Open a Restaurant
By Lorri Mealey, About.com Guide
Opening A Restaurant
Not everybody is cut out for life in the restaurant business. You have to be flexible and organized as well friendly and accomodating. Owning your own restaurant can be a rewarding job, but it probably won't make you famous or rich.
- 10 Things to Know About Opening a Restaurant
- Is Owning a Restaurant Right for you
- Before You Open a Restaurant
- What it's Like to be a Restaurant Owner
- Restaurant FAQ's
- Should You Buy an Exisiting Restaurant?
- Popular Myths About Owning a Restaurant
- Restaurant How-To Guides
Finding the Perfect Location
Location, location, location. It can make or break a restaurant. There are certain criteria any location should meet before becoming a restaurant. It must be accessible, safe and attractive.
- How to Find a Restaurant Location
- Before You Choose a Restaurant Location
- How to Negotiate a Lease
- Readers Respond: What Makes a Good Restaurant Location?
There are many restaurant concepts to choose from when opening a new restaurant, including franchise chains and independent restaurants. Your restaurant concept will drive all parts of your restaurant, from the decor to the design and prices of the menu.
- 10 Things to Know About Restaurant Concepts
- All About Restaurant Franchises
- Choosing a Restaurant Name
- What is Fine Dining?
- 10 Things to Know About Restaurant Fine Dining
- Different Types of Restaurant Concepts
- How to Buy a Restaurant Franchise
- Restaurant Names That Inspire
- Restaurant Operation Trends
- How to Start a Restaurant Food Truck Business
The menu sets the tone for the restaurant. It is why people keep coming back. However, creating a restaurant menu involves a lot of work and research. Before you begin writing your menu, you must have a definite concept in mind, as well as a general price range. Finally, the look and layout of your menu is just as important as what it says.
- 10 Things to Know About Restaurant Menus
- Tips for Writing a Restaurant Menu
- How to Price a Restaurant Menu
- How to Design a Restaurant Menu
- What to Skip When Creating a Restaurant Menu
- How to Write a Restaurant Kid's Menu
- 10 Reasons Restaurants Should Buy Local Foods
The biggest obstacle in opening a new restaurant is financing. Banks aren't always eager to finance a new restaurant, given the high failure rate of many. However, being prepared and showing the bank or investors that you are serious about your dream can help in securing financing.
- How to Get Financing for a New Restaurant
- Why You Need a Business Plan
- How to Write a Restaurant Business Plan
- Getting Ready for Your Bank Interview
- Readers Respond: How Did You Finance Your Restaurant?
Stocking a Restaurant
Knowing what to buy, as well as what not to buy, when getting ready to open a restaurant can save you a lot of time and money. Knowing which items to purchase new with a warranty and which items are safe to pick second-hand, will help you save money later on, once you have opened.
- Tips for Stocking Your Restaurant
- Benefits of Leasing Restaurant Equipment
- New Vs. Used Equipment
- Basics of Commercial Ovens and Cooking Equipment
- Restaurant Kitchen Stations
- Why You Need A POS System
- How To How to Set Up a Restaurant Bar
- Restaurant Kitchen Equipment Checklist
- Restaurant Bar Equipment Checklist
- Video - Planning Restaurant Dining Room Spaces
- How to Choose Restaurant Seating
- Restaurant Refrigeration
Staffing a Restaurant
Hiring a staff requires specific knowledge of each job within the restaurant. From front of the house waitstaff, to back of the house kitchen staff, each person needs to be the best at their job, in order for a restaurant to run smoothly.