Finding a Location and Opening Your New Restaurant


If you have decided to open a restaurant and have the business background to make things work, there are some things that will be important to the success of the venture. On the top of the list is the location of your new venture. It needs to attract people and be accessible for it to grow. So take the time to consider some of the following points when you start looking for a location to start your business.

Selecting a Location

One of the first things you need to consider with any business venture is the location of the business, but with a restaurant, this is particularly important because the business needs to be in an area where people will see it. Also consider that people need to want to come to your restaurant, and if it is located in a run-down area or a high-crime area, you may have a hard time attracting customers.

Seeking Out a Building

Opening a restaurant can be great, but you have to find a building that is appropriate for that. A building with a low-occupancy rating or that does not have a commercial kitchen in it could cost you a lot to upgrade and make work in the long run. If you can find a building that was a restaurant at one time, it might be the best fit, but understanding why that business failed or closed could be important as well. If the failure was related to the location or the neighborhood, you may want to continue your search for a property elsewhere.

Working with a Commercial Real-Estate Agent

One way to get the information about potential business locations is to work with a commercial real-estate agent or broker that knows the area and can tell you more about the area. The real-estate company will be able to research previous businesses in the area, research what locations are set up or suitable for kitchen space, and find you a building that is large enough for your dream restaurant. While you can look on your own, an agent will be better equipped to narrow the field and help you find that perfect location.

Setting Your Theme and Telling the World

Once you have your location, remodeling the building, creating a theme or feel for your restaurant, and making the area yours is the task at hand. Whether you work with a contractor or do most of the work yourself, you will need to ensure that all building and safety codes are met and that the health department says you are ready to open. After that, it is time to tell the world about your new restaurant and hope that all your time and searching brings in the crowds. If the location is good, the food is good, and the theme is fun, your business could go far. But keep in mind that all the prep and ground work is critical to making the business successful, so don't cut corners here.


19 January 2017

Understanding Restaurant Challenges

There are a lot of different things that can set your restaurant back financially, but one of the biggest problems is issues with food sourcing. I used to source different ingredients from a bunch of local distributors until I realized that I could save a lot of money by working with national food suppliers. I want other people to realize how to resolve some of the most common restaurant ownership challenges, which is why I decided to focus on this blog. Check out these posts to learn more about how to run your restaurant, how to handle difficulties, and how to make your business more profitable than ever before.