What are the Steps for first-time restaurant buyers? This question EATS Broker gets multiple times weekly for buyers inquiring about restaurants for sale. Many interested buyers looking at restaurants for sale opportunities will be first-time restaurant buyers.
Many buyers are shocked about the difference between buying a home compared to buying a restaurant. The buying process from purchasing a home to purchasing a restaurant has completely different steps.
The restaurant sales transactions can be more complex where the smallest detail can make the difference from selling a restaurant or a restaurant for sale not selling.
Dallas Restaurant Broker Dominique Maddox says, “I enjoy educating restaurant buyers about the process of buying a restaurant. A big part of my job responsibilities is to educate and help buyers through the restaurant buying process.
The Restaurant Broker at EATS Broker provides a Five Step-by-Step overview of the First time Restaurant Buyer process:
- Research online:Restaurant buyers can get an idea of the inventory available on restaurants for sale in the local market on BizBuySell.com. The site is the internet’s largest business-for-sale marketplace.
Individuals interested in buying an existing restaurant can get preliminary information on the site like price, income, EBITDA, cash flow, gross revenue, rent, and year established.
- Have documents ready to show– When buying a home, the buyers will contact the bank and get pre-qualified before contacting a Real Estate Agent.
Many buyers are shocked when a Restaurant Broker asks for proof of funds before providing the name, address, and financials of a restaurant for sale.
Restaurant Brokers Golden Rule of Thumb
-If the listing is a franchise or over $100,000, a Restaurant Broker will want to see proof of funds (bank statement, 401K, or letter from bank). The franchise requires a certain amount of liquid funds before approving a potential franchisee.
The landlord will want to see proof that the new tenant can afford the lease. There is no need to provide financials to a buyer that can’t qualify.
-The bank statement, 401K statement, or letter from the bank should be within 60 days; close out your account number because a Restaurant Broker will only need to see your name and amount.
- Contact a Business Broker
A majority of the restaurant for sale are listed by a Business Broker or a Restaurant Broker. Buyers are required to sign a confidentiality agreement to access more information about the listing for sale.
A select number of restaurants for sale brokers will provide more information instantly once the non-disclosure is signed. Unfortunately, a large number of the listings will require a buyer to provide proof of funds.
Once non-disclosure is signed and proof of funds, the buyer will get a copy of the package. The package will have the name, photos, financials, details about the lease, and the restaurant’s location.
4. Visit the restaurant
A restaurant buyer gets to visit the restaurant as a customer. Some buyers will want to skip this step and schedule a meeting with the owner to ask questions and tour the kitchen area.
The Restaurant Broker at EATS Broker Tip:
A restaurant buyer should come to the seller-buyer meeting provided with questions. A buyer will learn more about the business and its long-term potential by asking the right questions.
- Evaluate and make a buying decision
During this step, a restaurant buyer will evaluate the information they have received from the seller. The buyer will decide whether to make an offer and the contingencies needed to feel comfortable. The buyer will start the due diligence process if the purchase agreement offer is accepted.
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A cloud kitchen is a commercial kitchen, sometimes called a “ghost kitchen,” used for delivery-only or pick-up restaurants. New restauranteurs and current restaurant owners are expanding menu offerings and increasing delivery orders by opening cloud kitchens.
The popularity of ghost kitchens has increased over the years. Today consumers ordering food online might be shocked to find out they have ordered from a ghost kitchen restaurant.
Ghost kitchen restaurants can be open for a fraction of the price versus a brick-and-mortar location. Cloud kitchen restaurants are considered a low-risk method to grow a restaurant business and menu selections. They handle the logistics and fulfillment while the restaurant owner only has to worry about the cooking.
Dallas Restaurant Broker Dominique Maddox says, “ cloud kitchens are opening opportunities for new or current restauranteurs to open restaurant concepts with less capital investment and risk.
Ghost kitchens are a popular business model providing a solution for restaurant owners to expand delivery areas and increase pick up orders”.
