What you thought is enough to start a restaurant business could be the same thing that may cause your business downfall in less than a year. You may be an expert entrepreneur or you may have inherited a family business but have no background about restaurant and catering at all – no matter the qualifications you have, some things are better studied first hand than realized later. And later could be too late.
First of all, do yourself a favor by getting to know what are restaurants and their nature. The important and primary things should never be ignored and forgotten. In this case, tell yourself first if you can handle this type of business because in case you didn't know yet, restaurants are complex type of businesses. It doesn't involve one thing alone and if you guessed it right, profit is the word.
Restaurants should be handled from food costs, labor, rent (if you don't own the place), advertising, food quality, customer service, advertising, profit and of course, the attitude to continue with this type of business. However, the basic principles of handling a restaurant go back to how it is operated by you, the owner and the organization style you have in your agenda.
The list doesn't stop here, restaurants also have categorization and it's one of your basic foundations before tackling the list mentioned above. You then ask, why? Well, how would you know what type of service you can give to your customers and what type of feedback you should expect if you didn't know your restaurant's categorization in the first place?
Okay, so here's a simple scenario. A customer can most certainly not demand a well prepared, elaborate meal from a counter service type restaurant can he? It just isn't right. Having said this, we then go back to the basic principle of how to organize a restaurant. If you want to make a signature or style for your own restaurant, you can go ahead with this plan but it will be difficult to preserve and maintain this kind of approach; not to mention, expensive.
For whatever purpose it should serve though, restaurateurs should maintain focus in meeting goals for their restaurant. This also shouldn't limit them from being open to changes and feedback to be able to meet customers' preference.