Starting a restaurant looks very lucrative simply because people generally love to eat and we eat out lot..!! Asians are very lucky because we can afford to have breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner and supper without having to know how to cook and without poking huge holes in our wallets.
This explains the numerous restaurants, cafes, warungs, bistros, or kopitiams in almost every corner of Asian countries. It seems like everyone knows and wants to open a restaurant.
You don’t need to be a chef to open a restaurant. In fact, most restaurant owners can’t even cook.! Many are politicians, singers, actors, models, housewives, retirees, businessmen who love food or even foreigners who want to introduce food from their homelands.
While anybody can open a restaurant, it takes a trully hardworking, dedicated and discipline entrepreneur to open and operate a successful restaurant.
I believe opening a restaurant should be easy so we have enough energy to concentrate on more important things, like running, managing and making it into a successful one…!
My first involvement in opening a restaurant gave me a nerve-wrecking experience. I raced with time to finish the renovation, to purchase the required equipment, to install the Point of Sales system, to get reliable suppliers and to hire staffs.
I found out that having a registered company with a valid business license was not enough. Only after the restaurant was opened, I found out that I couldn’t put up a signboard because I needed a signboard license.
I also found out that I was not allowed to play any music in the restaurant unless I have licenses from Recording Artists Association. Then I also found out that I needed to apply for Liquor License. And the list went on and on…
I wish someone had…