How To Open a Restaurant: A Complete 6-Session Intensive Program

How To Open a Restaurant: A Complete 6-Session Intensive Program
Event on 2013-01-30 19:05:00

How To Open a Restaurant: A Complete 6-Session Intensive Program

Holly Howard, Operations Consultant & Special Guests

Session I: Wednesday, January 30 at 7:05pm – 9:00pm

Session II: Wednesday, February 6 at 7:05pm – 9:00pm

Session III: Wednesday, February 13 at 7:05pm – 9:00pm

Session IV: Wednesday, February 20 at 7:05pm – 9:00pm

Session V: Wednesday, February 27 at 7:05pm – 9:00pm

Session VI: Wednesday, March 6 at 7:05pm – 9:00pm

Course Description:

From financing to design, sourcing to management, marketing to customer service, each of these six sessions focuses on a specific aspect of the restaurant industry in order to provide a comprehensive understanding of the business.

Each session features a local specialist on the coresponding session topic as a guest speaker to discuss his or her own personal experiences, give advice, and answer questions.

Lead by Holly Howard, Operations Consultant, this cohort of aspiring restaurateurs will not only learn the ins and outs of the restaurant industry but also the stories of local, successful restaurateurs.



Session I – Business Planning & Finance (1/30)

Special Guest: Daniel Gonzalez of Brooklyn Coop

  • Overview of restaurant business plans
  • Financing for restaurants
  • Resources for opening your own restaurant


Session II – Sourcing Food & Developing a Menu (2/6)

Special Guest: Ken Wiss, Chef de Cuisine at Marlow and Sons

  • How to source local, organic foods
  • Considerations for creating your restaurant's menu
  • Drafting seasonal and specialty menus


Session III – Space, Design & Brand (2/13)

Special Guest: Joseph Foglia of Joseph Foglia Designs (Dressler, DuMont)

  • Finding and leasing your space
  • Designing your restaurant to fit your vision
  • Build-out and the construction process

Session IV – Operations, Management & Customer Service (2/20)

  • Staffing and training employees
  • Creating systems and day-to-day operations
  • Leadership and management


Session V – Marketing & Public Relations (2/27)

Special Guest: TBA

  • Identifying your ideal customer
  • Developing your brand message
  • How to get the word out and get customers in


Session VI – Pizza & Pitch Party (3/6)

  • Local pizza and drinks
  • Students pitch their business concepts to professional panel for feeback





at The Yard
33 Nassau Ave
Brooklyn, United States

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