The Restaurant Brokers at EATS Broker compares Cloud kitchen restaurants vs. Brick and Mortar restaurants:
Capital Investment( upfront cost) Cloud Kitchens- $30,000 vs. Brick and Mortar $100,000-$300,000
- Staff required
Cloud Kitchens 2-6 employees vs. Brick and Mortar 10-30 employees
- Time required to open
Cloud Kitchens 2-4 weeks vs. Brick and Mortar 4 months-1 year
- Real Estate and Location
Cloud Kitchens- 200-300 sq. ft. vs. Brick and Mortar 1000-5000 sq. ft.
Cloud Kitchens-delivery hotspot with low cost and low traffic.
Brick and Mortar- high price, need prime location, good locations can be hard to find.
- Breakeven Point
Cloud Kitchens- 6 months – 1 year vs. Brick and Mortar- 2 years-5 years
Critical takeaways for Cloud Kitchens/ Ghost Kitchens
They provide excellent delivery and pick up opportunities
Allows restauranteurs to experiment with low risk
Allows restaurant owners to build multiple concepts out of one kitchen
Cuts costs for front and back of house labor costs
The kitchen features an exhaust hood, three comp sinks, prep sink, hand sink, and grease trap.
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 by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our website at www.EATSbroker.com.
Exit planning for restaurant owners is a process that should start before a restaurant has opened. The harsh reality of restaurant ownership is 80% close within five years. If you are going into the restaurant industry knowing that it will be time to exit within five years, why not plan in advance?
EATS Restaurant Brokers finds that restaurant owners’ lack of exit planning can create liabilities when selling a restaurant.
Dallas Restaurant Broker Dominique Maddox says, “exit planning for restaurant owners should start once a restaurant is open. The common mistake is that restaurant owners fail to plan an exit until they have to sell a restaurant. An exit strategy should allow the restaurant owner to sell a restaurant with limited liabilities”.
EATS Restaurant Brokers-Exit Planning MUSTS:
- Books and Records-keep clean, excellent, and organized books and records. The restaurant buyers in today’s market are educated and can analyze a restaurant owner’s numbers and expenses for red flags. The best way to sell a restaurant is to have clean tax returns; restaurant owners will have to pay taxes on reported gains.
Restaurants that don’t count cash payments, pay employees under the table, or don’t report most sales on tax returns to save on taxes will sell for less on the open buyer market.
EATS Restaurant Brokers Tip: Before listing a restaurant for sale, check to confirm current sales tax filings.
- Build-out expenses– The initial cost for a restaurant build-out can range from $50,000-$1,000,000for a restaurant space ranging in space between 1000-7000 sq. ft. Potential restaurant owners should analyze if it’s wiser to find a second-generation restaurant space to convert to their concept or build out a white box location.
A restaurant has previously occupied a second-generation restaurant space. In a white box location, the restaurant owner is installing everything needed to open a restaurant. The restaurant space has plumbing, electrical, refrigeration, and initial build-out done.
The person that benefits the most from a restaurant owner building out a first-generation restaurant space is the landlord.
Example: Restaurateur pays $300,000 in build-out expenses before opening the doors to a new restaurant. The restaurant owner estimates the restaurant should make a profit of $50,000 per year. The restaurant owner has to wait six years to get the build-out cost expenses back $300,000/50,000= six years!
EATS Restaurant Brokers Tip: Don’t go BROKE on the build-out.
- Restaurant’s Transferability- All restaurants for sale are not good listings because they lack transferability.
Ex.1 A chef-driven restaurant for sale depends on the performance of the chef. If an owner/operator is also the cook, these types of restaurants are difficult to sell. Most restaurant buyers are not looking at buying a restaurant to be a chef; they want a skilled chef in place.
Ex.2 Some restaurants for sale, the landlord, owns the equipment. Restauranteurs that lease restaurants that come fully equipped only own the business and goodwill; they have limited assets to sell.
This type of arrangement can make it difficult for a restaurant owner to sell in the future. Asset purchase agreements between buyers and sellers have the restaurant equipment being sold listed on the contract.
EATS Restaurant Brokers Tip: Before listing a restaurant for sale, check for UCC liens on equipment or business.
EATS Restaurant Brokers biggest take-aways from this blog are listed below:
- Good Books and Records help restaurants sell for the highest and best price
- Don’t go broke on the build-out expenses and have to wait 3-10 years trying to get the initial investment back.
