone thinking of opening a restaurant this is a must have!.
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Howard Cannon makes that very clear in his book.
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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful By goodtaste on August 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
The restaurant business is not easy. Howard Cannon makes that very clear in his book. Yet he shows you how, in step-by-step fashion, to make your dream come true if you are willing to work hard enough and plan things out. From the beginning, as he helps you analyze whether the business is for you, through the various stages of planning what kind of restaurant you want to how to buy silverware, Cannon delivers the goods. Perhaps the best thing he does is identify the things that can derail your dream so that you can be on the lookout. He points out that most restaurants fail, but he has turned around enough failures to know how to avoid the common pitfalls. More than that, though, he is enthusiastic about the business while being realistic about the work involved. The restaurant business is not for the timid, but this book takes you through all the steps, including a calendar of when to do things, so that you will be able to be seating customers soon in your very own restaurant. This is a great book and it will help you a lot.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By David T Wootten on April 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
Considering the expertise that the author brings to this book, one would expect or at least hoped for him to have given a more indepth treatment of this subject. Most of what he says (80%) is common business sense and anyone who has had some experience in any kind of business could probably figure out. There are some really good tips in here but they are very few and far between. Perhaps part of this has to do with expectations - I was looking for a book to lay out more specific issues involved with this industry. What I got was a Business 101 book. It's clear that Mr. Cannon has the experience to deliver something more - if he comes out with an advanced book on the subject I'd buy it. Warning: only buy this book if you have no prior experience in business.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 4, 2003
Format: Paperback
For someone coming in with no knowledge at all of the restaurant business, this is not a bad general guide.
I was a little disapointed however at the terse treatment the author gave to money processing in the restaurant.
There are many types of restaurant computer systems(POS) and lots of systems to accept checks and credit cards. Since in most restaurants these payment forms far outdistance cash, it would be helpful to include some of the basic credit card processing provisions and information about terminals. Merchants are misguided and ripped off all the time on check and credit cards sytems that are not proper for the specific restaurant. The topic deserves a chapter, not just a few paragraphs.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By boston restaurant on April 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
It works. Really. I am more amazed than anybody that an Idiot's Guide would work but this guy knows what he is talking about.. There's plenty of detail here and I've got a restaurant to prove it.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Misty-Roze Carnell on December 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
This was the most helpful and honest book I have read on opening a restaurant. It's realistic but also gives you hope and help. Anyone thinking of opening a restaurant this is a must have!. It's easy to ready and understand. This is the only book you need! don't waste your money and time on any other book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Nichols on June 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
I have been wanting to open a restaurant for several years now. I work in a seafood restaurant in a northern Mississippi town, and I don't know, I guess serving people is just in my blood.

I am a big Howard Cannon fan. I do wish that the book was a little more detailed, but I believe he really loves the business. If you want to open a restaurant, buy this book.

I'd also recommend Running a Restaurant for Dummies.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By LM on July 16, 2005
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I have no links of any kind to any party involved in producing or selling this book. I came to this book with only low-level restaurant work knowledge, but with the idea I might set one up. So far it's only an idea. Though I have run businesses, the management and ownership side of the restaurant business is new to me.

I know that if I go into restaurants I will be competing with experienced operators. I will need to try and catch up quickly (or lose money and make errors). One important lesson my business experience has taught me is that advice from those in the know is pure gold.

So, considering a restaurant business, I bought this book.

In my opinion it is first-class. It's well-written, clear, comprehensive, quite entertaining, and the points he makes are good solid management points. It's just what I was looking for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SuzyQ Who on February 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
I was recently given a copy of this book by a friend because I was thinking of starting a restaurant. Maybe I have a good idea, but I didn't really know what was involved in the business until I finished this book. It is fantastic! Although the information is great and probably covers everything you could possibly need to know, my favorite thing was the writing style. It's funny, unpredictable, and very entertaining. That just made it easy to read. I highly recommend this book to anybody considering starting a restaurant. Also, it looks like Howard Cannon is pretty much the go-to restaurant consultant everywhere and serves as an expert witness too. Pretty cool - the guy must know his stuff!
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