Food for Thought: How the Creator of Fuddrucker's, Romano's Macroni Grill, and eatZi's Built a $10 Billion Empire One Concept at a Time

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The Incredible Life Story of the World’s Most Successful Restaurateur Will Whet Your Appetite for Inspiration and Success

Known as “the Steven Spielberg of the restaurant industry,” Phil Romano has achieved a higher rate of success than any other restaurateur in history. During the past 40 years, he has launched more than 25 dining concepts and amassed a restaurant empire valued in excess of $10 billion.

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Overview

The Incredible Life Story of the World’s Most Successful Restaurateur Will Whet Your Appetite for Inspiration and Success

Known as “the Steven Spielberg of the restaurant industry,” Phil Romano has achieved a higher rate of success than any other restaurateur in history. During the past 40 years, he has launched more than 25 dining concepts and amassed a restaurant empire valued in excess of $10 billion.

More than 10 million customers a year in 48 states and 8 foreign countries visit a Phil Romano eatery, no doubt many back for seconds. In Food for Thought: How the Creator of Fuddrucker’s, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, and eatZi’s Built a $10 Billion Empire One Concept at a Time, Romano shares his recipe for success.

From dreaming up an original concept all the way to reaping a jaw-dropping return on investment, Romano reveals the distinctive process and “operational-integrity creed” he follows to create a winning eatery, including:

•How to achieve the entrepreneurial mindset and recognize opportunity when it crosses your path •“Service is primary. Profit is secondary” •Getting out of the “dining business” and into the “eating business” •How to recognize a great idea in a world of mediocre ones •Utilizing a network approach to management; i.e. “Nobody works for me, they work with me” •“Difference and points of difference are what makes success, not just brilliance” Written with candor and spiced with humor, Food for Thought provides a fascinating look at the hits and misses of Romano’s remarkable career. Whether you’re a novice entrepreneur or seasoned pro, it’s sure to help you cook up your own ideas and strategies for success in any industry.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419500084
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Involved in the restaurant business for 40 years, Philip J. Romano is a nationally renowned restaurateur, as well as an investor, entrepreneur, and artist. He has created over 25 different concepts, and is the only person in restaurant history to create over 6 national concepts. Featured in numerous magazines and periodicals, Romano possesses an innate sense of “what the market wants.” Romano also serves as a consultant to and joint venture partner of Brinker International, Inc., a national operator, developer, and franchiser of numerous restaurant concepts.

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Table of Contents

1 Early days 1
2 Business beginnings - getting out of the box 7
3 Now I'm cooking 15
4 The life and times of Romano's 300 21
5 Tweaking the menus 35
6 Texas on the front burner 43
7 The name that hamburgers made 51
8 Opening a vein and striking an artery 73
9 Failures and disappointments (Part I) 81
10 Philville's famous grill - I called it Macaroni 89
11 A setback, a revelation, and a catalyst 105
12 More great things from the springs 111
13 Putting the eat in Skaneateles (a tale of two angels) 125
14 The food store that ate Dallas and Atlanta and Chicago and... 133
15 Failures and disappointments (Part II) 149
16 A steakhouse for Sam 157
17 Feeding a need - hunger busters hits the streets 169
18 Il Mulino - New York's finest heads West 179
19 Conceiving at 65 185
App. A More food for thought - Phil your plate 191
App. B Phil Romano's food concepts 197
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2006

    Lively autobiography of Fuddruckers' innovator

    Philip J. Romano is 'an idea man at heart.' The innovative restaurateur launched multiple successful U.S. franchises, including Fuddruckers and Romano's Macaroni Grill. He discovered that people would pay for his concepts, so he kept thinking and opening new restaurants. In this chatty, inside-flavored autobiography, he shares his creative processes and the principles that guide his business decisions. He knows the hot dinner business cold, and doesn't mind saying so. We dish up this light, entertaining read to those who are interested in entrepreneurial success stories or to anyone who wants an insider's view of the restaurant business.

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