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Posted On : Tue Nov 01st,2016

An ultimate Guide to start a new Restaurant

What is a restaurant?

A restaurant is a public place that provides beverages and food services in exchange for money.

What are the different types of restaurant businesses?

  • The types of restaurants are as:
  • Fast food
  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Ethnic

How to Register your restaurant business?

You need a business license to open a new restaurant. It helps you to operate your business without any legal issues. You may need to follow these step for registration:

  • Register business name as a Sole Proprietorship, Corporation, Limited Liability Company or any other legal structure your state allows.
  • Sales tax license is required in most states to operate a restaurant.
  • Occupancy permit is required to start a restaurant, if customers are eating at the location. It may not be required for a take out restaurant.
  • Health permit is required by the helath department.
  • Workers' Compensation, Disability Insurance, Error and Omission Insurance and Liability insurance may be required.
  • Cigarette, Beer and Wine Licenses may be required, if you are serving the products to your customers.

How to decide a restaurant concept?

The very first step to open a new restaurant is to decide what type of restaurant you are going to operate. Do you want to open a fine ending restaurant? A specific type of cuisine to serve or a casual dinner? Before you look into to set up a new restaurant business, you need to define the type of restaurant you want to start.

How to select a restaurant location?

  • Keep these points in your mind before signing a lease for the location of your restaurant.
  • Is the location of the restaurant a busy area?
  • Consider the vehicle and foot traffic
  • Is enough parking there?

Why is restaurant name important?

People tend to the restaurants those are clear in their slogan and quality of services. Select a theme that should be the reflection of your theme. You can have the tail name of your specialty. 


How to write a good business plan?

A good business plan helps you to regulate your restaurant business. From planning to execution, you need to build a report containing all facts and figures like; market analysis, evaluate the competition, customer behavior, location, staffing, budgeting, and marketing.
Your business plan for a new restaurant may include:

  • A comprehensive detail of your concept
  • Your targeted customers
  • Outline of potential pricing and menu
  • Include maximum financial information
  • How you plan to advertise your business

How to design your new restaurant?

A restaurant’s design should be balanced. It should give enough seating capacity with aesthetics. You may need the following things as you start your restaurant business:

  • Commercial kitchens
  • Refrigerators
  • Waiting area
  • Restrooms
  • Bar

How to write a restaurant menu and serving style?

A good restaurant menu contains easy and clear layout. Avoid too many disclaimers and clip art on your menu. Your serving style helps you to be distinctive in future such as pricing and staffing requirements. You can have one of the following service styles:

  • Quick-service Restaurants
  • Mid-Scale Restaurants
  • Upscale Restaurants

How to stock your new restaurant?

Once you are done with the restaurant design, start purchasing furniture and commercial kitchen equipment. You can have leasing and used equipment options too to save your money.


Let the world know About Your New Restaurant

Advertising conveys your message to the other world. Take advertising methods such as PPC and Social Media Advertising. Don’t ignore the power of a dynamic website representing your services and products with prices.


The Author of this article is a M.Phil in English Literature

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