Sunday, April 19, 2015

Eating Pays

I love going to restaurants and doing back-of-napkin estimates on what their annual revenue is. Alcohol consumption assumptions are a big estimation problem - - I felt I was always low.  It appears I was.

List of the top 100 grossing restaurants in the U.S.  Link to the source.

  • #1: Tao Asian Bistro – Las Vegas $64,600,000
  • #2: Joe's Stone Crab – Miami Beach $35,324,729
  • #3: Old Ebbitt Grill – Washington $26,687,861
  • #4: Smith & Wollensky – New York City $25,470,115
  • #5: Lavo Italian Restaurant – Las Vegas $24,000,000
  • #6: Prime 112 – Miami Beach $23,345,678
  • #7: Tao New York – New York City $22,770,515
  • #8: Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse – Chicago $22,397,732
  • #9: Buddakan – New York City $21,500,000
  • #10: Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab – Chicago $21,000,000
  • #11: Fulton's Crab House – Lake Buena Vista $20,500,000
  • #12: Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab – Las Vegas $20,100,000
  • #13: Carnevino – Las Vegas$19,000,000
  • #14: SW Steakhouse – Las Vegas $18,600,000
  • #15: The Hamilton – Washington $17,855,655
  • #16: Sparks Steak House – New York City $17,600,000
  • #17: Prime Steakhouse – Las Vegas $17,300,000
  • #18: Bob Chinn's Crab House – Wheeling $17,208,566
  • #19: '21' – New York City – $17,119,818
  • #20: Mon Ami Gabi – Las Vegas $17,000,000
  • #21: Del Posto – New York City $16,500,001
  • #22: The Slanted Door – San Francisco $16,500,000
  • #23: Balthazar – New York City $16,200,001
  • #24: Grand Central Oyster Bar – New York City $16,150,000
  • #25: St. Elmo Steak House – Indianapolis $16,149,562
  • #26: Guy's American Kitchen & Bar – New York City $16,000,000
  • #27: Top of the World – Las Vegas $15,900,000
  • #28: Wolfgang Puck Grand Café – Lake Buena Vista $15,800,000
  • #29: Quality Meats – New York City $15,782,812
  • #30: Abe & Louie's – Boston $15,600,000
  • #31: Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House – Chicago $15,485,723
  • #32: Scoma's – San Francisco $15,350,370
  • #33: Chops Lobster Bar – Atlanta $15,000,001
  • #34: Sequoia – Washington $15,000,000
  • #35: SkyCity at the Needle – Seattle $14,900,000
  • #36: Angus Barn – Raleigh $14,850,000
  • #37: Gladstones – Pacific Palisades $14,800,002
  • #38: The Manor – West Orange $14,800,001
  • #39: Spice Market – New York City $14,800,000
  • #40: Junior's (Brooklyn) – New York City $14,500,000
  • #41: The Lobster House – Cape May $14,500,000
  • #42: Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse – Rosemont $14,420,693
  • #43: Blue Fin – New York City $14,400,000
  • #44: The Sea Grill – New York City $14,100,000
  • #45: Coffee Shop – New York City $13,800,000
  • #46: The Four Seasons – New York City $13,800,000
  • #47: Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse – Chicago $13,800,000
  • #48: The Milleridge Inn – Jericho $13,800,000
  • #49: Virgil's Real Barbecue – New York City $13,600,000
  • #50: Zehnder's of Frankenmuth – Frankenmuth $13,546,914
  • #51: Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant – Coalinga $13,360,934
  • #52: The Bazaar by José Andrés – Beverly Hills $13,300,001
  • #53: Delmonico Steakhouse – Las Vegas $13,300,000
  • #54: Portland City Grill – Portland $13,297,831
  • #55: Rock Center Café – New York City $13,250,000
  • #56: N9NE Steakhouse – Las Vegas $13,200,000
  • #57: Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse – Oak Brook $13,137,712
  • #58: Shaw's Crab House – Chicago $13,100,000
  • #59: Quartino Ristorante & Wine Bar – Chicago $13,000,495
  • #60: Blue Water Grill – New York City $12,950,000
  • #61: Atlanta Fish Market – Atlanta $12,900,000
  • #62: Mike's "American" – Springfield $12,880,000
  • #63: Boulevard – San Francisco $12,800,000
  • #64: Cafe Fiorello – New York City $12,700,000
  • #65: George's at the Cove – La Jolla $12,600,000
  • #66: Craftsteak – Las Vegas $12,600,000
  • #67: Junior's (Times Square) – New York City $12,500,000
  • #68: Keens Steakhouse – New York City $12,400,000
  • #69: Jean-Georges Steakhouse – Las Vegas $12,100,001
  • #70: Parc – Philadelphia $11,900,000
  • #71: Tower Oaks Lodge – Rockville $11,800,002
  • #72: Daniel – New York City $11,800,001
  • #73: Bryant Park Grill – New York City $11,800,000
  • #74: Mesa Grill – Las Vegas $11,800,000
  • #75: Cliff House – San Francisco $11,700,000
  • #76: Fix – Las Vegas $11,680,000
  • #77: Trattoria Dell'Arte – New York City $11,650,000
  • #78: Bartolotta Ristorante Di Mare – Las Vegas $11,600,001
  • #79: StripSteak – Las Vegas $11,600,000
  • #80: Emeril's Orlando – Orlando $11,300,000
  • #81: Gotham Bar and Grill – New York City $11,200,002
  • #82: Jackson's Mighty Fine Food & Lucky Lounge – Reston $11,200,001
  • #83: Harley-Davidson Café – Las Vegas $11,200,000
  • #84: Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn – Frankenmuth $11,199,229
  • #85: Kowloon – Saugus $11,100,000
  • #86: Daniel's Broiler – Bellevue $11,081,727
  • #87: Eiffel Tower Restaurant – Las Vegas $11,000,000
  • #88: Zeffirino – Las Vegas $10,900,001
  • #89: Aureole – Las Vegas $10,900,000
  • #90: California Grill – Lake Buena Vista $10,800,000
  • #91: Maloney & Porcelli – New York City $10,727,779
  • #92: Buddakan – Philadelphia $10,700,001
  • #93: Redeye Grill – New York City $10,700,000
  • #94: Coastal Flats – Fairfax $10,560,000
  • #95: Greek Islands – Chicago $10,500,000
  • #96: Morimoto – New York City $10,500,000
  • #97: The Continental Mid-town – Philadelphia $10,300,001
  • #98: Willow Creek Farm – Broadlands $10,220,570
  • #99: Salty's on Alki Beach – Seattle $10,200,000
  • #100: Sweetwater Tavern – Falls Church $9,890,000

Peter Drucker's Five Most Important Questions

From a new book on management guru Peter Drucker.  The five are as follows:

  1. What is our mission?
  2. Who is our customer?
  3. What does the customer value?
  4. What are our results?
  5. What is our plan

Engineering as a Vocation

I just finished the new David Brooks book - The Road to Character.  Two excellent chapters on Generals Marshall and Eisenhower - these are must reads.

I found this particularly interesting in the context of engineering as a calling or vocation versus a career.

"No good life is possible unless it is organized around a vocation.  If you try to use your work to serve yourself, you'll find your ambition and expectations will forever run ahead and you'll never be satisfied.  If you try to serve the community, you'll wonder if people appreciate you enough.  But if you serve work that is intrinsically compelling and focus just on being excellent at that, you will wind up serving yourself and the community obliquely.  A vocation is not found by looking within and finding your passion.  It is found by looking without and asking what life is asking of us.  What problem is addressed by an activity your intrinsically enjoy?"

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