Restaurant owners put months and sometimes years into planning the opening of their restaurant. Researching the best business plan, find the most cost effective equipment, hiring a great staff, and more. So when it finally comes down to the grand opening here are a few important things to remember so as to not be discouraged in your newest endeavor!
- Few Restaurants have “Great Openings”
Very few restaurants have great openings. Having your restaurant be a success takes time and effort, so you must remember this during your first few days or weeks! You have put a lot of money, time, and effort into opening your restaurant – and you will be putting in a lot more money, time and effort in post opening. You need to be prepared to expect the unexpected. After opening you will realize certain kinks in your restaurant which you would not have noticed before, these might cost more money and more of your time to fix.
For instance, maybe you forgot to order check holders for your servers so you’ll need to find a quick and easy way to get these. So you quickly go to Restaurant Discount Warehouse and order a few to be delivered ASAP. There are little details which can often be overlooked when you’re busy worrying about the bigger picture. Just remember to take a step back and evaluate every detail of your opening, be prepared for anything!
- Have a Soft Opening
Soft openings allow for the staff to work out some of the unforeseen problems before the grand opening. Soft openings invite friends and family to the restaurant to give you their opinions on the experience. These are the best people to be honest with you about your business venture, and feedback is the most important thing in the beginning! Be ready to listen to their critics as well as their praises!
- Lower your expectations
Since very few restaurants have great openings you need to be prepared for this. By lowering your expectations you will be able to feel better about the small goals you are able to reach for your business in the opening weeks. You must be prepared and remember it can take years to break into the market.
Don’t let your spirits get down because things don’t seem to be going like you dreamed right away – these things take time!