If you own your own restaurant

chef - I rather eat the chef
Calgary, Alberta
October 15, 2011 11:18am CST
Lets say you are given a chance to open your own restaurant, what would your restaurant be about?what would make it different from the other restaurants around your area? What would be the cuisine your restaurant will serve? Where is the venue going to be, what will your restaurant will look like? what is going to be the uniform of your waiters and waitresses? what is going to be its theme? Can you share what is going to be the menu? would you keep your recipes a secret from the public? Who will be your target market? If you own your very own restaurant, what would makeit special and why do you think customers will love it?
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@bounce58 (17387)
• Canada
22 Oct 11
I think I would open up a soup shop that would be open 24 hours. I notice that except for a couple of fastfood chains, there isn't really much choice as far as restaurants past midnight. I think it would be good for people that go into bars drinking. It would be a way to sober them up before they caught with a DUI. And I think it would be a great winters too.
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@bounce58 (17387)
• Canada
23 Oct 11
Soup No.9!
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@bounce58 (17387)
• Canada
25 Oct 11
Haha! It would serve a particular clientele!
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• Calgary, Alberta
23 Oct 11
what kind of soups you would like in your soup stand?I think soup is a good food for some people on the go. It warms the stomach so as the heart.
• United States
16 Oct 11
Wow, this topic is very interesting. Restaurant is a very good business if we only know how to handle it because people are really fond of eating. If God will bless me to open my own restaurant I want it to be a combination of my favorite food from dessert, drinks, menu,etc. I like the idea of rice toppings with a reasonable price. My target would be both Asian and Western People. A place must be suitable even to an ordinary person and the price as well. And I will look for a name that people will never forget it and make sure that my menu is one of a kind that people first think about when talking about eating. :)
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• United States
16 Oct 11
Honestly, I don't know much about the names of Western Cuisine since I am Asian. When we went to England, grandma prepared some food like meat with potato, carrots I am not sure what the names but I like it very much. Also, pies, turkey with toppings.
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• Calgary, Alberta
16 Oct 11
as far as western cuisine goes, Italian is the most popular because everybody loves pasta and pizza, I think Africa is the only region that is not into Pasta but Pizza is very popular. I love Asian cuisinein general too,The curries of india,Dimsumof China, teriyaki of japan and Chicken chicken pineapple rice of Thailand.
• Calgary, Alberta
16 Oct 11
Western people do eat some mainstream Asian food, but if i may ask,what is your favorite western cuisine? Middle class and lower class people for sure is a good market,they want something that is cheap yet delicious. But for sure the restaurant have to be attractive to higher class people for sure. A restaurant where people of all walks of life is always successful. selling something we really love can also be effective. A restaurant owner for sure must love all the dishes they sell.
@secretbear (19448)
• Philippines
16 Oct 11
Hi! I had dreamed of starting up a cake shop which sells of course, cakes, there would be coffee, other warm drinks and then cold drinks. There would also be other baked goodies aside from cakes. The target clients would be students as I would like the theme of my shop to be a maid shop like those in Japan. I envy the owner of the first maid shop here in our country. I wish I can have the money to start one, too. ^^ I'm not very good at baking, in fact I don't bake but I'm fond of cakes so this is one of the dreams I have.
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• Calgary, Alberta
16 Oct 11
Nothing can be as relaxing as drinking tea while eating cake in a cosy and classy looking cakeshop. Everybody loves cake for sure. So you would like to have pretty girls in maid outfits to be waitresses? I think giving them cat ears will add more anime flair on it,As long as you can hire someone who can bake, I guess it will still work even if you cant bake, or maybe you can study youtube videos on how to bake.
@secretbear (19448)
• Philippines
18 Oct 11
I liked baking cakes even before but I just didn't pursue that hobby because it's expensive. Yup. I like to have pretty girls in maid outfits and I would like to dress up as a maid, too if I'll be at the shop.
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• Calgary, Alberta
22 Oct 11
a brick oven doesnt require electricity and to save some money, you can use coconut husk instead of charcoal and wood as your firewood. You can make brick oven out of cement and sand.Or you can buy a solar panel and use it for your oven,.
