It’s the ultimate goal for many people – your own establishment with your name above the door. Whether you’re in the catering business, a trained chef or a food-loving entrepreneur, there are many reasons why you might consider taking that next step and creating a restaurant of your very own.
- Food is your passion
You wake up, you think about food, and it’s the last thing that crosses your mind before you go to sleep. Those who are the most successful at anything tend to be those who are doing what they love, so a love affair with food is a good place to start if you want to make a success of opening a place of your own.
- You’ve worked in other restaurants
You understand how restaurants work because you’ve seen it first hand, you’ve worked through many a busy service and you’ve seen the effect that this has on everyone involved. If you feel that you’ve arrived at a place where you know enough about other people’s restaurants to run your own then it may be time to take the leap.
- Creative control is key
If you’ve got to a point where creative control has become important to you then it might be time to go out on your own. This could be control of the customer experience, control over the menu or the freedom to develop your own culinary ideas – these are rarely available while working for someone else.
- The business side interests you
Running a restaurant isn’t just about food, it’s primarily about running a business. A passion for food, on its own, simply won’t be enough to carry you through – you will also need to be able to grasp everything from human resources and staffing, to book keeping and ordering.
- You like a challenge
Startups are hard work and if you’re looking for a 9 to 5 job where you can switch off at the end of the day then opening a new restaurant is not for you. The hours are long, the responsibility is heavy and the challenges are constant.
If the above resonate with you then perhaps your own establishment is a sensible next step. Opening your own restaurant is fundamentally about passion to create a culinary business and that drive will carry you through the bad times and the good. Work hard, seek advice and remain business-focused, and braving a new venture might just be the best decision you ever made.