3 Parts to a Restaurant Owner’s Job

 In 1. David Scott Peters, Leadership, Video Blog

Have you ever wondered, “What is a restaurant owner’s job?” What exactly is the work you should be doing? Do you wonder how you’re supposed to do it all? The secret is… you need work ON your business and not IN it. Sound impossible? Watch this video to learn how it’s done.

All restaurant owners face the same challenges – doing it all. All around the world, hundreds of restaurant owners, all wondering, “What am I supposed to do?”

Restaurant owners work in the kitchen, take deliveries, work on the line, greet guests, serve as a restaurant expo, managing the business and so much more.

I want to fire you.


A restaurant owner’s job is to work ON your business and not IN it.

If you’re managing your business and find yourself scheduled to fill certain roles, you have to make some changes.

Here are the three parts of a restaurant owner’s job:

  1. Budgeting
  2. Marketing
  3. Coaching

Where should your numbers be for you to make money? You need a budget. Take your last 12 months, look at your sales, your cost of goods sold, your labor and then project the next 12 months. Then we look at what systems you can implement that will help you achieve those goals.

Whatever your goals, including a 55% prime cost, systems and a budget will get you there. It takes time, systems, attention and tweaking where necessary.

You have to get butts in seats so you can fill the joint. That way everyone makes money. Everyone is happy – you, guests, employees. You’re making money. Get out and fill seats.

Another part of a restaurant owner’s job is to be a coach. You need to make sure to work with your management team to teach them to do the things you’re doing such as inventory, prepping, seating guests, etc.

Yes, sometimes you have to step in. But you shouldn’t be scheduled to do any of those jobs. People should be doing it for you and the restaurant. Put systems in place for everything that needs to get so that it’s trainable and then it makes employees successful. You coach them through that all and then you have the time to work ON your business.

The end goal is to be a leader. Not all of us are born leaders – but if you follow these three directions, you’ll become a leader. The responsibilities of a restaurant owner are to be a leader and lead your business to success!

To learn more about the roles and responsibilities that go with a restaurant owner’s job, read our free special report, Breaking Away from the Insanity: How to easily take control of your restaurant and make more money. Download it here

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