Zara Restaurant and Lounge

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Ethnic Food Restaurant Business Plan

Company Summary

The Design
Zara Restaurant & Lounge is unique to Midtown Atlanta. The restaurant features 3 venues in one (a concept called ‘Multi-Branding'): A Tapas Lounge, Cosmopolitan Bar, and Full Service Dining. This concept offers customers variety, offering multiple dining and entertainment options within a single establishment. The spatial and menu divisions will broaden our appeal and provide our customers with a different experience on each visit.

The atmosphere caters to a young but mature adult crowd. This is not a family dining establishment. Total space requirements are 3,000 square feet. In total, the restaurant will provide seating for 110 patrons. Where possible, consideration will be given to incorporate a dining patio. Zoning, parking, and accessibility issues will be reviewed as key criteria. We will draw on our Advisory Board as part of the site selection and lease negotiation.

The Menu
Zara is focused on servicing Atlanta's growing demand for an ethnic eating experience. For lack of a better term we are launching a ‘multi-ethnic' cuisine restaurant - a restaurant concept that responds to Atlanta's need for selection and choice. Zara is a complimentary mingling of international cuisine on a single menu. The Midtown demographics fit this concept perfectly.

The Management
Our management team has over 48 years combined experience in food, restaurant and hotel, business management, finance, and marketing arenas.

Company Ownership

The restaurant will start out as an LLC corporation, owned by its founders, Zander Hunte and Peter Smith. Mr. Smith will function as the General Manager and Executive Chef, and Mr. Hunte as Managing Partner.

Mr. Hunte and Mr. Smith have a long-standing professional relationship in the restaurant industry, stemming back to Toronto, Canada. Mr. Smith is an accomplished restauranteur, having owned several full-service restaurants. He currently owns Brassaii Restaurant (, and Bauhaus Bar and Nightclub. Mr. Smith is also an international Restaurant Consultant for top organizations such as the Starwood Group, who own the hotel chains of The Westin, Sheraton Hotels, Four Points, St. Regis, and W Hotels.

Mr. Hunte has a background in International Business Management, and is certified in Restaurant and Hotel Management. Under the management of Zander Hunte, Myth Restaurant was a feature restaurant in Toronto, and distinguished as a top 10 restaurant while under his management from 1992 - 1995.

Start-up Summary

We are currently negotiating a restaurant space of 3,000 sq. ft. in Midtown Atlanta, Georgia, and will open Zara in October of this year.

Our start-up costs are mostly expensed equipment, furniture, painting, reconstruction, rent, start-up labor, liquor license, and legal and consulting costs associated with opening our restaurant. At the start of business, $97,000 will be allocated for business operations reserve. This is a solid start-up forecast based on our market analysis and our knowledge and experience in the industry.

We will purchase the following $73,311 worth of current assets during start-up :

  • Fixtures and Lighting: $32,250
  • Bar Equipment: $26,183
  • Sound and Televisions: $8,378
  • Office Equipment (2 Computers, Fax, Printer, Safe): $6,500

Long-term Assets in the amount of $65,000 include all kitchen equipment.

We have budgeted for the services for a premier Restaurant Consultant familiar with the Atlanta Market. This is especially key during the site selection and start-up stage. This company will have an integral role in validating the final restaurant location and personnel selection, and participate on the Zara Advisory Board.

The two owners are personally committing $110,000 of capital, plus a $300,000 SBA 7(A) loan guaranty. In addition, we have obtained a $130,000 grant from the city towards restoration of our historical building, as part of the city's Midtown revitalization program, contingent upon locating in the proposed space. We are seeking $200,000 of equity investment to fully fund Zara's startup costs.

Location & Operations

Restaurant Location
Midtown Atlanta is the location selected for the Zara concept. The outlook for the future of Atlanta's Midtown district is exceptionally positive and the most progressive development area in the city. Developers are infusing over $50 billion in Commercial, Residential, and Retail development. Zara's will benefit from Atlanta's desire to revamp the Midtown district with a $130,000 renovation grant for restoring and renovating the 100 year old property we plan to lease.

The market has been carefully selected and tested for the necessary demographics and retail traffic necessary to meet the goals laid down for profitability. The busy Midtown commercial/residential location has been chosen based upon a successful demographic model and a traffic count of more than 33,000 cars daily.

