Opening a Restaurant - Five Essentials You May Be Overlooking

One of the most challenging and fun experiences an entrepreneur can have is the opening of a restaurant. Ownership of a restaurant can be by turns maddening, stimulating, and a great career choice. However, it's important for owners to know the essentials of running a restaurant before making the crucial step of opening for business, and here are five things owners should have prepared before opening day.
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An Unbiased Attitude
Running a restaurant as an owner can be very difficult. This is why it is essential to remain unbiased when managing a business: favoritism can quickly destroy a restaurant's chain of command and stress out everyone from the chefs to the wait staff. While it may be difficult for managers to fire staff, especially if family or friends are employed by the restaurant, it is imperative that everyone in a business pulls their weight, regardless of how well-liked they are.

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Be Humble
Although Gordon Ramsay would have us believe otherwise, there is very little room for ego in a restaurant. When something is not working, owners need to acknowledge the problem promptly and then take steps to change it. If customers consistently do not like the food the restaurant serves, the owner needs to be able to change the menu quickly and with consideration for their customer base. Having staff that can admit mistakes will be a restaurateur’s greatest asset.

Be Clean
As the saying goes, cleanliness is next to godliness. It is essential that restaurant owners keep their property in sparkling condition. An unhealthy environment is simply bad for customers, and it is unethical for a restaurant to jeopardize their employees’ and clients' health. Managers and owners should always invest in top-quality cleaning tools and supplies.

Be Safe
When running a restaurant, owners should be sure that staff and customer safety are given first priority. A Vancouver fire and safety specialist from Nutech Safety Ltd says that clear safety exits, fire extinguishers, operational smoke detectors, and first aid kits are essentials for any restaurant. Kitchens where there will be open flames and hot oil (which most restaurants will have) require a staff well-trained in safety procedures and preventative measures.

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Have Fun
Running a restaurant is not easy. The hours can be long, and customer demands can test an owner's patience. This is why a fun attitude can go a long way in the restaurant business. Keeping everything in perspective and realizing that you're living your dream career is a great way for you to keep your cool when the pressure is on.

For these reasons, running a restaurant can be a great and profitable experience for owners. While there are challenges hiding around every corner, the strength and competence developed from restaurant ownership often leads to success in future projects.

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Rizwan Ahmad
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This article is contributed by Emma Sturgis and posted by Rizwan Ahmad Author and founder of myfoodforu blog He is a blogger from India and he loves to share his thoughts by writing articles on  the different topics related to food, travel, health and beauty etc.

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