Must Read Tips for Opening a Restaurant

Opening a restaurant is a huge undertaking with a lot of moving parts and a task list that is a mile long.

Don’t forget these points that could save you some pain down the road.

Location, Talent, Concept

Location, location, location

Chef Tyson Cole has two wildly popular sushi restaurants in Austin, TX. When he says you should never start without the big three, you should probably listen. The big three according to Cole are location, talent (chef), and concept.

Starting with a location that is physically accessible increases the chances of success. But there’s more than just physical accessibility. To target the widest demographic, your restaurant also has to be accessible in a broader sense. Fast service, casual dress, and lower cost are all things that make your restaurant more accessible.

“Fast casual restaurants are booming because they’re incredibly accessible on all levels”

Having a clearly defined concept will help you choose the right location and make sure you have the right talent to bring that concept to life. Chef Cole says that these three are intertwined.

“No restaurant succeeds without a great chef, a great location and a great concept. They all work together. Your location should fit your concept. Your chef, or ‘talent,’ must fit your concept, otherwise you’ll constantly deal with the most common word in the restaurant business: Drama.”

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Success Story: Peter Piper Pizza and San Antonio Restaurant Supply

In the restaurant business, having a partner you can trust can make all the difference. Pizza Properties, Inc., was searching for such a partner and found one in Mission Restaurant Supply.

Pizza Properties, Inc. is a growing company that owns and operates several Burger King and Peter Piper Pizza franchises all across Texas. The organization places a great amount of control in the hands of their general managers and Area Managers as they also act as owners. This allows them to handpick the businesses they build partnerships with. As a restaurant, one of the biggest partnerships to establish is for restaurant equipment and supplies.

The Need for a San Antonio Restaurant Equipment Dealer

Lee Verhyen, Area Manager, supervises five Peter Piper Pizza outlets in San Antonio and neighboring communities. Pizza Properties, Inc. Area Managers like Verhyen have multi-role positions in which they must balance the day-to-day demands of each restaurant as well as completing more administrative “desk tasks”. Hence, they need establish systems and partnerships that allow them to complete the administrative work as quickly and efficiently as possible.

This explains why Verhyen was looking for a fast and reliable restaurant supply company for all of their needs. Initially, he utilized the existing partnerships that Pizza Properties, Inc. had with two main suppliers in Chicago and El Paso. However, he soon realized that he could expedite delivery times by working with a local restaurant equipment dealer. Sure enough, he discovered our location in San Antonio.

A Fulfilling Partnership

Although online orders were not yet available during the early years of our work together, a local restaurant equipment outlet allowed Verheyen to  quickly drop off and pick up items as needed. For years partnership has blossomed since, especially after the introduction of online ordering.

The personal attention from their account representative, along with fair prices and convenience made us the perfect fit for Verheyen and Pizza Properties, Inc’s needs. With a trustworthy and reliable partner, the company is free to focus on making great food and delivering fantastic service.We are proud of the partnership that we have built with Verhyen and Pizza Properties, Inc. and are excited to see where the future takes us.


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