- Make sure to have a restaurant/system that can transfer to a new restaurant owner.
- Own the equipment in the restaurant
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What should you know about a Commercial Lease Assignment before signing the lease? The lease assignment can be short and brief, but it has a tremendous impact on the capability of a restaurant owner selling a restaurant in the future.
When buying or selling a restaurant, it is essential to evaluate the strength or weakness of a commercial lease assignment language.
A restaurant owner that wants to sell a restaurant can easily be stopped by the language in their lease that covers the possibility of a lease assignment to a new tenant.
What should you know if you are negotiating a lease assignment language for a commercial lease? This blog presents a brief breakdown of some of the key points involved in a lease assignment.
When a tenant’s lease interest is assigned to a new tenant/buyer, this is called a lease assignment. The current tenant has already agreed to terms with the landlord; once the new tenant signs the lease assignment, they are now responsible for the lease terms. The landlord’s standard practice is to keep the previous tenant on the lease as a guarantor and add the new tenant.
Most negotiated leases will contain a provision requiring that landlord’s consent to an assignment is necessary, but such approval will not be unreasonably withheld. The tenant will likely also try to include the landlord’s obligation to not unreasonably delay or condition its consent, according to Attorney John G. Kelly.
Dallas Restaurant Broker Dominique Maddox says, “Selling a restaurant has multiple tasks/assignments that have to be completed before restaurant ownership is transferred. Practically every commercial lease will have detailed requirements for the assignment process.
Landlord approval for a lease assignment is a critical part of the selling process. The majority of restaurant owners are clueless about the provisions in their lease for a lease assignment”.
EATS Restaurant Brokers list language to know in a commercial lease regarding a lease assignment
This fee is payable to the landlord before a tenant can transfer the rights to a commercial lease. The amount is usually not negotiated between landlord and tenant, most leases landlord input whatever number they want.
The assignment fees usually range from $0-$10,000 (listings for sale under $2 million); it really depends on the landlord and the language in the lease. The lease assignment fee majority of the time, is paid by the seller.
EATS Restaurant Brokers tip: Read the lease before signing and know how much the assignment fee will cost you.
Landlords have several different qualifying metrics a tenant should pass before getting approved for a lease. The lease assignment language should not be as strict as the current lease for a new tenant because the business is up and running, usually generating sales.
Depending on the landlord, EATS Restaurant Brokers has seen lease assignments that automatically approve a new tenant if they keep the lease space the same franchise brand. But also seen lease assignment language where the new tenant has to have as much or more liquid assets as the previous tenant. This can be an unreasonable requirement if the first tenant is financially well off when signing the original lease.
The renewal option gives a tenant the right to extend a commercial lease expiring in the future. Lease options are usually extended by 3 years, 5 years, or 10 years.
Renewal options should have specific language on the conditions required for a tenant to extend an expiring lease. Many leases need a tenant to give 90-180 days’ written notice to confirm if the tenant plans to extend the lease.
Restaurant owners who are trying to sell a restaurant and lease are about to expire might think they will just have the new buyer sign the tenant.
If the window to provide a landlord with a written notice has expired, the landlord has the right to refuse to agree to a lease assignment.
EATS Restaurant Brokers Tip: The restaurant owner should know how far in advance written notice to extend the lease is required to the landlord.
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Restaurant Resales are HOT regarding buyer’s demand as restaurant sale prices jump 34% in 2021 compared to 2020. BizBuySell’s Insight Report just released its report for Quarter 2 of 2021. Restaurant resale numbers are showing very promising growth and buyer interest. Restaurant resales headline growth as the buyer market seeks reopening opportunities.
Now with restrictions lifted across most industries, buyers are turning to restaurant acquisitions. Restaurants, specifically, was a sector that was drastically affected by the shutdown is coming back strong. While transactions are up 38% over the same time last year at the height of pandemic lockdowns, they are still 16% below Q2 2019 pre-pandemic levels leaving further room for recovery, according to BizBuySell Insight Report.
The restaurant for sale sector sees growth, with restaurant acquisitions up 17% in the second quarter of 2021. In addition to the bounce back in transactions, sale prices increased 34% versus Q1, tied to a 20% increase in median cash flow, according to BizBuySell Insight Report.
