What are the Common mistakes restaurant buyers make when buying a restaurant? The answer is complicated but simple at the same time. There are several common mistakes that potential restaurant buyers should be aware of when deciding to buy a restaurant.
- No Business Plan– The restaurant industry is a lifestyle with financial obligations. Restaurant buyers should have a clear and comprehensive business plan for the restaurant, which should outline their vision, strategies, and financial projections.
Restaurant Buyers should consider how the restaurant operations affect their current lifestyle, whether the spouse supports the decision, and whether they can afford any hardship from the restaurant.
Restaurant Business Broker Tip: The benefit of buying an established restaurant is that the current owner has done the hard work to get the restaurant up and running. Restaurant buyers are provided with Profit and Loss statements and tax returns to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the restaurant operations.
- Financials ready– It’s common practice for Restaurant Business Brokers to have interested buyers sign a non-disclosure agreement and request proof of funds for certain restaurant listings for sale. This is not always the case. It really depends on the restaurant listing.
When selling a restaurant that is a Franchise, an EATS Broker will request proof of funds that meet the franchisor’s financial requirements, ranging from $100,000 to over $1,000,000. Buyers can send a copy of a bank statement, 401K statement, or letter from a banker.
Potential restaurant buyers who request information on restaurants for sale that don’t have proof of funds ready to send will not be taken seriously by a Restaurant Brokerage.
Restaurant Business Broker Tip: When buying a restaurant, the landlord will request financial information for the new lease or lease assignment approval.
If the restaurant is a franchise, proof of funds will be needed for Franchise approval. When inquiring about a restaurant for sale, buyers should have proof of funds ready to be shared to get more information on the listing.
- Not understanding restaurant numbers: Restaurant buyers who understand how to analyze a profit and loss statement or tax return usually make better decisions. Restaurant buyers who understand food, labor, and rent costs compared to sales make decisions on financials and usually not emotions.
Restaurant Business Broker Tip: Research the expected ratios for food cost, labor cost, and rents for the restaurant segment you have an interest. Ask the restaurant broker or seller questions if you see odd ratios.
To avoid the three Common Mistakes Restaurant Buyers Make, prospective restaurant buyers should conduct thorough due diligence, seek professional guidance, and develop a well-thought-out business plan.
Additionally, it’s essential to understand the restaurant industry, local market conditions, and the specific challenges and opportunities associated with the restaurant they intend to purchase.
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The President and Founder of EATS Broker Dominique Maddox attended the September African American Franchise Symposium and Trade show in Dallas, Texas. The event made history as the FIRST-EVER Black Franchise Symposium and Trade Show in the United States!
The event was held at Yum! Corporate Campus located in Plano, Texas. The Symposium was filled with powerhouse individuals in the Franchise Industry.
EATS Broker was the only Restaurant Broker at the event. EATS Broker was an exhibitor for the Trade Show and had a table in the exhibitor hall. Various Franchise Brands, like KFC, Smoothie King, and others, were at the event.
Dallas Restaurant Broker Dominique Maddox says, “ It was important for me to attend the augural African American Franchise Symposium and Trade Show. Representation and diversity matter in the Restaurant Brokerage industry”.
EATS Broker specializes in Restaurant Brokerage, which includes restaurants for sale, bars for sale, nightclubs for sale, franchise restaurants for sale, non-franchise restaurants for sale, and commercial real estate.
EATS Broker sells restaurants in multiple states. The Restaurant Brokerage helps restaurant owners maximize their sale price when they’re ready to sell a restaurant.
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How to grade a restaurant for sale is a good question for a restaurant owner. Since Pre-K, most have been taught to judge performance by our grades. Office Buildings in Commercial Real Estate are placed in one of three categories: class A, class B, or Class C.
A building rating is a national benchmark. Each class is typically based on a general combination of factors, including building aspects, location, rents, and misc. Restaurants for sale do not have a grading system.
