How to Start a Restaurant Business in 2021? A Standard Checklist

Date : January 29, 2021 Author : Bhavesh Parmar

How to Start a Restaurant Business in 2021? The restaurant has become everyone’s favorite business for the last decade. Because the industry is called a cash industry, more and more entrepreneurs are attracted to it. We also think that it is one of the most profitable sectors in today’s date. If you are wondering about launching your restaurant or food outlet, you must follow the essential checklist to have smooth-running operations. 

When we currently think about restaurant management, we often think that having an online food ordering system is A-Z about restaurants and food outlets. But the restaurant story is quite bigger and above the online ordering solution. It is a part of running a successful restaurant for sure, but it is not the only criteria to fulfil for launching your next food outlet.

Location Research

One of the essential elements of running a successful restaurant is selecting the right restaurant location. If you are launching a dine-in concept, then definitely the location stands as the first factor for traffic generation. A restaurant near the mall or theatres is more crowded than those open in isolated places. Hence, you have to be selective and careful while finalizing the location of your upcoming food outlet. 

Restaurant Detailing

A restaurant detailing includes little-essential things about restaurants, including the type of cuisine you wish to introduce, the type of interior you want to design, deciding for a play section for kids, happening music and candlelight corners, banquet, etc. 

Nowadays, people look forward to restaurants as a platform for relaxation. You will get more and more people on board if you are providing extra amenities to your customers.  Customers also find online ordering solutions as one of the happy elements about restaurant detailing as it helps them order food online and book their tables in advance. 

Hiring & Buying

We all know that a restaurant requires good staff, including different cuisine chefs and service personnel, to run it more beautifully and successfully. Alongside, buying is also crucial for the success of any restaurant. Here, buying refers to purchasing the necessary kitchen equipment, the dine-in area furniture, utensils for cooking and serving, banquet chef dish, etc.  

Buying also relates to quality buying, especially when purchasing the restaurant fruits, vegetables, and groceries.  Investing in a POS or an online ordering system is also crucial for running a restaurant successfully. 

Applying for the Essential Licensing 

Running a restaurant successfully and without any hurdles from the government and other officials is vital to obtain all the necessary licenses. Following are the most necessary licenses that a restaurant must start applying in advance for having it on hand on time.

  • Business license
  • Food and beverages license
  • Health and safety license
  • Liquor license (if liquor is sold at the premises or for delivery)
  • Rent Agreement, if your restaurant land is on lease
  • Land NOC for permitting a restaurant operation 
  • Installing CCTV cameras and fire extinguishers 

Online Food Ordering System 

After you all have applied for the licensing procedures, the next task is finding the right POS or online food ordering system to help your restaurant run smoothly. 

What is an online ordering solution?

An online ordering solution is more like a POS to help the restaurant owner run the business easily and quickly. A food ordering solution needs to be designed to help the restaurant owner manage the ongoing orders and food deliveries via a single screen. It has the elements like managing restaurant tables, complete order management, real-time food ordering, delivery status, stocks and inventory, item-wise sales report and analytics, billing, and printing, etc. 

An online ordering system makes sure that you get to view the business on screen. Business owners can keep a bird’s eye on all the latest happenings in the restaurant. Be it anywhere globally, logging into the system can give you a complete idea about business management. Having a complete food ordering solution brings in more knowledge for the management team; hence they can improvise both service and delivery segments in the future. 

Marketing & Advertising

Last but not least is marketing and campaigning. A restaurant is not popular because it is just a good restaurant; it is popular because it has a good marketing strategy to be described as ‘good or best.’ Having a food delivery application is one of the best things to market your business in your targeted location. In the current situation, where more people are using smartphones for ordering their food, investing in a food delivery app can bring you a lot of business and repeated customers. 

Advertising your business during the initial days is highly crucial for helping your customers learn about it. You can go for a newspaper advertisement, social media advertising, radio ads, and more to let your customers know about it. 

Summing Up

We have mentioned a standard checklist for launching your restaurant and running it successfully in 2021 and beyond. Before you begin to search for a good location and staff, let me share a tip with you for easy restaurant management. Good food and timely service is the key to restaurant management. If you offer the best food with unique dishes, you can give a tough competition in the food market. Lastly, having an online food ordering system becomes crucial for any restaurant or food outlet because of convenience and personal preferences.

Author Details

Bhavesh Parmar is the Digital Marketing Manager at DeOnDe who helps businesses in generating leads. His marketing skills and coordination abilities keep him ahead of the curve. He is passionate about photography and content marketing.