Visit 1 Rep Max Clothing - Heavy duty, high quality and stylish gym wear for the hard training athlete. Clothing designed with bodybuilders and weightlifters in mind!

Anyone set up their own restaurant/cafe

Page: 12 > Showing page 1 of 2
Author
dirtyvest
Moderator
  • Total Posts : 48004
  • Reward points: 13320
  • Joined: 2002/04/11 22:19:49
  • Location: UK
  • Status: offline
2014/09/29 19:27:46 (permalink)

Anyone set up their own restaurant/cafe

I've always had a hankering and curiosity towards doing something like this, and while in reality I'm not sure I can take the gamble the way my life is currently poised I am also becoming increasingly fed up with my employed life as it.
 
I don't have grand restaurant aspirations, more like diner/cafe comfort grub but with whatever twist I can think of doing.
 
The fact of the matter is tho, I wouldn't have a scooby where to start or how to start or what considerations I would need be aware of so thought if I could maybe get my head around the first few hurdles I may get round to having the balls to give it shot before I can only regret not ever trying.

Limits, like fear, are often just an illusion: MJ 12/9/09
My journal
#1

31 Replies Related Threads

    Suspirio
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 5040
    • Reward points: 6318
    • Joined: 2009/05/21 21:51:58
    • Status: offline
    Re: Anyone set up their own restaurant/cafe 2014/09/29 19:34:01 (permalink)
    Who would do the cooking? I had lunch today in an all you can eat vegetarian restaurant. £6 for as much veg curry, rice and pakora with salad as I can stomach. It was delicious and busy. It was nothing fancy. They didn't need waiters because the food was simple and just laid out for people to help themselves. I sat there thinking "I'd love a place like this".
    post edited by Suspirio - 2014/09/29 19:43:08

    Take my word for it. I'm smiling.
     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIxYCDbRGJc
    #2
    sd1656
    Olympian Member
    • Total Posts : 888
    • Reward points: 5147
    • Joined: 2010/06/23 18:15:10
    • Status: offline
    Re: Anyone set up their own restaurant/cafe 2014/09/29 19:41:51 (permalink)
    NO!
    But I have always wanted to do it so will follow with interest.
    #3
    dirtyvest
    Moderator
    • Total Posts : 48004
    • Reward points: 13320
    • Joined: 2002/04/11 22:19:49
    • Location: UK
    • Status: offline
    Re: Anyone set up their own restaurant/cafe 2014/09/29 19:43:54 (permalink)
    Well I'd like to be involved in that side of things, maybe not 24/7 cooking but I largely enjoy cooking but I would probably need 1 or 2 extra more creative souls than myself for that side of things.
     
    You describe the sort of place I would like. Not complicated. Kind of running a basic formula that you can then tweak and improvise with. Fairly personal and hands on. Maybe a handfull of fundamentals but then variations of those, as obviously a tiny menu is hardly going to be a big draw LOL

    Limits, like fear, are often just an illusion: MJ 12/9/09
    My journal
    #4
    dirtyvest
    Moderator
    • Total Posts : 48004
    • Reward points: 13320
    • Joined: 2002/04/11 22:19:49
    • Location: UK
    • Status: offline
    Re: Anyone set up their own restaurant/cafe 2014/09/29 19:44:24 (permalink)
    sd: I'll be wary of giving too many ideas away then
     

    Limits, like fear, are often just an illusion: MJ 12/9/09
    My journal
    #5
    Suspirio
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 5040
    • Reward points: 6318
    • Joined: 2009/05/21 21:51:58
    • Status: offline
    Re: Anyone set up their own restaurant/cafe 2014/09/29 19:47:58 (permalink)
    Thing is if you're overly ambitious you might end up biting off more than you can chew. Then you might need to get Gordon Ramsey in. Any excuse to post this clip, sorry.