Restaurant Design
Single-Level Design Concept: The total space requirement is 3,000 square feet. The restaurant will feature a comfortable and open concept design. The central dining area will allocate 76 seats, the lounge 22 seats, and the dining bar with 12 seats. In total, the restaurant will provide seating for 110 patrons. Where possible, consideration will be given to incorporate a dining patio. Zoning, parking, and accessibility issues will be reviewed as part of this analysis.

Optional Patio: During the busy summer months customers can also sit outside on our patio and we will offer a special summer menu, featuring lighter fare, exotic drinks, as well as non-alcoholic offerings. The patio setting will be a fun and casual atmosphere for the summer crowd.

Operating Criteria
The restaurant will be located in Midtown Atlanta. The restaurant will service lunch, dinner, and after-hours dining during the week and weekends. The restaurant will operate during peak service time to take advantage of street traffic, and after-hour patronage from the entertainment facilities in the area. Service will be available during the following hours:

Lunch:   Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Dinner:  Monday to Saturday, 5:30 p.m. - 12 midnight

Sundays - Market brunch takeout only.

Start-up Expenses
Restaurant Consultant (4 months) $15,911
Architectural Design $2,195
Structural & Plumbing Design $1,368
Mechanical & Electrical Design $2,155
Graphic Design $1,185
Electrical & Structural Engineering Fees $2,592
Design Consultants (Kitchen, Interior & Dining) $9,119
Engineer & Architect Fees $7,040
Plumbing $33,244
HVAC (Air Return, Air Ducts, etc.) $19,250
Electrical $7,964
Disposal & Demolition $4,122
Structural Construction (4 Months General Labour) $52,099
Facade (Exterior Construction) $3,092
Plaster (Dry Wall) $2,061
Mill & Metal Work $8,244
Interior Finishes (2500 - 3000 sq. ft.) $14,538
Flooring $14,622
Fire Alarm System $3,092
Security & Phone System $4,615
Liquor Control System - Lease $0
Stools, Chairs, Tables, Uniforms $38,025
POS (Point of Sale System) - Lease $0
Glassware, Flatware, Smallware (Bar & Lounge) $3,298
Glassware, Flatware, Smallware & Supplies (FOH) $8,298
Dishwasher, Ice & Glasswasher - Lease $0
Kitchen Equipment Freight Fees $2,389
FF&E Taxes (Taxes on Purchase) $7,988
Capitalized Legal Fees (LLC, Investor Agreements) $7,080
Software: Restaurant/Inventory $5,500
Software: Cost Control $6,000
Impact, Tap & Permit Fees $3,115
Business License & Temp Certificate of Occ. $1,615
Liquor Licenses $4,615
Utilities, Disposal, Tax & Insurance $9,275
Security Deposits (Phone/Elec/Gas/Water) $6,250
Initial Lease Deposits $6,250
Bank & Loan Closing Costs $6,250
Web Site Construction $5,800
Initial Marketing, Training & PR $19,550
Research & Development $3,050
Start-Up Salary (Mngt & Chefs) $58,050
Recruiting (Staff) $14,550
Inspections $750
Initial Cleaning Services $1,000
Total Start-up Expenses $427,209
Start-up Assets
Cash Required $97,099
Start-up Inventory $27,500
Other Current Assets $73,311
Long-term Assets $65,000
Total Assets $262,910
Total Requirements $690,119
Start-up Funding
Start-up Expenses to Fund $427,209
Start-up Assets to Fund $262,910
Total Funding Required $690,119
Non-cash Assets from Start-up $165,811
Cash Requirements from Start-up $97,099
Additional Cash Raised $49,881
Cash Balance on Starting Date $146,980
Total Assets $312,791
Liabilities and Capital
Current Borrowing $0
Long-term Liabilities $300,000
Accounts Payable (Outstanding Bills) $0
Other Current Liabilities (interest-free) $0
Total Liabilities $300,000
Planned Investment
Zander Hunte $60,000
Peter Smith $50,000
Investor 1 $40,000
Investor 2 $40,000
Investor 3 $40,000
Investor 4 $40,000
Investor 5 $40,000
Midtown Revitalization Grant $130,000
Additional Investment Requirement $0
Total Planned Investment $440,000
Loss at Start-up (Start-up Expenses) ($427,209)
Total Capital $12,791
Total Capital and Liabilities $312,791
Total Funding $740,000

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