Business Overview

With modern busy lifestyles, it's hard to cook every night. Carry out/takout restaurants offer an easy solution to this problem. A carry out/take out restaurant is a food place where you can order food over the phone or in person and then take it with you. It's convenient for people who don’t have time to sit down and eat at the restaurant, or for those who want to eat at home, but don’t feel like cooking for themselves.

Delivery-only restaurants are also growing in popularity. Opening a carry out restaurant is a great way to enter the restaurant business with low overhead, as carry out places only need space for a kitchen and greeting area, and can forgo paying for a dining area.

Who is this business right for?

This business is right for an individual who wants to open a restaurant but doesn't want the additional stress of managing a dining area. Since the focus is on cooking and delivery or take-out, there's less overhead and less to worry about. At the same time, the business owner needs to have a flexible work schedule and ability to adapt to stress. Just because there is no dining area doesn't mean it's a stress-free environment.

Business owners should also be passionate about cooking and food prep.

What happens during a typical day at a carryout restaurant?

A typical day in this business is very busy. Orders come in and prep cooks need to stay on top of them. If the business delivers food, then a strict delivery schedule needs to be maintained. If the business is successful, expect orders to be non-stop from open until close.

Aside from order taking and fulfillment, managers must take stock/inventory in the morning and reorder supplies as necessary. Owners must oversee and manage the workforce and labor requirements based on business volume.

What is the target market?

Target market for this business are busy professionals, families, elderly individuals, and people who either can't cook for themselves or don't want to.

How does a carryout restaurant make money?

Carry out restaurants make money by charging customers for food preparation and delivery.

What is the growth potential for a carryout restaurant?

Growth potential is amazing. A small take out or delivery company can operate on a skeleton crew of between 3 and 5 people. However, the business can also grow into a franchise operation. Mello's Carry Out in Chicago is an example of a successful small carry out restaurant. Ando Food, in New York City, is an example of a larger restaurant.