Category Archives: Opening A Restaurant

How to Create a Successful Bar Plan

bar beverage plan

Are you a bar owner who is serious about creating a successful plan that you and your team can stick to?  Too often bar owners and managers simply move away from the goals and objectives set forth.  However, if your plan is well laid out with buy in from all levels of leadership and you remain steadfast, you will put yourself and your team on the path to success.

Read the rest of the article: Develop a Kickass Bar and Beverage Plan

How can Restaurants Deal with Rising Food Prices?

We read about it in the news and you see it in grocery stores and restaurants: Food prices are hitting all-time highs. Driven by increased inflation rates from commodities like butter, eggs, pork and beef, year-to-date wholesale food prices are at their highest in three years, up 5.3% according to the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index. Read on: What Restaurants Can Do to Battle Rising Food Costs

Determining Menu Pricing at your Restaurant


One of the most difficult aspects about managing a restaurant is deciding your price points. You have to take into account your costs, your competition and your target market. You may have a handful of menu items or dozens. Where do you start? Read more from Synergy Restaurant Consultants.

Checklist for opening a new restaurant – what you need to know


So you have got an amazing concept for a new restaurant. What’s the next step? Is it securing the funds to open your restaurant? Hold your horses for a minute. The restaurant concept is just the beginning of your journey in the foodservice industry. Follow the checklist below to see the steps to building a successful restaurant. Read the rest of the article.

Where’s the Green?

And no, we’re not talking about St. Patty’s day (that was yesterday!)

Or…maybe you’re thinking: Here’s another piece urging me to use biodegradable cups and plates in my restaurant business.

Well, actually this is about that other kind of green…money!  Yes, you may have the best idea ever for a restaurant start up, but without sufficient funding it remains only an idea. You can’t just dream. In this day and age, in this economy, you have to move and do so decisively.  Synergy can help you do just that.

At Synergy Restaurant Consultants, we pride ourselves on giving our clients a full turnkey solution to their restaurant start up ambitions. That includes money.

To better assist you in your goal to have a restaurant business, we have developed a site specifically focused on that issue. At and you can learn about programs to fund your restaurant start up. We at Synergy can guide you through the process step by step until you achieve your restaurant business. Money is available but you need a buttoned down business plan and financial model.  We can help you in manny ways.


Contact us today at Synergy or check out our new restaurant start up green site (as in money)

To Your Success…

Dean Small and Danny Bendas


Is your restaurant start up a gamble?

Here in Southern California we are inundated with gambling. Yes, Vegas still beckons from afar, but the local landscape is filled with all manner of Indian casinos and poker parlors.  The TV, radio, newspapers and freeway signage all lure and entice. Of course the odds are always in favor of the House. Yet what is so surprising is the volume of people who flock to play the slots with their astronomically bad odds of winning.

Perhaps the allure is that thinking is not required to play. I find that sadly true with so many restaurant start ups. A restaurant business plan is not part of the thought process, so the analogy with slot machines holds true…the odds of success are horrendously bad.


Any restaurant business can be an educated gamble. However, the odds turn to your favor when you develop a comprehensive restaurant business plan. Instead of a slot machine, you know play poker. The more you work a highly thought out business plan the closer you come to playing chess…an equally matched game; and no longer a gamble.

Learning any game takes time. Teaching strategies vital to restaurant business plan success…that is what we do best.

The phrase “learning your lesson” tips both directions. Let Synergy Consultants move you in the right direction to future success. Learn to move the chess pieces, not just pull the slot handle idly and hope for the best.

To Your Success…

Dean Small and Danny Bendas

Restaurant Start Up and Supply Chain Management

For those of us with a passion for the restaurant business there is probably nothing more exciting or gratifying than the opening day of our new restaurant whether we are the owner or the dishwasher. However, it is working in the trenches of a “restaurant start up” that ultimately defines the success of your restaurant’s opening day as well as its long term viability.
During the “restaurant start up” process menu development/creativity, architectural design, and operations are the high profile players that receive a great deal of attention. Under the radar in the development and challenges of a “restaurant start up” is “supply chain management”. The best restaurateurs and chefs understand that the “restaurant start up” process is not complete without “supply chain management” expertise. They realize that a “restaurant start up” with a solid “supply chain management” program is a key to success.
A “restaurant start up” is a massive undertaking with many moving parts. Clearly “supply chain management” is one of those major “moving parts” and plays a significant role in the development of a successful “restaurant start up”. For the greatest success and economic value a “restaurant start up” requires the best knowledge and expertise offered by the industry for menu development, operations and training, architectural design, marketing and “supply chain management”.