Three out of four all new businesses fail within two to three years – often due to lack of control. But it doesn’t have to be difficult to keep track of everything.

It’s easy to pick up bad habits and turn them into bad routines. Therefore, it’s a good idea to take a step back and take another look at every level of your business once in a while– if you don’t, it can have serious consequences for your restaurant.

To provide you with some guidance, we have found the top five best books on restaurant management that are definitely worth reading.

Running a restaurant for Dummies

As we stated above, more start-up businesses fail than succeed, but whether you’re launching a new restaurant or working to strengthen the one you already have established, tips and advice on how to bring in new, hungry customers should always be on your road map to greatness. This book will help you to:

– Think about designing or re-designing your restaurant and making sure you have all the necessary equipment

– Consider profitable adjustments to improve your bottom line

– Appreciate the latest and greatest marketing and publicity options in the social media world

– Keep key staff on your team

– Consider new and updated information on menu creation

Help yourself to a successful business – find the book here.

The Food Service Manager’s Guide to Creative Cost Cutting and Cost Control: Over 2,001 Innovative and Simple Ways to Save Your Food Service Operation … by Reducing Expenses

This is a step-by-step guide letting you in on more than 2,001 cost cutting secrets in four critical areas: food, beverage, operations and labor. The insider techniques are provided by successful operators from all over the world, and from the sounds of the reviews, this book might be one of those need-to-have ones, if you want to be successful in managing your restaurant’s funds:

“I am not an accountant. Just thinking about the book keeping associated with profit planning and cost cutting intimidates me. The Food Service Manager’s Guide To Cost directed me to accounting software and tools to keep my books in order.”

“The book is humongous and every page of it is filled with applicable tips to improve your bottom line without sacrificing quality.”

“Remove the mystery from restaurant operations and understand how a professional kitchen succeeds and where it fails”

You can find all the cost cutting secrets here.

Twitter Tips, Tricks, and Tweets

If you’re not on the social media platforms yet, you really need to be. Now! This is where you get all the real (and free) promotion for your restaurant, and you can be sure that your competitors are already there. Whether you’re novice or experienced in tweeting, this book will boost your Twitter experience. Users on Amazon praise it:

“I have always been a little intimidated by Twitter. This book was exactly what I needed to dive in.”

“Twitter Tweets gives you the ins and outs on using Twitter, is well written, and easy to understand. This is a must book to get if you want to start using Twitter, or if you already use Twitter, and want to learn more about using Twitter.”

“It turns out that Twitter’s user interface is deceptively simplistic, and with a bit of creativity and know-how you can accomplish a lot, one tweet at a time.”

Are you going to keep up with your competitors? Find the book here.

The Restaurant Manager’s Handbook: How to Set Up, Operate, and Manage a Financially Successful Food Service Operation

This is a classic! Despite the 1,000 pages, it’s the best-selling book on how to run a successful food service operation. Covering the whole process of starting up your restaurant to ongoing employee management, it points out methods you can use to increase business and to avoid making any fatal mistakes. The book provides you with tips to profitable menu planning, kitchen management, food safety and beverage management and so much more….

If it doesn’t already feature in your book collection, perhaps you should consider adding it?

The One Minute Manager

Many restaurant managers have followed this book’s very simple techniques to increase productivity, job satisfaction and personal prosperity. It presents several studies showing why simple managing methods work so well with so many people. The One Minute Manager is a concise and easily read story that reveals three very practical secrets: One Minute Goals. One Minute Praisings. One Minute Reprimands.

Sounds too simple? Well, this is how it’s done…

One important book to have in your restaurant is your employee handbook. Don’t forget to download your free template below – now with a whole new and very relevant section.

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Lisa Andersen
Lisa Andersen Content Editor
Part of Planday’s content team in Copenhagen, Lisa is into yoga and loves good writing. Her experience includes working with communication and PR for international grassroots organizations in Argentina and Bolivia.