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What is a Restaurant Concept, and Why Is It Important?

What is a Restaurant Concept, and Why Is It Important?

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The first step in creating a restaurant is to identify exactly what the restaurant’s concept is going to be. First, let’s make sure that we agree on what the word "concept" means. Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary defines concept as "something conceived in the mind: a thought, notion." The w ...
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The “4 R’s” For Successfully Starting A Restaurant

The “4 R’s” For Successfully Starting A Restaurant

The restaurant industry has a reputation for a high mortality rate. The statistic is misleading because the failure number is skewed by 1st time want-to-be restaurateurs newly starting a restaurant. The 1st time start-ups without a franchise or professional consultant behind them typically fail.Let ...
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Location or Concept: Which Comes First?

Location or Concept: Which Comes First?

It’s a good question and an interesting answer – it doesn’t matter as long as the two match.  Perhaps an aspiring restaurateur has a location in mind; hopefully it’s a good location.  To be successful, defined as being able to produce positive cash flow, the right restaurant concept must m ...
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Top 10 Restaurant Startup Mistakes

Top 10 Restaurant Startup Mistakes

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There are far more than 10 reasons for a restaurants failure.  However, let’s focus on the 10 startup restaurant mistakes that are the most common. Having the right Business Plan is the most effective way to avoid the 10 traps.1. “Failing to plan is planning to fail”.   Steven Covey further ...
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Performance Bonuses can be Good or Bad

Performance Bonuses can be Good or Bad

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Performance bonuses for Management can be good or bad. They are good if they result in the desired performance that the bonus is intended to reward.  They are bad if ownership and Management have differing opinions on the desired performance results. Deciding which path is right for your restaurant ...
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Menu Development

Menu Development

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This article is designed for the new Independent restaurant startup, and not an existing proven restaurant concept, or a restaurant franchise that is providing franchise style operating systems.   The recommended suggestions in this article are taken from excerpts in the book “So You Want to Ope ...
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Best Chance for Success are Proven Systems

Best Chance for Success are Proven Systems

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HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY RUN  A  RESTAURANT. Several years ago the National Restaurant Association reported that 86% of those who purchased a national franchise, succeeded.  The criteria for success were being in business for five years or longer.  The same report stated that 82% of first time r ...
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Creating an Effective Recruitment Ad

Creating an Effective Recruitment Ad

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The success of any independent restaurant start-up business begins and ends with the internal staff that the owner surrounds themselves with.  That selection process is initiated with effective recruiting of people that fit your brand image.The process of creating and placing a recruiting ad is v ...
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Starting A Restaurant Business Plan

Starting A Restaurant Business Plan

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The process of opening a restaurant from start to finish can be, and should be, an arduous one. It requires a tremendous amount of research and determination, and it can easily get overwhelming. I am often asked by clients, “What should I be doing?” It's the right question, but not easily answer ...
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Deciding On The Right Restaurant Concept

Deciding On The Right Restaurant Concept

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When deciding on your restaurant concept, there are several factors that must be considered:First, you must think of your restaurant as a product to be sold.  That leads automatically to the next question; what product will appeal to the most people in the area where you plan to open?  The economy ...
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