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Running a Restaurant For Dummies

Running a Restaurant For Dummies

Michael Garvey, Heather Dismore, Andrew G. Dismore

ISBN: 978-1-118-05319-5

Mar 2011

384 pages

Select type: E-Book



Millions of Americans dream of owning and running their own restaurant — because they want to be their own boss, because their cooking always draws raves, or just because they love food. Running a Restaurant For Dummies covers every aspect of getting started for wannabe restaurateurs. From setting up a business plan and finding financing, to designing a menu and dining room, you’ll find all the advice you need to start and run a successful restaurant.

Even if you don’t know anything about cooking or running a business, you might still have a great idea for a restaurant — and this handy guide will show you how to make your dream a reality. If you already own a restaurant, but want to see it do better, Running a Restaurant For Dummies offers unbeatable tips and advice of bringing in hungry customers. From start to finish, you’ll learn everything you need to know to succeed:

  • Put your ideas on paper with a realistic business plan
  • Attract investors to help get the business off the ground
  • Be totally prepared for your grand opening
  • Make sure your business is legal and above board
  • Hire and train a great staff
  • Develop a delicious menu

If you’re looking for expert guidance from people in the know, then Running a Restaurant For Dummies is the only book you need. Written by Michael Garvey, co-owner of the famous Oyster Bar at Grand Central, with help from writer Heather Dismore and chef Andy Dismore, this book covers all the bases, from balancing the books to training staff and much more:

  • Designing and theme and a concept
  • Taking over an existing restaurant or buying into a franchise
  • Stocking and operating a bar
  • Working with partners and other investors
  • Choose a perfect location
  • Hiring and training an excellent staff
  • Pricing menu items
  • Designing the interior of the restaurant
  • Purchasing and managing supplies
  • Marketing your restaurant to customers

If you’re looking for a new career as a restaurateur, or you need new ideas for your struggling restaurant, Running a Restaurant For Dummies offers expert advice in a fun, friendly format. Packed with practical advice and expert wisdom on every aspect of the food service business, this guide is all you need to get cooking.


Part I: Getting Started.

Chapter 1: Grasping the Basics of the Restaurant Business.

Chapter 2: Getting Everything Done before Your Grand Opening.

Chapter 3: Deciding What Kind of Restaurant to Run.

Chapter 4: Researching the Marketplace.

Part II: Putting Your Plan in Motion.

Chapter 5: Writing a Business Plan.

Chapter 6: Show Me the Money! Finding Financing.

Chapter 7: Choosing a Location.

Chapter 8: Paying Attention to the Legalities.

Part III: Preparing to Open the Doors.

Chapter 9: Composing a Menu.

Chapter 10: Setting Up the Front of the House.

Chapter 11: Setting Up the Back of the House.

Chapter 12: Setting Up a Bar and Beverage Program.

Chapter 13: Hiring and Training Your Staff.

Chapter 14: Purchasing and Managing Supplies.

Chapter 15: Running Your Office.

Chapter 16: Getting the Word Out.

Part IV: Keeping Your Restaurant Running Smoothly.

Chapter 17: Managing Your Employees.

Chapter 18: Running a Safe Restaurant.

Chapter 19: Building a Clientele.

Chapter 20: Maintaining What You’ve Created.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 21: Ten Myths about Running a Restaurant.

Chapter 22: More Than Ten Resources for Restaurateurs.

Chapter 23: Ten (Or So) True Restaurant Stories That You Just Couldn’t Make Up.