We’ve seen several restaurants and eateries open up shop here in Mahone Bay. Many of them are still active today and are popular all over, while others were unable to keep up with the competition.
We will be honest upfront, the competition here in Nova Scotia is fierce. We can’t just look at it within Mahone Bay but consider the entire province.
Here are some reminders before you build your restaurant and serve your food.
Step 1: Learn more about your future customers
Let’s say you are a great cook. However, part of a restaurant is knowing what your customers like and what they don’t like. First, you can determine what type of food or cuisine they want that would make potential customers regulars.
Then, you need to have a strategy with your pricing that is ideal for your customer’s food budget. Customers simply won’t spend a lot of money for a meal. There are other factors to consider when studying your customers.
But basically, this will give you data-driven insights to structure your restaurant and its operation. You can do this through online surveys given that most people have access to the internet wherever they are. You have to ask the right questions and submit them to the right people.
Step 2: Conduct a trial run
Would you like to know beforehand if people like your food? Then you should consider doing a trial run wherein you’ll be cooking for people for free. The objective is to determine the level of your skills and the quality of food you can deliver again and again.
Gather up a bunch of people from the community, not just your family and friends, but even total strangers. Make them the signature dishes you want to be the star of your restaurant. Here in Nova Scotia, people are not picky with food, but they are after quality.
They know what good food tastes like, and they can be quite constructive when giving feedback. This is where you should thrive.
Step 3: Learn more on business compliance
This is important to protect your, your employees, and your business from the possibility of legal complications in the future. Nova Scotia and generally Canada requires new businesses to acquire licenses and/or permits to operate. You can easily visit BizPal’s page on Nova Scotia’s website to learn more.
These are only the initial steps but are also the most essential ones. During these stages, you’ll be able to structure your business from the ground up and hit the ground running. Subscribe to Rebecca’s Restaurant blog today.