If restaurants for sale had a grading system, it would include profitable or not, location, longevity, brand strength, goodwill, and employees. When it’s time to list a restaurant for sale, restaurant owners should have a good idea of the grade of their Restaurant in today’s market.
Dallas, Texas, Restaurant Broker Dominique Maddox says, “ I grade all EATS Broker listings for sale. The Class A restaurants for sale will include strong financials, brand name recognition on a local or national basis, a good location, established business, and substantial goodwill.
The Texas Restaurant Broker provides a grading template for owners to review and think about when it’s time to sell a restaurant.
Class A. Restaurants for Sale
- Qualify for SBA bank lending-buyer only has to bring 10%-20% down cash payment
- They will have clean books and records that show a sizable profit
- The tax returns, profit and loss statements, sales tax filings, and POS sales system will all tell the same story.
- The location is usually in a prominent place or well-known location.
- The monthly rent structure is less than 10% of gross sales.
- It has a brand name recognized locally, state-wide, and sometimes nationwide.
- Franchise Restaurants for Sale that are performing well
- Restaurant equipment and furniture are in good condition
These restaurants for sale usually come with a trained staff and sometimes with managers in place. The lease terms are generally good and can be transferred to a new buyer.
Class B. Restaurants for Sale
- Will not qualify for SBA bank lending.
- It shows a profit, but it could be a minimal profit margin.
- Clean Books and records
- The location sometimes is outside of a highly visible area or desirable area.
- The rent percentage could be high, 10%-15% of gross sales
- Restaurant equipment and furniture are in good condition
- Franchise Restaurants only
-High remodeling cost associated with the transfer
Class C. Restaurants for Sale
- Not profitable
- Books and records are not organized and show errors.
- Restaurants open for less than a year
- Restaurants that overspent on the initial build-out cost and want to sell within two years.
- Aggressive yearly increases on the lease
- The surrounding area can be underdeveloped, less desirable, or not safe
- Restaurant equipment and furniture may not be in the best looking condition or need repair
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Buying a Restaurant with SBA lending is a great opportunity for buyers to finance up to 90% of the total acquisition cost. Restaurant Acquisitions are eligible for Small Business Administration (SBA) 7(a) loans, but the process can be time-consuming and requires many supporting documents.
The restaurant buyer’s and the restaurant seller’s financial documents must be approved for bank lending. Both parties have different duties during the due diligence process for SBA bank lending.
Buyer Documents required for SBA lending:
-Last three years of personal federal tax returns and W-2’s
-Copy of Asset Purchase Agreement or Letter of Intent (LOI)
-SBA Form 1919-collects information about the applicant
-SBA Personal Financial Statement is known as form 413
-Credit Authorization for the lender to obtain a credit report
-Business license and registration
-Copy of current commercial real estate lease(if not buying the building)
-Collateral-is needed for most loans but not all
-Proof of Buyer’s Equity Injection 10%-20% required-can be gifted funds if it doesn’t have to be paid back to the original source.
*Depending on the buyer, SBA will only require a 10% equity injection from the buyer. This injection can be made in various ways. The buyer can provide the entire 10% equity or 5% seller financing and 5% buyer down payment.
Seller Documents required for SBA lending:
-Recent three years of business federal tax returns
-Current Profit and Loss Statements and Balance Sheets
-Broker’s Price Opinion or Confidential Information Memorandum
-4506T form-request for transcript of tax return directly from the IRS
-Bank statements can be requested
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) doesn’t provide business loans, but partially guarantees loans that banks and other lenders make to small businesses. By partially guaranteeing the loan, they will eliminate some risk and encourage lenders to make loans to small business owners.
Buying a restaurant with SBA lending is
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It’s easy to find interesting facts about the Restaurant Industry. The National Restaurant Association publishes a Restaurant Owner Demographics Data Brief every year. After reading the March 2022 Data Brief, the Restaurant Broker at EATS Broker picked ten interesting facts.
