Starting a New Cafe or Restaurant? Things You Should Consider..

Solutions for Operators

I’ve been involved in a number of foodservice startups in my career, both in operations management and as a consultant.

Bluntly, there are many folks who get into the cafe and restaurant business that are in over their heads. Today, when I receive an inquiry about consulting a startup, one of the first things I do is hand over and share a fairly comprehensive list of tasks that will need to be done. There’s around 300 items that a new startup or location needs to consider before opening the doors.

We don’t see much of this discussed in online forums such as Barista Exchange. There are some great consultants that specialize in the coffee and tea retailer segment, such as the Millettos over at Bellissimo Coffee InfoGroup.

Here’s the restaurant startup list from, that I found in 2007. Use it as a guide to plan your new location or new business and you’ll be way ahead of the game.

Jeff from Mocafe


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One Comment on “Starting a New Cafe or Restaurant? Things You Should Consider..”

  1. October 29, 2012 at 6:19 AM #

    It is really interesting to read your blog. So many people jump into this without really understanding the sacrifices and hard work that are needed to run a catering business. Our first advice would be to examine the local market, see the gap and try to fill it. Second would be to focus on customer service and your menu planning which can make or break your business. Third, get it right first time, and keep servicing your customers consistently with high quality food and fresh ingredients. Good luck!

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