Everyone knows about stocking the bar and monitoring the temperatures of the walk-in freezers. But what are some things that first-time restaurant owners typically forget? Here are just a few. Make a note of them while planning for your own grand opening!
1. Alternative Menu Options
You don’t want a vegetarian to sit down at one of your tables and have absolutely nothing to eat. The same goes for people with gluten, lactose or peanut allergies. If you dream about owning a restaurant where all people are welcome, you’ll need to offer dishes that all people can enjoy.
2. Your Liquor License
Most people don’t forget this, but they underestimate how long it takes and how much bureaucracy is involved. If you need to obtain a Texas liquor license, start the process at least 4-6 months in advance. You might get lucky, and it might not take that long, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. You don’t want your opening night to be completely dry.
The tables are set. The candles are lit. The doors are open. But where’s the music? Suddenly, in the deathly silence of your restaurant, you realize that you’ve forgotten to provide any kind of ambiance or entertainment. This will be especially grievous if you own a casual or bar-like establishment where people might expect to see TVs and other activities around.
A good uniform policy will keep your staff looking nice and sharp. Before you officially open for business, however, make sure that everyone is on the same page about what breaks the rules. You don’t want to be called away from circulating with patrons because there’s a dispute about whether a waitress’s shoes are allowed under the dress code.
These are just a few things that are easy to overlook when starting a restaurant. There are many more, and it’s probably a good idea to do some additional research before your grand opening. You’ll want to be as prepared as possible before you throw open the shutters and let the world into your establishment!