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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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 email@example.com. 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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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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Are you thinking about selling your franchise restaurant in 2023? 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 rate inflation, labor shortage, food inflation, and Covid relief funds no longer available will have some restaurant owners ready to sell in 2023. Selling a franchise restaurant has different challenges than selling an independently owned restaurant.
Texas Restaurant Broker Dominique Maddox says, “selling a franchise restaurant is more complex than selling a non-franchise. Regarding Restaurant Franchise Resales, you are dealing with transfer fees, restaurant upgrades required, training requirements, and Franchisor approval”.
Selling a Franchise Restaurant vs. a Non-Franchise restaurant has pros and cons for each transaction. Franchise Restaurants’ popularity keeps growing, and more franchise restaurants are opening daily. Franchise resales usually get more buyer inquiries compared to non-franchise brands.
EATS Broker lists the differences between Selling a Franchise Restaurant vs. Non-Franchise -Pros and Cons.
Selling a Franchise Restaurant: Advantages
- Books and records are usually clean and accurate. Franchise Brands will require Franchisees to have an updated POS Sales System to track sales.
- Restaurant Valuations are usually higher because the multiple ranges from 2.5x-3.25 ex. ($100,000 profit x 2.5 = $250,000 listing price)
- Franchisees benefit from the Franchisor’s trade Name, logo, goodwill, and trademark secrets.
- Landlord approval for a lease assignment or a new lease can be more accessible. Landlords like having franchise brands in their shopping centers.
- Bank lending is more likely to be approved when applying to buy a Franchise Brand.
- Franchisors will provide training support to Franchisees. A Franchise Business Consultant offers ongoing support.
Selling a Franchise Restaurant: Disadvantages
- Franchise Royalties are collected weekly or monthly from the gross sales. Franchise royalties range from 3%-12%.
- National Marketing Fees are collected weekly or monthly from the gross sales. The fee ranges from 1%-5%
- A transfer Fee is required when a current Franchisee wants to sell a restaurant. The fee ranges from $5,000-$50,000, depending on the Franchise Brand.
- Required training for new franchisees can range from 2 weeks-12 weeks. Buyers are usually required to pay for travel and lodging.
- Remodel costs or upgrades can be required before a Franchisee can sell to a new buyer. These costs can range from $10,000-$200,000 or more.
- The Franchisor has to approve the new buyer.
- Preferred Vendors are usually in place, and Franchisees don’t have the flexibility to shop with other vendors.
Selling a Non-Franchise Restaurant: Advantages
- Fewer requirements to get a deal done
- Buyers don’t have extra fees when buying a franchise restaurant, like royalty or marketing fees.
- Don’t have to worry about Franchisor not approving the new buyer
- No training is required before a new buyer can take ownership
- Non-franchise restaurants transactions can closer quickly
- A new buyer can change the concept if the landlord approves
Selling a Non-Franchise Restaurant: Disadvantages
- Books and records have a better chance of not being accurate or don’t exist.
- Landlord approval for a lease assignment or new lease can be challenging if the new buyer doesn’t have restaurant experience.
- Restaurant Valuations are usually lower because the multiple ranges from 1.75x-2.5x ex. ($100,000 profit x 1.75 = $175,000 listing price)
- Training a new buyer is informal and sometimes not enough to ensure the new buyer will be successful. There usually is no ongoing support.
- Non-franchise brands don’t have goodwill and brand awareness.
- Most don’t have systems or manuals for food preparation, operational, staff, or back-of-house procedures.
Which is better depends on the individual that wants to sell a restaurant and the buyer. Both concepts have pros and cons that should be considered when buying or selling a restaurant.
For more information on the restaurant market and other available consulting services or complimentary restaurant valuations, contact Dominique Maddox at 404-993-4448 or email at email@example.com. Visit our website at www.EATSbroker.com.
A Restaurant Owner should start planning an exit strategy before signing the lease. Thinking about the exit strategy should be as important as planning for the opening. It’s a known fact that 80% of restaurants close within five years of opening their doors or has a change in ownership.
Texas Restaurant Broker Dominique Maddox says, “Most restaurant owners EATS Broker talks with daily don’t have an exit strategy. The main deciding factors in selling a restaurant usually relate to partnership issues, divorce, health, debt issues, lack of sales, money, or just being tired.”
Lease Terms and Conditions-the ability for a restaurant owner to transfer the lease to a new buyer via lease assignment is a critical segment of the resale process. Most restaurant owners don’t understand the lease terms they sign and don’t know the requirement for an exit.
