The Food Business has various lucrative restaurant formats that cater to the vast customer demography. Each restaurant format has its own set of target audience and requires a different type of investment, location, skills, and overall effort. But before you go ahead and decide on your restaurant format and concept, read the top 11 mistakes you should not make while running a restaurant.
How to Open a Restaurant: Top Restaurant Formats
Before entering the restaurant or food business, one should be careful about choosing from among the various restaurant formats, the investments required, the target audience, cuisine and the experience one wishes to create in the cluttered food service industry. The main types of restaurant formats are-
- Fine Dining Restaurants
- Casual Dining Restaurants
- Pubs and Bar
- Cafe or Bistro
- Quick Service Restaurants (QSR)
- Food Truck or Food Cart
- Sweet Shop
- Ice-cream Parlor
1. Fine Dining Restaurants
This one particular format requires the higher level of knowledge of gourmet food and service levels. It has usually the most elaborate menus with expensive tags on the items. Customers are expected to make a reservation for dining and may have to come in a certain dress code if required. The fine dining restaurant provides a classy atmosphere and precise detailing of each item. It may also provide liquor to its customers.
2. Casual Dining Restaurants
Casual Dining restaurant format offers food which is similar to the QSR but is more presentable with a table service. The ambience of this format is a little modern and comfortable, giving a family-friendly experience. These type of restaurants typically serve 3-course meals and have an extensive menu with a slightly higher price but are cheaper than fine dining.
This article will serve as a go-to guide to opening a casual dining restaurant.
3. Pubs and Bar
The term Pub & Bar brings to mind the images of a comfortable sitting area, pleasant ambience, and lively music. The format has an extensive menu of liquor, mocktails, and food. This one particular format can promise you high sales but at the same time requires a lot of investments and overheads. Traditionally the windows of pub and bar were of frosted glass to provide privacy but they have moved to clear glass and bright ambience.
Find out how to open a restro-bar and pub here.
4. Cafe or Bistro
The cafe or bistro restaurant format does not usually provide table service and has the self-service option. The menu of cafe or Bistro typically includes beverages, and finger foods such as pastries, pizza, and sandwiches. This type of format also gives an outdoor or casual sitting. However, a Bistro can also offer entire meals other than the regular items that cafe serves.
5. Quick Service Restaurants (QSR)
The QSR format is one of the most favourite type of restaurant format for aspiring restaurateurs. The QSR format of food outlets typically serves fast food which takes less time for preparation and is delivered in few minutes to the consumer’s doorstep. The food served here is quick and cheap compared to other formats. The design and ambience are simple and offers basic services like few tables and chair for fast dining, delivery service or a pickup counter. The menu should be limited to the maximum of 20 items to offer.
Read in detail how to open a Quick Service Restaurant here.
6. Food Truck or Food Cart
The Food Truck or Food Cart format is the most viable among all the restaurant formats because of the lesser investment and fewer overheads. Food Trucks are essentially movable Quick Service Restaurants (QSRs) because the basic character remains the same, that is, proving fast and cheap food. However, there are few food trucks which serve speciality cuisines as well as such as Mexican, Lebanese etc. Since there is a space constraint, the menu of food truck should be very crisp offering not more than 10 items including drinks.
This article will serve as a guide to opening a Food Truck business.
Bakeries are a fascinating business format in the food segment because of the high margins they offer to the owner. This format is somewhat similar to the Sweets Shop format. Instead of sweets, it offers cakes, pastries, snacks and various types of bread. The menu has a wide variety and also gives an option of made to order to the consumer. It provides basic service like delivery, self-service and may have a sitting area.
Find out how to open a bakery business here.
8. Sweet Shop
India being a country of festivals, sweets shops are very profitable ventures in the restaurant business. Sweets shops usually serve different sweets, snacks, beverages and some bakery products. In this format, the menu is extensive and does not provide table service or delivery service. These types of format not just require the shop to sell sweets but also require a base kitchen where sweets can be prepared.
9. Ice-cream Parlor
The Ice-Cream parlour format usually serves the different types of ice-creams, shakes, and ice-cream cakes. Ice-cream parlours have come up to be the most innovative concepts in the terms of process and service levels, unlike the traditional way of serving the regular flavours. Today concepts like cold stone ice cream, nitrogen-based ice-cream, and live ice-cream making are catching up the trend. Ice-cream parlour may offer a sitting and delivery service. The menu of the ice cream parlour is usually limited to the maximum of 30 items.
Find out how to open an ice-cream parlour here.
The format and concept should be in sync with each other for you to be able to run a successful restaurant business. This article will help you choose the right concept for your restaurant.