Small Business Idea :- How to Open a Panini Cafe

Whats needed to open your Panini Restaurant

Licensed by Creative CommonsNot too long ago a friend, who had several eateries, required some advice. He had acquired a location to open up a food outlet however there was a catch. He couldn’t make use of any open flame in it. Therefore I suggested to him to open up a Panini Shop. Reason being that the pressed sandwich is compact, neat as well as easy to prepare. A Panini shop is an effective approach to lure lunchtime crowd looking for a quick bite to eat. Pressed sandwiches can offer a crispy, tasty snack as well as a light lunch for your customers. Here are some points needed to open your Panini Shop or Kiosk. With regard to the necessary licenses, seek advice from your local authority to get a much better idea.

Panini Restaurant Design

Your restaurant design should have a clean, pleasing as well as comfortable atmosphere. Providing free wi-fi Internet will certainly appeal to customers working from their laptop, although you run the risk of encouraging diners to linger long after finishing their sandwiches. Obtain equipment necessary for your kitchen like cutting boards, a cold counter that you can display your ingredients, refrigerators and also stainless steel counter top for working along with other small items. Last but not least the key equipment the Panani Machine. Ensure you purchase a commercial one that is able to last longer.

Create Your Panini Menu

Making Panini sandwiches is simple; you simply need to make use of simple ingredients. You don’t need to be or even employ a Michelin Star Chef. Get good quality bread like ciabatta, rye, whole meal and so forth. Select hardy breads so they withstand the sauces as well as ingredients. As for the fillers you can include just about anything like smoked meats, vegetables, cheese and various sauces. A good Panini is generally made with only four or five flavor combinations to avoid overwhelming the taste. You can even use your local delicacies example in Malaysia; Spicy Anchovies Paste (Sambal Ikan Bilis) is a favourite. So I suggested my pal to add it to the menu.

Marketing your Panini Shop

The best way that you could market your shop is to hand out free samples. Cut various bite size sandwiches, skewered with little picks. So customers can sample different varieties. Hand out flyers to local offices, so their staff can drop by lunch breaks. Create special stamps where you can stamp on it, each time your customer purchases a sandwich you stamp on the card. Then the customer can redeem their free sandwich when they have 9 stamps. If you are in an office building you can provide delivery service to the offices when they purchase a certain amount of sandwiches.

Selling Add Ons

In my earlier post “Restaurant Promo Ideas #22- Little Things to Help your Customers Spend More” I sold add ons (Souvenirs) in my pub. I sold products with a Pirate Theme that suited my Pub. You can even offer add ons in your Panini Shop or Kiosk. You can offer bottled water, carbonated drinks, fries as well as ice cream. Should you have the space and your local authority or council allows throw around a few tables and chairs, so customers can sit down whilst enjoying their sandwich. Put a glass door fridge stocked with beverages which is visible to the customer’s view in order to entice them. Don’t price the items too high; these are additional revenue to you.

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What Type of Coffee Shop Should I Open?

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By Tony DiCopro
When we think of a coffee shop, most think of a sit down place, maybe with or without a drive through. While that may be true, there is also the coffee kiosk and coffee cart. Here are some points to consider when starting a coffee shop:

Sit down (and mix) – most advantageous if you are planning on having entertainment and events. This would be considered, more often than not the full-service coffee shop. Outside of the purist coffee house that serves nothing but coffee in only a few forms, most sit downs serve light foods to full menus, also called cafes. The mix is pretty much adding a drive through window if space allows. A drive through window can add as much as 20% more revenue to your sales because of its convenience.

Drive through (stand alone) – usually a lesser start up cost, you can have your drive through constructed off-site by a company specializing in such for about $20,000 or less. A lot of times you can get a ground lease from the owner of a parking lot that does not need all that parking space. Be sure to consult with the city planning department to be sure you can do this. It will most likely require a certain square footage of lot space for employee parking and customer vehicle ‘stacking’. This is a fancy way to say how many cars can be in line at your drive through window on your property and still allow easy flow in and out and, to still have enough space for the other tenants in the plaza. Note that if your city and/or health department does not allow portable water and sewage onsite, you will be required to install plumbing and sewer. This can get costly but if the location is prime, it will outweigh your upfront costs. You can also find a stand-alone building that can be converted to a drive through. Gas stations and some former fast food places (without an inside dining area) are good for this. On the gas station, be sure to visit your city planning and zoning department to be sure you can convert it into a coffee drive through. You may have an issue with the car stacking again.

Kiosk – these are great for malls, hospitals, car dealerships or anywhere that you do not have or need a storefront. It’s a step above the cart (below) because the kiosk is pretty much a coffee shop that can be taken down and moved fairly easy. They are basically a prefabricated, fancy group of counters all connected together. It gives the feel of a stand-alone coffee shop. A lot of jewelry places and such have these in malls.

Cart – That pretty much says it all. A cart will cost you from $8000-12,000 or so to have built. They are also usually found in malls, car dealerships, hospitals etc. They have considerably less room than a kiosk but are a great option if you want to be in a mall or the like. You would normally be limited to serving food and bakery that is pre-packaged.

No matter what kind of coffee shop you decide to open, be sure you have researched it all, and are ready to be immersed! Starting a coffee shop will take up a lot of your time but will be worth it in the end! Good luck!

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Tony DiCorpo is a coffee roaster, barista trainer and coffee business consultant. He has authored many articles on coffee and the coffee business. Tony has extensive experience in business and collectively more than 20 years experience in sales, business management, entrepreneurship and the coffee business. The website to go to get his business plan is