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.
About The Author: Jeff Back is the founder of J. Back & Associates Restaurant Real Estate. - specializing exclusively in buying, selling and developing restaurants, bars and nightclubs. View more information about Jeff Back at J. Back & Associates & his listings or phone him direct at 925-736-8200 about selling or buying a restaurant in Northern California.
|Helpful Resources To Assist In Selling And Buying California Businesses|
|Harry Sidhu, CBB, Broker - SF Bay Area, Central Valley, SAC Region
Assisting both sellers and buyers of businesses - dealing mainly with Liquor Stores, Grocery Markets, Gas Stations, Smoke Shops, Restaurant Related, Retail Related, Service Related. Serving SF Bay Area, North Bay, Sacramento area. Call Harry Sidhu, CBB for assistance at 510-366-6130.
|Steve Zimmerman: Restaurant Broker Specialist
Steve founded Restaurant Realty in 1996. He has personally sold/leased over 900 restaurants, bars & clubs, & completed over 3000 valuations. The author of "Restaurant Dealmaker - An Insider's Trade Secrets For Buying a Restaurant, Bar or Club" available on Amazon. Reach Steve direct at 415-945-9701.
|Taj Randhawa, Business Broker Specialist - Gas Stations, Liquor Stores
If you are interested buying or selling a gas station, liquor store feel free to phone me for a consultation. My vast experience & specialization in gas stations & liquor stores helps me in serving my clients with full confidence, trust & sincerity. Serving Central Valley, SF Bay Area. 559-259-4247.
|Mike Brewer: Liquor License Brokers, ABC Consulting Services
Liquor license brokerage and consulting services. We provide: Alcohol License Transfers Application Consulting & Processing, Liquor License Purchases & Sales, City Zoning Permits & Land Use Entitlements, Public Convenience or Necessity Findings and Letters. Phone Mike Brewer direct at 800-437-1100.
|Prabhjot Randhawa, Broker: SF Bay Area, Northern Central Valley
I'm a Business Advisor at Liberty Business Advisors of San Fransisco. I have over 20 years of experience in all phases of entrepreneurship. During the past 15 years my concentration has been in business of mergers and consulting. I have owned and operated over 10 businesses.
|Timothy Cunha, J.D., Business Broker, Northern California
Having managed and sold several businesses of his own, Tim offers business sellers extensive personal experience and professional expertise in building business value, planning a successful exit strategy, "packaging" and promoting the sale, and coordinating a successful sale. Phone 650-600-3751.
|Rob Hartman: Business Broker, SF Bay Area
Business brokerage services in the SF Bay Area. I bring skill, integrity and energy to all of my clients and our projects. I'm accustomed to working with a wide variety of clients and their businesses; large or small, simple or highly complex. Get a free consultation by phoning 650-279-3097.
|Manjit Singh: SF Bay Area - Business Intermediary
Assistance in the San Francisco Bay Area. Contact me about buying or selling a restaurant, liquor store, gas stations, markets, and c-store businesses. If you are looking to buy or sell a SF Bay Area liquor store, market, c-store, restaurant, etc phone me direct at 510-417-9429.
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