If you decide to open a bar and grill then you should know you are venturing into a business that requires a lot of attention. Opening a business can be a very creative and financially rewarding venture, but it should not be underestimated. This unique style of restaurant can take on many different themes or nuances to create a place specific to your taste. To get started, there are many things to consider. Here is a list of items you will need in order to open your bar and grill.
The Kitchen Equipment in the Bar and Grill
You bar and grill needs to be equipped with all the necessary tools and supplies to ensure your kitchen remains running efficiently. The kitchen should come with a commercial refrigerator and freezer to preserve food properly. Additionally, you will need a rather large grill, stove and oven in order to create a complete kitchen. Make sure your oven comes with a number of shelves to maximize the amount of food you can bake at once.
Seating Arrangements and Entertainment Areas
The look your bar and grill has will immediately help draw in diners and have them return. That is why it is important to take the time to choose an attractive and aesthetically pleasing design for your décor. You could mix booths and traditional tables to add interest to your room, or add cocktail tables and stools in the bar area. This will add interest to the space.
Additionally, you can attract more customers by adding some entertainment to your restaurant. If you have a sports theme, implement several large TVs throughout the room to keep your patrons interested. Games or gambling can have the same impression.
This is the most important decision you will make when opening a bar and grill. The menu sets the tone for the entire restaurant and dictates many other decisions down the road. When creating it, talk to the head chef about their specialties and training. They will be able to give a list of the items they can prepare the best. If they share similarities then you have found yourself a niche. Also, take into consideration the surrounding food establishments. If your neighborhood already has three pizza places then it would be safe to stay away from that market.
If you choose an experienced staff then they will be able to turn your business into a very profitable venture. This is why it is important to choose a competent staff. Hire well trained staff and friendly hostesses to create a welcoming and enjoyable atmosphere.
The Licenses and Inspections
Check with the health department to make sure you have all the certifications and licenses required before you open your doors. Have the necessary entities perform all the mandatory inspections required by the state. You do not want your bar and grill to be shut down because you failed do as such.
If you are planning on opening a bar and grill you need to be prepared to be all in. It is going to take a lot of time, energy and money to make your business successful, but it would be worth it in the end. Follow the list above and you will be well on your way to opening your doors.
Written by the staff at Willie’s Pub and Pool. Willie’s has great drink specials and is one of the most atmospheric bars Columbia MO has to offer.