Much like any business running a restaurant can be extremely stressful and hard work. That’s why it pays to be organized first. Being prepared for any incident will make it easier to deal with issues and have a successful business.
There are 5 must haves if you’re going to run a restaurant business:
1. The Location
The saying goes location, location, location; and it’s true. You could have the best restaurant in the world but if it’s at the end of a dark street where no one walks then you’re not going to get a huge amount of trade.
This may not be the case if you’re hugely successful, famous and in demand but this is not always the case.
You need to choose a location where your restaurant will be seen and you can benefit from passing trade. The busier it is outside the better the prospects for you.
2. A Unique Concept
You also need to come up with a unique prospect. If there are already 20 steak houses in a town then opening another successfully is going to be difficult.
You need to think about what it is that your restaurant that is unique and how it can get that concept across to potential customers.
Of course it also has to be something that is going to appeal to the current eating trends.
3. The Right Utensils
You need cookers, fryers, blenders, cutlery and all the other kitchen utensils which will make it possible for you and your chefs to conjure up the best dishes on the planet.
But don’t forget to check out the cafeteria supplies as well. A restaurant can be magnificent but if the washroom facilities aren’t up to scratch people won’t come back!
Having the right tools for each job inside the restaurant will increase your chances of successfully running the restaurant.
You need reliable staff. That means waiters and waitresses that will turn up for their shifts, chefs that know what they are doing and a greeter.
It’s important to take your time finding the right team and giving them a decent amount of pay. This will encourage loyalty which will help to create an ambience and encourage repeat customers. That’s essential when running a restaurant.
5. Reservation / Order System
Finally it is important to consider what system will work best for you. The old fashioned approach was to write an order down and pass a copy of it to the kitchen. This may work for you or you may prefer the electronic equivalent with a good Point Of Sale (POS) system.
Either system is viable, it will depend on the service you are offering, the funds you have available and what tone you are hoping to set within your restaurant. The important thing is to spend time choosing the system and writing it up. This will allow you to test it to ensure it works before you need to use it for real.
A successful restaurant needs to be able to get food to its customers!