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Tips in Opening a Restaurant

By Edited Sep 26, 2015 1 0

Here's a one or two things about opening a restaurant.

Having your own business is a good thing, not to mention having your own restaurant. But before starting your new restaurant business, there are some questions you would like to ask yourself to ensure a greater chance of making your restaurant business a success. Some of those questions are listed in this article.

Is a restaurant for you? Most people who start their own restaurant business are those who studied culinary arts and food connoisseurs. But you don’t have to be like them to start your own restaurant, what’s important is that you enjoy being an entrepreneur and food at the same time. And like any other businesses, having your own restaurant requires a lot of work from management to customer service and satisfaction. Responsibility and hard work is the key here.

What would be your restaurant’s concept? Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Caribbean, etc., there are many concepts to choose from. You can also have restaurants with your own concept but be sure to have a variation to make it unique. Originality is what you need to make a good and unique concept. That dice of originality is what most customers are looking for in a restaurant.

Where is the restaurant located? This is probably the second most important factor in opening a new restaurant. There’s a lot of things you need to consider here; traffic, accessibility, neighborhood, institutions, etc. Some entrepreneurs even hire professionals to determine a good location for their business. A strategic location will ensure a constant flow of customers and also assure your investments won’t go down the drain.

Have you prepared a decent business plan? Prepare a detailed and well-written business plan especially if you’d like to loan for the opening of your new restaurant. Your business plan will tell your loan officer how serious you are with your new restaurant.

How is the appearance? From the outside to the inside of the restaurant make sure that it looks great. The outside must be neat and eye-catching while the inside must be comfortable for the customers. Having enough space inside makes customers feel comfortable, and more room for your waiter to move in. Lesser broken plates and drinks on customers’ clothes.

How good is your food? Now, this is the main and the most important part if you are going to open your new restaurant. Customers go to restaurants for good food. Even before the opening, have your friends or other people taste your food. Be open to their comments and suggestions, make improvements, and hire a good cook or chef perhaps. Customer satisfaction is what you will be aiming for from opening of your restaurant to months and years of your operation.

Is your name catchy? Don’t make the name too long or too hard to spell. Keep it simple and catchy but at the same time unique.

There are still other things to consider, such as your crew, opening promos, customer service, equipment, menu prices and many more. First impression does last so do your best to make a great first impression but don’t stop there. Even after the opening, look for ways to improve your restaurant. And like any other business, you must be willing to take the risks if you want to succeed.



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