@topffer (42156)
• France
15 Oct 11
I have never planned to open a restaurant, but this discussion is interesting. I like two sort of restaurants : those where I can eat new dishes that I can't make at home -- I like to be surprised -- and those where I can eat dishes from my native area -- exactly the opposite --. I think I would opened a restaurant offering a mix of both : some traditional dishes, some new dishes using wild fruits/vegetables -- It is a fashion among great chefs here actually --, and some game meat dishes for the transition. With a menu like this it would be a middle-class restaurant. I don't like to see disguised waiters/waitresses, so a classic uniform would be perfect, but for the interior decoration, I would try to find a good fresco painter, and give him the future menu and carte blanche for his work.
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@topffer (42156)
• France
15 Oct 11
New recipes are also kept like a secret, and chefs have their own small secrets for traditional dishes : it is impossible to make exactly the same at home. Fresco painters are working on all sort of walls. Good paints on walls give a character to a restaurant. In Arab restaurants you see often stucco works : a good atmosphere for what you will eat in these restaurants. Some people like only to eat dishes they know : I have a good friend who is like this and don't want to try "nouvelle cuisine". The challenge in this restaurant would be to offer a few game animals/birds dishes at a reasonable price : this is an expensive meat, generally served in specialized restaurants, but I think it can be done.
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• Calgary, Alberta
16 Oct 11
I also knew some people who are to close minded to foreign cuisines even if the ingredients are not even exotic, as in local everyday ingredients. I guess a restaurant will be effective if it can cater to those "play it safe people" and adventurous people. I think there is a resto in my country that is affordable yet is able to serve wild game cos they domesticated some animals that are supposed to be wild.
• Calgary, Alberta
15 Oct 11
there are recipes I tried cooking at home but man they were so hard and needs a lot of work, too messy to make, so yeah, I prefer eating them on a resto than cooking them from scratch. Fresco painters are those who make paintings in chapel walls right?I think its good to have 2different markets in one restaurant,traditional people can get what they want while adventurous peeps will be happy too.
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@Mayuko (1268)
• United States
12 Jan 12
If I had a restaurant, I'd probably have it be part fast food part casual dining. It'd be a combination of a burger place, pizza and sandwich. The difference is it'd be a healthy/green alternative of the typical fast food places. All of the typically fried foods like chicken nuggets and french fries would be baked. Burgers would be grilled, or if they were fried, I'd use olive oil. I'd also have vegetarian and vegan food, but still have meat for people who want it. There'd be vegetarian chicken nuggets, burgers, etc. Most toppings for pizzas, would consist of vegetables, not pepperoni or sausage. I'd try to make all the foods low in calories, fat, cholesterol, and sodium with zero trans fats. I don't know exactly what the uniform would look like; maybe the staff would wear green and white -- button-up shirts for sure.
• Calgary, Alberta
13 Jan 12
George Foreman grill would be a good way to cook burgers cos it removes the oil and fats,I think the emat products will be better iof they were fresh and not some frozen processed meat. I had tasted baked fried before and they were so good,. It would be nice if a healthy fast food will exist.
@airkulet (2700)
• Philippines
16 Oct 11
hi capt, if I would have given a chance to have my own restaurant I'd probably pass it on others that is more deserving to have it. I am a no how to cook person, I love to eat but barely cook, so I don't know how to manage a restaurant especially inside the kitchen.
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• Calgary, Alberta
16 Oct 11
have you noticed that i created this discussion for people who are actually interested to share a vision. thanks for wasting my time. Geez I forgot putting disclaimers.
@airkulet (2700)
• Philippines
16 Oct 11
Hi I am sorry that I wasted your time, I thought that responding and commenting my thought will be healthy to all of us, never on my mind that I will hurt your feelings about it. My bad, I stand corrected!
@Porcospino (31367)
• Denmark
16 Oct 11
In the city where I grew up there is a place called "The tacky cafe". It is full of the ugliest furniture and decorations that you can imagine. The chairs, the tables and the lamps are all different and the colours don't match. It is very different from other places that I have visited and there is always something to look at like furniture and decorations that were popular 40 years ago. I like the idea, but it has already been used, so I would have to choose something slightly different to make my place unique. I would make tables and chairs from recycled and unusual materials. I would like my restaurant to be very colourful, and I would decorate the walls with colourful drawings. The food would be international. I wouldn't focus on one country, I would make sure that it was possible to buy food from many different parts of the world.
