Before entering the restaurant or food business, one should be careful about choosing the format of the restaurant, investments, target audience, cuisine and the experience one wishes to create in the cluttered food service industry. In this article, we will give you an overview of different types of format of food business from which you can choose a format for your own business.
Type of Restaurants
1. Quick Service Restaurants (QSRs):
The QSR format of food outlets typically serve fast food which takes less time for preparation and are delivered in few minutes to the consumer’s doorstep. The food served here is quick and cheap compared to other formats. The design and ambiance are simple and offers basic services like few tables and chair for fast dining, delivery service or a pickup counter. The menu should be limited to the maximum of 20 items to offer.
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2. Food Truck or Food Cart
The Food Truck or Food Cart format is the most viable among all the formats because of the one investment option and fewer overheads. Food Trucks are essentially movable Quick Service Restaurants (QSRs) because the basic character remains the same, that is, proving fast and cheap food. However, there are few food trucks which serve specialty cuisines as well as such as Mexican, Lebanese etc. The menu of food truck should be very crisp offering not more than 10 items including drinks.
3. Casual Dining:
Casual Dining restaurants offer food which are similar to the QSR but are more presentable with a table service. The ambiance of this format is a little modern and comfortable, giving a family-friendly experience. These type of restaurants typically serve 3-course meals and have an extensive menu with a slightly higher price but are cheaper than fine dining.
4. Sweet Shop
India being a country of festivals, sweets shops are very profitable ventures in the restaurant business. Sweets shops usually serve different sweets, snacks, beverages and some bakery products. In this format, the menu is extensive and does not provide table service or delivery service. These types of format not just require the shop to sell sweets but also require a base kitchen where sweets can be prepared.
5. Bakery Chain:
Bakeries are a fascinating business format in the food segment because of the high margins they offer to the owner. This format is somewhat similar to the Sweets Shop format. Instead of sweets, it offers cakes, pastries, snacks and various types of bread. The menu has a wide variety and also gives an option of made to order to the consumer. It provides basic service like delivery, self-service and may have a sitting area.
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6. Cafe or Bistro format
The cafe or bistro restaurant format does not usually provide table service, and has the self-service option. The menu of cafe or Bistro typically includes beverages, and finger foods such as, pastries, pizza, and sandwiches. This type of format also gives an outdoor or casual sitting. However, a Bistro can also offer entire meals other than the regular items that cafe serves.
7. Ice cream Parlour:
The Ice-Cream parlour format usually serves the different types of ice-creams, shakes, and ice-cream cakes. Ice-cream parlor have come up to be the most innovative concepts in the terms of process and service levels, unlike traditional way to serve the regular flavors. Today concepts like cold stone ice cream, nitrogen-based ice-cream, and live ice-cream making are catching up the trend. Ice-cream parlor may offer a sitting and delivery service. The menu of ice cream parlor is limited to the maximum of 30 items.
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8. Pub & Bar
The term Pub & Bar brings to mind the images of a comfortable sitting area, pleasant ambiance, and lively music. The format has an extensive menu of liquor, mocktails, and food. This one particular format can promise you high sales but at the same time requires a lot of investments and overheads. Traditionally the windows of pub and bar were of frosted glass to provide privacy but they has moved to clear glass and bright ambiance.
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9. Fine Dining
This one particular format requires the higher level of knowledge of gourmet food and service levels. It has usually the most elaborate menus with expensive tags on the items. Customers are expected to make a reservation for dining and may have to come in a certain dress code if required. The fine dining restaurant provides a classy atmosphere and precise detailing of each item. It may also provide liquor to its customers.