How To Set Up A Restaurant
Knowing how to set up a restaurant is a long process that requires almost all of your attention. Make sure you’re prepared for a large task when you take on setting up your own restaurant. Also, be prepared to drop a lot of money and love into this project. You have to want it to make it happen!
- An idea
- Something to write or type your plan on
- Make a plan and get licenses. For any business, you have to have a business plan. Make sure it entails a projection of costs and profits and your mission statement. Also, think about what kind of food you will serve: classic diner eats? Ethnic foods? Think about why you want to start a restaurant. Acquire your business license, and since you will be dealing with food, also get your food handler's permit.
- Find your building and make it your own. No, that doesn’t mean just getting a deed to the building. Really spruce it up, and decorate it to your ideal. Atmosphere is extremely important in restaurants – people go there to have an experience; make sure it’s a good one. And, remember to think about your mission statement again: What do you want to achieve through this restaurant? What do you want your customers to feel while they’re there? Details are important.
- Solidify your menu and marketing. Having a wide variety of foods will bring in more customers, but don’t get too vast. Having a specific theme is better than being all over the place. Once you’ve got your restaurant set up and in place, get straight onto the marketing. Promote the restaurant, get signs, try to get places in local tourist guides and so on.