How To Open A Restaurant
Licensing And Regulations
Restaurants are highly regulated by various state and local health authorities. Entrepreneurs considering opening a new restaurant must be organized and informed about the many licenses and permits health authorities require well before the first customer walks through the door. Failure to obtain the necessary licenses to open and operate a restaurant could result in fines, penalties and possibly closure of the business.
Business license. In order to operate within the United States, all new restaurants must obtain a business license. This will recognize your restaurant as a legal business, subject to all the laws and regulations of the city, county and state in which you operate.
Sign permit. Local ordinances and building landlords may set restrictions on the size and location of your restaurant’s sign. Sign restrictions are especially strict in malls. You will need to contact your local Chamber of Commerce, city zoning board or building landlord to see if a sign permit is required
Music license. In order to play music in your restaurant, you must obtain a music license. A music license grants you the rights to play certain forms of music and avoid copyright infringemen