Growing profits in your small business - WISDOM from the trenches...

Growing profits in your small business - WISDOM from the trenches...

In this episode we interview Roger Beaudoin, an entrepreneur, restaurateur, consultant and author. He shares his interesting entrepreneurial journey, his initial inspiration for his first highly-successful restaurant, and valuable tips & advice on growing the profits of your small business.

If You Build It, Will They Come?

If You Build It, Will They Come?

We all know the Kevin Costner film “Field of Dreams” and the famous line “If you build it, they will come”; but in the world of running restaurants, the reality is “IF you build it, your work begins”.  To systemize your business you need to “do the homework”, and it takes a bit of time up-front, but once the systems are in place you have new-found freedom and you’re in the driver’s seat, not the other way around. 

126 Expert Ideas For Your Restaurant Business Plan

The fact that everybody needs food and that this need occurs every day, makes running a food business fun, exciting, and so full of possibilities.  But just because food is a universal need doesn’t necessarily mean every food business is bound for success.

With so much competition in the food business industry today, it’ll all boil down to which restaurant serves the best food at the best price and at the best location possible.

Creativity and resourcefulness are key to making your restaurant business a success.

That is why Alsco stresses the importance of coming up with a solid restaurant business plan. Whether you are just about to start your food business venture or want to improve your existing business, a good plan is essential to success in such a competitive industry.

Alsco are experts in the industry. We help the restaurant and catering industry by providing clean and hygienic linen, food & glass wipes, catering workwear, various kinds of floor mats, continuous towel, first aid and washroom services.

But not just that! We’ve put together a list of great ideas that will help you when starting up and managing a sustainable restaurant business – increasing your profits and potentially turning your restaurant into an integral establishment in your local community.

CREATE THE PERFECT AMBIENCE

1. Choose The Best Location

The location is a key factor to keep in mind when opening a restaurant.

Having the best location can be the decisive factor in the success of your enterprise. An ideal establishment would be located in a busy neighbourhood with easy access. Somewhere central which offers facilities such as parking or easy access to public transport is ideal.

You should choose a location that meets specific physical characteristics that can be adapted to the requirements of the concept and budget of your restaurant.

2. Décor And Design Matters

Michael Shen, restaurant reviewer and food photographer of ImStillHungry shares that service and décor are important factors in your customers’ minds. While both come second to food quality, it is these two aspects that can really seal the deal when it comes to making a memorable experience. This is how Michael Shen rates restaurants.

If you are going to need professional help with the design and decor of your restaurant, Alexandra Morris, a Sydney-based Commercial Interior Design, adds that it’s important to always appoint a great designer that has a portfolio of hospitality projects.

Not only will they maximize the best use of your space, they will guide you through the procedures involved with council regulations as well as making sure the overall design meets Australian Standards and food codes.
— Alexandra Morris

 

 

 

 

3. Plan Before Doing Fit Outs And Buying Equipment

 

Before you plan your kitchen and the equipment that you require to fit it out, make sure you have a design and cost analysis of your menu and style of food offering.

 

Peter Giannakis of www.thehospitalitycoach.net said:

 

“I often see new business owners who were sold equipment they just didn’t end up fully utilising. The style of food will also dictate the layout and workflow when designing your kitchen.”

 

 

4. Space Constraints Shouldn’t Be A Problem

 

If you think your space is not big enough, it’s okay. Having an available seating under 10 is still a great way to cut costs not just on your fit out but also on the long-term costs of running your restaurant.

 

Design your restaurant space to give it a stunning and welcoming atmosphere. Make up for the space constraints by offering a “takeaway” service. This will help you spend less on staff and reduce the need for table service and clean up.

 

 

5. Optimize Your Space

 

Observe and evaluate the areas of inefficiency in your space to identify where you need to make changes or renovations. Even small changes in your space can lead to a reduction in the number of staff members you need per shift without affecting the service speed or food quality.

 

Julia Gouye of CafeIdeas.com.au recently wrote about a concept called the “kitchen work triangle”. It combines design, functionality and efficiency, making it easier for restaurant owners to determine their kitchen layout.

