Peter Rainsford, formerly with the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, currently serves as director of the Daniels College of Business School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management at the University of Denver. David H. Bangs Jr., former banker and publisher, is an active entrepreneur and the author of numerous best selling how to books for entrepreneurs. The authors have helped thousands of people start up their own restaurants and other ventures. David H. "Andy" Bangs, Jr. is a longtime entrepreneur, founder of Upstart Publishing Company, a bestselling author, and a former banker. Calling himself "Writer, Sailor, Appreciator" (not necessarily in that order), Bangs's genial insights on building businesses have made him one of the most sought after experts on business planning. From his home base on the coast of New England, he has penned such perennial business classics as The Market Planning Guideand The Start-Up Guide and has coauthored numerous others. Bangs and Rainsford have helped thousands of people start up their own restaurants and other ventures.
Those contemplating becoming a restaurant owner will need information sources to help make the dream a reality, and one such source is this highly practical guide. Authors Rainsford, a professor at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration and the owner of a restaurant, and Bangs, a writer of small-business management books, describe the necessary steps to plan and manage the enterprise through the use of a case study for the fictional Stefanie's Restaurant. The authors cover such topics as evaluating the competition, buying equipment and supplies, hiring personnel, and finding the right location. Included are a sample business plan, the financing proposal, a glossary of restaurant terms, a list of resources, and worksheets for cash-flow projecting, credit inquiry, etc. This source should serve as a useful starting point for those wishing to be restaurant owners and a reference for those already in the business. Recommended to public libraries.-- Lucy Heckman, St. John's Univ. Lib., Jamaica, N.Y.