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How to Open and Operate a Restaurant or Food Truck

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Startup and Growth Magazine
Good Restaurateurs Are Always Learning

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Opening a Restaurant or Other Food Business Starter Kit: How to Prepare a Restaurant Business Plan & Feasibility Study: With Companion CD-ROM

Running a Restaurant for Dummies

The Encyclopedia Of Restaurant Training: A Complete Ready-to-Use Training Program for All Positions in the Food Service Industry: With Companion CD-ROM

The Restaurant: From Concept to Operation

Food Service Management: How to Succeed in the High-Risk Restaurant Business -- By Someone Who Did

Controlling Foodservice Costs (ManageFirst) by NRA National Restaurant Assoc. Educational Foundation (2006)

Bar Management Books

 ...More Books on Restaurant and Startup Operations

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Groupon: You Can't Afford It--Why Deep Discounts are Bad for Small Business and What to do About It

This Page Contains Valuable Information, Books and Tools to Open, Own, & Operate a Profitable Restaurant, Food Truck or Catering Operation.

Worksheets and Costs Associated with Startup, plus FoodService Equipment and Supply Requirements


These are a few of the Steps that you should take when considering opening a Restaurant or Bar.


Design your Menu

Determine Recipes, Food Costs, and Equipment Specifications.   You do not want a 35# electric fryer if you sell a lot of fried food.  You won't get enough production to cover a four seat restaurant, and the recovery time on the fryer will be much too long to get out a second batch of food.  When buying equipment Don't be Penny Wise and Pound Foolish.  Many operators save a few dollars on their core pieces of equipment only to find out that it costs them thousands in lost revenue once they open for business.  Clarify your concept and put all the proposed details--from decor to dessert choices--in writing. If you can't write about them, they need more thought. Having the right Restaurant Management Software can help to SAVE THOUSANDS of DOLLARS!


Food Cost Basics

How to calculate food cost percentage

By Joe Dunbar

Download the Document FoodCostBasics.pdf

New college degree in foodservice operations available



Business Plan

Most Successful FoodService Operators STRONGLY RECOMMEND putting together a Business Plan BEFORE making any kind of monetary investment.  Without a GOOD Business Plan you could lose Tens of Thousands of Dollars.  If you can successfully create a Detailed Business Plan, you have gotten past your Second Hurdle.  Opening a Restaurant or Other Food Business Starter Kit: How to Prepare a Restaurant Business Plan & Feasibility Study: With Companion CD-ROM



Click Here to Download a Pre-Opening Checklist in Adobe PDF Format.


Small Business Tools & Templates Page

Sample Restaurant P&L (excel file)

Restaurant Market Analysis.pdf - University of Wisconsin-Extension Center for Community Economic Development and the Small Business Development Center.


55 Surefire Food-Related Businesses You Can Start for Under $5000




Even people with a lot of experience in the FoodService Business Lose their Shirts.  The primary reason for this is Under Capitalization.  Make sure that you have enough money to operate your restaurant for Six Months to One Year without making a profit.  Check out the Link to the Small Business Development Center Below


Restaurant Financial Basics (Paperback)

One of the keys to a successful restaurant business is strong financial management. This book equips readers with the tools needed to manage the finances of foodservice establishments effectively. Written by expert authors with extensive experience in the field, this accessible resource is filled with valuable information that can be applied to day-to-day operations. It offers concise, down-to-earth coverage of basic accounting topics-including pricing, budgeting, cost control, and cash flow-as well as more specialized information, such as how to establish menu prices.

Restaurant Financial Basics (Paperback)

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Licensing and Regulations

If you plan on selling Alcohol, make sure that you fully understand, and are prepared (Financially & Personally) to meet State, County, and City Regulations.  Research Local FoodService Establishment Requirements & Health Code Regulations BEFORE looking for a property.  This will give you the ability to intelligently negotiate a Lease Agreement.  Look very carefully at the property to make sure that there will not be any MAJOR changes required to the physical plant by the local Health Department.  Even if the location was a restaurant previously, does NOT mean that it meets current Regulations.  Many people have found out after they signed their lease that they would need to spend $5,000.00 to $15,000.00 to upgrade the Greasetrap and Septic Tank Systems.


Business Licenses & Incorporations
Each type of business structure has advantages and disadvantages. Choosing the right one for you depends on your unique situation—choosing the wrong one can have legal and tax implications down the road. With our Start-a-Business Wizard, you can get help deciding which one may be right for you.

