1. Gain the home field advantage - Instead of leaving the question of where to meet open-ended in your initial invitation, suggest a meeting place up-front so that it's on your turf.
2. Minimize the hidden cost - Pick a venue that minimizes transportation and parking time (walking is preferable) so that you don't waste your day getting to and from the meeting.
3. Avoid obvious distractions - Steer clear of venues with loud clientele, annoying wait staff, excessive eye candy, or anything else that impedes the focus of the conversation.
4. Break down business barriers - Pick a place that's relaxed, conversational, and friendly, yet still professional. Think artisan coffee shops over mahogany steak houses.