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How I Converted a House into a Fully Licensed Restaurant – Part 1

A little over two months ago (which is kind of bonkers, now that I think about it), an opportunity presented itself which I had to take advantage of: A house two doors down from where I live, on the corner of a major intersection* with lots of tourist traffic became available for rent. Because I […]

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8 Specific Ways I Saved Money Opening my Restaurant

When I decided to make the leap from my seasonal food truck into a year-round brick-and-mortar takeout restaurant location, I had no idea how I was going to pay for any of it. My chef friends had already filled my head with horror stories about the amount of money they spent (and eventually lost) opening […]

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Should You Sell Branded T-Shirts At Your Restaurant? (I Do.)

After a few years toiling away in the sweltering hot, confined space of an 8×10 concession trailer, and enjoying a fair amount of press and accolades, the time seemed right to make the leap into a brick-and-mortar restaurant. There was just one problem: With a lousy credit score and credit cards that had been stretched […]

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37 (Good and Bad) Seafood Restaurant Name Ideas You Can Use

Planning to start a seafood restaurant, but can’t come up with the right name? We’ve compiled 37 business name ideas that will capture the imagination and appetite of future guests while providing you with specific do’s and don’ts when it comes to building the brand. And since some ideas are better than others, we’ve added […]

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Cooking is My Passion. Should I Start a Restaurant?

Thanks in part to the rise of some truly excellent modern food television programming, and the elevation of celebrity chefs to almost cult-like status, with lucrative book deals, wildly popular Instagrammable restaurants, and branded lines of barbecue rubs, everyone with a passion for cooking sooner or later wonders if they should make the leap into […]

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