100 Things You Should Know About Restaurants

Everything From Opening a New Restaurant and Beyond

If you are thinking of opening your own restaurant, you should understand that there is a lot of information available, from writing your new business plan to marketing your restaurant. To help you get started, here are 100 things, broke down into 10 categories, to know about restaurant.

10 Things You Should Know About Opening a New Restaurant

Hotel Montecatini Terme
Many people dream of opening their own restaurant. However, often times they don’t realize how much work it involves. Restaurant owners work long hours and are responsible for everything from finances to scheduling to customer service. Restaurants are not a get-rich-quick opportunity, either. A successful restaurant requires patience and perseverance. More

10 Things You Should Know About Restaurant Concepts

There are many types of restaurant concepts to choose, from fast food franchises to elegant fine dining and everything in between. When considering what type of restaurant concept to choose, think about your intended customer base. It is families? Singles? College students? How much money are you willing to invest? Are you going to start small and grow or go big right from the start? It’s important to have a defined concept in mind before you sit down to write your business plan. More

10 Things You Should Know About Choosing a Restaurant Location

Kenn Kiser
A good location is vital for any restaurant, and not all locations are equal. Factors to consider when choosing a location for a new restaurant include visibility, traffic (either on foot or by car), size, and cost. If renovations are needed to the space, be sure you have it in writing, who pays for what (you or the landlord). More

10 Things You Should Know About Restaurant Equipment

One of biggest expenses of opening a new restaurant is buying commercial grade equipment. It can quickly eat up much of your start-up capital. The good news is that restaurant equipment is durable and buying certain pieces second-hand can save you a lot of money. More

10 Things You Should Know About Restaurant Menus

You may choose to create a restaurant menu first and build your concept around it, or vice versa. Either way, creating a restaurant menu is more than just writing up a list of dishes with descriptions. You need to understand food cost, and how to maximize your profits. It’s also good to know some design tricks to make a menu easier to read. More

10 Things You Should Know About Healthy Children’s Menus

Salads are becoming a popular item on many restaurant kid menus. Dawn M. Turner
Today, restaurants across the country are under a great deal of scrutiny for their children’s menu, resulting in fast food giants like McDonalds including healthier options in their kid’s meals. This growing trend is likely to become the industry norm, so adjusting your children’s menu to offer healthy meals make sense. There are many ways to improve the nutritional value of children’s restaurant meals that are both easy and affordable. More

10 Things You Should Know About Restaurant Management

Effective restaurant management includes both the front and back-of-the house. Along with dealing with staff relations, managing a restaurant also includes managing finances, stock, inventory and dealing with customer complaints, public relations, and the list goes on and on. More

10 Things You Should Know About Customer Service

A good server should have excellent customer service skills and know how to handle customer complaints. Santiago Arce
The promise of good food lures customers to your restaurant, while good service keeps them coming back. In a business where the customer is always right, how you handle customer complaints, show customer appreciation and promote your restaurant is important for return business More

10 Things You Should Know About Restaurant Promotions

There are many different types of restaurant promotions, from the standard happy hour to specialty tasting dinners. Promotions can run nightly, weekly, monthly or less frequently. They are a good way to bring in extra business during slower shifts, like mid-week evenings. More

10 Things You Should Know About Restaurant Catering

Catering lets you bring your food to the customer, outside of your restaurant. Geoffrey A Stemp
Restaurant catering offers an opportunity to increase sales and expand your customer base. There are many different types of catering options -site to off-premise. Catering opportunities include business catering, holiday catering or large events like weddings, as well as community fundraising events. Catering is ideal for restaurants, which already employ a trained staff and own much of the equipment needed. More