F& B Article :- Restaurant or Food Truck: Which Is Better for a Beginner?

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You hàve this great idea for a restaurant or a yummy family recipe that you think people might bite into. You want to go into the food business. Like mentioned before, the restaurant business is the most challenging business to start. Majority restaurants don’t survive the first few years of opening. A cheaper alternative is to set up your food truck to try and see if your Grandma’s Recipe will go down well the people.
Here is an article on the pros and cons of setting up a food truck business as oppose to a restaurant. Below is an exceprt from the article, if you want to know click on the link below.



Restaurant or Food Truck: Which Is Better for a Beginner?

Developing your concept

So, everyone raves about your signature dish, and the desire to start your own food business has been burning for a while. Before you get started, a strong sense of your unique concept is essential.
Generating ideas will help you to focus on why you are starting a business, and it pays to take in the bigger picture before narrowing back to your strengths. The process of refining your idea will help with deciding whether you opt for a food truck or a restaurant.
This is where you should be asking yourself the big questions—such as what you’re looking for in a business. Running a business is as much a lifestyle choice as it is a career path, and the lifestyle that comes with running a food truck is very different from the lifestyle that comes with running a restaurant.
Food trucks have the benefit of mobility and moving to where the customers are; however, that also means that a lot more time is going to be spent in transit and that means that accidents can happen so is important to know What Damages Can Be Awarded After A Truck Accident, so they can know the legal repercussions of this. Restaurants might offer less flexibility, but if what you’re looking for is something with known hours and a regular customer base, then it is potentially a better choice.

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4 Things to Consider in a Good design and Layout Plan for a Restaurant



How to Start a RestaurantA successful restaurant will need a good design and layout plan. Design and layout plans are dependent on different factors which will influence the final decisions later on.

In fact, the output of the layout plans can definitely affect the success of the restaurant. People often go to a new restaurant and they think to themselves “they should have put that plant elsewhere, it obstructs the good view” or “I wish they hadn’t put too much light in here.” These are small things which can really add up and end up influencing the customers to go to the other side of the street where another restaurant is calling out to their taste buds. Here are the 4 things to consider:

• Density of customers

The layout plan should be based mostly on the comfort of the patrons. Even fast food restaurants consider the density of people, especially in peak hours, even though it may seem that these restaurants become too crowded during lunch time.

For formal dining restaurants which cater to the upper class income, it may be wise to provide more space between the tables since these restaurants don’t really rely on the number of people per day. Their revenues depend on the pricing of the food items. There should be more provision for eye candy such as furniture and art works.

• Style of service

The layout and floor plans should also be based on the type of service that the restaurant will give. Fast food restaurants and self-service restaurants would need less distance between the tables since the food won’t be served there. For other restaurants which provide table service, the space between the tables is very important so as to prevent too much clutter from happening in a specific part of the restaurant.

• Type of building

The layout plan is restricted by the type of structure where the restaurant will be built. You should be able to take into consideration all the different curves and the minor details in the structure before proceeding.

• Lighting

Proper lighting is very important for every restaurant. The lighting should be able to match the mood and the type of service of the restaurant. A relaxed atmosphere can be complemented by bright lighting while serene and serious moods can be accompanied by subtler shades.

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Ray Freeman is the author of “How To Start A Restaurant Business Following A Profitable System”. If you would like to learn more about this topic, please visit:

www.how-to-start-a-restaurant.com

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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 www.tonys-coffee-shop-business-plan.com

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