Click HERE to use the Business Startup Wizard.


Get a professional Contractor

One that can stick to a schedule and is familiar with local regulations and inspectors.  Don't rely on your cousin Ernie just because he has built a few Houses.  Everyday that you go over schedule will cost you Thousands of Dollars in Operating Expenses and Lost Sales.



Shop for Goods and Services

Once you have gotten past these hurdles, you can start pricing the equipment, Smallwares, Goods, and Services that will go into your operation.


Smallwares Requirements Cost Worksheet.xls

This is a (relatively) complete list of supplies needed to open a 100 seat restaurant. If your restaurant has 75 seats, multiply the total listed by .75, If your restaurant has 187 seats, multiply total listed by 1.87 etc.

If you get a pop-up screen asking for a Password, just click the cancel button and the document will download.


The ServSafe ® Program restaurant and foodservice Food safety training Food Service Health and safety

The ServSafe® Program

The ServSafe ® Program restaurant and foodservice Alcohol safety training Food Service Health and safety

ServSafe® Alcohol Program 

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About the ASBDC

The mission of the Association of Small Business Development Centers is to represent the collective interest of our members by promoting, informing, supporting and continuously improving the SBDC network, which delivers nationwide educational assistance to strengthen small/medium business management, thereby contributing to the growth of local, state and national economies.


2000 Traffic Analysis Zones


New-Online Employee Turnover Calculator

Opening a Restaurant or Other Food Business Starter Kit: How to Prepare a Restaurant Business Plan & Feasibility Study: With Companion CD-ROM


Get help with saving energy … and help your bottom line

Restaurants use about five to seven times more energy per square foot than other commercial buildings. High-volume quick-service restaurants (QSRs) may even use up to 10 times more energy per square foot than other commercial buildings. As energy costs increase, investing in energy efficiency is the best way to protect your business against these rising prices.

Reduce your restaurant’s energy consumption by following the cost-saving tips outlined in ENERGY STAR Guide for Restaurants: Putting Energy into Profits.

Learn about quick tips, energy-efficient equipment, and resources for saving energy in restaurants in the two-page Energy Use and Energy Efficiency Opportunities in Restaurants Fact Sheet

Purchase the ENERGY STAR commercial kitchen package, for new kitchen construction or as a replacement for aging equipment, to save significant amounts of money and energy on your electric, gas, water, and sewer bills.

Look for the ENERGY STAR and find savings in your commercial kitchen  with this two-page fact sheet that outlines the types of ENERGY STAR certified commercial food service equipment and five easy steps to start saving energy.


Assorted Articles About Starting, Owning, & Operating Food Service Operations 

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Catering, Street Food and Mobile Food Vending


So, You're Thinking About Owning, Operating or Investing in a Restaurant...: How to Get Into the Restaurant Business with Eyes Wide Open

THE RESTAURANT DREAM? An inside look at restaurant development, from concept to reality:

...More Books on Restaurant and Startup Operations


Intro to Franchising

Recently updated publication that includes the latest information about franchising, and includes descriptions of the different kinds of franchises, the legal aspects to consider, details about the Franchise Disclosure Document, how to begin a search for the right franchise, cost considerations, and a guide to determine if franchising is right for you.


The Cost of Starting Up a Restaurant

Opening a restaurant isn't only logistically complicated, it can also be very costly. John Kunkel, who has opened 10 branches of the Mexican eatery Lime, explains the costs involved.

By Gina Pace |  Nov 10, 2011


Determining Total Cost of Ownership
Many factors go into figuring out the total cost of owning foodservice equipment over its life cycle.
By Lisa White, Contributing Editor -- Foodservice Equipment & Supplies, 2/1/2006

New college degree in foodservice operations available


The Restaurant Manager's Handbook: How to Set Up, Operate, and Manage a Financially Successful Food Service Operation 4th Edition - With Companion CD-ROM Management Books)


So You Want To Open A Restaurant —

Are You Crazy? Part 1/10 by Spence Cooper

This is the first installment in a 10-part series on “How To Open and Run a Restaurant“.