Dominique Maddox of EATS Restaurant Brokers says, “Labor Shortage, former employees seeking independence, and restaurant owners seeking retirement are increasing the number of restaurant acquisitions on the market.”
Restaurant Sellers and Restaurant Brokers will be happy to know that restaurants for sale during quarter two of 2021 had 190 median days on the market compared to 219 days quarter two of 2019. This data shows that restaurants are popular when it comes to buyer demand.
Dine-in establishments are expected to increase in market value as restaurant restrictions are lifted in most states. They are at the same time experiencing pressure for the labor shortage. A majority of restaurants have made tough decisions that have included reducing operating hours, closing for days, or going out of business.
The business-for-sale market continued to make gains in the second quarter of 2021, with closed transactions up 5% over the previous quarter. For bargain hunters, this may signal a closing window of the great opportunities made available a year ago, according to BizBuySell’s Insight Report.
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How to validate a For Sale by Owner sales numbers can be a challenge for buyers. A For Sale by Owner listing is a person that decided instead of hiring a Restaurant Broker; chose to represent themselves.
People decide to represent themselves as a For Sale by Owner for several reasons: they don’t want to pay a commission, think the restaurant sales process is simple, and lastly, the clueless restaurant owner that educates themselves on Google.
EATS Restaurant Brokers provides 3 Ways to validate For Sale by Owner sales numbers:
1st-Request a copy of Sales Tax Filings–This represents the gross sales amount the restaurant owner reported to the state government. Restaurant owners who keep accurate books and records pay the correct amount owed for sales tax.
Independent-owned restaurants have many restaurant owners who do not report the correct amount of gross sales to reduce their sales tax bill. Restaurant buyers should only look at the amount reported to State Government.
Sales Tax filings amount can fluctuate from state to state. The statewide sales tax rate is 4% in Georgia, but local rates typically vary from 7-8% (4% for state, plus an additional 3 or 4% for local).
2nd-Request a copy of Tax Returns filed with the IRS, confirm tax returns are the correct ones reported to state government. Tax Returns provide vital information regarding the Gross sales and net profit of a restaurant.
Dominique Maddox, a Restaurant Broker for EATS Restaurant Brokers, says, “I would recommend requesting a Request for Transcript of Tax Return(Form 4506-T) form. Filing this documentation allows the buyer or bank to request tax returns directly from the IRS.
I have experienced instances were the tax returns provided to the buyer did not match the tax returns the IRS had on file”.
3rd-Request a copy of the POS Sales report– The POS Sales report can help buyers understand and simplify the restaurant sales breakdown.
4th- Count the number of customers during peak hours– This is the least recommended method for confirming a For Sale by Owner’s financial numbers. Some buyers like to visit and sit around for a while to monitor the customer traffic count and buying habits.
EATS Restaurant Brokers Tips when buying a restaurant from a For Sale by Owner:
- Inspect the equipment during the due diligence period. Confirm that the restaurant owner owns the equipment and is not leasing it or the landlord owns it.
- Make sure the closing attorney does a UCC lien search days before the closing.
- Ask Restaurant Seller to provide a Sales Tax Clearance Letter before closing.
For more information on the restaurant market and other available consulting services or a complimentary restaurant valuation, contact Dominique Maddox at 404-993-4448 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our website at www.EATSbrokers.com.
What is essential for underwriting SBA loans, and how to qualify for a SBA loan? EATS Restaurant Brokers receive this question often when talking with restaurant buyers.
Qualifying for SBA loans has multiple vital factors to consider; we will cover the critical points in this blog.
The process to qualify for SBA loans has changed and evolved since the pandemic began. In today’s post-Covid environment, securing financing for RV parks and campgrounds is more easily approved, while fitness centers and restaurants are challenging.
When providing restaurant valuations for restaurant owners, EATS Restaurant Brokers always let them know, based on their financials, if the restaurant will get approved for SBA lending. Dealing with the buyers to get qualified for lending is a much different story.
Dominique Maddox, a Restaurant Resale Specialist, states, “selling franchise restaurants with SBA loans today has far less failure rate than independently owned restaurants. Established franchise restaurant brands give buyers better odds to qualify for bank lending.
