How To Start A Restaurant Business

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Are you thinking about starting up a restaurant business but don’t know how to go about, or sometimes you kind of feel discouraged?

Starting any kind of business can be risky, but when you have the right planning, financing and work hard, you can do it.

Owning a restaurant can be a great feeling, but before I advise you on how to start, let’s look at the different types of restaurants that are out there.

Types of restaurant

First, the idea of starting a restaurant just popped out of somewhere, then you thought about it over and over again, and now you seem; you really want to open a restaurant.

Good, but the question is what type of restaurant? There are different types of restaurants and they range from unpretentious family-run eateries for individuals who work close by with simple food that cost less, to high-priced places where foods and wine is served in a formal setting.

  • Fast food

A fast food is a type of restaurant where customers eat a quick food. These foods are mainly steaks, burgers, French fries, hot dogs, pizzas, fried onion and sandwiches. They also use sauces like ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise.

Foods sold at fast food have a relatively modest cost and they have a wide distribution of outlets.

Fast food clientele features the younger age groups mainly, they also feature an increasing number of adults.

Fast food is often considered unhealthy food because of the poor quality and variety of ingredients used and because of the fried, fatty, salty and sugary items sold.

  • Food truck

The food truck restaurant is a vehicle that is equipped with cooking appliances that offers different kinds of food ranging from ice-creams to pizzas and hamburgers.

Food trucks are particularly very popular in the US and they are starting to spread in the Europe.

  • Cafeteria/staff canteen

They are small restaurants that are usually located within or close to a work place or a school. It is usually referred to as a dining hall in schools.

There is no table service here; customers take their preferred food and place it on a tray. They pay a flat rate or an amount for each item they choose.

Cafeterias or staff canteens are popular in the Southern and Midwestern United States.

  • Pop up restaurants

Pop up restaurants usually spring up in unexpected places and for a limited time.

They usually serve different purposes like showcasing talents of up and coming cooks, chefs and restaurant owners. They could also serve as a charity purpose.

Pop up restaurants have no time limit and they are great for fundraisers. Pop ups can spring up in an existing restaurant.

  • Popular restaurant

This restaurant is informal, yet hygienically kept. It is located in very busy areas such as train station, bus stands etc. It caters to the requirements of the middle class and people who are in a hurry.

The popular restaurant operates from 7am to 11pm. The meal is dished in the kitchen, carried to the table in a tray and then served to the customer. They have low and informal service standards.

  • Barbecue restaurant

Barbecue restaurant specializes in barbecue-style cuisines and dishes. The marinated pieces of meat, vegetables, poultry, fish and so on are put into skewers and cooked over live charcoal or electric griller.

Barbecue restaurants are usually located near swimming pools, lawn, sea side, and so on. They are usually open in the evening.

  • Kiosk

The kiosk is a small permanent or temporary that is erected on a side walk. Items like coffee, pastries, chocolates, tea may be sold. Most kiosks do not provide where to seat for customers.

  • Drive-in

Here, customers drive in, park and wait to be served. The waiters will go to the customers with menu cards, take orders and deliver to them. The customers then eat their food in the car.

  • Pub

This type of restaurant serves different kinds of beer, draught beer especially and snacks.

  • Rotisserie

The rotisserie specializes in all kinds of grilled or roasted fish, meat, poultry and they are prepared in the presence of the customers.

How to start a restaurant

It can be hard to decide which restaurant to open. You may be finding it hard deciding which concept is the right one for you.

Before you settle on one particular concept, first consider the following:

  • The type of restaurant you would love to operate most

If you are contemplating opening a restaurant, chances are you love eating out. What type of restaurant do you love eating at?

The different types of restaurant need different types of management. For instance, formal restaurants require certain attentions that are not needed in the less formal ones.

  • Is there demand for your concept

Once you have decided on the type of restaurant you want to open, it is important that you find out if there is a viable customer base. Is the population base for your idea big enough?

This is one thing you really have to consider, or else you find out all you work for is going down just like that.