Clean Books and Records-When a Restaurant Broker list a restaurant for sale; we are only selling two things. It’s either selling a buyer a paycheck or used equipment. When buyers purchase a profitable restaurant for sale, they buy a “paycheck.” If the restaurant is not profitable, it’s considered an Asset Sale (used equipment). Profitable restaurants get the highest price valuation.
Reporting Financials to the IRS– It’s a known fact that restaurant owners write off many personal items and non-business related expenses on their tax returns or Profit and Loss statements. This strategy helps restaurant owners pay less in taxes.
Over-aggressive tax write-offs work if a restaurant owner is not trying to sell a restaurant. Restaurant Brokers would recommend that restaurant owners, 2-3 years before trying to sell a restaurant, keep clean and accurate books and records.
Franchise Requirements– When a restaurant owner that owns a Franchise brand wants to sell a restaurant, it’s different from an independently owned restaurant. The following are additional factors for owners to consider.
–Transfer Fee-how much is it?
–Training requirement- how long it the training and where training is conducted?
–Franchise approval process and requirements
–Restaurant Upgrades required- any major updates required soon?
–Franchise years left of Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDD)-how much is the renewal cost?
The Restaurant Business is one of the most demanding business segments to have success for an extended time. The ideal exit strategy helps the Restaurant Owner get into the right mindset about exiting the restaurant business and gives them a timeframe to think about.
Planning for an exit strategy is critical when trying to sell a restaurant. The Restaurant owner should consider what they plan to do after selling the restaurant.
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.
The start of a new year brings an increase in the inventory of listed restaurants for sale. There are three types of Restaurants for Sale that buyers will find on the market. The difference between the three types of for-sale methods is how they are listed.
– Restaurants for Sale by a Business Broker or Restaurant Broker
-Franchise Restaurants for Sale by Franchises
– Restaurants for Sale by Owner
Restaurant Broker Dominique Maddox says, “sellers should understand the pros and cons of each method of listing a restaurant for sale. The resale of a restaurant is much different than operating a restaurant or selling a new franchise unit”.
EATS Broker discuss the Pros and Cons of these methods to Sell a Restaurant:
Restaurants for Sale by a Business Broker or Restaurant Broker- The difference between Broker types is that a Restaurant Broker specializes in selling restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. Business Brokers usually will have many different concepts for sale, for example, car wash, dry cleaners, etc.
Restaurant Brokers understand restaurant valuations, Franchise Resale process, and SBA lending requirements and have a team of professional vendors to help close deals.
On a day-to-day basis, Restaurant Brokers view restaurant Profit and Loss statements, tax returns, and balance sheets, read restaurant leases, and prequalifying buyers.
Experienced Restaurant Brokers are a valuable resource to a restaurant owner that wants to sell a restaurant.
CONS: Business Broker/Restaurant Broker will charge a commission of 10%-15% and require an exclusive listing agreement for 6-12 months.
Franchise Restaurants for Sale by Franchises
Franchise Brands are great at selling a new unit to a Franchisee but need help with reselling a franchise. Most Restaurant Franchises cannot help franchisees ready to exit the franchise system.
Restaurant Franchisors are in a challenging position trying to provide Restaurant Valuations to current franchisees. Franchise Brands have a Franchise Development Department but will not have a Restaurant Exit or Restaurant Brokerage department.
Buyers will find that some Franchise Restaurant brands will try to handle the resell process, and franchises will list their resales for sale and follow up with buyer inquiries.
Cons: The Franchise Brands represent their company’s best interest and not the seller or buyer. Restaurant owners should understand how the franchise will help with the resale process. Restaurant owners should have a legal team review all documents.
Restaurants for Sale by Owner:
Buying a Restaurant for sale by Owner can be challenging for a buyer. For Sale by Owner, listings are increasing and becoming more popular. The great news is buyers have more inventory on the market than buy and consider. The bad news is that For Sale by Owner, listings can be regarded as risky!
Sales numbers can be hard to validate– some restaurant owners have creative accounting systems that the IRS does not know about. Buyers should use caution when verifying sales data provided by the seller.
Equipment-buyer should confirm who has the title to the equipment. The restaurant equipment can be owned by the landlord, have a UCC lien, or be leased.
Finding out the truth-Dealing directly with an owner/seller can make it hard to get the truth. There is no independent third party verifying or analyzing the information.
The old saying is, “buyers lie, and sellers lie too.”
Restaurant Broker advice: Request Tax Returns directly from the IRS and Sales Tax Receipts. Confirm that total sales numbers match.
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