Franchise Restaurants for sale have systems, brand awareness, training, Financial Disclosure Document (FDD), and they are proven to have success”.
Selling a restaurant? Here are the 5 Key Factors for Buyers to get qualified for SBA lending:
Underwriters are always curious about a buyer’s background. They want to know about the previous work experience and education that could help a buyer be successful. Previous or current ownership and management experience is a huge plus.
If a buyer does not have restaurant experience, then underwriters will consider what current or previous experience they have to help them be successful? The buyer might have a background in sales, marketing, management that can be very useful in their new role.
2. Credit Score and Debt-to-Income ratio
To be safe, a restaurant buyer should have a credit score of over 700. Yes, lower credit scores get approved, but sometimes the lender will ask for additional supporting documentation.
A debt-to-income ratio is derived by dividing the monthly debt payments by the monthly gross income. The ratio is expressed as a percentage, and lenders use it to determine how well a borrower manages monthly debts — and if a borrower can afford to repay a loan.
3. Skin in the Game
Today’s lender will ask for a range from 10%-30% down depending on the borrower and situation. Bank wants to make sure the borrower has skin in the game. EATS Restaurant Brokers recommends that buyers have at least 20% down or do not consider lending.
In some cases, the SBA lender will require the seller to carry a seller financing note up to 10%, so everyone has skin in the game, and the buyers have to bring less to the closing table.
Besides money down, the SBA lenders want some collateral attached to the loan. Collateral will not always be requested for loans under $350,000. Collateral can be described as something pledged as security for repayment of a loan, to be forfeited in a default.
Disclaimer-if a borrower has a house that is free and clear of payments and wants a loan, typically, the bank will use the personal home as collateral.
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Dominique Maddox, Founder and President of EATS Restaurant Brokers has earned the CFE (Certified Franchise Executive) designation from the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives™ (ICFE). Dominique will graduate as a member of the class of 2021 at which time he will receive his CFE pin
Participants in the Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) program complete several course offerings in franchise management, leadership, and small business to gain insights into franchise strategy and operations. The mission of the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives (ICFE) is to enhance the professionalism of franchising by certifying the highest standards of quality training and education.
Dominique Maddox of EATS Restaurant Brokers says, “ I started this process in 2018 to get the CFE designation but money requirements and time did not allow me to make progress fast. I decided to recommit myself in March 2020 to finish the program and become one of the few Restaurant Brokers in the nation with a CFE designation.
The designation required 3500 credit hours which included online courses, classroom study, attendance requirements, and testing. I now can put the CFE behind my name, which gives me instant credibility in the Franchise Industry because it is comparable to having a master’s degree in Franchising”.
The Benefits of the Certified Franchise Executive Program are focused on the recognition and professional standing in the franchising community. The CFE designation is highly regarded and a symbol of continuance learning, years of experience, and a desire to grow in the franchise segment.
As a Business Broker focused on Restaurant Franchise Resales, Dominique plans to use his Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) designation to help franchise brands, multi-unit owners, and single-unit owners thru the resale process. Dominique is a Restaurant Resale Specialists that can guide customers thru the complex process of buying or selling a restaurant.
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Every restaurant owner wants to know, how can I sell my restaurant fast? The art of selling a restaurant is different than selling a residential home. The element they have in common is both a restaurant and a home need preparation before hitting the market for sale.
When selling a home, you can usually expect an offer within 1-3 months before owners start to panic. The average time to sell a restaurant is 6-8 months. Restaurant Brokerage Firms will usually ask for a 6-10-month listing agreement, some companies will require a 12-month listing agreement.
Dominique Maddox an Atlanta Restaurant Broker and Founder of EATS Restaurant Brokers says, “ restaurants with good books and records, goodwill, and location sell the fastest. The best sellers to work with are the ones that prepared their restaurant to sell for the highest and best price.”
EATS Restaurant Brokers provides a checklist of the items to be prepared and available before listing restaurant for sale:
List of fixtures and equipment – only items owned by the seller. Fixtures belong to the landlord. Broken equipment should be repaired before listing for sale. Restaurant equipment that does not work should be removed from the building.