When you have decided this, and you are sure that you are good to go, just follow these steps:

  • Select your location

Location can break or make your restaurant. You need to be careful with your choice of location. Before you pay or sign a lease for your restaurant location, make sure you find out if the place is a busy place that would attract customers for you.

Also find out if restaurants have been there and moved out of there (this is a bad sign however).

  • Choose a name for your restaurant

This step is fun. You need an enticing name for your restaurant. Choose a name that means something.

The name you choose should be a reflection of your theme or location.

  • Write a business plan

You need to write out a business plan because it helps you to see the big problems your restaurant plan might have.

Also, without a business plan, no bank or anybody will be encouraged to finance you.

  • Find financing

Financing has stopped so many people from opening their own restaurant. Although it may be harder getting this for a restaurant, it is still possible.

Financing is possible from banks, small business agencies and private investors. You need to be prepared and professional so that your investors will know that you know what you are doing.

  • Hire help

Your restaurant needs staff to keep it running. Hire competent people to assist you. You need cooks, hostesses as well as a manager because you cannot do it alone.

Hire people with passion and who have experience in the field. Hire your manager at least one month before you start the restaurant so that he or she can plan with you.

  • Market/Advertise

Advertise or market your grand opening, and make sure you take note of, and correct any mistakes or problems that arise; this will help improve your service and become more efficient.

Also arrange flyers and stickers in order to spread the word about your restaurant.

Advertising technique

Your restaurant needs marketing and advertising whether it is new or about to it its silver jubilee.

Only few restaurants can survive without advertising. Although the traditional advertising can be pretty expensive, but there are inexpensive ways to advertise and expensive.

New restaurants need to be advertised so as to get customers to the door. Some of these advertising methods are cheap or free.

  • Social media

Right now, social media is the best way to let people know about your business. Create a page for your business on Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Twitter, e.t.c.

This offers your restaurant a way to build strong online presence, establishing loyalty with your existing customers and also attract potential customers.

  • Season advertisement

You should advertise all the year round. Advertise your business during festive periods like Christmas, New year’s day, Valentine’s day, Easter, thanksgiving, and others.

Find many ideas to keep your business coming all year round.

  • Have a website

Create a website for your restaurant and direct your customers to it via your social platforms. Make sure you get them to your website before they discover your competitors.

You can open a food blog and share recipes, healthy foods, daily specials that would make them visit your restaurant.

  • Advertise via Online directories

Make sure your restaurant pops up online when people search online. Ensure that you list your restaurants on every online directories.

This would help your restaurant to show up in local searches.

  • Flyers and billboard adverts

Distribute flyers to people around. Make sure you have one standard flyer that consists of your menu and prices. If you’re hosting one or two special events for the month, create a flyer that showcases just your event’s calendar.

  • Offer delivery service

Offering a delivery service will help you advertise your restaurant. This does not mean you should do the delivery yourself. Simply partner with a delivery service.

  • Send coupons via e-mails

You can send your coupons and menus through a direct marketing service to customers in your local area and around.

Conclusion

Opening a restaurant may not turn out to be as difficult as it seems, all that is required is a great planning.

Know the different types of restaurants that are, decide which one you wish to open, plan your business, get finance and you are good to go.

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3 Powerful Fat Blasting Smoothie Recipes For Weight Loss

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3 Powerful Fat Blasting Smoothie Recipes For Weight Loss

smoothie drinksWorking out is just half the battle. Can’t seem to lose weight and put on more muscle? Too exhausted to come back the next day? Chances are, the problem isn’t your fitness routine—it’s what you are eating.

If you want to lose that weight in a hurry, then smoothies are the way to go. Smoothies are a great food for weight loss because you control the ingredients.

They are a perfect low-calorie, yet nutrient-laden ingredients that are capable of keeping you full for a long time.

By combining the right ingredients, you can create smoothies that taste great and help you drop pounds. Learning what to use and how to make the right combinations doesn’t take long and is not difficult. Check out our restaurant guide here.

