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Business Plans

Restaurant Business Plan Resources

A well-conceived, professional restaurant business plan is your greatest single asset for turning your restaurant dreams into reality. It's the key to convincing anyone to invest money, make a loan, lease space, essentially do business with you prior to opening.

Your restaurant business plan is also the roadmap for the future of your business. Not only does it provide direction, it requires you to consider all the pitfalls and opportunities of your prospective venture, well before you open the doors. Your business plan is the script of how your restaurant will look and function when it's done. In short, many restaurateurs say that having a sound business plan was the single most important ingredient in making their new business a reality.

So why do so many restaurateurs forsake this critical step, without which many entrepreneurs wouldn't even open a lemonade stand? For one, restaurateurs often want to get the ball rolling quickly. Too many operators put all their planning into simply getting financed. They then want to open the doors as fast as possible to create cash flow.

Unfortunately, some operators don't understand how crucial a well-planned opening is to not only securing the capital to open but also to the success of their concept. Hard work, great food, and the will to succeed are not enough. You need proper training, established operational procedures, and a creative marketing plan, before you open. These may be more important to a successful opening than menu design or table and chair selection.

In our Restaurant Business Plan department you'll find an assortment of business plan resources all pertaining specifically and totally focused on creating a winning "restaurant" business plan. That includes in-depth, how-to articles, downloadable templates, detailed instructions, financial models, complete sample plans and more.

Also, when questions arise, as a RestaurantOwner.com member, you can get answers and insights from our staff of experienced restaurant professionals and fellow owners and operators on our members-only Discussion Forum.

DOWNLOAD: Restaurant Mission Statement Worksheet
DOWNLOAD: Restaurant Mission Statement Worksheet The right mission statement, properly used, can be one of the most powerful ingredients in creating and sustaining success. For many companies it's an invaluable tool in providing direction, focus and consistency throughout their organization. Use this worksheet for crafting or improving your mission. . . . more >>
DOWNLOAD: Restaurant Business Plan Template
DOWNLOAD: Restaurant Business Plan Template Includes 2014 Industry Analysis A professional, well-conceived restaurant business plan is absolutely essential for an independent restaurant venture to obtain funding and have any real chance for success. Our business plan templates will provide you with the tools to develop & communicate your plan in a professional, compelling format that will enhance your chances of securing capital and making your plan a reality. . . . more >>
How to Create a Winning Restaurant Business Plan
How to Create a Winning Restaurant Business Plan Many RO.com members cite that having a sound business plan was the single most important ingredient in making their new business a reality. During the startup phase, your business plan will have a direct bearing on your ability to get a loan, obtain investors and even secure a lease. Learn how to prepare an impactful restaurant business plan. . . . more >>
DOWNLOAD: Restaurant Business Plan Financial Models
DOWNLOAD: Restaurant Business Plan Financial Models To the majority of potential lenders and investors, the financial section will be the most important part of your business plan. Even if the other sections of your plan are impeccable, the financials will still make or break your presentation. Use this series of Excel worksheets to prepare a comprehensive, professional and convincing financial section for your business plan. . . . more >>
How to Prepare a Restaurant Business Plan: Financial Section
How to Prepare a Restaurant Business Plan: Financial Section The financial section is often viewed as the most important part of a business plan. It is likely to receive a lot of attention and even scrutiny from potential lenders and investors. Use these guidelines with the financial model worksheets to prepare a comprehensive, professional and convincing business plan. . . . more >>
DOWNLOAD: Pizza Restaurant Business Plan Financial Model
DOWNLOAD: Pizza Restaurant Business Plan Financial Model This series of Excel worksheets specifically designed for pizza delivery & take-out restaurants will give you a complete and detailed tool to quickly consider the essential elements that impact the financial feasibility of a proposed restaurant and present it in your business plan in a straightforward, understandable and impactful format. . . . more >>
How to Find Investors & Raise Startup Capital for Your First Restaurant
by Joe Erickson
How to Find Investors & Raise Startup Capital for Your First Restaurant If you have a restaurant concept that will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to open, then chances are you'll need more capital than what a bank is willing to loan you. The logical alternative is to find an investment partner for your restaurant that believes in your chances for success and wants to be a part of it . . . more >>
DOWNLOAD: Sample Restaurant Business Plans
DOWNLOAD: Sample Restaurant Business Plans Get design, content and other ideas for your own restaurant business plan from our sample plans for a casual-theme, seafood concept and a quick-serve Mexican restaurant venture. . . . more >>
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