How to Open and Run a Successful Restaurant / Edition 3

How to Open and Run a Successful Restaurant / Edition 3

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by Christopher Egerton-Thomas
     
 

ISBN-10: 0471698741

ISBN-13: 9780471698746

Pub. Date: 09/23/2005

Publisher: Wiley

If you're thinking of opening a restaurant, you have a lot on your plate!

Dig into this comprehensive guide from successful restaurateur and author Christopher Egerton-Thomas, who dishes out good advice on everything from coming up with a winning concept, choosing a location, and equipping a kitchen to designing the menu, decorating the dining room, and managing

Overview

If you're thinking of opening a restaurant, you have a lot on your plate!

Dig into this comprehensive guide from successful restaurateur and author Christopher Egerton-Thomas, who dishes out good advice on everything from coming up with a winning concept, choosing a location, and equipping a kitchen to designing the menu, decorating the dining room, and managing a staff. Whether you want to open an upscale restaurant or a diner, a bistro or a burger joint, specialize in ethnic cuisine or go with an established franchise, How to Open and Run a Successful Restaurant, Third Edition gives you the essential information to do it right.

The Third Edition of the celebrated soup-to-nuts classic is updated for today's competitive marketplace and features an expanded examination of the franchise system, in-depth discussions on customer relations, and a wealth of information on staff training-one of the most important ingredients for success. It covers:

  • Guidance on financing, taxes, insurance, health and safety, legal issues, and more
  • Marketing research, including evaluating local competition to refine your concept
  • Evaluating franchise opportunities-the pros and cons of going with an established concept
  • Effective staff training-both initial and ongoing
  • The "feel-good factor"-that intangible quality that keeps customers coming back for more
All this proven, practical guidance is served up in Christopher Egerton-Thomas's flavorful style and seasoned generously with real-life anecdotes and restaurant lore from around the world that are instructive and entertaining. This is a must-read for those considering the restaurant business and a ready reference for restaurateurs who want to improve their operations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471698746
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/23/2005
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
504,951
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.07(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION.

CHAPTER 1: HOW IT ALL BEGAN.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE RESTAURANT INDUSTRY.

THE MODERN INDUSTRY.

EDUCATION.

COOKING SCHOOLS.

THE RISKS.

REASONS FOR FAILURE.

THE THEATER OF RESTAURANTS.

WHO OPENS RESTAURANTS, AND WHY.

SACRED MONSTERS.

THE MASOCHISM FACTOR.

THINKING POSITIVE—THE FUN SIDE.

THE CASABLANCA FACTOR.

CHAPTER 2: LOCATION.

THE IMPORTANCE OF LOCATION.

Mystical Factors.

Country and Suburban Locations.

Rent.

HOW TO FIND PREMISES.

The Neighborhood.

Converting Premises.

CHAPTER 3: WHAT KIND OF RESTAURANT?

WHAT IS THE TARGET MARKET?

Opening Hours.

Which End of the Market?

THEME RESTAURANTS.

ENTERTAINMENT.

Appealing to Different Age Groups.

Mixed Business.

ALCOHOL AND LICENSING.

INSURANCE.

TAXES.

PRICING.

WHO ARE THE CUSTOMERS?

WHAT DO CUSTOMERS WANT?

CHAPTER 4: RAISING THE MONEY.

START-UP MONEY: HOW TO GET IT.

Inheritance.

Savings.

Bank Loans.

Small Business Administration.

Loan Sharks.

BUSINESS PLAN.

THE PROS AND CONS OF PARTNERSHIPS.

Multi-Partner Restaurants.

Partnership Disasters.

Con Artists.

Working and “Sleeping” Partners.

Friendships.

Partnership Successes.

An Ideal Marriage?

FINANCIAL PLANNING.

Bills.

The Go Position.

Foreclosure.

BUYING A FRANCHISE.

CHAPTER 5: EQUIPMENT AND DÉCOR.

EQUIPMENT—OLD OR INHERITED.

EQUIPMENT—NEW.

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF LAUNDRY.

The Art of a Well-Set Table.

Laundry Alternatives.

DÉCOR.

DESIGN.

CHAPTER 6: THE BAR.

PROS AND CONS.

FOOD AT THE BAR.

THE SERVICE BAR.

STOCKING THE BAR.

Bar Inventory.

Cocktails.

RESTRICTING INVENTORY.

Beer on Tap.

Sodas and Mixers.

LIQUOR CONTROL.

Types of Liquors.

Wine.

THE EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL.

HELPFUL HINTS FOR BARTENDERS.

Handling Drunks.

Turning Away Unwanted Guests.

Organizing the Bar.

Dealing with Personal Issues.

Protecting Against Dangers—of All Sorts.

Serving the Drinks.

CHAPTER 7: THE KITCHEN.

PROFIT MARGINS.

CHEF POWER.

KITCHEN STAFF.

DECIDING ON THE MENU.

Menu Changes.

Food Quality.

Food Sources.

Phoney Foods.

FOOD AND TASTE.

DANGERS.

COMPUTERS.

GROCERY LIST.

CHAPTER 8: THE DINING ROOM.

SEATING POSITIONS.

MUSIC.

VENTILATION AND HEATING.

RESTROOMS.

CLEANLINESS.

MENUS.

VERBAL MENUS.

DUTIES OF SERVERS.

SYSTEMS FOR SERVERS.

HELPFUL HINTS FOR WAITERS.

KEEPING DINERS HAPPY.

PAYMENT.

CREDIT CARDS.

PERSONAL HOUSE ACCOUNTS.

TIPPING.

To Pool or Not to Pool.

Tipping Other than the Wait Staff.

Pros and Cons of Tipping.

STEALING.

CHAPTER 9: HYGIENE, HEALTH, AND SAFETY.

HYGIENE ISSUES.

Food Contaminants.

Cleanliness.

Vermin and Exterminators.

Health Inspections.

Garbage and Sanitation.

Typical Violations.

Personal Hygiene.

HEALTH OF RESTAURANT PERSONNEL.

Alcohol Abuse.

Overwork.

Health Hazards.

SAFETY.

CHAPTER 10: PUBLIC RELATIONS.

EXAGGERATED CLAIMS.

THE NEED TO ADVERTISE.

Placing an Ad.

Using a Public Relations Firm.

Celebrity Power.

Special Deals.

THE FOOD CRITICS.

Reviews and Their Consequences.

Bribes.

DEALING WITH THE PUBLIC.

MANAGEMENT QUALITIES.

EMPLOYEE QUALITIES.

PEOPLE STRESS (OR COMBAT FATIGUE).

GREETING.

RESERVATIONS.

DRESS CODES.

DRESSING THE ROOM.

AVOIDING NASTY SITUATIONS.

ROBBERY.

SECURITY.

CHAPTER 11: EMPLOYEES.

FINDING HELP.

THE EMPLOYEES’ POINT OF VIEW.

DRUGS.

MANAGERS.

CHAPTER 12: MAKING YOUR DECISION.

THE “UP” SIDE.

THE “DOWN” SIDE.

QUESTIONS BEFORE DECIDING TO GO INTO BUSINESS.

UP AND RUNNING.

APPENDIX I: EATING OUT FOR RESTAURATEURS.

APPENDIX II: GLOSSARY.

WINE TERMS.

MENU VOCABULARY.

INDEX.

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