Pop up restaurants are quite popular these days. They are, in a sense, like mushrooms; they come up one day, stay for a while and then they are gone.
Most of us are fascinated by the idea of being the proud owner of a pop up restaurant. So here are a few things you should keep in mind before starting one.
As the first step do some research about the concept, the requirements and the legality of the business. There are some states and countries that may not allow a portable restaurant and, there may be certain places in an otherwise fairly normal city where vendors are not allowed.
Purpose and duration
As was said before, pop up restaurants are not meant to be permanent establishments. Therefore, you have to have a basic idea about how long you are planning to operate at a specific location. Of course, you can extend the stay if the business is good and you have no issues in utilizing the space where you set up the restaurant.Then decide why you want to do this. It may be for a fund raiser, to fine tune and advertise your skills or simply because you want to get the fabulous experience of being an entrepreneur.
Location and setting up
You need to determine where you are going to set up the business and what you are going to use as the basic structure of your restaurant. There are many companies that offer second hand shipping containers for sale that will make great pop up restaurants. Some companies even offer ones that are made like retro bars that are really fascinating.You can also opt for caravans, tents, wooden structures, etc.No matter what material you use, you need to consider about the wiring, water supply, storage space, refrigeration, etc.You will also need to decide whether you are going to rent the tables, chairs and other equipment and depending on how long you plan to be in the business, keep in mind that buying may be more beneficial in the long run.
If you used something like a perfect 40ft shipping container, you can easily carry around your assets when you move to the new pop up location.
The first principle of success of a mobile diner is what you sell. So make sure to come up with a unique menu. If you are an emerging chef and want to establish yourself and showcase your talents, the menu is the way to do it.
Most people come to pop up restaurants to taste something different and unique and also expecting the food to be cheaper than the fancy restaurants while the quality is kept equal. So you can experiment with cheaper ingredients to serve good quality food for less.
I will be sure to drop by if you set up the pop up in a nearby area.