The challenges of starting a new hospitality operation are immense. A typical task or punch list has hundreds of items. This group is for hospitality pros experienced with openings and for those that are doing it the first time.

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Comment by Eric Kimura on December 16, 2011 at 9:15am

Hello all you startups.

Have a look at if you are in the market for used restaurant equipment. 

We are a FREE classifieds site specifically for restaurant equipment.

Comment by Calvin Joubert on April 4, 2011 at 6:49am

I am still in search of an investor for a restaurant. I know the risk in starting a restaurant but the risk I am willing to take to be a restauranteur. I don't won't to go through the banks or SBA cause my credit is not that great, just old bills, but I have a vision to succeed and I will be successful. If you are interested in becoming an investor in my concept or a limited business partner leave me a private message, thank you very much,


Calvin J.


Ca-Sol Catering Service and Solutions

Comment by dale crossland on January 21, 2011 at 9:23am
Contract food service openings quite can quite challenging with short turn around times and diversity at every corner which make the ability to think on your feet very necessary. These are the jobs that drive me and am looking to work on more new projects.
Comment by John Stack on October 15, 2010 at 11:47am
Is there anyone currently looking to start a business right now? How has that been for you?
Comment by Stephanie Clements on October 3, 2010 at 7:58am
One of the on going expenses with a restaurant is the credit card processing fees. I can help get you started with low rates, but we also help to drive business to you by helping to advertise for you. We have no contract because I believe if I am not delivering the best rates AND service, then you should not be penalized. If you would like more information about our services, please contact me or email us at
Comment by Calvin Joubert on April 21, 2010 at 1:04pm
I am currently trying to find funding for my BBQ restaurant, my catering business is slow so I decided to open a restaurant. But I am having a hard time finding an investor or a business partner to help me open one up. But I refuse to give up on my dream of owning my own restaurant real soon, Ya'll have a bless and wonderful day.
Comment by Jeffrey J Kingman on April 3, 2010 at 4:01pm
Thanks to everyone for joining up. I'm involved in a startup in Portland OR as Exec Chef. It's my tenth gig as Exec. I've got a goal to bring in a kitchen for less than $10K - which is a significant challenge and will involve rehabbing used resto equipment.

About ten years ago I took a 2 year sabbatical from the hospitality industry and studied architecture and interior design at Boston Architectural Center - their program also requires you work full-time for a design firm. I spent about 2.5 years with a one hundred old/sixty person Boston based firm, primarily in their construction administration department.

I'm very intrigued with startups, having participated in four over my career. Interested in not only the managerial execution, but also the design and construction, with green and sustainable focuses.

Again, thanks to everyone for joining up. I'll be journaling the current startup experience over at Savant Culinaire blog.
Comment by Calvin Joubert on March 27, 2010 at 4:11pm
Can someone tell me a little more about this group and what should I expect or what should I input.
Comment by Jagadish C on March 22, 2010 at 1:57pm
Hi Jeffrey-

Thanks for the invite. is focused on providing SMS Marketing to restaurants. We help them with new customers and loyalty through SMS. In addition, we offer a deals portal for "FREE" so that restaurants can promote their deals, offers, specials, and coupons on web, iPhone, Facebook, Blackberry, Twitter, and Android.


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Comment by foodadvisor on March 11, 2010 at 6:22pm
Starting out in any economy is difficult, let alone what we are going through right now.But given the right support and direction start ups can be successful even these days. This is a great support group. I am excited to help in anyway.




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