Last month I focused on a few things: the tipping issue and where it’s headed, how to create a management team, how to choose a theme and concept and a name for your restaurant, and the many perils of working in the high-pressure restaurant industry.
By the end of the month, I’ll bet you were beginning to think that I was trying to talk you out of working in the industry or of owning a restaurant. That’s definitely not the case.
I simply want you to be prepared for what you’re getting yourself into. I hear a lot of my friends and family telling me how busy they are at their office/desk jobs but I just can’t feel any sympathy. They sit for 8, 9, 10 hours a day and while I agree that is a long day, it really does not come close to what we go through physically.
While they sit at a desk for that amount of time and possibly stand up for a total of 30 minutes to an hour a day, it’s the opposite for us. Whether you’re at the front desk, slinging drinks, serving tables, or in the kitchen, you’re on your feet and moving as fast as your body can go for 6-8 hours at a time.
That’s an open kitchen in the video above. Those guys have to execute at a high level of perfection every day and every time because the whole restaurant is watching them. Notice how loud it is in there, too.
No wonder the pressure gets to us.
This month I’ll stay away from the doom and gloom. It’s spring, after all.
For my series on Owning a Restaurant, I’ll be going over some important tips when selecting a location and then we’ll dive into the difficult but exciting task of writing your business plan.
Writing the business plan is one of the hardest things you’ll do when starting a business of any kind, but it is also THE ABSOLUTE BEST thing you can do for yourself and the business.
As we go through the steps you’ll find out why.
I’ll also give you some advice on managing your management team, as well as provide you with any news or trends within the restaurant and hospitality industries.
I’m always looking for and interested in feedback from my readers. If you have anything that you would like me to address this month, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
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I’m looking forward to a great month!