- Hawaii (64%), Texas (59%), California (58%), Georgia (55%), Maryland (54%), and the District of Columbia (54%) have the highest proportion of restaurants that are owned by minorities.
- 63% of adults have worked in the restaurant industry, making it the nation’s training ground
- 41% of restaurant firms are owned by minorities – compared to 30% of businesses in the overall private sector.
- 9 in 10 restaurants have fewer than 50 employees
- 7 in 10 restaurants are single-unit operations
- 19% of restaurant firms are Asian-owned, 14% are Hispanic-owned, and 9% are Black- or African-American-owned.
- 9 in 10 restaurant managers started in entry-level positions
- 2023 Employment Forecast: 500,000 new jobs for total food service employment of 15.5 million
- 2023 Sales Forecast: $997 billion
- Restaurants employ more minority managers than any other industry.
Dallas Restaurant Broker Dominique Maddox says, “The U.S. restaurant industry has an enormous impact on how it affects people’s lives. I worked as a Sous Chef at the Alaska Club in Anchorage, Alaska, and as a waiter at Boniface Bingo. I’m forever thankful for my experience working in the Restaurant industry”.
Are you hungry for more exciting facts about the Restaurant Industry? According to Zippia.com:
-45.5% of restaurant owners are women, and 54.5% of restaurant owners are men
-46% of Restaurant Owners are over 40, and 28% are between the ages of 30-40
-49% of Restaurant owners earn a bachelor’s degree
-The average Restaurant Owner is 39
-The most common foreign language among restaurant owners is Spanish at 44.9%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 10.2%, and Thai is the third most popular at 7.9%.
To learn more about EATS Broker consulting services or receive a complimentary restaurant valuation, contact Dallas Restaurant Broker Dominique Maddox at 404-993-4448 or email at email@example.com. Visit our website at www.EATSbroker.com
Do you plan to sell a restaurant? What are the worst decisions when selling a restaurant? EATS Broker will provide an inside look at why some restaurant sellers can be disappointed when it’s time to sell a restaurant.
Did you know only 20%-30% of the restaurants listed on the market will sell to a new owner? With the odds stacked against a restaurant owner for success, there are strategies to use to increase the chances of success when selling a restaurant.
Texas Restaurant Broker Dominique Maddox says, “I always ask a restaurant owner before providing a restaurant valuation, how much do you think your restaurant is worth? The response I receive helps me understand the mindset and expectations of the restaurant owner”.
EATS Broker turns down several potential restaurant for-sale listings because of 4 reasons:
- Overpriced Restaurant for Sale-Over pricing a restaurant for sale lowers the chances of a
restaurant selling. Buyers are more educated than ever regarding restaurant valuations and multiples used to create a listing price.
Restaurant owners are known to list with Restaurant Brokers or Business Brokers based on the Brokers providing the listing price they want rather than what the restaurant is worth. The practice of putting overpriced listings on the market is common.
This strategy increases the number of days it takes for a restaurant to sell, and qualified buyers will avoid the listing because they are educated about the market.
- Being unrealistic as a restaurant owner-Restaurant owners have to understand selling a restaurant is like a slower cooker and not a pressure cooker. It takes an average of 6-8 months to sell a restaurant. Only 20%-30% of restaurants listed for sale will actually sell to a new buyer.
Restaurant owners should know they must be ready to negotiate terms with a ready, able, and willing buyer. Every deal is different, and all deals that go under contract will not close.
- Books and records-Buyers are interested in the financials when buying a restaurant and want to check and verify its performance. Restaurant owners with books and records that are not clean, organized, and available to provide to buyers usually will not sell.
- List for buildout cost– Buyers don’t buy a restaurant based on the buildout cost. One of the worst decisions a restaurant owner can make is to justify the listing price based on the money spent on the restaurant’s buildout.
