You find a suitable site with good traffic and proximity to enough people (refer to guidelines above). You have verified in writing that the site is zoned for restaurants; you review and execute a lease.
Establish pre-opening and opening budget. Track pre-opening expenses. Get approval for all blueprints and preliminary drawings. Meet with and submit plans to corporate; provide development schedule; apply for permits; set up vendor accounts.
Order equipment; post “Coming Soon” signs; order operating software; register tax status with state; establish training and recruiting plans and place ads for all positions.
Ordering phone system, securing insurance; selecting a management team; setting up utilities and bank accounts; hiring staff and training; arranging for food delivery; making final preparations; hanging the “Now Open” sign outside; and preparing your staff for a great opening day.
* This timeline could vary depending on how long it takes to find a suitable location.