Are you selling your restaurant in today’s market? What should you know about selling a restaurant before you start? The Restaurant resale market is much different from the housing resale market. Only 2%-5% of Restaurant Buyers inquiring about restaurants for sale will purchase a restaurant.
Dominique Maddox of EATS Broker thinks restaurant owners are shocked to know the following data:
– Only 30%-40% of restaurants listed for sale will sell to a new buyer.
– Selling a restaurant is like a slower cooker, not a pressure cooker. The process can take 6-8 months when selling a restaurant.
– The Landlord is the KING/QUEEN of the transaction. Without a lease or purchase of the building, a transaction cannot close.
– The biggest between selling a restaurant and compared to residential real estate is that people need a house/shelter to live and survive. People don’t need a restaurant but want a restaurant.
EATS Broker describes additional points to consider when it’s time to sell a restaurant:
Confidentiality: When a restaurant is listed for sale, they are put on sites like BizBuySell.com, BizQuest, Business for Sale, Loopnet, and others. The address is not provided to the general public when selling a restaurant without signing a non-disclosure for most listings.
Experienced Restaurant Brokers will request buyers that want additional information on the restaurant for sale to sign a non-disclosure agreement. The Restaurant Broker at EATS Broker will usually pre-screen buyers by requesting a copy of a bank statement, 401K statement, or Letter from the Bank before providing financials and the name of the restaurant for certain listings depending on the listing price.
Broker Commission is paid by the Seller based on the listing agreement signed by Broker and Seller. When selling a restaurant listed under $1 million, restaurant owners should expect to pay a Restaurant Broker 10%-15% of the purchase price. Once the listing price is over $1 million, Restaurant Brokers tend to use a tier commission structure.
A Restaurant Broker does not get paid a commission on the following items:
-Inventory Cost: The items on the inventory listed included meats, dairy products, liquor, wine, beer, dry products, and frozen products. Inventory includes all the items used to make the food or serve the drinks.
-Security Deposits: Any deposits held by the landlord, vendor, supplier, or misc. source a Restaurant Broker does not get paid a commission on.
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When it’s time to sell a restaurant, most restaurant owners don’t have an exit strategy. Some Restaurant Owners think they can sell their Restaurant anytime, like a residential property. The hard fact is that only about 20%-30% of restaurants listed on the market will sell.
Restaurant owners with a plan when it’s time to exit, are usually more successful than those without. An exit strategy consists of clean books and records, updated-looking restaurants, understanding the lease, and knowing the status of the PPP loan, Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), an SBA loan.
Dallas, Texas, Restaurant Broker Dominique Maddox says, “The lack of exit strategy planning for restaurant owners is common. Most restaurant owners plan to sell a restaurant once an unexpected event triggers them”.
When it’s time to sell a restaurant: Two essential factors to consider:
Do you have an SBA loan, and your restaurant sale proceeds will not cover the balance?
Restaurant Broker advice: Contact your SBA lender to let them know you are selling your Restaurant. Find out your options if the sale proceeds will not cover your loan balance. The lenders usually agree to drop the lien on the assets when the Restaurant is sold to a buyer.
The remaining balance Restaurant owner would have to pay back like a personal loan and would be a personal guarantor on the remaining balance.
Balance owed $200,000.
Sell the Restaurant for $125,000 and receive $112,500 after Broker’s Commission.
Personal Guarantor for $200,000 – $112,500 = $87,500
Do you have an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)?
The EIDL loan cannot be forgiven, and the payments usually begin 30 months after the disbursement date. Even if the Restaurant closes, the lender can claim and sell your personal assets. The lender can claim the assets of any individual that signed the loan documentation as a personal guarantor.
Restaurant Broker advice: Know the balance of your EIDL loan. Contact an experienced Restaurant Broker for a complimentary restaurant valuation. Knowing the restaurant valuation will help the restaurant owner understand the potential value of the Restaurant and if it makes sense to try to sell the Restaurant.
For more information on the restaurant market and other available consulting services or a complimentary restaurant valuation, contact Texas Restaurant Broker Dominique Maddox at 404-993-4448 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our website at www.EATSbroker.com
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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Dominique Maddox of EATS Broker sells a Pizza Franchise in Crawford, Georgia. EATS Broker represented the seller and buyer. The seller is a repeat client; he bought the restaurant in 2021 with the assistance of the Restaurant Broker at EATS Broker.
The new owners bought the building and the Pizza Franchise for Sale. They plan to convert the location to a non-franchised pizza restaurant and open it in the next 60 days. The Crawford, Georgia, residents have been visiting this location for over 30 years.
Dallas, Texas Restaurant Broker Dominique Maddox of EATS Broker says, “Health issues can force a Restaurant Owner to sell immediately. I’m thankful Dan remembers using our services when he bought the restaurant and decided to use EATS Broker when it was time for him to sell a restaurant”.
The Restaurant Seller was filled with emotions about selling his restaurant. Still, he is pleased with the new buyers and believes they will do great in the business. Dan plans to enjoy his retirement and get the medical treatment he needs to get healthy.
