Setting Up Your Own Restaurant: Could Now Be the Time?

19 Nov 2021

If you’ve always dreamed of setting up your own restaurant, you’re not alone. Running a restaurant is a highly desirable career path. You get to engage in the creativity of creating a menu and an enjoyable space for guests to spend time in, as well as having the practical side of work where you make sure the business runs profitably and successfully. Of course, for many people ,this dream has been put on hold as a direct result of the coronavirus and Covid-19 pandemic. Nobody could have predicted just how disruptive this pandemic could have been to day to day life - and the sheer negative impact it has had on industries such as the hospitality industry. At points, restaurants found themselves unable to open for months on end. Social distancing measures and guidelines are still making it so that restaurants have to follow strict restrictions to operate safely. But as vaccines are being rolled out around the world, now could be a good time to start planning the opening of your own restaurant successfully!

Choosing When to Open Up

If you’re going to open a restaurant, the timing is important. Right now, things are a little uncertain, so it could be a good idea to wait until the pandemic is more predictable and has started to be dealt with in a better way. Instead, use this time to plan.

Considering Covid in Operations and Costs

Remember that for a long time after the pandemic, we will still have to change the way that we operate. There are, of course, a whole host of costs that come hand in hand with running your own restaurant. You’re going to find yourself forking out for commercial property rent, overheads, staff, food, food production cleaning and much more. But bear in mind that on top of this, you will now also need to pay to ensure that your restaurant is Covid safe. This may mean supplying plenty of hand sanitiser, placing barriers between tables or pay stations, social distancing floor stickers and much more. Budget for everything to ensure that extra Covid related costs aren’t digging too much into your budget.

Making Your Menu Diverse

A lot of people go out to eat in a good and positive atmosphere. They want somewhere to spend time with friends and catch up. But you need to make sure that the food is good too. After all, this is your main selling point. Nowadays, coming up with a menu requires a little more work than it used to. People follow more strict dietary plans and you need to make sure that you’re accommodating for everyone. This means coming up with some alternative dishes that you might not have considered before, such as vegan and vegetarian options, gluten free options, nut free options, halal options, kosher options and more. This will maximise your appeal and will ensure that groups aren’t turned away because you can’t accommodate an individual with dietary requirements within the group.

These steps are essential for creating a successful restaurant today. Keep them in mind and you should do well!

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