There are a few popular phrases we hear when it turns out that we have a passion (and talent!) for cooking;
As nice as opening your own restaurant and being your own boss sounds, there’s a lot more to running the show than stellar cooking skills. You will have to consider the technical and business side of things when planning a restaurant launch. Here are some of them:
As a restaurateur, it’s important to remember that you may not have the same freedom as someone working a 9-5 job.
Be prepared to spend most of your time working closely with your staff, reviewing customer feedback and profit-loss statements, paying vendors and planning menus.
You will need to ensure that you have the necessary tools for food prep. From having a suitable workspace to adequate cooking utensils to proper storage space, you will need to make sure you have everything needed for the kitchen to run smoothly. (And don't forget to consider what's needed for the business side of operations.)
This includes restaurant management system software to help keep track of things like inventory updates, billing, order processes and reservation bookings.
When planning your menu, you will need to take current food trends into consideration. Explore what's popular and see if they can be incorporated into potential meal options- provided that the dish:
It’s also a good idea to include options, such as vegetarian or vegan meals, kid meals as well as dessert options. Be sure to plan out the prices on the menu as well, and factor in the cost of individual ingredients when planning prices.
You could have the best food in the world, the most affordable prices and the cosiest ambience imaginable. None of that matters if your restaurant is practically inaccessible to potential customers.
When selecting your location, consider the following factors:
But location alone does not make the restaurant. You should also have a successful marketing plan in place.
Make use of the various social media platforms to market your business; look into city-based plans to help small business, or partner up with other local businesses to cross-promote your products- the more (positive) publicity you generate, the better!