Three years of profit and loss statements– is one of the financial statements of a company and shows the company’s revenues and expenses during a particular period. Once a buyer has signed a non-disclosure and qualified financially, they want to see the financials for the restaurant.
Time kills deals and buyer enthusiasm towards buying a restaurant. One of the biggest mistakes a seller can do is list a restaurant for sale and not have financials available for buyer review.
Three years of Federal Income Tax Returns for the restaurant- the tax returns should be the same ones filed with the IRS. Banks will request a Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return before approving a buyer for a bank loan.
The original lease and lease-related documents- besides financing the lease can be one of the most complicated parts of selling or buying a restaurant. Some restaurant owners have never reviewed the language in the lease they signed.
It is important to have a copy of the original lease and other docs associated with the lease, available for buyer review.
A copy of the franchise disclosure document (FDD), if applicable- A franchise disclosure document is a legal document that is presented to prospective buyers of franchises in the pre-sale disclosure process in the United States.
Restaurants can sell quickly but the real fact is that restaurants will take 6-8 months to sell. To improve the odds of selling a restaurant quickly, restaurant owners should treat the restaurant like a home. Prepare the restaurant for the market, collect and gather all docs before hitting the market. Once you do find a ready, able, and willing buyer, all the docs needed for closing are available to share.
For more information on the restaurant market and other available consulting services or restaurant valuations, contact Dominique Maddox at 404-993-4448 or by email at email@example.com. Visit our website at www.EATSbrokers.com
The million-dollar question for buyers should be,” what are the benefits of buying an existing restaurant”? The Restaurant Industry has a high failure rate, around 60 percent of new restaurants fail within the first year. And nearly 80 percent shutter before their fifth anniversary according to CNBC.com
Knowing these tremendous odds of failure, there are precautions prospective restaurant owners can take to help their odds of being successful. The biggest precaution is to limit your exposure to unknown expenses. How do you accomplish this task? The answer is to buy an existing restaurant for sale or 2nd generation restaurant lease space.
Dominique Maddox of EATS Restaurant Brokers says, “ I have a countless number of horror stories of new restaurant owners going broke on the build-out of restaurant space. I recommend to my buyers to look for an established restaurant to keep or convert to a new concept. I have seen restaurant owners spend over $500,000 on a build-out and sell a year later for less than $100,000.”
1. Established an Open– Why wait to open a restaurant when you can buy one and be open the same day of the closing day? When you buy an established restaurant that has been open for a significant amount of time, it comes with an established customer base and goodwill.
Why wait to build up Google Reviews when you can buy a location with great reviews and an online reputation. Some restaurants come with professional websites, great social media following, and email customer marketing lists.
To a restaurant owner the sound of the POS sales system taking orders, delivery orders coming in, and pick up orders on the 1st day of ownership is a priceless feeling.
- Staff- One of the hardest tasks for new owners is to recruit, hire, and train staff members. Established restaurants usually come with a trained employee workforce, these individuals are trained on the basic skills that are necessary for performing their roles. Inheriting experienced employees can be a valuable asset.
- Existing Business Relationships– The current owner has established relationships with food vendors, suppliers, printers, insurance companies, service companies for restaurants, and banks. Some of these relationships can easily be transferred at the time of closing.
- Price and Expenses– The current seller usually has everything in place for a new buyer to take over the operations. When purchasing an established business, the buyer knows exactly what he or she is getting for the price. The buyer in most cases can review the seller’s profit and loss statements and learn from the seller’s success and failures with expense control.
- Furniture and Fixtures– One of the biggest misconceptions for restaurant owners is that they own everything in the building. Restaurant owners can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to install a grease trap, hood system, walk-in coolers, walk-in freezers, and sinks. Only to find out once they are ready to sell all the leasehold improvements belong to the landlord (read your lease). Building a new restaurant requires you to convert an existing space into a restaurant.
Why go thru the troubles and heartburn of a build-out when you can buy an existing restaurant, that is fully equipped with restaurant equipment for pennies on the dollar.
For more information on the restaurant market and other available consulting services or restaurant valuations, contact Dominique Maddox at 404-993-4448 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our website at www.EATSbrokers.com