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10 advices to take over a restaurant

Have you ever dreamed about opening your own restaurant?reprendre ouvrir restaurant

Why wouldn’t you take over an existing one? If this solution offers many advantages unlike the opening of a new restaurant, it also presents several difficulties you will have to manage. Whether it is about the resumption of a bankrupt restaurant or about a restaurant in full evolution, every detail must be carefully analysed before !

In order to to help you, Swiss Take Away presents you 10 advices to take over a restaurant with the max. chance!

Zoom on the room

Even by buying an already existing restaurant, everything can be again changed – concept, menu, clientele – apart of the room! Therefore it is essential for you to verify that it corresponds to your expectations and to your budget accordingly to the number of possible flatware and the possible developments you would have to make. Besides, verify that it is good in compliance with standards of safety and hygiene because renovations can be very expensive.

Zoom on the place

In addition to the room, the location cannot also be changed and therefore it is important to study all the environment of this restaurant. It will allow you to know better the prospect of your restaurant but also the rival establishments which could overshadow your new restaurant.

Look for the reputation of the quarter and its closeness with public transportation and the parking lots.

Make the inventory to be analysed by a specialist. Indeed, the price of the inventory during the resumption of a restaurant is often overrated!

Attention also during the signature of the commercial lease. Even if the chosen restaurant is for you a crush, it is a long-term commitment. Is the cost of the planned rent in compliance with the market price? It is very difficult to get rid of a commercial lease. Do not hesitate to ask the advice of a specialist.

Your future customers

For any company or business, the clientele is necessarily one of the possible success / bankruptcy key points. Inquire about the current customers of the restaurant and those of the surrounding establishments. Whether it is about privates or professionals clients, several details can change: opening hours, price of the meals, style etc.

If you have the possibility, make a quick survey with the regular clientele of the restaurant: about what are they satisfied, what would they like to see improving, what should you not especially change etc. They are the ideal people to give you a real opinion on the restaurant you want to acquire or to take over.

Web reputation analysis

Because the clientele of a restaurant does not only come from the street, the Web reputation of the establishment is an essential and significant shop window.

Look on the Internet for all the comments about the restaurant. Positive or negative, they will teach you a lot and must be respected if you do not want to make a strategical error during the takeover!

Concept Analysis

In case you take a restaurant over without modifying its concept, it is anyway important to revalue the relevance of this latter. The “fashion” could have changed since its creation and some concepts become very fast “has been”. Help our own market knowledge by visiting other restaurants in the similar concept to learn more.

Attention not to plagiarize however, because remember that your restaurant must be unique for your clientele!

That’s why even if you decide to keep a pre-existent concept, you necessarily have to take of the novelty, at the risk of going into the already made. It is moreover this novelty which will allow you to attract new customers.

Equipments and furniture analysis

If you resume a restaurant with its equipment as it is the case during the transfer of a business, it is very important to analyze the state of this equipment and the furniture. Obselete, former or old-fashioned for the decoration, it would be a pity to have to buy again everything on the following year!

If possible, visit the restaurant with a professional of the kitchen equipment, which will be able to inform you about their real state, away to give you an idea of what will you have to spend investments for.

Staff analysis

The choice of a skilled staff is a success key factor for your restaurant. While the collective agreement proposes bases minimum for their management – do not hesitate to pay them beyond the legal minimum. Objective: from competent, dynamic, happy and faithful employees.

Analyze the current distribution of the tasks by listening to what the team has for proposal of improvement. The functioning of a working team is a decisive factor in the success of a restaurant. In the plate as in the room, consider harmony as the ultimate purpose!

Financial diagnosis

For this part a little bit technical, it is recommended to surround yourself with a professional. Actually, before taking a restaurant over, it is essential that you make a complete financial analysis. Payroll, rent, charges, cost of ingredients … Everything must be analyzed.

Look at the current turnover of the restaurant and then assess your own objectives and possibilities. Before making a so considerable investment, it is essential to analyze its value such as its potential and to compare the results with your objectives and with your business plan.

Contracts and licenses transfer

Several contracts of business transfer models already exist. Use a lawyer to know exactly what the contract involves. In Switzerland, every canton has its own legislations. You will find all the necessary information on the page Swiss Take Away’s blog.

Look for professionals opinion!

Because it is a great beginning adventure for you, the best advice can only be to surround itself well! Lawyers, accountants, experts in the culinary consulting… Each advice can be nothing but useful for you and help you managing at best your beautiful project!

For that purpose, Swiss Take Away assists you in your project and proposes you his consulting services in the takeover of a restaurant. Come benefit from his best trainings and integrate our network by contacting us via the form of contact. Our advisers will answer you as quickly as possible to give you more information to all our offers.

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10 advices to create a restaurant in Switzerland

You wish to launch into the opening of your restaurant?

comment ouvrir son restaurantHave you ever dreamed about opening your own restaurant? A place which resemble you and where you could serve a delicious cooking to the original theme? Swiss Take Away presents you here 10 advices to open a restaurant in Switzerland.
Obviously, every advice represents a decisive step in the organization of your project and it is thus very important to neglect no part!

Find a winner concept

Nowadays, with the rise of the media and the social networks, a consumer does not go to the restaurant just to eat anymore. It is thus the originality of the place that, maybe even before the menu, can charm him! Therefore, it is important to think about an original and unique concept to be able to mark down you from the opening of your new restaurant.
Name, atmosphere, menu, type of clientele, all that details are to be studied away to be able to propose to your customers a restaurant they will adore!

