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The 5 Biggest Lessons We Learned Opening A Restaurant
Negotiate and understand your lease This is one of the biggest overhead costs and you really need to know what you’re getting yourself into. For us, it took much longer than expected and we relied on a solicitor to help us understand the terms and how to negotiate a better outcome. And we were really glad we did!!
Be agile with your design and fit out We had a pretty good idea of what we were looking for in a venue but when taking on an as-is premises, you are going to have to make some compromises. Although it is a dream to start a restaurant from scratch and build it the way you imagine, it just wasn’t feasible for our budget.
Top 10 trends we’re seeing in the Aussie restaurant industry
1. Market down: overall the market dropped by 2.4% with the ACT, QLD and VIC feeling the pinch the most
2. Double sittings: two sittings, not one, is now common practice for restaurants. Say goodbye to the much-loved 7:30pm dining slot Australia. Bookings have decreased between 7 – 8pm by 9% on 2013/14, while the time slots either side have both increased
4 technologies your hospitality business needs
Utilise an effective online booking system An easy to navigate online booking system is a must-have for your hospitality business.
Take your HR online Introducing workforce management software is imperative to cutting down on the amount of time spent in the back office away from staff and customers.
5 hospitality social media accounts you NEED to follow
Some will inspire, some will educate, and some will just make you really, really hungry.
Hospitality is an industry driven by trends and fads, and staying across the ‘next big thing’ can be stressful when also trying to juggle a busy hospitality business.
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