Countless chefs, GMs, and other hospitality professionals have dreamed of one day opening a restaurant of their own. At OpenTable we’re fortunate to work with the best in the business, so we know the facts: opening a restaurant is hard work. It’s expensive, the legal regulations will make your head spin, and building a team you trust is an ongoing challenge.
We partnered with hospitality consultant Alison Arth to create How to Open a Restaurant, the ultimate guide to starting and growing a restaurant business. Alison spoke to some of the industry’s top groups and restaurateurs — including Union Square Hospitality Group, AltaMarea, Gavin Kaysen, and Aaron London — and compiled their tips and best practices (and occasional cautionary tales) into this definitive resource, which covers everything from raising funds to training a team. Download the guide here!
And aspiring restaurateurs, listen up: As part of this campaign, OpenTable is hosting a contest to help one restaurant industry professional fund his or her dream project. If you’ve been working in the industry and planning to open your own restaurant, we want to hear from you! Tell us about your background and concept, and you’ll be entered into a competition to win our grand prize, worth more than $38,000 total:
- A 12-month subscription to OpenTable’s flagship Guest Center product, plus access to the world’s largest diner network
- A full set of professional All-Clad pans
- A set of 25 Hedley & Bennett aprons
- 25 licenses to the online platform Journee, a community for restaurant professionals
- $15,000 cash to put towards your project
We’ll narrow the applicants down to three finalists based on their entries, and those three folks will each start their own Kickstarter campaigns to raise a funding goal of $35,000. We’ll be cheering them on! The group that raises the most money will win the grand prize.
Ready to achieve a life-long dream? Download How to Open a Restaurant for tips and wisdom from the best in the industry, then if you’re working on a project of your own, fill out the entry form for a chance to win.
Are you going to enter for a chance to win our giveaway? Let us know here or over on Facebook, G+, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter using the hashtag #howtoopenarestaurant. And be sure to follow @OpenforBusiness on Twitter for giveaway updates and tips, resources, and fresh ideas for running a successful restaurant — from soup to nuts.
Olivia Terenzio is the Content Marketing Manager at OpenTable and editor of Open for Business.