Advice For Opening Your Own Restaurant

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(Wall Street Journal) — On Friday evening I attended a friend’s restaurant opening in New York.  Since we often get questions from readers about starting eateries, I figured I would ask my friend, Damien Scoditti, to offer some tips for those who dream of opening their own restaurant.    People often have romantic ideas about such a career move. They think they’ll be able share their passion for food with patrons who become like family, all while earning a tidy sum. And with so many cooking shows flourishing, people may be dreaming even bigger these days, picturing themselves as the next celebrity chef.  The reality, of course, isn’t so glamorous. Restaurant owners often have to deal with angry customers, unreliable wait staff, greedy landlords, unannounced visits by city health departments, cash crunches, and so forth.

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