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A restaurateur's comment on: 150-Plus Tips On How to Attract & Keep Solo Diners, 2nd Edition published in 2009

Restaurateurs comment on: 150-Plus Tips On How to Attract & Keep Solo Diners published in 1996




A restaurateur's comment on: 150-Plus Tips On How to Attract & Keep Solo Diners, 2nd Edition published in 2009




"I have three very different restaurants, and find that the basic truths of Marya's Tips apply equally well at each location. Since I travel often I'm a solo diner myself, so I can see the value of her advice from the other direction."

Mark Tarbell

A judge for the past ten years for the Los Angeles. International Wine Competition, one of the oldest in the country, Mark has appeared on "Good Morning America," the "Today Show," Fox and Lifetime networks, and several Food Network programs. In September 2007 Mark's "cuisine reigned supreme" in his battle with Iron Chef Cat Cora on "Iron Chef America.".
Tarbell's 3213 East Camelback Road, Phoenix, Arizona (602) 955-8100
The Oven 7167 West Alaska Drive at Belmar, Lakewood (Denver area), Colorado (303) 934-7600
mark & isabell 425 South Teller Street at Belmar, Lakewood (Denver area), Colorado (303) 934-7800


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Restaurateurs comment on: 150-Plus Tips On How to Attract & Keep Solo Diners published in 1996

"The Solo Dining Maven has done it again! These tips are terrific for getting solos out of homes and hotel rooms and into our restaurants."

Henny Santo, Owner - SIGN OF THE DOVE, CONTRAPUNTO, YELLOWFINGERS, ARIZONA 206, ARIZONA CAFE - New York, New York
(Cluster seating, Networking Table)


"The Grand Bay Hotel's Grand Cafe's Corporate Women's Table first came about through Marya's suggestion. Her tips have always proven to be the most beneficial. In this case the program has increased awareness of my cuisine while offering the 'solo woman traveler' a comfortable, fun and safe environment."

Pascal Oudin, GRAND CAFE Director and Executive Chef - Coconut Grove, Florida
(Networking Table)


"Marya has an incisive understanding of the solo dining market and how to tap its vast potential. Her advice has proven invariably sound."

John Bruno, Owner - PEN & PENCIL - New York, New York
(Networking Table, Cluster Seating, Facilitates Shared Table Seating for Two Solos)


"Great ideal I'm for anything that gets the word out that people enjoy joining others at community tables."

Katherine Kagel, Owner - CAFE PASQUAL'S - Santa Fe, New Mexico
(Community Table-"Joiner's Table")


"These tips make you aware that there are many ways to make solos feel as welcome in restaurants as they do in coffee houses."

Mark McDonnell, Owner - LASALLE GRILL - South Bend, Indiana
(Networking Table-"Owner's Table")


"If restaurateurs learn how to cater to this huge market, solo dining will become acceptable and the entire industry will benefit. People are discovering that dining at Rockenwägner on Stämmtisch (community table) night is like dining out with friends and feeling 'good' about asking for separate checks."

Hans Rockenwägner, Owner - ROCKENWAGNER - Santa Monica, California (Los Angeles)
(Community Table - "Stämmtisch")


"Alexander's tips on marketing to solo diners can enhance business for all restaurateurs. GORDON, where solo diners are welcome at the bar for lunch or dinner, and are also seated at 'Gordon's Table' where they are encouraged to exchange business cards (and introduced by the staff), and CAFE GORDON have long found catering to solo diners to be an important aspect of special customer service."

Gordon Sinclair, Owner - GORDON, CAFE GORDON - Chicago, Illinois
(Networking Table, Bar Dining)


"Marya's insight goes beyond solo business travelers. She includes tips on marketing to seniors, including the Baby Boomers and international tourists."

Alvin Granoff, Owner - THE STONELEIGH HOTEL - "Ewald's" & "Sushi at the Stoneleigh" - Dallas, Texas
(Solo Savvy Staff)



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