How To Start & Run Own Restaurant: An Insider Guide to Setting Up Your Own Successful Business (Small Business Start-Ups) Paperback – 25 Feb 2005
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About the Author
Carol Godsmark is a restaurant journalist, critic and chef as well as being a restaurant consultant, Good Food Guide inspector and past restaurateur. So she writes from a broad range of personal experience and most importantly helps you to put yourself in your customers' shoes.
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Top Customer Reviews
Everything is clearly set out in the book,easy to find exactly what you want to know and easy to read and take in.
The book doesnt make everything seem rose tinted,you get the facts,running such a business is hard work and this book makes that very clear,all the pitfalls are pointed out,but it is also encouraging in starting up such a business as long as you plan and are prepared.
The book is full of factual errors and even worse, poor advice. Half way into the book she gives truly worrying advice on how to make salads and vegetables last longer in order to save money. I asked myself, "Is it better not to just buy in fresh products everyday instead of serving food that's 4 or 5 days old?" She even gives poor advice on how to do the accounting and legal work without going to professionals.
I ended up throwing the book onto the bonfire it was that bad a read! So, who is this Carol Godsmark? She claims to be a restauranteur but who is she really? She is believe it or not, a lowly writer for Portsmouth News - a local newspaper. She started work for them many years ago as a roving reporter but the quality of work simply wasn't there and Portsmouth News thought long and hard about her future. She ended up re-inventing herself as a "restaurant critic." Unfortunately, she's poor at that too. Just do a quick search on the net to see some examples of her poor work. She uses long words in the hope that she'll come off looking smart and intelligent but it's having quite the opposite effect. And that's exactly how she's written this book. Grammatically poor with poor advice and... well... poor showing really.
Steer clear of this book. There are other much better books out there.
Carol Godsmarks "Top Tips" like "Start calling companies if deliveries are late" are laughable and could easily be replaced by "Common Sense".
However, this is the first book of it's kind that I have read and am going to try out a couple of others to see if they fare any better. I will keep you posted!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Yet to read through but like how to start a candy making business and currency trading for dummies, I think my life is going to change for the better. Sean Parlor.Published 8 months ago by Sean Parlor
A fantastic book for those who dream of starting their own restaurant/complete beginners.Published 13 months ago by ReviewLove
This book is a good starting point as it lays down some very valuable points advice and information needed to put on the right track.Published on 22 Mar. 2012 by shell