Are you starting your own restaurant? Then there is a lot you have to think of. Aside from all the paperwork, you have to put together a concept, a menu, decorations… Where to start? In this article we will hand you the best tips.
To start a restaurant, you need a lot of permits. You’ll need a permit to poor alcohol and to serve food for money. Will you be serving food and drinks outside, on a terrace? Then you also need a terrace permit. Every city has different rules and different permits you need to arrange to start your own restaurant, so check your own city council to make sure everything is arranged properly.
What type of restaurant do you want to have? A fancy two-star restaurant or a cosy dining pub? When it’s time to put a menu together, keep your restaurant concept in mind. You won’t serve pizzas in a fancy restaurant and you won’t serve fancy appetizers in a pub. Also keep your target audience in mind. What do they like? What’s hip and happening? Check your area. What type of restaurant or food is missing there?
Are you opening a steakhouse, then you’ll need a supplier that has the best cuts of meat. You wouldn’t want to save on quality! Find suppliers that already earned their name in the business and are not only known for high-quality, but also for their reliability. Are you opening an Italian pizza restaurant, then finding the best pizza dough supplier is super important! By finding the best supplier for your food, you can easily guarantee high quality.
You can’t do everything on your own! In fact, it’s better to have a manager position yourself. Hire a great chef and a great hostess and you already have your basics. Don’t just hire cheap staff; you want to make a great first impression with your first customers and greatly cooked food and a kind hello is very important!
The people in your town need to know there is a new restaurant the can go to! So invest in some local marketing; hand out flyers in the city center, advert in the local newspaper and be creative!