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Starting a Cafe or Restaurant Workshop

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Course description

Learn how to start a cafe or restaurant in Sydney with this workshop.

Everything you need to plan a successful cafe or restaurant. How to create a popular concept, choose a good location, prepare for competition, locate suppliers and find good staff. The legal, financial and personal aspects of your business will be at the forefront of all discussions – set-up costs, total investment, partnership issues and ‘bottom line’ success. Plus, how to assess the profit potential of a food business for sale.

This is a very practical course run by a former restaurant owner (now consultant) with many years of experience. Included in the course fee is a private one-hour consultation on your individual plans.

If you want to learn or are interested in Starting Your Own Cafe or Restaurant in Sydney, then this course is for you.

Course content

During this course the intention is that the following topics will be covered, but not necessarily in the order given. Due to the variable nature of Adult Education classes, parts of the curriculum may be adapted to suit the needs of the class.


  • Cafes, restaurants and small business issues

Customers are everything

  • What you need to know about your target customers
  • What will your customers want?

Legal issues, health requirements and legal structures

  • Licenses and approvals needed to operate a business
  • The Taxation Office – how to keep them happy and out of your way!
  • NSW Food Regulations
  • The legal structure of your business
  • Your partnership agreement

Buying a restaurant or pioneering?

  • Information you need when looking at a business for sale
  • Tricks and traps for the unwary
  • Factors to consider in deciding whether to buy a business or to pioneer
  • Putting together a business plan

Staffing – find good people and keep them!

  • The chain of employment
  • Advertising and interviewing techniques to save time and frustration
  • Choosing the right staff for the job
  • Staffing checklist

Location, layout and design of your business

  • Kitchen layout and design
  • Equipment list
  • Restaurant makeovers

Marketing for restaurants and cafes

  • What it’s all about – concept, pricing, location and promotion
  • What sort of marketing works best in the hospitality business?

Menus and concepts

  • Designing a profitable menu
  • Menu inspiration

Putting it all together and making a profit

  • The breakeven sales point – the level of sales when you make a profit
  • Set-up costs and investment
  • Key performance indicators – KPIs
  • The problem of theft

Resources for the future

  • Books
  • Articles
  • Websites

By the end of this course you will have learned how to:

  • understand current hospitality trends and the competitive pressures facing restaurants and cafes in Australia
  • prepare a feasibility study for a business they are planning
  • calculate the profit potential of a typical small restaurant or cafe
  • understand the issues involved in buying an existing business that is for sale
  • understand the broad legal issues involved and locate specialist advice
  • prepare for the recruitment of staff suitable for their business
  • locate sources of equipment and supplies for a new business
  • understand the key design issues for a small restaurant or cafe
Other information

The fee includes a consultation for each student after the workshop valued at $60.

Avoid disappointment. Enrol early.

Please ensure that you have given a valid email and mobile number as all course changes will be communicated via sms or email.