F&B

Stories, guides and how-tos for food and beverage businesses

How And Why Young Entrepreneurs Are Starting Food Stalls

Starting a food stall is ideal for young entrepreneurs to gain some business experience without a significant investment. If you are someone with a passion for starting a restaurant, then beginning with a food stall is a good initial venture. Furthermore, it is a clever way to start out humbly and get your brand’s name out. 1. What You Need If you enjoy chaotic hours, changing environments and recipe innovation, then you may be perfectly suited for this. Mostly, you should decide between vending at markets or festivals. The logistics can be very different, so you should tailor your business accordingly. Your working days will mostly be weekends. If you are not prepared to give up those liberties, than consider corporate events or private functions instead. Essentially, planning your busine...

Create An Unforgettable Restaurant Name

Create An Unforgettable Restaurant Name! When starting a restaurant, one of the most important aspects on deciding on your restaurants name! There are many ways to choose a name for your restaurant – from naming a restaurant after a location, encapsulating a theme or simply playing around with words. This name will stick with your restaurant for an indefinite time, so make sure that is both catchy and memorable for your customers to remember. So how do you make sure that it is unforgettable and yet meaningful? Read on to find out the steps and advises I used to determine my own restaurants name! 1. Naming Your Restaurant After Your Location

Understanding F&B Industry in India – Avoid mistakes of other F&B owners

In collaboration with SME Southeast Asia, we were commissioned in June 2018 to study F&B industry in India. Over the past weeks, we surveyed hundreds of F&B owners and managers across India. Hot out of the oven, our report revealed some sizzling insights! Here’s a peek on what we’ve revealed!  Over 30% of Restauranteurs face these Top 2 problems including having a Lack of Customers During Off-Peak Hours and Hiring & Training. Check if these issues affect you too! [Full List within Report] Over 36% of them use these TWO Solutions to solve the Challenges above. Are you? [Solutions within report]  25% of Restauranteurs who use these 11 Apps say that it does not help them Drive More Customers and is Not Customized to Their Needs. Which apps are you using? [List within report] Bench...

Understanding F&B Industry in Singapore – Avoid mistakes of other F&B owners

In collaboration with SME Southeast Asia, we were commissioned in June 2018 to study F&B industry in Singapore. Over the past weeks, we surveyed hundreds of F&B owners and managers across Singapore. Hot out of the oven, our report revealed some sizzling insights! Here’s a peek on what we’ve revealed!  Over 37% of Restauranteurs face these Top 2 problems including having a Lack of Customers During Off-Peak Hours and Hiring & Training. Check if these issues affect you too! [Full List within Report] Over 35% of them use these THREE Solutions to solve the Challenges above. Are you? [Solutions within report]  53% of Restauranteurs who use these 15 Apps say that it does not help them Drive More Customers. Which apps are you using? [List within report] Benchmark if you are Spending Mo...

Understanding F&B Industry in the Malaysia – Avoid mistakes of other F&B owners

In collaboration with SME Southeast Asia, we were commissioned in June 2018 to study F&B industry in Malaysia. Over the past weeks, we surveyed hundreds of F&B owners and managers across Malaysia. Hot out of the oven, our report revealed some sizzling insights! Here’s a peek on what we’ve revealed!  Over 41% of Restauranteurs face these Top 2 problems including having a Lack of Customers During Off-Peak Hours and Hiring & Training. Check if these issues affect you too! [Full List within Report] Over 30% of them use these THREE Solutions to solve the Challenges above. Are you? [Solutions within report]  53% of Restauranteurs who use these 12 Apps say that it does not help them Drive More Customers. Which apps are you using? [List within report] Benchmark if you are Spending More...

How these 7 Pinoy Stalls Became Outstanding Culinary Restaurants 

Wonder how big names become big names in the first place? These restaurants are no stranger to humble beginnings and hard work. Read on for inspiring stories of individuals that took the risk and entered the F&B industry to share their delicious recipes with the world. 1. Manang’s Chicken Manang’s Chicken was Mother’s recipe that the family’s beloved chef Manang whipped up on a regular basis for friends and family. They then found the perfect opportunity to share it with the community when they came across an opening for Mercato Centrale, a weekend food market. The family recipe fared so well with the public that Manang’s Chicken is now a 13 store chain restaurant in the Philippines!  But how did they make it so big? In a ABS-CBN interview, Jill Gerodias-Borja talks about the sec...

