Bring your own bottle (BYOB) policy can be good for restaurants, but it also has some significant downsides. If a restaurant has a BYOB policy, customers are allowed to bring their alcoholic beverage of choice to the restaurant. Strict licensing requirements and high taxes on alcohol sales have made the idea of restaurant owners to offer a Bring your own bottle (BYOB) popular.
Dallas Restaurant Broker Dominique Maddox says, “BYOB restaurants and bars are popular in Texas; this is a practice not commonly seen in Georgia, where I relocated from last year to Dallas, Texas. The concept of providing customers the freedom to BYOB is growing in cities like Philadelphia, Boston, Phoenix, and Dallas Fort Worth”.
EATS Broker provides a list of the pros and cons of owning a BYOB restaurant:
-Does not require a state license to serve liquor (restaurant owners may have a beer and wine license). Restaurant owners can save money by not paying for a full liquor license.
-Can charge a corkage fee, usually, $3-$10 is the average cost, but the cost can go up to $20-35 depending on the city and state.
-Buyers tend to spend more money on food and desserts
-Customers like the freedom to bring their drink
-Can charge for glassware or mixture to compliment their drinks
-There are no statewide BYOB laws in Texas
-Less storage space is needed in the restaurant for liquor inventory
-Liquor and cocktails are high-profit margin items on the menu
-When it’s time to sell the restaurant, BYOB concepts can be hard to resell to a buyer that prefers to have a full liquor license.
-Buyers can take advantage of the policy and order minimal food
-The server’s/waiters tips might be affected by lower check averages
-Customers can complain about the corkage fee
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The Hardest Restaurants to Sell have several issues that make it difficult to sell a restaurant. The grim reality is that only 30%-40% of restaurants listed for sale will be sold to a new buyer. Why do some restaurants sell, and others don’t?
We’ve seen it all, but these two concepts we will focus on for this blog can be the hardest to sell:
Not Profitable or Losing Money: Asset Sales
Selling a restaurant that is not profitable or losing money yearly is challenging. These types of sales are called Asset Sales.
Buying an existing restaurant sold as an Asset Sale is a quick path to Restaurant Ownership. The previous seller has done the hard work of building the restaurant, dealing with contractors, getting the permits, negotiating the term on the lease, and establishing the location as a restaurant.
-Buying a restaurant that is losing money is a liability
-Lease Assignment is usually involved when selling a restaurant; the current tenant has already negotiated the lease terms.
-Buying used restaurant equipment, leasehold improvements, and goodwill. It can be hard to estimate restaurant value and offer price.
Sellers usually are only interested in what they “want” or “need” for the restaurant. The problem is that buyers don’t care and only put a value on the Furniture, fixtures, Equipment, and goodwill.
Restaurant Broker Tip: The Seller should be ready to negotiate on terms. The seller might not get the sales price and terms they originally wanted when listing for sale. Restaurant owners should consider the money saved on monthly payments for the remainder of lease obligations.
Example – Monthly rent $7,000 per month x 36 months left on the lease as personal guarantor
$7,000 x 36 = $252,000 savings!
Starting a restaurant is a Chef’s dream to have the ability to use their culinary skills to create unbelievable dishes. Chefs are trained to stand for hours and work in an intensive working atmosphere. Several chef-driven concepts don’t have written recipes; they are all in the Chef’s head.
Many chefs will burn out and want to sell to someone who can work demanding shifts.
– Hard to find a trained chef with liquid assets to buy the restaurant and qualify for lease assignment with the landlord.
– Only a tiny minority of buyers looking to buy a restaurant are comfortable cooking in a commercial kitchen or have the desire to cook.
– The lack of documented recipes creates a problem with consistency
– Takes a certain level of culinary training and experience to be successful
Restaurant Broker Tip: These restaurant owners need to consider the importance of having a trained Sous Chef. The Chef needs to be skilled enough to operate the kitchen like the owner. When a buyer knows that an experienced Chef will stay on board once the restaurant is sold, it provides a certain level of comfort.
The restaurant owners need to have documented recipes with measurements to ensure consistency.
When trying to sell a restaurant that can be considered some of the Hardest Restaurants to Sell, owners should have realistic expectations.
For more information on the restaurant market and other available consulting services or a complimentary restaurant valuation, contact Dallas Restaurant Broker Dominique Maddox at 404-993-4448 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our website at www.EATSbroker.com.