We’ve all have been to a restaurant, at least once in our lives, whether it’s a 5-star high class restaurant or simply a fast food joint like McDonald’s, we’ve been there at least once. And sometimes the idea of a restaurant impresses us, whether it’s the ambience, the theme, the food or the service, something catches our attention and just sticks with us, and if it happened to you, you can relate to this, and maybe, you wanted to open up a restaurant of your own. If you indeed want to open up a restaurant, then you’re in luck, because you’re going to know some of the basic steps to begin your business. Firstly, identify your demographics, the target market, are you targeting children, teens or adults? Specify these first, then you move on to specify which sort of service will your restaurant provide, self-service, midscale or upscale, also specify what style of food will you be offering, which cuisine will you make? Also think about the time when you will operate, morning, noon, evening or night. When you have done all these thing, you will now do one of the most important things, writing a business plan; here’s where all the technical information comes in, and by that I mean, the stuff I mentioned before plus all the financial information such as your starting capital, long-term income, estimated expenses, employee expenses (salaries, training, etc), supply, marketing plan and in worst case scenario an exit strategy. Planning these out before you begin will save you a lot of stress and head ache, and now you will have a plan to follow which has made your job a little bit easier. Now, you get to choose a location, keep in mind that you want a location that’s easily accessible for the public and easy to spot, of course getting such a location will be hard, so prepare to compromise and choose the best option available, also keep into account the parking space as you will have people who drive, and if they have trouble parking, they will be dissatisfied which is bad for business. Once you have done that, design a layout, have a fairly large dining are but do give appropriate space to kitchen and storage, consulting a professional in this regard is recommended. Now, you design your menu based on the decisions you took before (which cuisine to serve), choose which items to serve according to your time of operation, demographics, etc. Do pricing here as well, it shouldn’t be too high or too low, go for just right so its affordable. Now you hire employs, hire right, based on their qualifications, create detailed job descriptions and make sure all laws and regulations are followed. Make sure you provide training so everybody can do their job right. Then comes the last step, marketing. Advertise yourself, put yourself and your restaurant on the map, you are now in operation, so make sure your customers leave satisfied, because they will be telling people about you and that is also a form of marketing. Good Luck!
So you were out with your mates a couple of nights ago to the bar around the corner, just a couple of beers, hanging out watching the game, nothing much, just a slow and relaxing night you need. A beautiful woman enters the bar, orders a drink and moves towards the back, she has your attention and your mates know this, they push you and encourage you and after a few minutes, you get off your seat and go over to her and strike up conversation. This woman is not only beautiful, she’s also smart and funny, the triple threat, so you ask her out, she says yes and you both exchange numbers. Congratulations, you got yourself a date! But now there’s a problem, you don’t know where to take her, you ask your friends and they give you a couple of idea, you can either play it safe and go for a movie and dinner, or go the fair and then have dinner later, or go watch some local bands who’re playing that weekend followed by some dinner; no matter which idea you choose, you have dinner at the end. You can take care of the rest, but the dinner is a bit of a problem, you don’t know where to take her, there are so many options and you have no idea which one will work and where to take her. Well fret no more! I have the solution for you. Let’s begin with something small, like fast food restaurants, unless your date is the totally chill and laid back type, this is a bad option, though you might find an exception, most people would not want to go to McDonald’s on the first date. Moving on, depending on the country you’re living in, local food sounds like a good and safe option, but if you’re looking to set yourself apart from the rest of the competition, you’ll have to try something else. A steakhouse is a good option, its easy and relaxed, no pressure on your date, just make sure they’re not vegetarian or vegan. Italian is a favorite, but it can get rather messy, however it is a great option if you want to stay in and eat, you can cook for her and earn bonus points! But you have to be comfortable enough for her to come over to your place. Greek food is good and has lots of variety, but you’d need a lot of breath mints to mask the smell of garlic, a great option though if you’ve been dating for a while and want to double date with a friend. Chinese or Japanese restaurants are great, simple found with a lot of options, plus if you have mastered the use of chopsticks, you can impress your date. Middle Eastern is a great option, but depends on your date, and since its customary to share a dish, might be a little uncomfortable for a date to share a plate on the first date. These are some of the options that you have to impress your date, remember the key is to have a good time, pick the restaurant which has a relaxing environment so you can talk and enjoy food, good luck!