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"A fascinating and practical guide to what actually makes a bar into a great bar (and much can be applied to any service business). Jon doesn’t present ‘canned’ answers, he provides a way of methodically evaluating and challenging every aspect of what lies behind a great bar. He seamlessly blends data-backed insights with hard earned experience to create a template of how to construct a plan for success. It is so refreshing to read something which doesn’t present standard answers to non-standard issues." —Nick Shepherd, CEO Carlson restaurants/TGI Fridays

"When I was young and still learning the nightclub and bar business, I always went to Jon’s seminars and learned so much. Jon Taffer really had a big impact on me and my success and I still think of things he taught me. This book can do the same for you. It’s fun but make no mistake, Jon is all business as he fills the pages with great stories, practices and his proven formula for success." —Jesse Waits, Managing Partner of XS Nightclub, TRYST Nightclub, Botero Restaurant, Las Vegas --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Jon Taffer is the chairman of Taffer Dynamics (www.tafferdynamics.com) and president of the Nightclub & Bar Media Group. He’s an industry expert, management guru, and the television star of Spike TV’s Bar Rescue. With close to three decades of hands-on experience, Jon is a two-time winner of the Bar Operator of the Year Award.
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Product Details

  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (November 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480570818
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480570818
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #754,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JON TAFFER is the chairman of Taffer Dynamics and President of the Nightclub & Bar Media Group. He's an industry expert, management guru, and the television star of Spike TV's Bar Rescue. With close to three decades of hands-on experience, Jon is a two-time winner of the Bar Operator of the Year award.

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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful By D. Cutter on October 9, 2013
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So, I do not think that Jon Taffer is the world's best restaurateur - BUT anyone studying business should read this book. All too often we see a ivory tower idea behind business decisions, while Job lays out pretty clear objectives. Do I think he is right all of the time? No... but he maintains a strategy which more business schools should focus on.

This is a good read (and if he actually wrote it as opposed to a ghost, he is a more articulate writing than I would have guessed). Do not go out and think that he is teaching you how to run your business... but listen to his ideas and customer focus, very important lessons in how this all works.

Well worth the money.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Walt Boyes VINE VOICE on October 10, 2013
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This book nails it. John Taffer is smart, funny, and quite seriously devoted to helping people learn how to do customer service, especially in the bar and restaurant industry. His show, Bar Rescue, made me a fan. This book made me a student. Taffer's persona on the show is not the real, thoughtful, intelligent man who wrote this book. I understand his show method, because I am also a student of Milton Erickson's "sudden therapy." Taffer, if you will pay attention, will show you how to not screw up.

His principles are basically no-brainers. They include giving your customers what they want, providing attentive service, and paying attention to what's going on.

If you want a good look at the business of running a bar or restaurant, this is the book for you.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By dlowe888 on October 24, 2013
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While we all know the reality shows are made primarily for entertainment, I have made some mental notes about the lessons learned from watching the shows. When I purchased the book, I was eager to find out what wisdom Jon could share from all those businesses he tried to rescue and how closely my notes come to coincide with those nuggets of wisdom.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that many things Jon discussed in the book are consistent with what I learned from the shows. I think his advice can be helpful not only to the bar business but also to other types of business. The recommended business practices in the book resonate well with me.

While customer reaction and standard management are crucial, the book also emphasizes the importance of hiring solid employees who will fit well with your business and help everyone succeed. Although some interactions in the shows sometimes can get a bit superficial in front of the cameras, overall, I am convinced that Jon's recommendations in the book are solid and actionable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eve Bushman on January 22, 2015
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In the words of Fat Amy in the trailer for Pitch Perfect Two when she crashes down the dormitory stairs on a sledding disc, Jon Taffer also “Crushed it” in his book Raise the Bar.

I’ve never watched the show, Bar Rescue, however who isn’t familiar with Taffer and the work he’s done to help turnaround failing bars and restaurants across the U.S.? My business partner and editor, Michael Perlis, covered one of Taffer’s packed conventions in Vegas last year and was equally impressed. (Read Michael’s coverage here: http://evewine101.com/2014/05/03/perlis-picks-2014-nightclub-bar-convention-trade-show)

Taffer actually came to my Santa Clarita neighborhood and worked changing The Tailgate into The Shot Exchange. (The story: http://www.hometownstation.com/santa-clarita-news/business/tv-show-bar-rescue-features-santa-clarita-bar-shot-exchange-39833 update: http://www.barrescueupdates.com/2014/04/bar-rescue-shot-exchange-tailgate-update.html and Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/theshotexchange)

The biggest takeaway I got from Taffer’s book was how his business acumen could apply to much more than the bar industry. My notes are below, in digestible one-liners:

Proper clothing on the staff and makeup for women is seen as professional.

Delays in being seated or after requesting the check affects the overall perception.

Problems encountered by customers are not always voiced, they just don’t return.

Being a “Foodie” is not a qualification to run a restaurant.

Your business must have procedures and manuals in place.

A customer’s laughter is a sign of success.

Focus on your guest’s reactions (on social networks or in person) not on spending money on advertising in media.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sheri on October 22, 2013
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Excellent book, couldn't have been better. You almost feel at some points in the book John Taffer is personally there hahaha yelling about something- you can definitely feel his passion for what he does, and the BEST part is- it's AWESOME info! Easy read. Gives the reader not just rules but a background to why things are set at a certain standard and it makes sense. I will never pour sideways from a water pitcher again. EVER.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marvin.P.Android on October 11, 2013
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After watching a few episodes of his show, Bar Rescue, I started writing down tidbits of info that he'd occasionally toss out there. This book essentially wrapped them all up for me so I won't have to spend as much time watching the show.

Taffer focuses on customer reactions as the driver of sales. There is great information on the hiring the right people, and creating processes. He uses numerous examples from bars that he has worked with both on and off the show. He does write about managing the food side of the business, but not what I would call comprehensively. Nothing in the book is groundbreaking information unless you fundamentally don't understand what customer service is all about.

It was a relatively quick read -- about five total hours of reading time. I enjoyed reading it and I kept coming back to it to learn more. The chapters are nicely paced and make it easy to find a place to stop when you need to. Certainly worth the cost of the Kindle version.
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