If you’re thinking of starting a restaurant, you’ll have to decide about your concept and what dishes to serve. Before jumping into the planning stage, take some time to think about what type of restaurant you really want. It’s going to be a huge investment on your part and you don’t want to start a restaurant in the fine dining niche then realize that you actually wanted a causal pizzeria after all.
When starting a restaurant, it’s important to stick to a particular concept so that customers know what to expect when they dine at your restaurant. Sometimes we crave for certain types of dishes and identifying your restaurant with a particular food type helps people remember you when they get that craving. One of the fun parts of starting a restaurant is figuring out what kind of food to serve and deciding on a concept.
Family restaurants are reasonably priced and attracts diners of all ages including seniors. Be ready to offer quick service because family restaurants fall somewhere between speedy fast food service and full service restaurants. Family restaurant menus are also pretty extensive, catering to a variety of tastes for toddlers, teens, adults, and the elderly. Equipment and furnishing also consist of high chairs or booster seats, lots of booths and comfortable interior decor.
Bakeries, breakfast diners, cafes or coffee houses are getting a lot of competition from strip malls and even supermarkets. So starting a restaurant in this niche can be tough. An early riser is the best type of person for starting a restaurant in this category. You’ll be offering freshly baked bread and pastries, bagels, cakes, scones, sandwiches, various coffee drinks, and in some cases full meals. Coffee shops have heavy foot traffic, some serve up to 500 customers per day. Service has to be quick because most people expect it for these types of restaurants. Many people drop by breakfast diners, bakeries and coffee places for a quick meal between work.
Starting a restaurant in the seafood niche can be tricky. If you want to start a seafood restaurant then you had better find a reliable supplier of fresh seafood. The success of a seafood restaurant has a lot to do with the fresh ingredients aside from affordable price and good cooking. Most people who love seafood are meticulous about freshness of their food. Cooking is simple for most seafood restaurants and will usually involve grilling, broiling, frying, and steaming. The price may be a hitch for seafood restaurants because the prices of raw seafood tend to change every so often.
Everybody loves pizza, that is why many people starting a restaurant always think of a pizzeria as an option. You can have a small pizzeria that serves a few items on the menu, have a couple of tables and serve some soda and beer. Other pizzerias are larger and have an extensive menu of various types of pizza, pasta, and antipasto. Some high end pizza places also serve wine and gourmet Italian meals. A successful pizzeria is dependent on the dough maker, so make sure that you know how to make it and hire an expert pizza dough maker.
Similar to family restaurants, a steakhouse also caters to families but more often focus on adults. Most steakhouses are casual with a few that are formal and high end like fine dining restaurants. If you’re thinking of starting a restaurant in the fine dining niche you will have to spend more money on capitalization, hire the best waiters and get an excellent chef. Casual dining restaurants attracts many diners and won’t necessarily require hiring a top chef.
You might want to ask yourself questions before starting a restaurant, like if you’re willing to deal with additional responsibilities and problems that come with starting a restaurant, especially with large scale operations. Are you prepared to serve alcohol and handle customers who have had too much to drink? There’s a lot that goes into starting a restaurant, and picking the type of cuisine or concept is the easy part. There are still details about licenses, training staff, marketing, and getting the right equipment.
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