Start-Up Restaurant Guide

One Fat Frog Restaurant Equipment has helped countless restaurant start-ups open their doors through our financing program and affordable used restaurant equipment. Starting a restaurant from the ground up is always a challenging endeavor, but there are some basic ideas and costs you should keep in mind months before your opening.

Possibly the most important thing to take care of before opening your doors is calculating your costs. Restaurant start-ups are expensive so be sure to keep the big picture in mind. By “big picture” I mean your biggest expenses such as rent, salaries, interior design, and, of course, restaurant equipment. One Fat Frog is more than happy to help you calculate that aspect. After you’ve calculated your largest expenses, think about other things such as utilities, permits, and insurance. As with any business venture, always consider unanticipated expenses.

Think about what your restaurant can offer consumers that other restaurants in your area maybe aren’t providing. Is there a food niche to fill? Would it be profitable to do so? Pick out your space and decor accordingly, then collaborate with your cook to come up with a menu.

One legal aspect of your restaurant to consider is setting up a limited liability company (LLC). This will protect your personal assets if you anything goes wrong. For instance, if a customer ever sues your restaurant, only the money invested in the restaurant would be susceptible to legal action, not your personal assets.

Make sure you thoroughly go over whatever permits, licenses, and insurance your city requires for a restaurant. Think health permits, business license, worker’s compensation insurance, food handler’s permits, etc. You even have to get permits in order to legally advertise your business. Laws vary from state and city, so double and triple check you’re doing everything accordingly.

Then there’s the restaurant equipment. It’s smart buy used, especially from One Fat Frog Restaurant Equipment. All of our used restaurant equipment gets cleaned, refurbished, and tested by our large staff of technicians and experts. We help start-ups get the financing they need for all of the used restaurant equipment they want. It’s what we do and we do it well. Learn more about our financing here: http://onefatfrog.com/financing.htm

After your doors are finally open, chances are you’re going to be working 7 days a week for a long time. Be sure you’re backed up by a reliable, hardworking staff. You’re going to be hiring cooks, servers, dishwashers, a floor manager – many of them taking on several responsibilities beyond their official title. Be careful not to hire too few people or too many people.

The it’s time to start advertising. Well, you should be advertising before and after your opening, consistently. Be sure to ask patrons how they heard about your location. Depending on your restaurant’s style, you should hold promotions every month, sometimes different ones every week. Be creative and keep it original to keep your patrons coming back for more!

If you have any other questions about opening your own restaurant, head into One Fat Frog Restaurant Equipment. We’ll help you through the equipment part, working within your budget to ensure your kitchen’s success!

People come in from all over Florida to help get their start-up restaurant off the ground and into the dining stratosphere. What’s stopping you?

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