Many people dream of opening their own restaurant. Here is a step by step guide to for how to open a new restaurant.
Period Required: Anywhere between a couple of months or more, depending on site, concept, and size.
Choose a Restaurant Concept
The first step in opening a new restaurant is determining what sort of restaurant it is going to be. Are you looking at opening a high-end fine dining restaurant? A casual diner? Do you have a specific type of cuisine you plan to serve, such as Italian, French, Indian or Arabian? Possibly you want to concentrate in one area, like a cafeteria. Before you move onto step two you foremost need to define what kind of restaurant you want to open.
Select a Restaurant Location
Location, location, location. It can make or break a restaurant. Before you run and sign a tenancy contract for your restaurant location, do your study. Is the restaurant site in a busy area, with sufficient foot traffic? If not, is there plenty of parking? Have ten other restaurants come and gone in the same location? (warning bells should be loud and clear if that is the case.)
Choose a Restaurant Name
Perhaps the most fun step in opening a new restaurant. Select a restaurant name that means something. It can reflect your theme or location. i.e. An Italian restaurant called Amato’s or it can be called after the owner, such as Gino Amato’s Savannah Restaurant, The Lady & Son’s.
Write a Restaurant Business Plan
There are two significant motives you need a restaurant business plan. 1. It helps you see big fat problems in your restaurant plan, like not a big enough population base or a bad location. And 2. No bank in their right mind will finance you without one.
This is the step that stops most people from opening their own restaurant. Financing. Although it is increasingly harder to get financing for a new restaurant in UAE, it is not intolerable. Between banks, small business agencies and private investors, financing is possible. But you need to show up to your interview prepared and professional, showing potential investors that you know what you are doing.
Apply for Licenses and Permits
Many licenses and permits take several weeks, even months to be approved. So as soon as you know you are good to go with your funding, you should start filling the paperwork. Common licenses and permits for restaurants, regardless sign permits and other paperwork.
Design the Restaurant
A large empty space swiftly fills up when you start adding commercial kitchens, walk-in refrigerators, a bar, washrooms and waiting area. The design of a restaurant should be a balance between aesthetics and seating dimensions, always keeping practicality in mind.
Write a Restaurant Menu
A well-written restaurant menu should be both descriptive easy to read and have a clear, neat layout. A few things to avoid on a restaurant menu include clip art and too many disclaimers.
Stock you Restaurant
When you have your restaurant design down, you can start acquiring commercial kitchen equipment and furniture for your dining room and other areas in the front of the house. To save money, consider buying used equipment, as well as leasing certain items. Commercial equipment with the Energy Star logo can cost more at first, but usually, pay for themselves in as little as one year.
Hire Restaurant Staff
As you get closer to opening day you need to begin hiring for both the kitchen and floor. Kitchen staff and wait staff are all integral parts of any restaurant, and you want to hire the perfect person for each position.
Get the Word Out About Your New Restaurant
Marketing is a must for most new restaurants. Supplement traditional advertising, such as newspapers and radio ads, with new media. Don’t overlook the power of a good website for your restaurant. Use social media sites, like Twitter, MySpace, and FaceBook, to spread the word about your new place.
What You Need:
High Verge for Stress
A Sense of Humor
Opening a new restaurant is an exciting project. To be successful, would-be restaurant owners should do their assignment to find out more about the neighbouring business landscape.