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Starting a Small Restaurant Paperback – August 15, 1984

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"An extraordinary book in many ways-a unique and tough hands-on guide to doing it. No other comparable book exists." -- The Next Whole Earth Catalog

"Light and digestible, Miller's explicit recipe includes spicy tips." -- In Business

"Quality is the goal in all the large matters and small details Miller reviews. He has thought of everything you should think about before you open your doors." -- Country Journal

"This is a splendid book-cautious, thorough, and gilded with flashes of lively good humor that never would be found in a food industry operations manual." -- Washington Post

Starting A Small Restaurant sets forth everything necessary to establish and successful operate a small restaurant including: finding the location that can bring success; how to make up a menu and forecast income; equipment auctions and dealers; restaurant red tape and regulations, designing a kitchen for efficiency and safety; dining room design and decor; step-by-step analysis of preparing and serving a typical restaurant meal; handling the difficult customer; staffing and personnel management; getting supplied with the best products and services; cleanup and maintenance; advertising and public relations; prices and profits (figuring your investment and return); handling restaurant emergencies; and how computer systems that can save time and money. Starting A Small Restaurant is the best "how to" manual available to aspiring restauranteurs and is "must" reading for anyone contemplating opening any kind of restaurant in any type of location. Practical, comprehensive, easy-to-read, very well organized and laid out, Starting A Small Restaurant sets the standard against which "how to" self-help business books must be judged. -- Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Daniel Miller is a founder of the successful small restaurant The Grey Fox Inn in Cambria, California.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press; Revised edition (August 15, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0916782379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916782375
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,480,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Chace on March 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
Although this book did have some useful information regarding the steps required to start a restaurant, I was disappointed to find that a majority of the details centered around fine dining establishments. In fact, the author seems anti-children so if you are looking for a book about startng a small family friendly restaurant, look elsewhere. It has good, basic information on starting a small place. I would like to see an updated edition as the POS/Computer section was a little dated. This book was not what I was looking for, but if you want to open a small, classy cafe I'd give this book a shot. Overall it is a fairly quick read.
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