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Restaurant Startup Cost

How Much Will It Cost To Open Your Restaurant?

 Everyone's restaurant startup cost is going to varyThere is no set price to open a restaurant. Have you ever looked at the cost to open a franchise? If so you will of noticed there is always a range. Usually the range is pretty large. I have seen some range from 100,0000  to 1,000,000 now that is a pretty big difference. There are so many variables that come into play that there is no set cost. If franchises who have everything laid out for you can not come up with a set restaurant startup cost than there is no way to come up with a set cost for a restaurant. I am going to give you a way for you to come up with a restaurant startup cost that is pretty close to what it is going to cost.

Opening My First Restaurant

Five years before I opened my first pizzeria I was researching the cost of everything. I had come up with 3 different options and they ranged from $20K - $45K. See I didn’t have a lot of money so I started cutting back on my list as you can see. I have posted all 3 list I had created.

What ended up working the best for me is I found someone that was willing to sell me my first pizzeria on land contract it came with the equipment and ended up only cost a fraction of what it was going to cost me.

Knowing what I know now I would say you should never pay more than $15K for all the equipment necessary to open a pizzeria besides the point of sales system. The point of sale system can be extremely pricey depending on what company you go with. If you are looking into point of sale systems you may find this post helpful.

Below is 1 of the 3 different options I had come up with. I used Microsoft excel to make these spread sheets and you can to.

* Your list may be different than mine and your prices may be different so results are going to vary.

Besides the equipment there are 3 things that could affect your restaurant startup cost

   1.Location

If you are located on a highly populated street corner you may end up getting charged more per square foot for you lease than someone that is opening up on a less traveled street. I have personal experience with this. My one restaurant that has half the sales as my busier one has a lease that is double the busier store. Just because you have a spot on a more populated busier street doesn’t mean anything. It may help a little you don't want to be to far off the beaten path that people can't find you and if you are make sure you have a sign by the road.

  1. Economy

How good the economy is can play a huge role in how much everything is going to cost. Bad economy sometimes is better for a new business owner. Materials are going to be cheaper, labor is cheaper, and your food cost may even be cheaper.

  1. Town Ordinances

Town ordinances and building departments can double or even triple the amount it is going to cost to move into your building. For example is everything up to code for your? Well guess what if it isn’t, your going to have to make it up to code before you open.

The best thing to do is to start a excel spreadsheet and in one column put equipment or things you will need to buy in the other column put Cost. Every piece of equipment you will need put it in a square than find the cost of it. You can do this for everything you will need to purchase including your food license, tables, your insurance, lease, and decor anything you might need. Keep this spreadsheet handy because you will be adding to it as you do your research. 

For more on restaurant startup cost visit this post.

*results may vary

Essentials (What I would need at min.)

 

 

 

Equipment

Price / unit

Units needed

Price

 

 

 

 

Oven 15,000 to 8,500

 

 

$8,500.00

Prep line 95" w/ speed rails the speed rails added $170.00

 

 

$4,639.00

hobart mixer

 

 

$5,500.00

scale

 

 

$128.57

Walk-in Cooler 5'10" x 9'8" x 8'2"

 

 

$5,294.00

prep table

 

 

$336.00

Sheeter

 

 

$2,400.00

30" Check Minder post paper tickets up

 

 

$17.14

4' Pizza Holding Table w/ warmer

 

 

$865.00

Wire 3-Shelf Zinc finish Storage Unit

19.95

1

$19.95

36W14D54H Chrome Wire 4-Shelf Storage Unit

$57.87

1

$57.87

36" Dunnage Rack

 

 

$68.40

Can opener

 

 

$45.43

Economy docker for cheese sticks

 

 

$9.83

Plastic pin docker

 

 

$9.14

Spactular

$2.96

4

$11.84

Pastry Brush 4 buttering cheese sticks

$1.89

1

$1.89

Pizza cutter 4"

6.76

1

$6.76

Ascend 1-Section Refrigerator Merchandiser

 

 

$1,626.00

Pizza Peel short

$16.34

1

$16.34

Cambros

 

 

$0.00

Full size for Cheese

$20.70

2

$41.40

1/6 size 4" deep 

$4.64

20

$92.80

1/3 size 4" deep

$7.70

12

$92.40

1/6 size lid

$3.09

10

$30.90

1/3 size lid

$4.34

6

$26.04

full size lid

$11.30

2

$22.60

Cambro 2qt. Round for Sauce

$2.81

3

$8.43

lid

$0.99

3

$2.97

Veggie Tubs 

$0.74

4

$2.96

lid

$0.27

4

$1.08

8 oz Spoodle

$1.49

2

$2.98

6 oz spoodle

$2.06

2

$4.12

3 compartment sink

$695.00

1

$695.00

14" Faucet

$69.29

1

$69.29

Cleaning

 

 

 

35 qt Mop bucket 

$59.99

1

$59.99

Broom

$9.00

1

$9.00

Counter Brush

$5.00

1

$5.00

20 gal floor bin Container

$11.98

1

$11.98

44 Gal Garbage container

$41.97

2

$83.94

 

 

 

 

Pizza Ingredient 1st order

 

 

 

Toppings, Sauces, Boxes

$2,800.00

1

$2,800.00

 

 

 

 

Heavy Duty Pizza Screens

 

 

 

10

$2.29

15

$34.35

12

$2.57

15

$38.55

14

$3.03

20

$60.60

16

$3.43

10

$34.30

18

$4.17

10

$41.70

 

 

 

$209.50

 

 

 

 

Pizza Screen Rack

$8.84

1

$8.84

 

Total

 

$34,043.88

Total without Pop cooler

 

 

$32,636.22

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