The restaurant can easily cost $300,000-$1,000,000 to build out the restaurant before opening the doors and making one dollar of profit. Most improvements to the restaurant’s leased space belong to the landlord because they are attachments to the building.
60% of restaurants close within 1-3 years of opening the doors, and 80% close within five years. A restaurant that is not profitable is listed on the market as an Asset Sale, which gets sold for pennies on the dollar.
Restaurant Broker Tip: Restaurant owners are shocked when they learn they don’t own the hood system, walk-in coolers, and other attachments. Whether the restaurant owner paid for the items during the buildout phase doesn’t matter.
**Don’t go broke on the buildout**
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EATS Broker sells a downtown Dallas, Texas Restaurant in the Mosaic Dallas building at 300 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201. EATS Broker was the Intermediary for the seller and buyer for this transaction.
The restaurant is in a luxury, high-rise living community in downtown Dallas, Texas. Near the Arts District, Klyde Warren Park, and the Majestic, this is the perfect location to accommodate affluent young adults desire for convenient and delicious food.
The seller has owned the restaurant since 2019. He plans to take a few days off and move on to his next business venture, and he will be exiting the restaurant Industry.
The buyer has big plans to make improvements to the location. He brings years of General Manager experience working in Corporate Franchise restaurants. EATS Broker was excited to help him realize the American Dream of business ownership.
Christopher was a Petty Officer 3rd with the US Navy. He will bring that discipline and work ethic to his first restaurant. He plans to upgrade the menu offerings, create new recipes, and change the business name.
Texas Restaurant Broker Dominique Maddox of EATS Broker says, “the new owner will bring a new perspective and leadership style to the restaurant. I’m thankful he trusted EATS Broker to help him with the buying process”.
Selling a restaurant can be a complex process. The duties of a Restaurant Broker included presenting an opportunity and helping a buyer reach the closing table. EATS Broker did its job on this listing to get it sold, and it’s on to the next.
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The buyer is a multi-unit owner expanding his territory and ownership in Jimmy John’s. The new ownership group takes over a successful location with sales of over $840,000 in 2022. The seller was an absentee owner ready to exit the business.
Benbrook, Texas, is located in the southwestern corner of Tarrant County, Texas, and a suburb of Fort Worth. Benbrook, Texas, is experiencing growth in the surrounding area. The city of Benbrook is currently contracted to build 10,000 homes and one apartment complex, all within the delivery area of this location.
Texas Restaurant Broker Dominique Maddox says, “the sellers were initially trying to sell their restaurant For by Owner. They eventually decided to hire a Restaurant Broker and allowed my company to get their franchise restaurant sold.
EATS Broker received a 5-star Google review that says, “He went above and beyond at all times. Would highly recommend”. This marks the 12th 5-star Google Review the Restaurant Broker at EATS Broker has received.
Jimmy John’s is an American sandwich chain headquartered in Champaign, Illinois. The business was founded by Jimmy John Liautaud in 1983.
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Are you thinking about selling your franchise restaurant in 2023? This blog covers three Challenges to selling a franchise restaurant that every Franchisee will face.
We have finished the Holiday season, and now it’s time to get ready to start a new year with new challenges. Some of the most seasoned restauranteurs, managers, and employees exited the restaurant industry in 2022.
The challenges of labor inflation, labor shortage, food inflation, and burnout will have some franchise restaurant owners ready to sell in 2023. Selling a franchise restaurant has different challenges than selling an independently owned restaurant.
Dallas Restaurant Broker Dominique Maddox says, “most restaurant owners know what it takes to buy and open a franchise restaurant but don’t understand the challenges to exit. A Restaurant Resale Specialist understands the ins and outs of the franchise restaurant resale process.”
I currently hold the Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) because I have always wanted to specialize in selling restaurant franchise resales”.
EATS Broker provides the 3 Challenges to Selling your Franchise Restaurant
1. Transfer Fee– Franchise Brands require a transfer free once the current Franchisee wants to resale their franchise. This fee can vary depending on the brand; they usually range from $5,000-$50,000 per location.
