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      07-28-2013, 10:53 PM   #1
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Anyone have experience opening a Restaurant?

In thinking about opening my first restaurant and wanted to bounce a few questions off someone. I understand that it's a hard business with a high failure rate. Any shared experiences good or bad would prob help guide me as well. Thanks in advance.
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No but i do have experience closing the bar,lol
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What kind of restaurant are you considering opening, high end, or just a casual one? I've never had one but my parents and almost every single family member I have has one, so I can share some experience. It's definitely one of, if not the hardest small businesses to open and keep open.
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What kind of restaurant are you considering opening, high end, or just a casual one? I've never had one but my parents and almost every single family member I have has one, so I can share some experience. It's definitely one of, if not the hardest small businesses to open and keep open.
X2. What type of food? Location?? Bar or BYO??? Liquor License is not cheap, if you can even get one. Hardest part about owning a restaurant is hiring/keeping good employees and being consistent.
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X2. What type of food? Location?? Bar or BYO??? Liquor License is not cheap, if you can even get one. Hardest part about owning a restaurant is hiring/keeping good employees and being consistent.
Yup^ we need to know more info, i am a food expert,lol and if this is going to work foe us we need to know "whats the dealeeo"
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In thinking about opening my first restaurant and wanted to bounce a few questions off someone. I understand that it's a hard business with a high failure rate. Any shared experiences good or bad would prob help guide me as well. Thanks in advance.

Let me know if you need front of the house or back of the house clothing. I work for Chefwear (Mfg of Culinary Apparel)

http://www.chefwear.com
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There's a reason banks are tough on new restaurant loans, no matter how good your business plan. Failure rate, if you include bars/clubs = 8 of 10 nationally. And guess who gets to do the dishes when your dishwasher doesn't show up??? Flip side, a successful one is very rewarding. As the owner, you are the host of your own party every day. Just be prepared to work your ass off and not have a vacation for awhile!
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I'm in the restaurant POS software business, so if you need a system, or just some amazing software, PM me!
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Franchise restaurant? My family has a franchise restaurant. Lots of work as mentioned above!
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A restuarant out of the back of the M3? Mobile Food M3 (like food truck)? Trying to make it M3 related to keep this in the M3 general section!!!!
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What kind of restaurant are you considering opening, high end, or just a casual one? I've never had one but my parents and almost every single family member I have has one, so I can share some experience. It's definitely one of, if not the hardest small businesses to open and keep open.
Thinking casual, clean, and good food Ina high foot traffic area of San Francisco. Most likely Mongolian BBQ. Wine and beer license is affordable and pretty easy to get.
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Franchise restaurant? My family has a franchise restaurant. Lots of work as mentioned above!
He goal would be to franchise. Wish me luck haha.
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I will def look you up if I get that far.
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http://www.chefwear.com
I will look you up also, if I get that far
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He goal would be to franchise. Wish me luck haha.
Good luck! When it comes to a franchise, you have to consider many things like: royalty, rules, regulations, standards, and etc...
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The most important person in the place (including you) is the chef.
Watch your spoilage. (a good chef will do that)
Make sure you have accurate, monthly, financials. Select an accountant who is familiar with, and can advise you on, restaurant operations. He/she is likely to be aware of failures and successes and, through the financials, can provide you with insights on your costs.
It's best to have your kids work for you as they are cheap labor.


Best of luck to you on your adventure!
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My brother has some good experience opening restaurants. Worked for some big corporate companies: Papa Jones, Baja Fresh, Coco's, Pizza Hut.
He tells me: location, location, location. Second, hiring the right people for the right job. Third, market yourself-produce fliers, hire people to distribute them and stuff.

Advice to you: don't slack, stay on top of the employees, and don't mix pleasure with business.
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