You might feel attracted by a number of restaurants available for lease in San Francisco. So how do you choose the right one? It’s important to look for certain things in the listings and to ask your agent the right questions. You should consider all the features of the restaurant, from square footage to location.
Here are a few things to ask yourself and your agent before you sign the lease:
- How big is it? Certain areas which are in great demand are going to cost more. But if you’re willing to compromise on location, you can get a bigger place for a smaller price. You’ll have to weigh your options and figure out where you’re likely to get more business.
- Where is it located? When it comes to office space, downtown locations are considered best. But with restaurants, you can get a space in an area full of offices or a residential area. The former will give you more business at lunch while the latter will provide more business at dinner time.
- How much will you have to fix up the property? Sometimes, you might luck into a space that looks exactly the way you want it to. However, most of the time, you’re going to have to do some renovations and fix up the interiors. You’ll want to go with a space where you can minimize your renovation costs, if possible.
- Is your concept likely to work in that area? If you really want to start a fine dining space, it’s best to do it in a residential area rather than an area full of offices. Similarly, if you want to start a place that appeals to hipsters, do so in an area where students tend to congregate. Make sure your concept is likely to work in the area you choose.
- Accessibility. You probably already have contacts from whom you buy your groceries in bulk. Will they deliver to your new location? Or will you be able to drive back and forth to get everything that’s necessary?
- How will your restaurant be unique? It’s always necessary to have a personal signature when you start a restaurant. You probably already have a couple of specialties on your menu. You can think about developing these further in order to find your niche.
- What do you get compliments on? Sometimes, you might think that you’re good at doing certain things but others might think that your specialty is different from what you think it is. If you get a lot of compliments on certain dishes, keep in mind that those might constitute your specialty and try to develop your menu in that direction.
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