Welcome back once again for the third installment of How to
Start a Restaurant!
If you are interested in starting your own restaurant I would
deﬁnitely take a look at the information on my website to get a
better sense of what you want to do with your new business if
you have decided already or are having trouble coming up with
This new installment in the series will focus on choosing a
location for your restaurant!
Some people have differing views on this subject and how
location can affect your business and the success of the
restaurant as a whole!
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The location of your restaurant can play a major role
in the success of your restaurant!
There are a ton of things to consider when opening up
a restaurant and looking into location for your facility!
Variables like access to potential customers, proximity
to other restaurants, parking options for customers,
history of the site, lease terms, and much more can
change the landscape of your blossoming business!
Let’s go through a few examples to give you some
more concrete ideas to consider when looking into a
location for your restaurant
Is the location of your new restaurant in a friendly customer
location, or is it in the middle of nowhere?!
What is the population size of the immediate area you will
If the size of the population is too small your restaurant will
suffer due to lack of clientele and attractiveness for new
customers to visit!
Consider how people regularly get to your restaurant as well
and determine if you’re more likely to get more foot trafﬁc than
commuters with cars
Proximity to Other Restaurants
Is the site you’re considering too close to other restaurants
or restaurants serving the same types of food?!
If so it might be a good idea to consider looking at a new
location so as not to inhibit your own growth or decrease
your chances of success!
If there is already a popular restaurant in the area you want
its possible that you might fail due to the popularity and
loyalty to the existing restaurant, but there's also the
possibility that you could poach the other restaurant’s
As I mentioned earlier you need to know the most popular way
that people access your restaurant!
Are people driving and parking, walking there, or taking a bus
or other transportation to come eat the delicious food you’re
If they’re driving, you need to make sure you have appropriate
sized parking options so people don’t have to park elsewhere or
on the street!
Appearances are key and having appropriate facilities for your
guests is vital to keep your guests coming back frequently
History of the Site
Before signing a lease or ownership documents for
your new restaurant site ask for all the documentation
you can regarding previous tenants, what the site
means to the community, and any issues that site may
These documents can help you avoid potential pitfalls,
money troubles, and overall be more well-informed
about the area you want to work in!
Better to ask before signing a legally binding document
Before signing anything with your new restaurant
location, look at everything on the lease!
You may have found your ideal sport but the agreements
on the lease may be too outlandish and unacceptable!
If there is a problem try to negotiate or at least ask about it!
Be a well-versed with the lease as you possibly can be and
don’t be afraid to consult a legal professional if you
suspect something ﬁshy is going on
Thank you once again for reading my
Starting a Restaurant series and be
sure to check back again soon for