Restaurant Setup Checklist


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

Organise signage

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

Print menus


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