Will 2008 be the year you follow your dream and open your own restaurant? Owning a restaurant sounds fun, exciting, even sexy to many people. You’re your own boss, making all the decisions. The public will be banging down the doors to eat your fantastic food. Sure, there are other restaurants in the area, but none will be as good as yours will. This is the pre-restaurant fantasy. Smug, self-righteous, all knowing individuals think they can open a restaurant and do it better than anyone else. I should know, I was one.
Well, reality quickly rears its ugly head when you own a restaurant. Slow sales, broken equipment and staff drama are just a few of the problems you will deal with on a regular basis as a restaurant owner. Owning a restaurant, while incredibly rewarding, is a lot of hard work and stress. Before you start drafting a restaurant business plan and writing up a menu, first read about everything you need to know before opening a restaurant.