Summary of 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

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Food for Thought book summary
Theme restaurant entrepreneur Philip J. Romano dishes out the inside scoop on how he took the eatery industry by storm.


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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. getAbstract dishes 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.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How theme restaurant innovator Philip J. Romano succeeded;
  • What principles guide his creative process; and
  • How giving customers "psychological ownership" solves problems and boosts sales.


First Principles in Fine Dining
Daydreaming is one of Phil Romano’s favorite activities. Forty years of success guarantee that he’ll keep doing it. His successful restaurant concepts come from a personal set of beliefs he has followed throughout his life.

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About the Author

Philip J. Romano has more than 40 years of experience in the restaurant business. His national chains include Fuddruckers, Romano’s Macaroni Grill and eatZi’s.

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