How To Understand What a Restaurant Bar Consultant Does

If you intend to start a restaurant bar, want to improve your existing business, or need to turn around a failing business, you need a restaurant bar consultant to work with you. A restaurant bar consultant can provide services that cover all aspects of a restaurant or bar business, such as:

  1. Make your business venue more profitable through revenue opportunities.
  2. Help conceptualize a new business or introduce improvement techniques for your current operations.
  3. Oversee start up operations for expansion or a new location.
  4. Give specific advice on how to improve your restaurant menus, bar menus, the quality of food and drinks served, the set up of your kitchen, its dimensions, sinks, tops, and grill.
  5. Hire and train the management and staff.
  6. Link you on how to work with and source suppliers.

A restaurant bar consultant serves as your interactive restaurant guide who can:

  1. Prepare a business plan that includes a market study on the over-all feasibility and viability of the project, with the detailed process to set up or improve your business, projected expenses, and target profits.
  2. Help you select an ideal property at a good site and price, and match a site to your concept or your concept to a site. Consultants have links with property agents who have listings of properties for lease or sale. They can provide a site evaluation based on rental value, premiums, site history, location, and potential layouts.
  3. Develop the concept you envision for your business, whether it be a pizza restaurant, French restaurant, or a simple bar and grill restaurant. Attention is given to details of the concept to ensure that all aspects like the food and drink offered, atmosphere, music, and service style, all match and appeal to your target market.
  4. Structure food operations by helping create restaurant menus and bar menus, hire and train kitchen teams, work with interior designers to design the dining and kitchen areas, source products and develop new food and drink concepts that will appeal to your customers.
  5. Hire, manage and train the staff including the directors and managers, and equip the management team with the skills needed to properly manage operations and the people, and effectively manage staffing levels, accounts, sales, marketing, and control costs. The consultant can regularly train the staff to update them on what they are preparing and offering, their service styles and the status of the hospitality industry.
  6. Source dependable and reliable suppliers that offer low prices for quality goods, and generate brand support from companies who want their products and services used. Consultants have a network of supplier contacts and have the experience in selecting the right partners to work with businesses.
  7. Handle the financial management systems of your business at the initial stages or on a retainer basis, to closely monitor that the financial targets of the business are met.
  8. Provide advice on how and when an existing business can expand. The consultant assists in establishing a base to grow the business from and puts in place the systems needed.
  9. Handle overall project management from start-up to the actual operations including choosing furniture, equipment, sinks, tops, grills and even giving the payroll.

Aside from what the consultant can do, use a restaurant guide and keep yourself updated on the restaurant industry. Always ensure that the variety and kind of food you offer fits the rest of the business. Try to stand out among your competitors, take care of your staff and keep your business commercially viable.


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