Opening a Restaurant

Ideas, tips, examples, best practices, case studies and answers to important considerations for “opening a restaurant” provided here free by the global restaurant consultants at Aaron Allen & Associates. The global restaurant consultants at Aaron Allen & Associates have created dozens of new restaurant prototypes, represented tens of thousands of restaurants in more than 100 countries, and have been a driving force in countless restaurant grand openings around the world. Whether your starting your first restaurant or are a seasoned veteran brushing up on the latest tools for opening a restaurant or launching a new prototype, Aaron Allen & Associates is here to provide you the guidance and resources you need before opening a restaurant. As the restaurant industry becomes more competitive and complex with every passing year it is important to keep up with the latest best practices for opening a restaurant. We are constantly adding more resources to guide you, so be sure to subscribe to our newsletter with tips and check back often. Let us know what you think – we appreciate comments, and we love it when yo social share or link back to this page; it’s a great way to motivate us to keep the free restaurant marketing resources flowing. And if you have specific questions, try the “Ask Aaron” widget – we’ll answer as many questions as we can there and in our free newsletter that’s packed with new resources for opening a restaurant.

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    Emerging Brands and Markets

    • The Challenges of International Restaurant Expansion

      April 21, 2011

      Aaron Allen & Associates presents international restaurant expansion: the biggest challenges, the players, the trends and more. International Restaurant Expansion The challenges and opportunities casual dining restaurant chains face when growing abroad   Here are a few notes I...

    • Emerging Restaurant Markets: South Africa

      March 31, 2011

      South Africa is an emerging restaurant market with a number of very strong players and an optimistic view of its future.  South Africa has approximately 85,000 restaurants operating within the country (although a whopping 57,000 or so are street...

    • Restaurant Industry in Dubai

      March 7, 2011

      The fastest growing city in the world at the moment is Dubai. Approximately 25% of all of the high rise cranes on Earth are in one city; Dubai. The Restaurant Industry in Dubai is growing at an equally impressive...

    Opening a Restaurant

    • Opening a Restaurant: Timeline to a Grand Opening

      November 1, 2012

      Opening a restaurant takes time, patience and plenty of work. Deadlines must be met, and your efforts must be set towards meeting your budget and creative specifications. But with the right planning, getting everything done in a timely manner can...

    • Opening a Restaurant: Great Restaurants Have Soul

      March 24, 2011

      Great restaurants have an extra dimension that take them from being a restaurant to being a magical place.  The word Restaurant is derived from a Latin word meaning to “restore”.  Great restaurants can be transformative.  If you are opening...

    • Be Courageous: A Message for Restaurateurs

      December 22, 2010

      In the restaurant business, you must be courageous. With a failure rate so high we’d rather not say, the restaurant business is not for the faint of heart. “Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.” This famous...