You are thinking about opening your second restaurant to follow up on the success of an existing one. This may seem difficult: tapping into a sector saturated by many players, like the food industry, can be especially tough. But you know you can do it, you have done it before.
Do not worry. Some institutions provide loans for those in the restaurant business looking to expand. But first, consider these things.
Do your restaurant research
With more restaurant concepts opening up in various sectors and targeting various markets, perhaps the biggest step before you apply for any loan is coming up with proper research for your second restaurant.
Would it carry a different theme? Or bank in the success of the original one? The business idea and kind cuisine may be the easiest, especially if you have a solid background in culinary or the food industry. Another aspect to consider is the location, as this can be one of the deciding factors.
Have a solid business plan
Once you have the details of your restaurant, you must create a business plan. This is important since it will help in your application for a loan and in solidifying the direction of your business in the long run.
A good business plan will include studies on competitors, the customer service and unique food concepts for your restaurant, and even the staffing plan for future operations.
Learn to loan out the small, crucial aspects
More than the space for the actual restaurant, the food service industry has a lot of little details that owners tend to miss. You know that because you have been there before. List them down and study them carefully. One of the important points is the equipment you plan to use.
If you plan a different kind of restaurant from the one you currently operate, then you have to think clearly about the choices of cooking equipment that you need.
Getting a loan is the first step towards building a second successful business. Maintaining your pace and ensuring quality are just as important in making sure that you stay in the restaurant business for long.