How Smoothies Aid Weight Loss

The reason that smoothies can help you lose weight is that it contains all the nutrients your body needs, so you can get all of your necessary nutrients in one glass without adding in excess or empty calories.

By the time you learn about the ingredients that create a balanced smoothie, you will be able to include a good balance of protein, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, as well as vitamins and nutrients.

Besides the basic ingredients, you can include powerhouse ingredients that up the nutritional value of your smoothie without adding extra calories. You can also include elements that enhance your weight loss by boosting your metabolic rate, giving you more energy, and filling you up for hours.

Smoothie Ingredients for Weight Loss

While many of the traditional ingredients in a smoothie can support a healthy weight, some are better than others. There are certain ingredients you can put in your smoothie that will boost your weight loss by different means.

  • Avocado

Avocados are the preferred weight loss smoothie thickener, or ingredient that provides that adds creaminess to your smoothie. They supply ample healthy fat, which will keep you satiated and satisfied until your next meal, and an array of health promoting vitamins and minerals.

  • Berries

All kinds of berry, strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, and raspberry for instance, add a ton of flavor to a smoothie without adding very many calories or sugar. Additionally, berries are high in fiber, which helps to keep you full, and antioxidants for your overall health.

  • Cayenne pepper

Cayenne pepper not only adds a kick to your smoothie, it also boosts your weight loss capability. The compound responsible is called capsaicin. Adding it to breakfast reduces consumption of fat and carbohydrates later in the day.

In other words, consuming a little cayenne pepper will curb your appetite.

  • Chia seeds

The same Chia seeds that make hair grow on ceramic animals are a great food for weight loss. They are packed with fiber and protein to help keep you feeling full and satisfied and they contain numerous healthful nutrients like calcium, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds are also known to absorb toxins from your digestive tract.

Chia seeds gel is easier to digest than chia seeds and it adds to the creaminess of your smoothie. To make chia seed gel, combine equal parts chia seeds and water in a small container and let sit for 5 – 10 minutes to gel up.

  • Cinnamon

Cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar levels by improving the metabolism of glucose. This reduces the amount of the excess blood glucose the body stores as fat. Abdominal fat is more sensitive to the effects of cinnamon than fat from any other part of the body.

  • Coconut oil

The predominant fats (medium chain) in coconut oil are used by the body for energy as opposed to being stored as fat. Coconut oil keeps you satiated, energized, and feeling good. Go for an organic virgin coconut oil for your smoothies and internal consumption.

  • Greek yogurt

Greek yogurt, compared to other styles of yogurt, is much higher in protein. This means it can fill you up and keep you fuller longer. Opt for the full-fat variety, and stick with plain. The flavored varieties usually have a lot of added sugar.

  • Healthy fats

Healthy fats are vital to your overall health and help keep you satiated for hours. Totally denying yourself of fat is not a way to lose weight. You will only feel unsatisfied when you eat.

Consuming ample healthy fat is actually an integral part of any weight loss plan. Include fats in your smoothies by adding healthy fats like avocado, coconut oil, or nuts and nut butters. If you make elixirs, butter and cream are good options too.

  • Leafy greens

Leafy Greens, like kale, spinach, dandelion, and romaine lettuce, are packed with phytonutrients and low in calories. They are also high in fiber. Make sure you rotate your greens on a regular basis.

  • Pulp from fruit

If you have a juicer, then you know that in addition to the juice you get, you end up with a pile of throw-away pulp. This pulp is all of the fiber from the fruits and instead of throwing it out or composting it, you can add it to your smoothies for a natural source of fiber.

  • Stevia

If the fruit you add to your smoothies is not sweet enough for you, go for stevia. This natural, zero-calorie sweetener comes from a plant and is free from the side effects and possible risks of artificial sweeteners.

