I know most of you are thinking that our title restaurant consumers refer to the consumption of food. That would make sense in most cases when speaking about restaurants. But this is a different kind of consumed.
Sure the consumption of your food product is important to your success and one way to generate revenue. The restaurant business is also an never ending day in and day out, hour after hour, sun up to sun down kind of business.
From personal experience, it can wear anyone down. It can even have you questioning your own sanity.
Part of the reason is there are so many obstacles and so many variables that show up each day your doors are open. If only you could just run the business instead of it running you, there could be hope for the future.
The challenge running a restaurant is that you have consumers that need attention. Some of the time they can be pretty demanding.
Consumers believe that you owe them for the fact that they are sitting in your restaurant.
Consumers believe that great food, great service, and great atmosphere is their inalienable right. Even for the savvy entrepreneur this challenging task will test them. Eventually satisfying the consumer will consume time and money.
Consumed can mean many things. I’m speaking of consuming your time, with love ones like your spouse, your kids or mom or dad.
Consuming your finances, your savings, your retirement, even family loans.
Consuming by your emotions, being in a place that you feel no-one can understand.
So with all the” the gloom and doom” why would someone every consider owning their own restaurant?
Can there be light at the end of the tunnel? Is there hope or is, is it hopeless?
These are good questions, and you should consider before taking ownership of a restaurant.
How do you avoid losing your dreams and your passions?
There is a light, and it’s shining for all those who are willing to take the necessary steps. Understanding owning a restaurant is like a baby.
You have to be there and watch over it. You can’t trust anyone because no one’s going to take care of it like you.
One of my favorite assessments of the restaurant business came from Anthony Bourdain. Author of one of my favorite books on the restaurant business called “Kitchen Confidential’s.”
He said, “There are people with otherwise chaotic and disorganized lives. A certain type of person that always found a home in the restaurant business. In much the same way that allot of people find a home in the military”.
It takes a certain individual as Anthony says, and that’s why it’s important to hear the hard facts. There is a large part of the population that has what it takes and are willing to make the commitment.
The question is, Do you have what it takes?