BizBen.com
500 New & Refreshed Posts, Postings Daily
Over 8,000 Postings & 2,500 Resources
Assisting Buyers & Sellers Over 25 Years!

Categories

Good Management Beats A Good Location When Buying A Restaurant

People who know me know my opinion about what it takes to be successful in the restaurant business- and it's not just a good location.  What makes a difference time and time again is the difference in management.  Good management is the key to success.  Every time you hear its Location Location Location, I say it's Execution Execution Execution!

Look over my list of "done deals" over the past 23 years and you will notice that many are no longer in business.


Some have been sold as many as four times.  But eventually, with good management, the same location that was once a loser has been turned into a winner by good management.

Nowhere is this truer than with the Charley Brown's chain.  These restaurants flourished for many years but are now all gone in the Bay area. There are many reasons for their demise, but location is not one of them.  Their locations were always terrific and are still terrific even though Charley Brown's is no longer in business in the San Francisco Bay area.

The best location is the right location.  You have to take into account the characteristics of the concept and match them up to the characteristics of the location. Different concepts have different location needs and different affordability.

When I'm trying to help someone find a site, buy a restaurant for sale, or sell their restaurant, I try to use all of my experience in the restaurant business so that the right decisions are made.  The same location can be absolutely perfect for one concept and absolutely wrong for another concept.

I have had many of my clients for 10 to 15 years or more.  These long term relationships mean a lot to me and I am rewarded with a good deal of inside information that I can use to help them and others make the right real estate decisions.

The restaurant business is difficult to say the least. But it is an exciting business, and an ever changing business.  And, it can be a very profitable business.

Categories: BizBen Blog Contributor, Buying A Business, How To Buy A Business

Contributor:

Jeff Back
Areas Served: SF Bay Area, North Bay, Central Valley
Phone:  925-736-8200 Cell, 925-736-8200 Text
J. Back & Associates Restaurant Real Estate was founded in 1988 as the first SF Bay Area firm to specialize exclusively in restaurants. I am the past President of Charley Browns restaurants & have been involved in the restaurant business for over 35 years. Call 925-736-8200.

Comments & Feedback From Pro Intermediaries & Pro Advisors On BizBen:

Posted By: Joe Ranieri, Business Broker: LA, Orange Counties, California    

I think it's also true that an owner/operator must also have a love of people or at least good customer service skills. I have had clients where I have steered them away from certain businesses, because I knew it would not be a good match.

I had a client who was interested in a dance clothing store near the coast, but later changed her mind and wanted a bar/dance hall about an hour and thirty minutes inland. I told the client that I felt it would not be a good match for her, even though I probably could have sold it to her, and made a higher commission, but it breaks my heart to have to relist something six months after a client buys something (at a 40-50K loss, because of insufficient books).

Bars, liquor stores, restaurants, and coffee shops really demand that the owner really enjoy being there and connect with the customers, because the temperament of the owner sets the mood for all other management and employees underneath.






Place A Posting To Sell Or Buy A Business, Search All Postings


Sell A Business Fast: Place A For Sale Posting Now To Sell A Small Business - 7 Programs To Select From >
Find A Business To Buy Fast: Place A Wanted To Buy Posting Today - Best Way To Find & Buy A Business >
Search Business For Sale & Wanted To Buy Postings On BizBen - 500 New & Refreshed Postings Daily! >

Other Related Blog Posts, Articles, And Discussions You May Be Interested In

Buying A Health Club Successfully Working Out A Deal: Things To Consider When Buying A Boutique Fitness Gym

First thing you may be asking, what is a boutique gym? Simple, a boutique fitness gym is on average much smaller than your typical large-scale gym, ranging from 800 to 2,500 sq ft. In this BizBen blog post, Joe Ranieri (Southern California Business Broker) discusses this topic for gym buyers.
3 Car Wash Types To Purchase Buying A Car Wash Business: 3 Successful Types Of Car Washes To Consider

One of the most popular business searches (and eventual business purchase) on BizBen is the self serve and full service car wash. Peter Siegel, MBA (ProBuy & ProSell Programs Director) with BizBen.com reflects on three types of car wash models and what buyers should look for in a car wash purchase.
Due Diligence Gas Station Purchases Buying A Gas Station Business: What To Look For When Doing Due Diligence

Doing due diligence when buying any type of business is extremely important. Regardless of what type of business you are buying there are certain things you will always look at such as, financials, equipment, legal issues etc. We take a look at several angles for optimal gas station due diligence.
Unreported Income Claims By Sellers Unreported Income Claims By The Seller - What Should A Business Buyer Do?

One of the most difficult challenges when purchasing a small business is expressed by this prospective buyer of a liquor store who is told by the seller that there is more money being made than shows up on the books. Should the buyer accept that statement by the seller & go ahead with the purchase?
Are Upfront Fees Worth It In Defense Of Upfront Broker Fees: Why Owners Should Pay Brokers Upfront

Are up front fees worth it? In this BizBen Blog post Brian Loring (Business Broker) discusses the pros and cons of owners of small businesses paying business brokers and agents an upfront fee for their services. There are many sides and opinions expressed on this topic by both sellers & brokers!
Questions When Buying A Liquor Store Buying A Liquor Store: 3 Questions To Consider And Ask Before You Purchase

Buying a liquor store? First, ask yourself these three critical questions to find out if owning a liquor store is right for you. Questions like hands on vs absentee ownership, inventory turnover, licensing issues. Peter Siegel, MBA (BizBen ProBuy & ProSell Program Lead Advisor) explores this topic.
Business Buyers Biggest Mistakes What Are Buyers Biggest Mistakes? The Pro's Examine 25 Of The Most Common

A business buyer in our ProBuy Program searching to buy a small business asked me to sum up what I thought the biggest mistakes business buyers make when they search for and bought a small business. I asked ProIntermediaries on BizBen their thoughts on the matter and received a diverse response.
Buying An Absentee Small Business The Pros And Cons Of Buying An Absentee Run Small Business In California

Peter Siegel, MBA - BizBen Founder discusses the difference between a hands on owner and an absentee owner. It covers why someone would want to be an absentee owner and then goes on to discuss the pros and cons of buying an absentee run small business in the California marketplace.
Co Brokerage When Selling A Business Before You Select A Business Broker: Do They Co-Broker With Other Brokers?

To receive the fullest exposure for selling their business, small business owner/sellers should make sure their listing broker or agent is co-operating with other business brokers and agents on their deal. Christina Lazuric a Orange County business broker discusses this topic with BizBen Users.
Keeping A Business Sale Confidential Why Is A Small Business Sale Kept Confidential? Advisors Discuss This Topic

Recently a business owner asked me on the phone, "Why do you keep the sale of a business confidential? How do you keep the sale confidential - any good tips?" Multiple Advisors weigh in on this subject. What would be your answer to this business owner? ProIntermediaries on BizBen discuss this topic.