3 Things an Entrepreneur Needs to Do Before Starting a Chinese Restaurant


If you are an entrepreneur and are thinking about opening up a Chinese restaurant, there are many things you will need to do. You will need supplies, kitchen equipment, tables, chairs as well as permits to operate a restaurant. A lot of this is basic; however, opening a Chinese restaurant presents a few different challenges. The following are a few things you should know.

1. Research before selecting your location

Although there are certain ethnic and other specialized restaurants that people will go out of their way for, a Chinese restaurant is often not one of them. For this reason, you need to select a location where there are many people who will see your sign and generate a lot of foot traffic to your restaurant. But you will need to pay attention to the type of area and the type of restaurant you will be opening. Fast food or take-out food is better suited for blue-collar areas where people are looking for low cost and quickly made orders. Dine-in restaurants are usually better suited for places with a lot of white-collar residents or in areas with a lot of businesses.

2. Decide on the type of food

There are many types of Chinese food, but in general, you can break them down into four: Cantonese, Szechuan, Shandong, and Su. There are many restaurants that specialize in one type or another. However, in the American market, much of it may not be popular with a large number of customers. When you specialize, you will likely have fewer customers, but have a larger tab for the dinner. The differences in Chinese food relates to cooking methods and seasoning. Szechuan dishes, for example, are known to be hot and spicy. With the American consumer, a restaurant will usually offer dishes that originate from different areas of China but have been modified for the American palate.

3. Research your competition

Although this restaurant may not be near the location you have in mind nor will it be a competitor, if the restaurant is similar, you need to spend some time there. Naturally, you will want to study their menu and pay attention to popular dishes; you will likely want these dishes for your restaurant. But you can also offer a couple of dishes that you have not been able to find. A fusion of Chinese and another Asian dish is often a good idea. Also, take note of the cars parked at the restaurant. The make and models can give you an idea of the customer's income level.

As an entrepreneur, you need to find the right location with the right type of customer. You will need to do some research on similar restaurants to help fine-tune your restaurant concept. You may need to hire a chef to help create the menu that you envision for your Chinese restaurant.


19 February 2020

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