Yes, I'm near VT. I will see what's available there. In the meantime I ordered a couple of books, perhaps they're of the simplistic variety you mentioned. Still, I'm interested in specific recommendations if anyone has seen something.
Also wondering if there are topics on this forum along those lines. To an outsider it seems like some restaurants have a magical aspect to them, while others do not to get it on many levels and stay in business spite of themselves. I want to understand how the success factors combine and interrelate. I went to a restaurant two weeks ago that has a good concept (appropriate to the area), great location, nice ambiance (could be improved), barely passable service, and food that was a horrible disappointment. If that place doesn't go up for sale soon then Darwin is sleeping on the job.