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Mr.Idli Xpress :: Location Advice

Our suggestion on restaurant location selection...

Not every available space is right for a restaurant. A good restaurant location is harder to find than some people think. What may look like the perfect spot- say a bustling pedestrian street in the heart of downtown- may turn out to be a dud. Other times a spot that you would never think to put a restaurant - like in an old shoe shop in a run-down mill town - is a success. Of course, food and service are important to the success of a restaurant, but the location can be just as crucial, especially in the early years.

Our point wise suggestions:

  • Parking is a must : People are lazy. There is just no way around it. If they have to walk a ways to get to your restaurant, they may opt to go somewhere else "more convenient." If you live in an urban area where everyone walks and there is public transportation, this is less of a factor. But if you are thinking of a restaurant location out of town, in a place that requires you to drive to get there, you'd better have parking available. If your restaurant location doesn't come with a large parking lot then do not move forward!
  • Visibility is important : Setting up our Mr. Idli in a location with either high footfall or car traffic is ideal. Making your restaurant (or restaurant sign) visible to the public is like free advertising. It reminds them that your Mr. Idli restaurant exists and they should stop by sometime to enjoy our delicacies.
  • Size does matter : Even the smallest restaurant requires adequate space for a kitchen, walk-in refrigerator, dry storage and an office for paperwork. Your dining room needs space for a wait-station and pantry. What looks like a huge space for rent can quickly fill up with all the equipment needed to open a restaurant. Check out our business models and accordingly plan your location hunt.
  • Put safety first : One of the first steps in choosing a restaurant location is finding out if the building is up to code. Does it have proper wiring, fire safety, and rest room. A walk through the building with your local Municipal Authority or Health and Safety Inspector will help you determine what needs to be done to a space before you open a restaurant or you can get expert advice when we visit your location.
  • Know your neighbours : When looking for a restaurant location, consider who else is doing business in the neighbourhood. Are there already half a dozen restaurants with the same concept as yours? Is the area busy or full of empty storefronts? Successful business attracts other successful business.
  • Don't be impulsive : You may visit one spot and decide that it is "the one." But before you start sketching out the dining room; be sure to visit multiple sites. And visit prospective restaurant sites during different times of days, during the week and on weekends.

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