It’s a common practice for restaurant owners to buy an existing restaurant and convert the location into a new concept. This approach helps restaurant owners not to go broke on the build-out and allows them to open the doors for business faster.
In the Restaurant Brokerage industry, the ultimate compliment is when a previous client returns for help. EATS Broker will always be thankful for Dan believing in our company and allowing us to help him sell a restaurant!
EATS Broker is based out of Dallas, Texas. Our Brokerage sells restaurants in over 15 states located on the South and East Coast.
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The 5 Benefits of Buying an Existing Restaurant have many positive attributes. The current restaurant owner has built a proven business model, established a client base, and gone through the headaches of the initial building-out phase of the restaurant space.
The harsh reality of the restaurant industry is that 60% of restaurants will close their doors in three years. How to improve your chances for long-term success, the Restaurant Broker suggests not going broke on the build-out.
Buyers can learn a lot from the successes and failures of the current restaurant owner. Buyers can ask questions about the restaurant industry without going thru the growing pains.
Dallas Restaurant Broker Dominique Maddox says, “Buying an Existing Restaurant is a cheat sheet to success. The Restaurant Owner provides sales data, vendor relationships, landlord relationships, and stories of success and failures”.
EATS Broker provides a list of benefits of Buying an Existing Restaurant:
- Employees: An operating restaurant will have trained employees, including cooks. Employees will usually transfer will the sale of the restaurant.
- Customers: Established Customer base that is familiar with the concept
- Cash Flow: Restaurants with a positive cash flow provide a paycheck for the buyer.
- Time to open: Some buyers want to buy an existing restaurant to convert to a new concept.
- Vendor Relationships: The restaurant owner will provide a list of current vendors. Buyers can decide to use the same vendors or find an alternative.
Buying an existing restaurant eliminates some of the build-out time, stress and anxiety that come along with the process.
Bank Lending: A bank will be more willing to lend to a buyer purchasing an existing restaurant than a start-up restaurant concept.
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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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It’s easy to think of a random number, list a restaurant for sale, and answer buyer inquiries. Selling a restaurant is like fishing; it’s time to make the catch when a customer is interested (a fish bite).
Dallas Restaurant Broker Dominique Maddox says, “The Restaurant Story is an opportunity to help buyers visualize themselves as part of the story. An experienced Restaurant Broker will explain the Restaurant’s financial, staffing, liabilities, food cost, and startup story to interested buyers”.
The 3 rules of defending your listing price:
Tell your Restaurant Story: The number one question buyers ask a Restaurant Broker when inquiring about a restaurant for sale is, why are they selling? Once this happens, it’s time to tell the Restaurant Story.
The Restaurant story is the message/description of opportunities that should be provided to the buyer. Buyers want a background of the Restaurant’s current and past operations, growth opportunities, and why the restaurant owners are selling? It’s time to sell the “Sizzle” of the Restaurant to the buyer.
Each Restaurant will have a different Restaurant Story, but the core of the stories will be the same. They will include the total expense of the rent, labor, and cost of goods (COGS); these three categories should be 60%-70% of gross sales.
Clean Books and Records make a BIG difference: Good bookkeeping and accounting help the odds of a restaurant selling. Once the seller and the buyer agree to the terms of the Purchase Agreement, the due diligence process starts.
Buyers will request several financial documents to verify the Restaurant’s operations and profitability.
The documents most requested from buyers include:
-Profit and Loss Statements
-Sales Tax Filings
-POS Sales Reports
-Franchise Royalty Reports
-W-2s for Owner/Operator or manager replacing an absentee owner
When it’s time to sell a restaurant, owners should check and verify all financial documents tell the same Restaurant Story. A Restaurant Owner can make or break a deal if the financials tell multiple stories. Buyers are looking at financials with suspicion and analyzing every line item.
Restaurant Broker Tip: The Restaurant Owner keeping two sets of books and records or cheating the IRS on tax payments will hurt the chances of your restaurant selling.
Repair and Maintenance-The lack of maintenance in a restaurant can hurt the chance of the Restaurant selling to a new buyer. Buyers will inspect the Restaurant and equipment for flaws and repairs needed.
A neglected restaurant appearance or broken equipment gives a buyer a great reason to reduce the offer price. Restaurant owners should focus on the Restaurant’s presentation before listing a restaurant for sale.
These three rules help any restaurant seller defend its listing price when it’s time to sell a restaurant.
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Many restaurant owners share the Top 4 Biggest Myths about selling a restaurant. Selling a restaurant is much different from selling other businesses, and many restaurant owners will only sell a restaurant once in their lifetime.
When it’s time to sell a restaurant, a large percentage of restaurant owners have common misperceptions about the process.
Dallas, Texas Restaurant Broker Dominique Maddox says, “There are NO guarantees when selling a restaurant, and every deal has unique stipulations and obstacles that somebody must overcome. Restaurant owners that believe common myths about selling a restaurant are commonly disappointed”.
