Glendora Chamber

Making Restaurant Ownership Affordable


Starting a restaurant can be one of the most exciting things you will ever do. It is fun to be able to create something from scratch and watch it grow over time. A restaurant is not only a business but also an art. It requires lots of creativity and hard work to make it successful. Successful restaurants have "a story" that they tell to the customers and they are able to create an unforgettable experience for them. If you’re interested in learning how to make restaurant ownership affordable, this article from the Glendora Chamber of Commerce can help.

Day-to-Day Best Practices 

Restaurants can be one of the most expensive businesses to start and maintain. This is because they require a lot of upfront capital. You need to invest in equipment and inventory, rent a space, hire staff, and maintain the place. But you don't have to break the bank when you're starting out. There are things you can do to make smarter decisions to save money.

  • Start by testing your food idea before investing in too much equipment. This will help you figure out if this is something worth pursuing or not.

  • Hire staff members on a part-time basis instead of full-time. This will save you money and also give your staff members more flexibility when it comes to their work schedule.

  • Find creative ways to cut down your expenses further by using temporary or rental furniture and decor items that can be easily replaced when needed.

  • Many restaurant owners overbuy to save on trips or because they found a great deal. Reducing the amount of inventory on hand will limit waste and spoilage.

  • Calculate your food and drink costs, then keep an eye on these numbers and revise as needed.

  • Take advantage of software to help with inventory management, recipes, and sales along with payroll costs and other operating expenses.

  • Streamline your ordering by working with a supplier that has most of the products you need. By staying primarily with one vendor, you may be able to negotiate lower prices with a prime vendor agreement. 

Smarter Business Practices

Forming an LLC for your business has several benefits, such as limited liability (your personal assets are protected), tax advantages, there is less paperwork, and you have more flexibility. States have different regulations around forming an LLC, so check the rules in your state before moving ahead. If you'd rather not do the legwork on your own, you can avoid hefty lawyer fees by using a formation service.


For most restaurants, the range for spending on marketing typically spans anywhere from 3–10% of sales. There are inexpensive or even free ways to market your business, such as taking advantage of social media pages. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok are all free to set up. Paid social advertising can help grow your users faster, but organic social growth is just as important for communicating with guests and building relationships. 

Upwork and Fiverr are two freelancing resources for you to hire professionals to create your printed and digital media as well as website development and maintenance. You can filter for areas of expertise and price-per-hour or job.

Do you need to convert a PDF to a doc? When you're creating marketing materials yourself, you may need to make significant text or formatting edits to a PDF. Keep in mind that you'll have a limited ability to edit documents with a PDF file, making the process difficult and time consuming. Instead, you can use an online conversion tool to convert a PDF into Word and easily make edits. Simply upload your PDF, convert the file, start working in Word, and then save it as a PDF when you've finished your edits.

Keep Current

It’s important to stay on top of all the latest topics related to your business to learn ways to grow your business in the most efficient and cost-saving way possible.

Starting a restaurant is a smart business idea right now. With the right business plan and business structure plus smart marketing strategy and tools, you can turn your dream into reality.


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