If you’re a good cook with limited resources for opening your own restaurant, there are several things you can do to make do with what you have. Here are some suggestions on how to keep things low key and low cost and still get a fantastic reputation:
Try a Different Location
It is not the most expensive aspect of going into the restaurant biz, but finding a securing a suitable location for your restaurant can take a good chunk out of your savings. Instead, try alternate places like abandoned box trailers in Brisbane or train cars: they are good substitutes for an actual restaurant space as they are shaped the same way and can be turned into a dining space with some work.
Failing that, try whipping up a food truck and going on the road like in Chef; all you need is a workhorse engine that can drag the proper trailer over hills and valleys and you’re good to go – without the messy expenses of staff, cutlery or fancy equipment.
Do Fast Food with a Twist
Yes, people do still go to restaurants for fancy dinner dates, but increasingly they will grab their meals to go from the nearest street vendor or fast food joint. If you want to make a quick buck, why not put the two elements together? Fast food joints and street vendors have notoriously unhealthy food as they use ingredients known for their longevity (like condiments) not freshness. Restaurants may use fresh ingredients but take over 20 minutes to prepare food. Combine the quick service of street vendors with the fresh ingredients of the restaurants and set up a small place where there is no seating and serves customers through a window.
If you like, you can have standing room.
Deliver to Your Door
Good food shouldn’t be limited to one place. Keeping that in mind, why not show off your culinary skills with a delivery service? With the internet, you can advertise straight to your targeted audiences, like workaholics looking for a healthy lunch. Have a good website with the menu, contact details and delivery limits. For pre- production promotions, set up mobile stands around where your targeted customer base is and give away samplers or sell at a reduced price. Have items like fresh subs, burghers, wraps and sandwiches that you can toss together quickly and still use fresh ingredients to make. Failing that, secure financing for a catering business which will allow you to travel as well as cook.