Almost every cook dreams of owning a restaurant one day. Nowadays, it is no longer a problem to become an entrepreneur and run your own business, unlike couple of decades ago. But before delving into becoming your own boss, there are some things to have in mind. Stay tuned for some of the most important ones.
First thing first, before doing anything, you need to decide on the location of your future restaurant. Many restaurant owners are familiar with the idea of the big three: location, the chef and the concept. Those three always go hand in hand and are what makes you distinct from the others. In fact, it is what decides on the future of your venture.
Location is important because it can guide you to decide on what kind of a restaurant you want. Look around the neighbourhood, talk to people to see what kind of place they are interested visiting in the evening, and the like. It will pay off later.
One of the things you also need to keep in mind is the concept of your restaurant, the element of which is the menu, or the food you intend to serve to your customers.
Do you want to own a snack bar? A fast-food stand? An elegant and sophisticated restaurant? A bar? Can you allow for changing the menu daily or weekly? Do you intend to have a menu of the day or the chef’s choice for the day?
All of these follow different rules when it comes to forming a menu.
Before hiring staff, you need to think about what kind of people you want to work for you. There are advantages to hiring both experienced and inexperienced staff. While the first group may help you out and know what you are looking for, the latter may also be grateful for being offered a chance to learn from you.
Never forget to hire a professional chef. It is one of the big three that will make your restaurant stand out. It does not even have to be a professional, but make sure to test him (or her) before signing the contract, so as to prevent anything unexpected from happening in the future.
Interior design of your restaurant, again, depends on the concept, and on the sort of customers you want to have. Think wisely.
Do you want your place to be for the younger people? Do you want an urbane place, with loud music and flashy decorations?
Do you want the furniture to be solid, wooden, covered in leather? Do you want intimate atmosphere to be created by the lighting or by the tables standing quite distant from one another?
How many big plants do you intend to use? Do you want them to be plastic or living?
A great idea for a restaurant is to have an open space outdoor that people will enjoy in the summer. This outdoor garden may even invite more people in, if you know how to decorate it. Of course, you can always hire a professional to do it for you, but you are always the one who is concerned.
Maybe you can look for sponsors to provide you with branded umbrellas, so that you both benefit. You provide them with advertisment for their brand, and they provide you with the sort of furniture you require.
Of course, there are more possibilities for creating a much needed shade: pergolas, marquees and retractable shade canopies, as well as shade sails. The choice depends on the concept of the restaurant and the amount of money you invest.