Restaurant Failure Rates Recounted: Where Do They Get Those Numbers?
by G. Sidney

"A longitudinal study of restaurants in Columbus, Ohio found the failure rate for restaurants was 57 to 61 percent for a three year period"


Seven Decisions to Make Before You Open Your Restaurant

Nayeli Rodriguez

September 22, 2010

Seven Decisions to Make Before You Open Your Restaurant.pdf


Opening a Restaurant??
This is a step-by-step guide to getting through the Santa Barbara County Environmental Health Services health permit process. These are the instructions for Santa Barbara County, Ca, but the tasks are similar to those for any county in the United States.

Solutions dished out for restaurant failure rate


No Free Lunch - Myths and Costs associated with starting a restaurant business.

Romance vs. reality Running successful restaurant not as easy as ...


Food & Beverage - Elusive Cash Flow
By Joe Dunbar

It is quite common to see restaurant owners work hard all year and make nothing at all. The difference between a winning operation and a loser is cash management.
Download Article Here


Sample Restaurant P&L (excel file)


How To Obtain A Restaurant Business Loan

If you are actively seeking financing, there are several specific steps you can take to help support your case when you speak with a lender. Read More.........

Accurately Estimating Time-Based Restaurant Revenues Using Revenue per Available Seat-Hour
Vol 8 No 9 Gary M. Thompson Ph.D. and Heeju Sohn
* Free username and password required to download report.

Food Cost Basics

How to calculate food cost percentage

By Joe Dunbar

Download the Document FoodCostBasics.pdf

Advice from the National Restaurant Association

Opening a Restaurant

Each year, the National Restaurant Association fields hundreds of inquiries from people interested in opening their own restaurants. If you have dreamed of owning a restaurant but need some guidance, check out these resources we've assembled to help you get started.


National Restaurant Association How-To Series


©Copyright 2005 National Restaurant Association
1200 17th St., NW Washington, DC 20036 202-331-5900


Opening a Restaurant


Small Business Tools & Templates Page


National Restaurant Association Homepage

State Restaurant Association Links

National Restaurant Association members and their employees have a new educational opportunity. The NRA has partnered with Aspen University on an undergraduate degree in foodservice operations and management.

“The degree is flexible, entirely online, very affordable and incorporates the Association’s existing educational programs, including ServSafe and ManageFirst,” said Mike McCallum, the NRA's chief strategy officer. “By obtaining this degree, students and restaurant workers can build strong foundations for their foodservice careers in our industry of opportunity.”

Staff at NRA member organizations receive a 50 percent discount on tuition at Aspen University and pay only $90 per credit hour when pursuing a bachelor of science degree in foodservice operations and restaurant management. Federal financial aid also is available.

Pre-Opening Checklist- FREE!!

A comprehensive checklist that that covers many aspects of the pre-opening process. 

(Available In Pdf Format.)

Smallwares Requirements - FREE!!

A complete list of supplies needed to open a 100 seat restaurant.  If your restaurant has 75 seats, multiply the quantity listed by .75.  If your restaurant has 175 seats, multiply script>

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Bill Marvin - The Restaurant Doctor


TemporaryChef  -  "We are an association of highly experienced career Chefs with proven track records in all facets of culinary operations and management. Our menu of talents include HACCP, menu development, budget / P&L management, team building and training, multi-kitchen operations, product development and much more."

Executive Restaurant Recruiters - CEC Search
Restaurant recruiters & restaurant jobs. Restaurant management jobs, executive restaurant jobs. Executive search for restaurants. Executive restaurant recruiters, restaurant management search firm.


Restaurant Uniforms, Supplies & Non Slip Shoess - Server Station Workwear & Supply is your all-in-one super source for restaurant waitstaff uniforms, chef apparel, non slip shoes, plus waiter, bartender & dining room supplies.


Culinary School

Description: offers a wide variety of culinary courses for everyone from the aspiring professional chef, to the backyard grill master. 



Escoffier On Line
Culinary Portal for Chefs and Cooks, Food Professionals, Culinary Students and Foodies


Foodservice Consultants Studio specializes in commercial and institutional foodservice facility design and serves all market segments. Our Virginia consulting team has successfully completed kitchen design projects across the United States.


Bryan China Company's Restaurant Direct  25 year history of supplying stock and custom decorated dinnerware for restaurants, banquet & convention centers, corporate & educational facility dining, and home markets.

Chocolate Coins - Chocolate Favor World, your source for the finest chocolate coins.


Restaurant Equipment

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