If you dream of one day being able to have your own eatery, you will need to first start by doing thorough research on the subject. You might not have the money to start a restaurant or a café just yet but if you have plans to do so one day in the future, you should start doing your research now. There are many things that go in to having a successful restaurant and as opposed to popular belief, it is not only the food that makes a restaurant successful. You can have the leading food in the world but without proper service, without a good marketing and business plan and without an overall package, you could end up losing customers to a company that is not even half as good as yours in terms of food. On the other hand, there have been many companies where the food has not been excellent or anything special but they have drawn in people and have repeat customers simply based on the service provided and more importantly the branding and the strategizing.
Research and planning
It is never too early to start your research and planning for your restaurant. One mistake that many entrepreneurs to be make is that they wait until they have the money in hand to start planning and this is just a waste of time. If you have already eaten at 5 star restaurants that you want to be like, read the reviews that they have received from food critics and studied their strengths and weaknesses, you will be able to analyze and formulate a plan as to what you would like to do with your own restaurant.
You should also read lists by food critics such as the top 10 cafes in your city or the best restaurants in your country to find out what it is that these cafes and restaurants have in common. You will soon see that there are places like Starbucks that serve good but fairly average coffee that have people flocking to them but there are places that serve far better coffee at the same price but do not have the same amount of customers or popularity. This is to do with the marketing and branding that a company does. You will see that people are willing to pay massive amount of money to have a handbag from a brand like Louise Vuitton but they will reject a similar bag of similar quality without the brand name on it because of the branding done by the former. This is good branding.