Cooking Up Business

Is starting a restaurant your entrepreneurial dream?
Magazine Contributor
1 min read

This story appears in the April 2000 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine. Subscribe »

These days, consumers are opting to dine out rather than cook at home. The is great for -service businesses. So, where do you start?

Well, restaurateurs agree that you should get a job in the type of establishment you want to open. Learn what goes on behind the scenes and what it's like to do the work before you invest your life savings in your own .

Supplement your hands-on with a variety of resources. Start here:

National Association (NRA)

(202) 331-5900

http://www.restaurant.org

Membership includes restaurants, professionals and academic institutions associated with the industry. The NRA Education Foundation has programs to help you get started, manage your and train your employees.

Restaurant Associates Northwest

(800) 595-2326

http://www.ranw.com

This consulting firm offers online training courses, including "Starting a Restaurant from Scratch," and other resources.

Entrepreneur Media Inc. (that's us!)

http://www.smallbizbooks.com

Check out our guide, How To Start A Food Service Business.

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