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Which Restaurant Management Books Are the Successful Owners Reading?

Restaurant management is challenging, involving everything from managing the finances, staff, and promotions to inventory. Reading a good restaurant management book offers professional insights, advice and stories to inspire you and grow. Restaurant books can be just the thing you need to make your business successful and set you apart from your competitors. 

Here are some of the best restaurant management books for your restaurant business!

8 Management Books For Your Restaurant Business

1. Making the Cut: What Separates the Best From the Rest by Chris Hill

Chris Hill is a chef, restaurant owner, and author known for his management and entrepreneurial skills. In the book, Hill set out to interview industry leaders to answer a straightforward question, “what does it take to be successful“. The book is a collection of candid stories of leading chefs in the world, their triumphs, failures, and lessons learned along the way. It’s refreshing to know they found success and that you can too. 

2. Restaurant Owners Uncorked: Twenty Owners Share Their Recipes for Success by Wil Brawley

Restaurant Owners Uncorked is a compilation of interviews with a range of diverse restaurant owners, including Scott Leibfried, a renowned figure in the culinary industry and part of the hit television show “Hell’s Kitchen”; and Chris Sommers, a former Silicon Valley technology executive, now successfully making Chicago-style deep dish pizza. They share their journeys from the beginning with valuable tips for aspiring restaurant owners.

Chris Sommers makes Chicago-style deep dish pizza so well that he was invited to the White House to cook it for President Obama and the first family.

Know which restaurant management books to read to develop you as a restaurateur.
Reading a restaurant management book can help you set better goals and reach them!

3. Restaurant Success by the Numbers: A Money-Guy’s Guide to Opening the Next Hot Spot by Roger Fields

Restaurant success comes down to your numbers. If you are a restaurant owner, you already know how challenging it is to manage the finances and make them sustainable. This book is a godsend; it will help you effectively manage your finances through an uncertain beginning and reach your winning stage. Roger Fields comprehensively takes readers through the logistics of opening a restaurant and turning a profit.

4. Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business by Danny Meyer

Danny Meyer, an award-winning restaurateur, started Union Square Cafe, and now he is the co-owner of a restaurant empire. In this book, he shares his perceptive philosophy called “Enlightened Hospitality“. The philosophy emphasizes strong relationships between customers and the staff. It is a must-read for anyone aiming to set up a successful business built on lasting relationships.  

5. The Restaurant Manager’s Handbook: How to Set Up, Operate, and Manage a Financially Successful Food Service Operation by Douglas Robert Brown

A best-selling book, the restaurant manager’s handbook is a fantastic book detailing how to run a successful food service enterprise. You will find everything: basic cost controls, proper equipment, training employees, effective restaurant layouts, a safer work environment, and many other vital pieces of wisdom in this book. 

Restaurant management books are your roadway to success. Know which ones to read.
Danny Meyer (Setting the Table) believes hospitality needs to be extended to the staff/team members first in a restaurant, followed by customers and only then to other stakeholders.

6. How to Start, Run, and Grow a Successful Restaurant by Tim Hoffman

We all love stories of small ideas turning big, like MBA chaiwala creating a blooming cafe chain and a guy with a milkshake making a burger empire (McDonald’s). Tim Hoffman’s book is an insightful and helpful guide to starting your restaurant enterprise, emphasizing a phenomenal restaurant concept. It explores the critical aspects of managing a restaurant, including legalities, costs, and marketing. If you are new to the restaurant business, this book is your roadway to success.

7. The Chipotle Effect by Paul Barron

Paul Barron, restaurant entrepreneur and publisher, talks about the fast-casual revolution, where social consumerism is shifting rapidly and impacting the future of restaurants. The book offers exciting insights into growing restaurant trends, technology and design.

8. Without Reservations: How a Family Root Beer Stand Grew into a Global Hotel Company by J.W. “Bill” Marriott Jr.

You follow behind the scenes of a successful restaurant enterprise in this compilation of engaging stories that will inspire you and help you achieve more. In this book, JW Marriott shares the story of the Marriott brand, beginning with a family root beer stand in the 30s to a leading global brand in today’s world. The book candidly shares the mistakes, lessons learned and opportunities grabbed by the owners to reach the top.

The latest edition of ‘The Restaurant Manager’s Handbook’ has nutrition guidelines and tips on how to get the most out of social media.

We hope this blog helps you better manage your restaurant, upgrade your skills and understand the business better. 

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Abeera Dubey
Abeera Dubey
Abeera is a freelance content writer at Petpooja.

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