Opening a restaurant is no easy feat and requires a massive amount of coordination and planning to go off without a hitch. Naturally, the process of open a restaurant is different for each business. But every restaurant still has to undergo certain procedures to ensure a successful restaurant opening.
To open a restaurant you need time, patience, and plenty of work. Deadlines must be met, and your efforts must be set towards meeting your budget and creative specifications. But with the right planning, getting everything done in a timely manner can be accomplished with minimum frustration.
We’ve created a restaurant setup checklist, to give prospective restaurant owners an overview of the timeline involved with opening a new restaurant.
12 Months Out
Create business plan & concept
Begin searching for a location
6 Months Out
Finalise your location. Lease a space, takeover existing premises or purchase location
Apply For licences & complete Community Impact Statement
Register business, setup accounting & payroll software
Finalise a plan for the venue fitout. This includes the floorplan and kitchen equipment
5 Months Out
Finalise Branding & Logos
Setup job ads & arrange staffing
Purchase fixtures, furniture, plate wear & cutlery
4 Months Out
Finalise stock & setup agreements with food and beverage suppliers
3 Months Out
Review staff training procedures
Establish safety program
Build website – Contact Merge for a custom quote to build your restaurant’s website.
Setup social media pages
Organise staff uniforms
6 weeks out
Run social media campaign to generate awareness in the local area
Build an email database for potential customers
Submit press release to local journalists & publications
Organise launch event. See our article on tips for launching your restaurant here.
Invite influencers, local businesses & media to launch event
3 Weeks Out
Finalise menu inclusions and design
2 Weeks Out
Order food & stock
First aid kit
Fire safety equipment
1 Week Out
Soft launch your venue
Test your menu with friends and family