How to Start a Restaurant
Opening a Restaurant - Start to Finish
Your restaurant concept defines the overall type of restaurant you run, including the appearance, menu type, service type, and overall atmosphere. Creating a concept is one of the key ingredients to a successful endeavor.
Making the Decision
Is Running a Restaurant Right for You?
For aspiring business owners, opening a
restaurant can seem like a dream come true.
Running your own eatery can be rewarding and
enjoyable, especially if you love people and
food. The industry is not all glamour and fun,
however. You should take the time to learn
whether it is really for you before jumping in.
Creating a Restaurant Top to Bottom
Make Your Dream a Reality
In order for your new restaurant to succeed, before you open, you must have a marketable concept, a good location, a memorable name and eye-catching curb appeal.
Your restaurants kitchen is the backbone of your operation. Be sure it is ergonomically designed, well-equipped and stocked with the finest and freshest ingredients.
The atmosphere, design and layout of a dining room has a big impact on customer experience. Learn the basics of front-of-house restaurant design.
After all the hard work and planning that goes into starting a restaurant, make sure that you put some thought into when and how you will open your doors to the public. Consider the time of year as well as well as the benefits of scheduling a soft opening.
People and Resources
Starting a restaurant from scratch requires a lot of labor. Inspectors will look at every aspect of your restaurant. Furthermore, you need to hire not only employees, but also contractors to build your restaurant or service your operation.
- How Commercial Kitchen Operators Can Obtain a Food Handler's Permit
Food handler's permits are required by the FDA. Learn how to obtain a permit and what the permit means.
- The People Involved with Building a Restaurant
The hardest part about restaurant marketing is knowing where to begin. Start by educating yourself and developing an actionable plan. Learn the proper steps to develop a truly successful marketing strategy.
- Inspections for New Restaurants
A consistent and unique design concept will increase brand awareness and recognition of your restaurant while highlighting your selling points. Learn the best ways to develop branding for your restaurant.
- Restaurant Health and Safety Codes
In order to successfully market your restaurant, you should always be looking around. By analyzing the local market in which you do business, you can determine the best ways to attract customers and beat your direct competition.
- Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)
The people who live and work around your restaurant likely share certain characteristics. By analyzing their age, income level, size of household and other factors that influence purchasing decisions, you can best decide how to market yourself to them.
- Contracted Services for Your Restaurant
A successful restaurant must always know what the competition is doing in order to survive in the market. Learn how to analyze your competitors and gain an edge over them.
- Hiring a General Manager for Your Restaurant
Repeat customers are your restaurant’s best resource. If you spend the majority of your marketing budget trying to attract new patrons, learn why you should switch tactics to attract the regulars.
Product Buying Guides
Tips for Selecting your Equipment and Supplies
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Selecting Your Equipment and Supplies
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Going Green In Your Commercial Kitchen
Simple solutions. Save energy dollars, save resources, save the environment.
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Becoming Environmentally Conscious
Discover how becoming eco-friendly in your restaurant will save customers, save money and save the environment.
Restaurant Management & Operations
More than equipment...
Operating and Managing Knowledge Base
Learn what successful restaurant owners and operators do in order to achieve maximum profitability in their business.
Creativity outside the kitchen...
Building a Name For Your Restaurant
Gain an edge on the competition and successfully put your name on the map.
Product Safety & Public Health
Health & Safety In Your Commercial Kitchen
The healthy kitchen. Essential advice for your foodservice business.
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The importance of health...
Keeping Customers and Employees Safe
Find out what it takes to provide a dining experience that is healthy for both your customers and your business.
Restaurant Equipment Care & Repair
Commercial Restaurant Equipment Care & Repair
Protecting your investment means caring for your commercial equipment.
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Taking care of business...
Maintaining the Quality of Your Investments
Providing preventative maintenance of your restaurant equipment and supplies increases the life and overall savings on your investments.
General Interest Articles
Definitions for Foodservice Industry Terms
Find the meanings of terms used throughout each section in these easy-to-use glossaries.