There are many guides and resources out there on how to start a restaurant but you should take it from someone that has opened and successfully grown his own restaurant to multiple locations.
At one time you have probably heard of how individuals have scaled up the business ladder and named among the greatest business persons through restaurant ventures. Starting up a new restaurant is looked at by banks, friends and family members as one of the riskiest business ventures one can probably think of. However, this is should not be a big enough reason to scare you off from you starting up your own restaurant. As long as you have a guide on how to start a restaurant you are a lot more likely to be successful. You are also going to need determination, hard work, good planning, and financing, to help you successfully start a restaurant.
Have you ever asked yourself I wonder how to start a restaurant for myself? If you are a restaurateur you probably have at one time or another dreamed of opening a successful running restaurant. If you really want to achieve your goal you should follow some of the steps below on how to start a restaurant. Anyone that wants to achieve any goal should start with a plan. Below are some of the steps that can be used in starting up a successful restaurant.
Make a Decision on the Restaurant Concept.
This is the very first step that you should have in mind. What type of restaurant should I venture into? If you have made it this far you probably already have an idea of what type of restaurant you want to open. Some of the questions that you should have answers to before making any advances into the business are; do you have any specific cuisine in mind, such as French, Italian or Indian? Or perhaps you opt to specialize in a single area, for example, a pub or microbrewery. Other specifics in the first step include, would it be a casual dinner or a high-end dining restaurant? Essentially the first step is defining the kind of restaurant you have in mind.
Location in any restaurant startup determines whether the business is to grow or fail. Before going ahead and signing a lease for what is to be your new restaurant location, always do good research about the location. Does the location look busy with a lot of foot traffic? And if the answer is no, is there a parking lot? What kind of business was conducted in the location initially? A nice demographic study is recommended for your restaurant startup.
A name means a lot to people. Always remember to select a name that means something, a name that people can relate to. I don’t recommend naming it after the owner. Any business can simply sell using a name. Always think of a name as the face of your restaurant. Something catchy and highly searched for on google. For instance, if you are opening up a pizza place if you named it pizza near me it would get a lot of hits. Might not be the best name but you also could name it Pizza and then the name of the town or city you are in. Example if you live in a town called Holland you could name your place Pizza in Holland. Those would be highly googled keywords.
Have a well-written business plan.
A business plan will always help you out in evaluating all the business risks involved in the restaurant business you are going into. If you didn’t know, you can never be financed for any venture by a bank without a business plan. The better the business plan the more likely you are to get a restaurant startup business loan. Any of our service packages come with a restaurant business plan template.
Apply for Business Permits and Licenses.
Before opening up the doors of your restaurant, ensure that you have all the needed permits and licenses, or you may end up on the wrong side of the law. Some of the licenses and permits that are required in a restaurant may include food license, occupancy permit, the okay from the fire marshal, and a liquor license or beer and wine license.
Design the Restaurant.
Customers are always attracted by what they see and perceive in their mind. People are visual creatures. Therefore a well-designed restaurant will always have people trickling in. Always keep in mind a restaurant design should always be a balance between seating capacity and aesthetics.
A menu says a lot about what you have to offer in your restaurant. Therefore always ensure that your menu should be descriptive and at the same time easy to read. Avoid having too many disclaimers or even clip arts on your restaurant menu. Having pictures of your food is always a good idea just not too many that it makes your menu hard to read. Asking for a little professional help is always a good idea.
With all the above steps on how to start a restaurant followed, all you need now is start looking for food distributors. Line up at least 2 food distributors. Next, your going to want to hire some staff and make sure they are trained well for the grand opening rush. A highly trained staff is one of the most important pieces of a successful restaurant startup. Lastly to ensure that your newly opened restaurant is in the spotlight, invest a little into advertising. You can start by using social media to advertise it. Social media marketing works all the time. It is one of the biggest bangs for the buck. If you don’t know how to use social media look at our restaurant growth kit.
The Cost of Opening a Restaurant.
The cost of a restaurant startup cannot be generalized since a number of factors have to be put in place. Some of the factors that determine the cost may include the size of the restaurant, décor, location, types of services to be offered and much more. However, the cost may range from as little as $15,000 to whatever amount you’d wish to invest in the restaurant.
Business capital is always the determining factor of how long it will take to open your restaurant. That and how much experience you have in the industry. If you have not experience in the restaurant industry I suggest finding a restaurant similar to the restaurant type you want to open and working there for a few months. Depending on the amount to be invested, starting a new restaurant can take as little as a few months to really as long as it takes. I have heard it taking upwards of five years to open your first restaurant.
There is a worksheet that is provided when you purchase the Restaurant Startup Checklist and the Restaurant Startup Kit. This worksheet will give you a very good idea on how to plan to run your business.