  • Tea/water/ice

Many smoothie recipes call for milk or fruit juice to create the right consistency. To avoid the extra calories these, substitute them with tea, water, or ice. A fruity, herbal tea is a good substitute for juice. Green tea contains healthful nutrients, including a compound thought to aid in weight loss, and it has a mild flavor. For a consistency more like a shake, go for ice.

Avoid:

  • Dairy

Dairy products like milk, ice cream, or frozen yogurt are common ingredients added in smoothies, but they are full of extra calories and since you don’t need the extra calories, go for raw milk and plain, full-fat Greek yogurt, which is high in protein and low in sugar.

  • Fruit juice

Juice is often very high in sugar and calories and low in nutritional value, especially the store-bought products. Many contain added sweeteners, and all have lost the fiber of the whole fruit. A limited amount of 100 percent juice is fine, but too much will just increase your total (bad) calorie intake.

  • Sweeteners

If your smoothie tastes very sweet, that means you may be over doing it on the sweetener and you are potentially consuming too much sugar for a weight loss plan. Stevia is a natural, no-calories sweetener that you can use.

Other good sweeteners, such as honey and maple syrup should be used in moderation.

  • Too much sweet fruit

Whole, fresh fruits are very good for you. They are also a natural way to add flavor and a little sweetness to your smoothie, but too much can be a problem. A lot of fruit in one smoothie can spike your blood sugar and cause digestive problems.

You can stick to avocados and berries. Small amounts of sweeter fruits such as banana, apple, mango, and pineapples are fine but keep those to a minimum. Smoothies high in sugar are a recipe for weight gain.

Smoothies

foodIf you’re looking to get rid of the pounds, juice cleanses may not be the best idea. Smoothies, however, could be your best-kept weight-loss secret.

Smoothies offer you tons of nutrition as well as protein and fiber to help keep you full until your next meal. Whipping up a smoothie for breakfast will further help you rev up your metabolism first thing in the morning, so here are 3 healthy smoothies to fill you up as the scale ticks down.

  • Vegan Chocolate Milkshake Smoothie

This chocolatey smoothie contains just 350 calories, and since it offers 22 grams of protein and almost 10 grams of filling fiber, it’s the perfect breakfast to keep you feeling full and satisfied all morning.

Ingredients

1/2 package silken tofu

1/8 cup cocoa powder

1/2 frozen banana

1/4 cup fresh raspberries

2 cups spinach

1 tablespoon flaxmeal

1 cup vanilla soy milk

3 ice cubes

Direction

Mix everything in a blender until smooth and enjoy immediately.

  • Spinach and Avocado Smoothie

Half an avocado per serving makes this smoothie totally worthy as a meal replacement. Add peanut butter to make it even more filling (and flavorful).

Ingredients

1 avocado, pitted

1 cup fresh spinach

1 large ripe banana

1 tablespoon natural peanut butter

1 cup milk

Handful of ice cubes

Direction

Blend all ingredients in a blender on high speed until very smooth.

  • Banana and Coconut Water Smoothie

Avocado and hemp seeds both deliver protein. The smoothie also contains raw cacao nibs and wheatgrass, which both deliver magnesium, a chemical element essential for energy production that athletes tend to not get enough of.

Ingredients

1/2 banana, chopped and frozen

1/4 ripe avocado, pitted

1 small handful spinach

1 handful frozen berries

1 1/2 teaspoons shelled hemp seeds

1/4 teaspoon wheatgrass powder

1/4 cucumber, chopped

1 tablespoon raw cacao nibs

Scant 1 cup coconut water or water, plus extra if needed

Direction

Chop your banana and place it in a freezer bag. Seal and freeze overnight until solid. Put banana in blender with remaining ingredients.

Blend until smooth and creamy, adding a little more water if necessary.

Conclusion

Working out is good for weight loss, but adding the right diet to your weight loss journey will help you faster and very effective results.

Smoothies also detoxify your body, gives you energy, and glowing skin from within. So you will not only get a toned body, but better health and younger looking skin.

Make a smoothie today and start sipping your way to good health and a lean body.

 

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