So, I guess the next thing i want to learn is...how do i get my foot in the door? Are there any websites or people to talk to in regards to finding the right location? My gf and I visited Wilmington, NC last summer and we love the area. Having a nice little business there would be wonderful.
Are there grants available?
How much money cash should i keep in the bank before opening a place?
We want to run something with just breakfast and lunch. open at 6am serving coffee and breakfast, and close around 2-3pm. We want to make good food without the high prices and really make a name for ourselves. We'd rather live a happy lifestyle than be rich and famous.
JAbbott, nothing wrong with Rich & Famous and happy either, I find it better than Poor, Unfamous and Sad. A great attitude is wonderful, but, so is fantastic food. I didn't see you say anything about your Chef/Cooking skills. I love the idea of Great cooks/Chefs/Country menus in Diners. Homemade Diner food is something I would go miles out of my way for Breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Diners that serve Homemade Meatloaf, hot beef and hot turkey Sands with mashed potatoes and gravy are a great idea. A great attitude may get people into your restaurant, Great food will bring them back.
I would never paint a rosy picture of the restaurant business, it is not a easy business to be successful. It is long hours and many stories of heartache along the way. If you have a great attitude, good personality, and great food in the right location, it could be the most rewarding thing you will ever do in your life.............Good luck........Billyb