Restaurant Business Startup Guide

If you’ve wanted to start a restaurant for years, it might be time to sit down and draw up a plan to open your own business. We've pulled together the best of our restaurant articles, guides, sample business plans, and expert advice to help turn your dining dreams into reality. From writing your business plan and securing funding, to starting up and managing your restaurant, we've got you covered.


Planning Your Restaurant

Think of your business plan as the appetizer. Its an introduction to your business—for investors, partners, and potential customers. If you’ve never planned for business before, these guides will walk you through how to do just that.


Starting Your Restaurant

Time for the first course. Whether you're refining your restaurant idea, filing for permits and licenses, contemplating costs, or looking for funding, we have the tools you need to do it right and get it done.


Managing Your Restaurant

Now, on to the main course! You're up and running and looking for opportunities to grow your business—and your revenue. Learning how to manage your business with confidence and clarity will go a long way.


Promoting Your Restaurant

Time for dessert! You are successfully running your new restaurant, but there is always room for growth. Promoting your business will help others see why they should enjoy your restaurant just as much as you do.


Real Stories

The people have spoken! Hear these true stories of small business owners for a more personal glimpse of what it takes to get started in the restaurant industry.