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Poll: Do You Want to Own a Restaurant?

Have You Ever Dreamed of Opening a Restaurant?

Because I think, write, and talk about food for a living, people are always asking if I would like to open a restaurant. While I greatly enjoy eating out and love serving my friends and family meals that I've made, my answer is always an adamant no. Opening and running a successful restaurant requires a lot of capital and is incredibly hard to do. Not to mention, I would hate having to work late nights, weekends, and holidays! Still, I know many people who would love owning an eatery. How do you feel about it?

danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
Yes. I want to open up a vegan restaurant or bakery. Who knows, I might get my wish someday :)
betty-kraker betty-kraker 7 years
i would love to it would be so hard yet so fun and when i am in a bad mood or just have a difficult day i start baking its so calming and changes my mood
tigr3bianca tigr3bianca 7 years
My boyfriend and I are opening one! So excited to be doing it. We've worked really hard to make this happen. And yeah we watched Kitchen Nightmares.
danaruth danaruth 7 years
My good friend's husband is a talented chef at a very nice restaurant in Pasadena. Unfortunately, my friend lives her life like a single parent, since her husband is at work from 11am-11pm six days a week! I think if you want to be a chef and have a successful restaurant, you have to give up a normal family life - and I'm not willing to do that.
ayuninur ayuninur 7 years
GummiBears GummiBears 7 years
I rather invest and be the silent partner in a restaurant than run my own. But it would be nice to open a restaurant that offers healthy options in a food desert areas in Chicago. Probably help with this ridiculous overweight issue affecting people that live there.
eastcoastgirl eastcoastgirl 7 years
I have wanted my own restaurant FOREVER!! WISH,WISH,WISH!
girlA girlA 7 years
I'm with you weffie. We have one vegan restaurant where I live and it's always packed. There's definitely a market for it. I would love to open a vegan bakery/deli--not that I have the first clue how to go about doing it!
weffie weffie 7 years
I would love to have a vegan restaurant because there's only one in our city and I think they could be a lot more creative. But I would only be licensed for beer & wine and close the doors by 11 because of the liabilities associated with owning a bar... No way would I want to go to jail because of some drunken idiot's mistake.
Food Food 7 years
Never, for the same reasons as Party mentioned above.
flavacrisp flavacrisp 7 years
Not a full restaurant, maybe a bakery/deli!
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
I could only imagine the time, work, money and all the other business webs attached to opening a restaurant and maintaining it. That being said, if I had the opportunity, I'd take it. A crepery. You can do so much :)
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Nah, my cousin works at a very upscale restaurant in San Francisco and from what I've heard from him, it's a LOT of work!!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
jillybean jillybean 7 years
I get the same comments from people... every time I host a dinner or a party. But, its not for me either... for the same reasons.
mlle-nessa mlle-nessa 7 years
After my bf and I watch a few episodes of Kitchen Nightmares, we think we've got it all figured out But yikes......I don't want to open a restaurant EVER!
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