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Opening A New Restaurant

Apr 12, 2008
Do you enjoy people and love to cook? If so you may be contemplating opening up your own restaurant. However, you need to find out if you have what it takes to operate a successful restaurant. There is so much more that takes place behind the scenes than just offering quality service and delicious foods.

You really need to have everything working well before you open the doors to your restaurant. You can be sure those that come in are going to pass along information about their experience. While you will continually need to tweak the way your restaurant is operating don't open it without having some great concepts already in place. If you do there is an excellent chance many people will only visit your restaurant once. You want them to enjoy the overall experience so much that they will make it a regular place they frequent when they go out to eat

Even if you have excellent skills for running a successful restaurant, you can't do it all on your own. You are going to have to hire employees to help you and that is one area you want to dedicate plenty of time to. Look for those with some basic restaurant business and a willingness to learn. You also want to look at their mannerisms and how they interact with people. Those skills are hard to teach so focus on finding employees with such skills. Take the time to contact their past employers and references as well because this will offer you some information the applicant isn't likely to share with you.

It can be a daunting task to interview employees and follow up with the information they provide you. Yet this has proven to be a necessary step if you want to operate a successful restaurant. Make sure you ask the right questions during the interview process too so you can get a good idea of the work ethic and motivation that the person has to offer.

Even though you want the employees to take your restaurant business seriously, they need to have some fun too. Let their creativeness help you make your business a success. Be open to their ideas and suggestions so they feel like they are a part of the business. They will work harder for you when they feel like it is more than just a job they go to. The will be more likely to show up for their shifts and to stay employed with you for a long time if they are happy on the job.

Putting a new waitress on the floor during a lunch rush isn't going to be effective for your business. She is likely to become very frazzled and lose confidence in here abilities. At the same time you are going to have annoyed customers that are hungry. Many of them only have a limited amount of time for lunch too and then they have to get back to work.

There are plenty of basic items you need to have on hand to operate your business including silverware, napkins, and straws. Offer a good selection of condiments as well because everyone has their own personal tastes. Make sure you work hard to keep the appearance of the restaurant looking nice both inside and out. You will find people don't stop in if the outside of the building isn't inviting.

If you are ready to take on the challenge of operating your own restaurant, make sure you know exactly what it involves. It can be a very rewarding experience if you take the time to cover all the bases. If you only want to focus on cooking though then you will be better off working in a restaurant instead of owning one.
About the Author
Patricia Farnham has a wealth of experience in the restaurant industry. Check out her website to gain valuable insights, warnings and advice on how to open a restaurant.
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