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Your Guide to Starting a Restaurant

Now you’re familiar with the general information about starting your business, you’re ready to delve into the more in-depth information around opening a restaurant.

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Pros

Ability to be your own boss and have more control over your career
If successful, financial reward will be superior to working for somebody else
Opportunity to be creative in relation to restaurant concept, including menus and fit outs
Ability to utilise a range of different skills that you may not get as a regular employee of a restaurant
Ability to meet a lot of new people, and establish the ‘goodwill’ of the local community

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Cons
  • Running a restaurant is not a job and ‘business hours’ don’t exist: it requires a significant investment of personal time and planning
  • Restaurants can fail – meaning huge drain and stress on financial resources and time lost
  • Subject to seasonal variances meaning cash flow a notable stress point for restaurant owners
  • You will need a range of different capabilities beyond hospitality to be a successful owner of a restaurant; including business and finance management skills
  • Employee tenure can be lower than other industries; meaning higher time investment required to find and train staff

Licencing Requirements

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Business Licences

You’ll need to apply for a business licence and registration from the local council. The local council will ask you to provide information such as:

  • Your food business classification
  • The type of food to be served
  • Whether food is pre-packaged
  • The name of your food safety representative

For information on the process with your local council, visit the Australian Business Licence and Information Service.

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Council Certificates

You’ll also need to apply for a number of certificates from the local council, including:

  • A zoning certificate
  • A construction certificate
  • A fire safety certificate
  • A compliance certificate
  • An occupation certificate

You’ll then need to pay the associated fees and fill out the required paperwork.

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Food Licensing

Food business licensing ensures your restaurant can produce safe food before it is supplied or prepared for the local community.

Licensing requirements vary depending on the size of the venue and state or territory where you’re establishing the business. These can be viewed here:

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How to Find Your Perfect Restaurant: Choosing Your Location

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The right locations for restaurants often depend on the type of restaurant. Fine dining, casual, bistro or fast food – whatever your style of restaurant, you will need to consider the importance of your location.

How to Choose the Right Staff for Your Restaurant

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