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• Calgary, Alberta
19 Oct 11
That tacky cafe concept seems interesting,we know something ugly and weird might end up looking cool because its rebellious and not traditional. I think an International Menu can give people more choices. I think recyled materials will scream that your restaurant is nature friendly, its like hitting 2 birds with 1 stone,
@jaiho2009 (39142)
• Philippines
15 Oct 11
hello Capt, I never dreamed to open a restaurant since it needs a lot of people. I mean, too laborious for me. But,if given a chance to open one, i want a kiddie style or, my target will be kids. It will appear to be like a disneyland whoooo....with cartoon characters of course as crew. have a good day
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• Calgary, Alberta
15 Oct 11
Jollibbe became successful because of their mascots, which something kids lovea venue near at schools is like a key to make it successful and food have to be affordable since kids wont buy fillet minion with romanesco Broccoli in hollandaise sauce. I think anything that is cancerous, bad for the health and full of MSG is attractive to kids.
@airasheila (5454)
• Philippines
15 Oct 11
Good day CaptAlbertWhisker, With regard to your main topic discussion, if I do own a restaurant, well, for me, it is indeed an answered prayer. As this is one of the longest dream that I ever had in my mind. Eversince I was in my college days, this is the business that I am eyeing for. And until now, it is my dream to have one. However due to some situation and circumstances, I cannot establish a space where can I put up my own restaurant. But, I am starting it little by little. Just as I am starting it delivering food to our neighbors. And doing some home made products. As I am slowly starting the business, I am doing it together with a prayer. That God will handle everything for me. Since he knows what is the best thing to do.
• Calgary, Alberta
15 Oct 11
wow someone who really wants a restaurant, I never expected this topic will bed tailor made for someone. Finding the right venue for sure is a critical thing, Its really unpredictable. there are restaurants located in very obscure places yet they have customers from different cities visiting them, while there are restaurants that seemed to have a good venue yet they failed. for sure with all perseverance and dedication, your dreams will come true, you will have your restaurant, a restaurant where customers leaves with a smile on their faces.
@arkhan099 (110)
• Pakistan
16 Oct 11
My own restaurant ...wow that would really be a dream come true, first off i'd make sure the interior design is preferably something bright , to create a better atmosphere, the food would consist of menus from Lebanon,China, France,Mexico and other popular country cuisines. There would also be separate areas for those people who smoke and also for couple that prefer to eat with privacy.One specialty of my restaurant will be that just as the customer orders , a special batch of complementary garlic bread will be sent to there tables. Music will also be played via speakers , and a special of oil perfumes will be lit every night , when the house is full.lastly I'd prefer male waiters attending to the tables, so that wives don't have to worry about there husbands flirting.
• Calgary, Alberta
19 Oct 11
sorry for my late response, my internet connection has been a pain in the butt. The only Lebanese dish I know id the very famous Hummus. I had one before in a flat bread and its really good. In ChineseFoodI love every stir fried vegetable recipe and I am crazy for steamed dimsum,how can something steamed taste good. I'm a huge fan of buritto and Quesadillaso Mexican cuisine is really a good choice for your menu. I'm a huge fan of liver and French Cuisine have the best recipes for them. LOL about your comments about waiters,
• India
16 Oct 11
I am in the plans to open a restaurant by next year as fast foods thyme. I'l include all fried rice and noodles stuffs.
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• Calgary, Alberta
16 Oct 11
so a fast food? that is for people on thego andonahurry who wants affordable foodthat is tasty.
@mariahhh (1328)
• United Arab Emirates
16 Oct 11
I want to open a restaurant, and I'm planning to open next year. I don't want a fast food restaurant, because if I franchise a known Fast food, then it will be very costly. I'm planning to make an original one. Maybe a family restaurant. I am still thinking which cuisine is good. I want the restaurant to be classy, with good ambiance and relaxing colors. I want it to be a slightly expensive restaurant but not a fine dining.
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• Calgary, Alberta
16 Oct 11
I think something that is easy to cook, with affordable fresh ingredients yet delicious would be the most logical part of the menu. To serve food that is delicious,cheap and nutritious will be good on attracting loyal customers. I think having beautiful furniture can make a restaurant look classy, a restaurant that is classy yet affordable will be nice,