The basic steps you should follow to start a restaurant business. It’s a “to do” list for starting a new business. I developed this list during my restaurant ownership experiences. It contains a high-level listing of the tasks you need to complete in starting your new business.

Legal Business Tasks

  • Register your business name
  • Register a domain name that matches your business name
  • Registering your new business name DBA
  • Obtain EIN Employee Identification Number
  • Choose a legal business structure
  • Obtain business license or permit (if applicable)
  • State licenses and permits
  • Select a bank
  • Select an accountant
  • Select a lawyer
  • Obtain business insurance
  • File for trademark protection if you need to

Business Tasks

  • Selected a cuisine
  • Identify your target customers do market research
  • Identify your competitors
  • Decide on your business location
  • Determine the start-up costs
  • Design and Construction schedule
  • Delivery and set-up of your equipment, furniture and accessories
  • Planning Staffing Requirements
  • Job Descriptions and Training
  • Line up suppliers
  • Setup your restaurant technology equipment POS/Phone/Website
  • Setup Burglar, Safety, Security and Fire Alarm
  • Marketing and Launching Your Business
  • Grand Opening Strategies & Goals
  • Designed and Printed Materials
  • Set a starting date

Pre Business Check List Tasks

  • Assess your strengths and weaknesses
  • Establish business and personal goals
  • Assess your financial resources