Find the perfect place for your restaurant

The location of your new restaurant is one of the most important criteria for the success of your project. Several details are to be analyzed as the presence of parking lots nearby, other restaurants or public transportation. You also must verify that there is enough passage and that the passers-by are a part of your aimed clientele (tourists or professionals the time of a meal break?).

The area of the room is also an important criterion because from there will depend the number of possible cutleries.

Do a market research before opening your restaurant

Before launching you into, make a market study in the district which interests you to open your restaurant. Go to tasting the restaurants of your quarter and try to estimate the clientele which sits at the table on the place: what is their budget? Their expectations? Of how long have they to eat?

Keep an eye open at the time of the lunch break and look where are the longest queue and why these restaurants work more than others.

Build the provisional budget/business plan of your future restaurant

This step is crucial because it will later convince your future partners (the investors, the owners of the local) about the viability of your project.
To build the business plan of your restaurant you will firstly have to determine the initial financial plan, those which will allow you to open your restaurant – including the purchase of furniture, cooking equipment, decoration, cutlery, etc.
Secondly, by studying the price of your menus and the daily charges of your restaurant (foodstuffs, price of the rent, staff expenses, etc.), to establish an idea which will allow you to see if you can cover the charges of the restaurant according to the minimum turnover to realize.
This stage is rather impressive and can put off more than one because of high detail attention it requires. Fortunately, several business plans models of restaurants exist on the Internet, they should be able to help you to see more clearly and to easily calculate your breakeven point as well as a sustainable financial plan. You can also ask for a consulting from Swiss Take Away which will help you in this very important step.

Recruiting staff to open a restaurant

To recruit some skilled staff for the opening of your new restaurant is a delicate task but so much important. At this point will depend the atmosphere in cooking but also in room, according to their motivation and their degree of experience. Especially at the beginning, while you begin, you must surround yourself with motivated profiles ready to follow you throughout the “birth” of your restaurant.

To recruit, several solutions exist: the word of mouth, the traditional sites of announcements but also some specialized in the recruitment of the domain of the restoration.

You can also contact the schools of restoration and hotel business of the region to put down announcements there directly.

The administrative status of your restaurant

Before opening your restaurant, you will have to fulfill several administrative formalities which can differ according to your canton.

You will need to obtain a restaurant owner’s license with a short education but also a specialized license if your establishment sells on-site or take away eat, proposes alcoholic drinks or not, offers catering services, etc. Other trainings can be necessary.

Contact the business police department of your canton for more information. Swiss Take Away gives you the keys to open a restaurant in Switzerland.

Choose the legal status of your restaurant

There are several legal statuses according to the form of exploitation chosen as your restaurant. It is advised to appeal to a legal advisor so that they can recommend you the status the most adapted to your situation. Swiss Take Away offers you this possibility thanks to its simple and effective legal department. Contact your Chamber of Commerce and the job center of your canton to be able to receive advice and support during all the constitution of your project there.

Manage the communication in the restaurant

The advertising is very important because at the beginning it will especially attract the gourmands towards your new restaurant. For that purpose, neglect no media, whenever it is digital or not: Facebook, Instagram, flyers, tasting in the street, registration to generic directories or with platforms of restaurants such as Swiss Takeaway.

It is also very important to have a quality Web site including the possibility of reserving on the spot, the presence of the menu and the today’s meals.

Optimize it at the maximum with a good strategy as well as an enthusiastic and resourceful community manager.

Delivery and Restauration

Nowadays, more and more people call on to the delivery service of meals from restaurants. You can choose to commit your own deliverers but also trust to companies specialized in the meal deliveries such as Smood, Foodarena, Eatzer, etc. Be careful though, these delivery services have a very high cost.

On Swiss Take Away, the model is different. Once a significant number of restaurants by district or region is reached, a delivery system is organized. Expenses are then shared.

Motivation, creativity & determination

To become restaurant owner is a long-term job which requires a lot of motivation and investments. But you should not lose your courage anyway: surround yourselves with good people, believe in yourself, and you will reach the target!

Motivation, creativity and determination are the key words of the wonderful adventure which is waiting for you!

On this good advice, we invite you to discover the other advice articles on the opening or the takeover of a restaurant. Discover them in the column “culinary Consulting” of your blog Swiss Take Away!

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How to open its restaurant in Switzerland ?

Before opening your restaurant, 10 essential points to follow :

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In Switzerland at the national level:

  1. Choose your company typ:
  2. The court’s responsibility to complete the insurance of damages water and fire
  3. His concept of hygiene and auto-control creation (HACCP)
  4. Apply for the permit application and show an ability certificate (according to the canton – further information below)
  5. Respecting the special regulations (alcohol, noise, etc.)
  6. To inform about the national collective agreement and to respect it (L-GAV – compulsory for the Swiss hospitality industry)
  7. To comply with the regulations of tobacco consumption, hygienic regulations, fire protection and building protection
  8. Sign up for SUISA for copyright & music use
  9. Register his employees at the social insurance & the pension fund (2nd pillar) and conclude a contract with the accident insurance and health insurance
  10. Register at the VAT

The secrets to open your restaurant without difficulty

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