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Top 5 Questions To Ask Restaurant Consultants Before Hiring Them.


We have all heard the phrase, "You get what you pay for." That is certainly true when it comes to hiring a restaurant consultant. In order to get the best return on your investment, you need to do your homework and ask these 5 questions when interviewing potential consultants.

Why do you think we need a restaurant consultant?

A consultant will help you identify the problems in your restaurant business, and then develop a plan of action to fix them. They can also offer advice on how to improve your current operations, as well as provide support during the implementation process. A good consultant can help you make decisions about what changes are best for your restaurant, either in terms of what needs improvement or what new ideas could be introduced.

A good consultant will be able to tell you:

  • What needs improvement in your restaurant's current operations?

  • What new ideas could be introduced into your restaurant?

  • How these changes will impact the bottom line.

What is your process?

Next, you should ask about their process. How do they go about helping their clients? What's their approach and what steps do they take when working with a client? You want to make sure they're going to be able to work with your specific needs and goals.

A good consultant will begin by getting to know the company or owner. They'll ask questions about the business and its history, as well as any challenges it has faced in order to understand where there is room for improvement and what goals need to be set moving forward.

Once this information has been gathered, the consultant will then help set goals for improvement based on those issues that have been identified during the initial interviews or research phase of the project (if necessary). This will allow them both time-lines for each task being worked on in addition ensuring that all parties involved are aware of where things stand at any given stage of progress - whether it be from start-up through opening day or even just initial planning stages before construction begins.

What are the results you are promising?

  • What are the results you are promising?

This question is best answered by asking for a list of previous clients and their results. You will want to know how many new customers they have brought in, how much revenue they have generated and whether or not they have improved their bottom line. It's important that you clarify what your definition of success is before speaking with any consultants because they may have different views on this topic than you do.

Who will be working with us and what experience do they have?

This is the first question you should ask a consultant. It’s important to know who will be working with your restaurant, as well as how much experience they have. If you want someone who can give valuable advice and implement a system that works for your business, then it’s important to find someone with experience.

The second thing you want to make sure of is that they are willing to work with you in person so they can understand exactly what your needs are and what challenges you face on a day-to-day basis. A good consultant will be able to tailor their services based on their unique knowledge of the industry, which means that even if there are similar services offered by other companies in town - such as software or POS systems - having an experienced employee working directly with customers can lead them towards making better decisions when deciding which options best suit their business needs.

Who will be the primary point of contact for our restaurant?

Ask the consultant who will be their primary point of contact for your restaurant. It is important that they are available to answer questions, address issues and make changes as needed. Find out how often they will be available and how they communicate with you. Make sure there is a secondary point of contact in case the primary person is unavailable or unavailable for an extended period of time, such as during vacations or holidays. It is also important to know if there are other consultants involved with our project and who those consultants are so that we may contact them directly if needed.

Hiring a good consultant can make all the difference in your business.

Hiring a good consultant can make all the difference in your business. A bad consultant can be worse than no consultant at all, as they might not understand your company and how you operate. But finding an excellent one will help save time and money while also improving the quality of your product or service—and that's why hiring the right person is so important.

When you're looking for someone to help with your restaurant, here are some questions to ask:

  • What services do they provide? This helps you figure out what exactly they'll bring to the table—in other words, what kind of assistance they'll provide clients with. For example, if interviewing potential staff members is something you're struggling with (this happens more often than not), then perhaps hiring someone who specialises in HR could be helpful.

  • If on top of this issue there's also trouble balancing employee work schedules effectively (which most businesses struggle with), working with someone who specialises in employee scheduling could be even better.


We hope this post has been helpful for you to make an informed decision about hiring a consultant. If you are still not sure at this point and would like more information, feel free to reach out—we’re here to help.

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