Find the Right Wait Staff with These Interview Questions

Hiring is a tricky process because you need to get to know your future employee in and out just after a short interview. So what questions should you ask to get skin deep? Generic questions like  “What is your biggest weakness and greatest strength?” may be ineffective at getting an honest response from your candidate but these questions might. At least they worked on me, because all my employees turned out to be loyal and hard workers.  1. “What do you think we would achieve together a year from now?”  This question will make sure that you are hiring someone that has done his research on your company and your company vision. It shows exactly how serious and invested they are in their role as well. 2. “What is your greatest success in your career in the F&B industry?” Getting to know a...

A Filipino’s Guide to Surviving the First Year of Restaurant Business

I belong to a group of pioneer restaurant owners. Although the restaurant landscape has changed since we entered it, it is still no easy task to open a restaurant and the first year is by far the hardest to survive. These are a few tips that we used to tide over our business in the first year. According to a study by The Perry Group study most restaurants in the Philippines close during their first year of operation. 70% of those that make it past the first year close their doors in the next three to five years. 90% of the restaurants that are still operating past the five-year mark will stay in business for a minimum of 10 years. So as a restaurant business owner, what can you do to reach that 90% group? 1. Think and Breathe Like an Entrepreneur We believe that one thing that many restaur...

Understanding F&B Industry in the Philippines – Avoid mistakes of other F&B owners

In collaboration with SME Southeast Asia, we were commissioned in June 2018 to study F&B industry in the Philippines. Over the past weeks, we surveyed hundreds of F&B owners and managers across the Philippines. 🔥Hot out of the oven, our report revealed some ♨sizzling insights! Here’s a peek on what we’ve revealed! 👀 Over 35% of Restauranteurs face these Top 5 problems including having a Lack of Customers During Off-Peak Hours and Competition. Check if these issues affect you too! [Full List within Report] Over 30% of them use these THREE Solutions to solve the Challenges above. Are you? [Solutions within report]  54% of Restauranteurs who use these 7 Apps say that it does not help them Drive More Customers and is Not Customized to Their Needs. Which apps are you using? ...

Make It or Break it in the First 3 Years of Restaurant Business

You may be hesitant to get into the restaurant industry because you have seen countless business come and go over the years. If this resonates with you, as a successful restaurant owner myself that has seen the failings of many cafes and restaurants here in Singapore, I have come up with a comprehensive list of things that will ensure the sustainability of any venture! 1. Choose A Good Location Don’t settle for less when it comes to choosing a good location for your restaurant. If your restaurant is located in a secluded area and there is a lack of foot traffic, it is very hard for your restaurant to survive in the first place. 2. Get Involved As a restaurant owner yourself, it is vital that you get involved with the operation of your business. Don’t just leave the front end of your busine...

Design a Stunning Restaurant Exterior – Attract Walk Ins

Design a Stunning Restaurant Exterior with these great tips! Your restaurant exterior must be welcoming, functional and aesthetic all at the same time. How exactly do we achieve a balance between the three to create a good first impression for our customers?  Read on to find out how to smartly design the outside of your restaurant! 1. Design Your Restaurants Name Make your restaurant name known with a glowing business sign. Engage with reputable sign makers in your country to come up with a business sign that you feel correctly represents your restaurant. Customers will feel the effort you have put into your sign upon by first glance. Design a Stunning Restaurant Exterior A business sign on your restaurant exterior will also do lengths to legitimise your presence in the neighbourhood. 2. L...

Use Colours for Your Restaurant to Make Diners Hungry

The colours of your restaurant certainly has a strong impact on determining your customers dining experience. This, in turn, determines the brand image of your restaurant. Does your restaurant provide more of a fine-dining experience? Or a fast-food experience? What about sustainable dining? This article will help you decide which colours would be best for your restaurant and determining your brand image. 1. Warm Colours versus Cool Colours Warm colours like red, yellow and orange increases a person’s appetite – so use that to your advantage in your own restaurant! Muted, earth tones of warm colours also creates a lush and expensive feel for your restaurant.    Yellow can become really obnoxious if it is too gaudy or bright. So try to aim for muted tone as well. But if you are o...