 

Consider making your kitchen an ergonomic work area to reduce the distance and effort required for your staff to work effectively.

 

6. Put Up A Service Well

 

This works best if you have a long bar. Having a service well on both sides will help servers get drinks easily.

 

 

7. Re-Organise The Kitchen

 

Make sure your kitchen is laid out so that your staff can work efficiently and even multitask – e.g. working on the fish station and the fryer at the same time.

Restaurant Lessons From Your Favorite “Pro” Team

Restaurant Lessons From Your Favorite “Pro” Team

It’s no secret that training takes time, discipline and most of all follow-through. You need a game plan, an attentive and willing staff and regular exercises that keep everyone on top of their game.

Is Your Restaurant Running You?

Is Your Restaurant Running You?

Arguably, restaurants are one of the most challenging of all businesses and require a “hands-on” approach. No-one can deny the high failure rate, and marginal operations quickly become new statistics.

The "True" Meaning Of Hospitality

The "True" Meaning Of Hospitality

This service went above and beyond any expectation I had for dinner this particular evening.  I had flown in that day, was tired and hungry and was simply looking forward to checking in to my hotel. Eric was unaware of my special needs, yet intuitively took a personal approach to making my experience and all his guests that evening special and memorable.  We can all take a special lesson in this true hospitality approach from Eric and I hope you think of ways to apply this approach to your own operation.

8 Great Things To Tell Your Staff Today

8 Great Things To Tell Your Staff Today

Given that the restaurant business is a performance, your guest experience is ultimately determined by how you as owner or manager set the stage.  Discuss these 8 great things with your staff today.

F.A.C.E.S. Run Your Restaurant

F.A.C.E.S. Run Your Restaurant

When I ran high-volume restaurants for 20 years, the acronym F.A.C.E.S. served as our team mantra.  Every day in every restaurant across America, we are seeing and serving new guests every day… new Faces, if you will. 

Choosing the Right Items for Your Menu

Struggling with how to develop a well-planned menu for your restaurant business? Read on to learn more and don’t forget to shop Restaurant Rockstars now!

Important Location Factors to Consider

Wondering how to start a restaurant and choose the right location? Read on to learn more and check out the consulting services from Restaurant Rockstars!

Exploring the Psychology of Menus

Exploring the Psychology of Menus

There are some psychological tactics that can make your menu more effective. Read on to learn more and shop our restaurant consulting products today!

3 Key Factors to Restaurant Success

3 Key Factors to Restaurant Success

There are three factors that can make or break your restaurant. Read on to learn more and shop Restaurant Rockstars for restaurant business plan advice!

4 Benefits of Restaurant Consulting

4 Benefits of Restaurant Consulting

No matter whether you’re opening a brand new restaurant or revamping an old one, restaurant consulting services can help! Shop Restaurant Rockstars today!

Success is in the Details!

Success is in the Details!

Ready to rock your restaurant and take your success to the next level? Check out the training and consulting products from Restaurant Rockstars today!

Your Color Scheme Matters!

Your Color Scheme Matters!

Read our latest article to learn how color scheme can impact your guest experience, then contact Restaurant Rockstars for top-notch restaurant consulting!

Is The Service In Your Restaurant Paramount?

Is The Service In Your Restaurant Paramount?

I expect to receive the same quality of service whether dining in a Denny’s or a 5-Star Restaurant.  The basic principle is the same… its all about hiring the best people with a true desire to serve the public and then developing them, training them, recognizing and rewarding them to build your business.  That’s what I Call “PARAMOUNT SERVICE”!

Are Your Customers Peeved?

Are Your Customers Peeved?

When I ran restaurants, I approached service from the customers point of view.  That is at least twice a week, I was a customer in my own restaurant.   Doing so gives you a really good understanding of what I call the “3 Most Important Attributes of any Successful Restaurant… Food, Service & Ambiance”

3 Key Training Points for Your Wait Staff

3 Key Training Points for Your Wait Staff

Opening a restaurant? Check out the three most important areas of server training and contact Restaurant Rockstars today to learn more about our services!