    Take my word for it. I'm smiling.
     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIxYCDbRGJc
    #6
    dirtyvest
    Moderator
    • Total Posts : 48004
    • Reward points: 13320
    • Joined: 2002/04/11 22:19:49
    • Location: UK
    • Status: offline
    Re: Anyone set up their own restaurant/cafe 2014/09/29 19:59:01 (permalink)
    No fear of me singing..... might start hitting a posedown tho

    Limits, like fear, are often just an illusion: MJ 12/9/09
    My journal
    #7
    gavin882
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 4022
    • Reward points: 5039
    • Joined: 2011/12/06 14:35:53
    • Status: offline
    Re: Anyone set up their own restaurant/cafe 2014/09/29 21:26:20 (permalink)
    Ud maybe need to see what every 1 else is doing and if poss maybe do summat different then your going to need an empty building then contact the land lord or owners of the building then apply for change of use of whar ever you need if not that ull have to go via some authoritie there will be a ton of paper work for you.
     
    My towns full of cafes or coffee shops some make it some dont be carefull its easy to plan out just every 1 wants to keep prices low
    #8
    dirtyvest
    Moderator
    • Total Posts : 48004
    • Reward points: 13320
    • Joined: 2002/04/11 22:19:49
    • Location: UK
    • Status: offline
    Re: Anyone set up their own restaurant/cafe 2014/09/29 21:29:54 (permalink)
    I think for a first time effort I would keep an eye for a unit already semi prepared and authorised

    Limits, like fear, are often just an illusion: MJ 12/9/09
    My journal
    #9
    Suspirio
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 5040
    • Reward points: 6318
    • Joined: 2009/05/21 21:51:58
    • Status: offline
    Re: Anyone set up their own restaurant/cafe 2014/09/29 21:36:54 (permalink)
    How much is something like this likely to cost round your way?
     
    I've looked into it in London and it just wasn't viable for me.

    Take my word for it. I'm smiling.
     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIxYCDbRGJc
    #10
    dirtyvest
    Moderator
    • Total Posts : 48004
    • Reward points: 13320
    • Joined: 2002/04/11 22:19:49
    • Location: UK
    • Status: offline
    Re: Anyone set up their own restaurant/cafe 2014/09/29 21:45:38 (permalink)
    It varies. So far I've struggled to even find a half ready unit. There are some units that start out at £30k a year, there are others (nice a perfectly located) that are £150k p.a.
     
    Cambridge seems to be one place that doesn't have an abundance of vacant places right now, at least not in places that are worth setting up

    Limits, like fear, are often just an illusion: MJ 12/9/09
    My journal
    #11
    Suspirio
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 5040
    • Reward points: 6318
    • Joined: 2009/05/21 21:51:58
    • Status: offline
    Re: Anyone set up their own restaurant/cafe 2014/09/29 21:52:47 (permalink)
    It's very tough trying to start a business in this country. Just when you think you've got everything paid for, some council jobsworth comes out of the woodwork telling you that you need some new licence or other. Can't see you getting anything for 30k. That'll be just for starters.
     
     

    Take my word for it. I'm smiling.
     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIxYCDbRGJc
    #12
    Lay
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 1352
    • Reward points: 3167
    • Joined: 2013/03/08 15:26:55
    • Status: offline
    Re: Anyone set up their own restaurant/cafe 2014/09/29 21:53:26 (permalink)
    I think the land rent in Cambridge is pretty pricey mate, plus the competition would be tough as there's plenty of food places already... having said that, Mill Road has a high foot fall with people already looking for somewhere to eat. Might be worth a look
    #13
    Suspirio
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 5040
    • Reward points: 6318
    • Joined: 2009/05/21 21:51:58
    • Status: offline
    Re: Anyone set up their own restaurant/cafe 2014/09/29 21:54:13 (permalink)
    lol I can see DV thinking to himself "maybe this wasn't such a good idea after all"

    Take my word for it. I'm smiling.
     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIxYCDbRGJc
    #14
    dirtyvest
    Moderator
    • Total Posts : 48004
    • Reward points: 13320
    • Joined: 2002/04/11 22:19:49
    • Location: UK
    • Status: offline
    Re: Anyone set up their own restaurant/cafe 2014/09/29 22:08:33 (permalink)
    LOL.... I'm not getting ideas ahead of myself, it's just something that's always appealed to me I just haven't had a clue about how to even start. I can have planning tho.
     
