How to Open a Restaurant

Everybody needs food. Unlike some other things people spend money on, food is something nobody can live without. This has created a demand that has persisted throughout history, and consequently, has resulted in the founding of the countless lucrative food establishments that litter just about every country.

Before you decide to start your own restaurant and join the ever-growing food industry however, there are a few things you need.

First of all, much like other business endeavors, you need a solid foundation of knowledge on the subject before things can begin. Some restaurant owners learn commercial cooking in college, or some other related course. Others may want to be less hands-on with the kitchen, and revel in the office work; these individuals may major in financial management or business management. Either way, a good educational background is advisable when starting any livelihood.

Once that is taken care of, the next step is to lay out an overall plan for the restaurant. Before all other concerns, this means you should determine the concept of theme; what food the restaurant will serve, what its ambiance should feel like, what serving style will be used to serve food, etc. Only after such a layout is set can you move on to bigger steps.

Once a concept has been developed, you can move on to more technical problems such as venue and budget; the latter is easier to come up with once a venue has been chosen, though it is wiser to set one before. When choosing a venue, it is imperative to go over any and all legal aspects that cover running a business, health and safety standards, and zoning laws. This step involves a lot of paperwork, and can be costly in terms of both time and money. However, cutting corners here is not an option, as this is the very foundation on which the business will be situated. Of course, the chosen venue must fit the concept of the restaurant, or be modifiable to do so.

It is recommended to cut as much costs as possible without sacrificing important aspects of the restaurant such as working electricity and plumbing, or appropriate décor. Support can be found in the form of bank loans, or business partnerships to aid in the costs. Some restaurant owners simply ask for help from close friends and family.

You must also do some advance work on finding suppliers for your restaurant. Typically, restaurant owners try to get supplies straight from farmers or fisheries. Buying like this in bulk is cheaper than going to farmer’s markets and making single purchases.

Once you have both a supplier and a building, the next step is to hire employees. The number of people you need depends on several factors such as the size of the establishment, the number of roles to be filled, and what jobs you yourself will be handling. The smallest of food establishments can be run with just a chef, a waiter, and an assistant to help with kitchen work. Sometimes, one person can cook AND serve the meals as well. Larger establishments require a full team of people however, including multiple cooks. You can run the entire place as a manager as well, or hire one.

Once staff is taken care of, the only step necessary to start the business is to launch it. While some establishments run advertising campaigns (and this is recommended), it is not always necessary. Still, it doesn’t hurt to invite a few people with a grand opening. At this point, the business’s future hinges on two main factors: how well the requirements were met, and of course, the food the establishment serves. If you’ve gotten the business to this point however, then the odds are good that everything was handled fine, and all that is left is to treat yourself to a sense of accomplishment as you watch customers come in and dine.