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Three habits of successful restaurant owners

In the restaurant business, there are only a select few that survive for five years or longer. Sometimes an entrepreneur will watch a new trend in cuisine disappear just as quickly as it emerged. Sometimes they struggle to remain fully staffed, or hire the wrong people. And most often, they simply run out of money.

Our team at Don’s Supply has been providing premium bar, restaurant and kitchen equipment to Arkansas businesses since 1969, and we’ve seen a lot of businesses come and go over the years. We’re proud to offer one-stop shopping for restaurant appliances and kitchen supplies, and we stand behind everything that we sell. But it doesn’t stop there. We’re also a phone call away when you need advice on the proper operation of your equipment, things to expect when setting up a new concession stand or going on a catering gig, and how to prepare for the growth of your business. There are no “one size fits all” solutions, but most thriving restaurants get there because they pay attention to a few important details:

Hire great people, and set them up for success-Hiring decisions require a lot of instinct, but once someone’s on your payroll, you need to make sure that they’re trained, and able to meet all of the standards that you set. Your managers need to have the power to make decisions, and represent your interests when you’re not onsite.

Be prepared for “lean months”-Most restaurants experience peak seasons, but there will also be many periods where the customers seem not to exist. During those times when there seems to be a lot of month left at the end of the money, it’s important to resist the temptation to cut corners, or to fall into the trap of putting off necessary repairs or upgrades until business improves.

Always look at the big picture-You’re the boss, and that means that you need to be the one in charge. Your passion might be tending bar or running your kitchen, but one mistake that inexperienced restaurant owners often make is working “in” their restaurant, and not “on” their restaurant. Hire great people, let them do their jobs, and focus on growing your business!

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