Seeing the progression of diners around you might make you want to start up a restaurant, followed by a food chain, followed by an internationally recognized brand. Going that far in such competitive times is certainly not just a day’s work, but simply opening up a restaurant can also be quite beneficial and satisfying.
If you are interested in opening one, but have no idea where to start, this simple guide will serve as the answer to any confusions you have in the initial stages.
Step 1: The Cuisine
You need to decide what you will be selling before you go on to construct your restaurant. To make sure that your restaurant has a booming business, you will have to get reviews from frequent restaurant visitors in your area and in the city on a whole and see what they think is the best cuisine or what they feel they want added.
Even if you have a cuisine already planned, you can take the wishes of the people into consideration so that your customer base never dries out, and you can plan the construction accordingly.
Step 2: The Area
Opening a restaurant is exciting and exhausting, but your customers will only be concerned with what they get in their plates and platters. And you can only get customers in a place where people are willing to spend money on food, so you will have to choose a neighborhood carefully.
The best neighborhood will be one where there are not many restaurants already but there is enough commercialization for people to always be around on the streets. The average purchasing power figure of the people from different economic indices may also be useful.
Step 3: The Customer Base
This is a very valuable consideration, because you cannot simply keep the prices you want or the food you feel like serving in your restaurant. Depending on where you decide to open your first of many branches to come, you need to know the economic background of the people coming in.
Get only as fancy as your customers can afford, otherwise you might start digging up losses.
Step 4: The Chefs
Your restaurant may be new, but hiring someone who has never stood in front of a stove but is willing to work is not the best way to function a restaurant. Regardless of whether you are a cook or simply the major investor, you will need to have head cooks who are willing to give time to your restaurant.
These cooks will then go on to decide the recipes, specialties, servings etc. which you can then advertise and open for selling. They should also train your cooks.
Step 5: The Timings and Staff
Once your place is all ready to go one business, and the restaurant POS system is finally up and running with your database, you will need to decide the operational hours of your restaurant and hire enough people to serve as waiters (make sure they have their food handlers certificate), managers, delivery boys etc. so that you can finally start bearing fruits off of your hard work.