The buyer and seller will need to negotiate who pays the transfer fee. Eats Broker commonly sees the buyer paying the transfer fee, which covers a new buyer’s required training class/on-the-job training fee.
This transfer fee goes straight to the Franchisor and usually is non-negotiable. Franchisees can find out how much the transfer fee is by viewing the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD).
2. Store upgrades– Franchise brands will have requirements for Franchisees to keep locations up to current brand standards and upgrades. These upgrades can include new signage, chairs, tables, Point-of-sale (POS) system upgrade, equipment, building improvements, and more.
Required upgrades can range depending on the Franchise Brand; EATS Broker has seen the costs range from $1,000-$100,000. The Franchise Brand will send a Business Consultant to evaluate the location and equipment.
The Franchisee will be presented with a checklist of items that need to be fixed, repaired, or upgraded before a resale transfer can occur. The Franchisee can try to negotiate to have the buyer responsible for store upgrades after closing.
3. Training Requirements- Franchise Restaurant Brands have training requirements for new franchisees to complete before the sale. The training requirement can range from one to ten weeks, and the buyers must attend training before resale is complete.
Attending training can be a challenge if the activity is done in a different state than the restaurant location. Buyers must pay for travel, food, and lodging during this time, and some franchise brands need two people to attend the training.
Franchise Restaurant owners should understand the challenges they will face when it’s time to resell a franchise restaurant. Operating a Franchise Restaurant and trying to resell a restaurant are two different assignments; we recommend contacting a Restaurant Broker for help.
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It’s the time of the year when restaurant owners are thinking about selling a restaurant in 2023. It’s been a challenging year with increased labor costs, supply chain issues, food price inflation, and a lack of government financial assistance.
At the end of the year, some Restaurant owners must sacrifice time spent with their loved ones to work in the restaurant during the Holidays. It’s a time of the year some Restaurateurs think about life after restaurant ownership.
Dallas Restaurant Broker Dominique Maddox says, “if a restaurant owner wants to sell a restaurant in 2023, I would advise getting a Restaurant Valuation now”. Talking with a Restaurant Broker now can provide restaurant owners with excellent points to discuss with their tax professional, to help them get the highest restaurant valuation.
EATS Broker provides three tips on how to get ready to sell a restaurant.
1st Get your documents in order– This is one of the essential steps in getting a restaurant ready to sell. Buyers will request several financial documents during the due diligence process, and sellers should be able to provide several copies promptly. Remember, time kills deals; buyers want information provided quickly.
Restaurant Brokers Checklist for documents to collect:
Three years of tax returns
Three years of Profit and Loss statements
Equipment List- should only include items owned by the seller
A copy of the lease and all amendments
Copy of Vendor/Supplier List
Copy of Employees with pay rates
POS Sales Reports
Sales Tax Filings
Franchise Disclosure Document (if franchise)
2nd Check Restaurant Equipment-the presentation of how the equipment looks and works will help or hurt the chances of a restaurant selling. Before listing a restaurant for sale, restaurant owners should inspect all restaurant equipment to ensure it’s working correctly.
Deep clean equipment
Clean hood system
Replace any missing knobs or handles
Broken restaurant equipment should be removed
Any equipment not included in the sale should be removed.
3rd Be Patient– Selling a restaurant could be a marathon at times if the restaurant even sells. Only 30%-40% of restaurants listed for sale will sell, and it could take 6-8 months to sell a restaurant. January-March is the busiest time of the year for restaurants to go under contract.
Thru the process, restaurant owners should operate their restaurants as usual and not relax on the standards and procedures because the restaurant is listed for sale.
EATS Broker is available to provide free, confidential restaurant valuations for all restaurant owners thinking about selling a restaurant.
For more information on the restaurant market and other available consulting services or restaurant valuations, contact Dominique Maddox at 404-993-4448 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our website at www.EATSbroker.com.