1. Work in or volunteer in a similar restaurant like the one you want to open.
In doing this, you will be able to menu development, restaurant marketing, payroll and many other important elements of the food business.
2. Determine your target market.
What type of crowd do you want to cater towards? Is it teenagers, family or seniors? Determining your target customers before you begin planning will help you organize your menu and will help establish your decor, atmosphere and the location of your business.
3. Pick out a food concept and style of service.
Generally, your service style can be fast-food, offering fries, burgers, sandwiches and hotdogs; midscale offering value-priced full course meals; or upscale, providing high-class ambiance with full service meals with higher prices. Set a concept and run with it. Be sure that your menu, and restaurant marketing are in synch with your food concept and style of service.
4. Develop your business plan.
Make sure the plan includes:
-> Your restaurants general concept and objective;
-> Detailed financial projections and information; your menu and pricing;
-> Employee and equipment details;
-> Marketing and advertising plan;
-> Possible exit strategy.
5. Create your menu.
Know that your menu can either make or break your restaurant, therefore it must be in conformity with your restaurant’s overall concept. Print Etc has over 40 years in restaurant marketing and printing. Give Mr. Menu a call for assistance anytime!
6. Choose your location.
Look for a location where there is a continuous flow of traffic, accessible parking, and one that is near other businesses. If you are catering to a lunch traffic, is there commercial businesses close by?
7. Know restaurant safety regulations.
Typically, restaurants are controlled and are subject to inspection. You must know the local regulations and conform to them. The volume of food safety regulation can be overwhelming, and it might pay you to hire a consultant when you set up.
8. Hire your employees.
Make certain that your employment announcements specifically declare your specified requirements.
Starting a restaurant business has its challenges and also its rewards. Before starting any business, research first. Make sure you are suited for entrepreneurship as well as recognize that there is significant effort required. Therefore, it is necessary that you enjoy whatever you are venturing into as well as you have confidence in your service or product because it will consume most of your important time, especially when it is still beginning.