The 5 Biggest Myths about selling a restaurant are:
- Every deal is the same: Restaurant owners that have bought or sold a restaurant in the past sometimes believe every deal process is the same, and this belief is far from the truth. Each Asset Purchase Agreement has several small details that make a big difference.
Things to consider in each deal:
-Selling a profitable restaurant or an Asset Sale
-Selling a Franchise or non-franchise
-The buyer’s profile
-The landlord approval process
-The Franchise approval process
-Bank lending required or cash deal
-E-2 investor requirements
-Closing Attorney involved
-PPP or EIDL payments owed
-Sales Tax Filings
-Equipment repair requirements
- I will receive my asking price: When selling a restaurant, everything is negotiable, but the rent amount is owed to the landlord. The negotiation process between the buyer and the seller will determine the terms of the deal.
Restaurant owners can list a restaurant for sale, stating they want to recoup their equipment purchase price, build-out cost, or loan payoff balance, only to be disappointed. The market will determine the price of your restaurant.
Cash buyers are usually more aggressive in their offer price. Restaurant owners should expect offers at least 10% lower or more than the asking price.
- Time to sell a restaurant: The average time to sell a restaurant is 150-165 days, but this is only an average. Only 20%-30%of the restaurants listed will sell to a new buyer, and most restaurants for sale will sit on the market and never sell.
Only 2%-5% of the buyers looking to buy a restaurant will buy. Some deals are more like a slow cooker instead of a pressure cooker. Restaurant Sellers want a quick sale, while some restaurant buyers are not ready for quick closing.
- The Landlord is your partner: When dealing with a lease assignment approval from the landlord, some restaurant owners think the process is simple. Most owners have not reviewed the lease document they signed when opening the restaurant, and owners usually do not know what requirements are needed for lease assignment approval.
The Golden Rule when dealing with a landlord is that they are not your friend, and the landlord is looking out for their best interest in collecting future rent. If the landlord has a well-qualified restaurant owner as a lease guarantor, why would they approve a lease assignment for a questionable potential tenant?
The landlord can decide if a deal will make it to the closing table. Should the restaurant owner feel comfortable only in leases that don’t require landlord consent or have written auto-approval language for franchises.
Selling a restaurant can be a complex process. Hiring the right Restaurant Broker and understanding the selling process can make all the difference.
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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 Challenges to Selling a non-franchised restaurant differ from those selling a franchise brand. Restaurants that are Franchises are out selling independently owned restaurants for several reasons.
How often have you heard someone talk about opening or owning a restaurant? For the most part, our society loves the fantasy of restaurant ownership.
When it’s time to buy or start a restaurant, restauranteurs have to decide to join a Franchise Brand or start a non-franchise restaurant. The owners that prefer 100% ownership will choose to begin in a restaurant that is not a franchise.
The decision to open a restaurant that is a non-franchised restaurant can save a substantial amount of start-up money required for a franchise brand. Instantly restauranteurs save on the following items
–Development Fee ranges from $5,000-$50,000
-Royalty Fees range from 3%-10%
-National Marketing Fees
-Required Training cost
-Restaurant Equipment requirements
Dallas, Texas Restaurant Broker Dominique Maddox says, “the initial fee to start a non-franchise restaurant is usually lower. When it’s time to exit, the restaurant valuation is generally higher for Franchise restaurants.
EATS Broker challenges to selling a non-franchise restaurant are:
Restaurant Valuations: Non-franchise brands usually will have a lower sales multiple compared to National Franchise Brands. The multiple is based on several considerations:
-Number of units open
-Longevity of brand
Restaurant Valuation example:
Non-Franchise Brand: $100,000 (EBITDA) x 2.x (multiple) = $200,000 listing price
Franchise Brand: $100,000 (EBITDA) x 3x (multiple) = $300,000 listing price
Good Books and Records-Non-Franchise restaurants do not have a universal accounting system like most Franchise Brands require. The restaurant owner of an independently owned restaurant doesn’t have any checking their number for royalty and marketing fees.
Owners have the freedom to be creative with their books and records. Unorganized financials hurt when it comes to reselling a restaurant. Non-franchise restaurants with books and documents that are not clean or look fake rarely sell.
Restaurant Broker tip: Restaurant owners should confirm that tax returns, profit and loss statements, and sales tax filings tell the same story.
Buyers may request the following financial documents from sellers:
-Profit and Loss Statements
-Sales Tax Filings
-POS Sales Report
-Credit Card Statements
-Bank Statements (this is rarely provided in restaurant sales transactions)
Training and Support-New buyers are on their own to learn the concept, operations, employees, and marketing. The buyer usually completes no formal training before or after the sale transaction.
A training schedule can be agreed upon on the Asset Purchase Agreement, but it’s up to the restaurant seller to coordinate and execute. Once the restaurant is sold, the support usually ends from the previous owner.
Unlike a franchise brand with a training program, vendor relationships, and a support system, non-franchise brands may only have vendor relationships.
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