    Mill Road being such a student hovel does have a huge foot fall, it's not one of my favourite areas at all tho and I'm not convinced that it would work for what I would like to do. However, if anywhere was to have ready made premises come up for grabs, it would probably be there.
     
    £30k was just what I saw on a brief glance at some units that weren't ideally located and also aren't already set up for that type of use. TBH they were too small anyway, like small retail units rather than somewhere you could cook, serve and eat

    Limits, like fear, are often just an illusion: MJ 12/9/09
    My journal
    #15
    Lay
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 1352
    • Reward points: 3167
    • Joined: 2013/03/08 15:26:55
    • Status: offline
    Re: Anyone set up their own restaurant/cafe 2014/09/29 22:20:11 (permalink)
    Haha, hovel. To be fair I was as an american diner there on Friday and thought the place was ok. The restaurant that is. Mill Road is a bit rough round the edges, but places are always shutting down and opening up down there. Regent Street is the same.
    #16
    dirtyvest
    Moderator
    • Total Posts : 48004
    • Reward points: 13320
    • Joined: 2002/04/11 22:19:49
    • Location: UK
    • Status: offline
    Re: Anyone set up their own restaurant/cafe 2014/09/29 22:24:28 (permalink)
    You're a fellow Cambs boy huh? TBH it's been a while since I spent any notable time down Mill Rd, it's better over the bridge than it is on the 'town side', places round that end do look smarter and cleaner

    Limits, like fear, are often just an illusion: MJ 12/9/09
    My journal
    #17
    WW10
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 2798
    • Reward points: 5692
    • Joined: 2010/09/13 23:10:01
    • Location: Warrington
    • Status: offline
    Re: Anyone set up their own restaurant/cafe 2014/09/29 22:56:26 (permalink)
    What type of cuisine do you think you'd go for?

    Official MuscleTalk Rep for Protein Dynamix™
    Best In Class Sports Nutrition
    #18
    Lay
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 1352
    • Reward points: 3167
    • Joined: 2013/03/08 15:26:55
    • Status: offline
    Re: Anyone set up their own restaurant/cafe 2014/09/30 15:56:06 (permalink)
    dirtyvest
    You're a fellow Cambs boy huh? TBH it's been a while since I spent any notable time down Mill Rd, it's better over the bridge than it is on the 'town side', places round that end do look smarter and cleaner




    Yeah, sort of... I'm originally from Huntingdon, but have moved across to Newmarket as of a year ago, so Cambridge has always been convenient really.
    #19
    Fruity
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 1104
    • Reward points: 9356
    • Joined: 2004/11/29 21:00:48
    • Location: Derby
    • Status: offline
    Re: Anyone set up their own restaurant/cafe 2014/09/30 16:12:57 (permalink)
    I've owned a couple of restaurants.  Both Thai.  One little one attached to a pub, one bill for rent, rates, gas, electric.  It was brilliant and a cracking little business that's still going 10 years later after changing hands several times.  I wish I'd never sold it.
     
    Second restaurant was horrible.  On the back of the little restaurants success I got a loan for a bigish city centre affair.  Busy weekends weren't enough to cut it and we were working all hours to pay rent staff, stock, rates, gas/electric etc. and I mean etc, Everyone wanted money.  9k bussiness rates didn't even get the bins collected so another bill, music licences, sort staff visas and accomodation, it goes on.
     
    Plus it turns out I don't like customers much so that wasn't ideal, to be fair 95% were great but the 5% professional complainers looking for free meals used to really get under my skin. 
     
    It's a shame because the missus is a great cook and great with customers but i'm reluctant to get back into it due to the red tape and bills for nothing.  But if you can find a small place you can keep busy, keeping overheads low it can be a satisfiying job.
     
     
     
     
     
     
    #20
    Page: 12 > Showing page 1 of 2
    Jump to:
    ©2017 All content is copyright of MuscleTalk.co.uk and its use elsewhere is prohibited. (posting guidelines | privacy | advertise | contact us | supported by)
    © 2017 APG vNext Commercial Version 5.5