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Opening a cafe

Discussion in 'General Business Forum' started by hello.melodie, Jan 13, 2021.

  1. hello.melodie

    hello.melodie UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Hi there,

    I have always wanted to open a book-cafe and was thinking of opening one in Brighton. However, I noticed that most of the properties to rent listed online are for retail and not catering. The few I managed to find were twice or three times the price compared to a similar retail property. I feel a bit lost when looking at everything but I guess my questions are:
    - can you rent a "retail" property and use it for catering?
    - how come the catering properties are so few and SO expensive?
    - any general tips or advice would be more than welcome.

    Thanks!

    Melodie
     
    Posted: Jan 13, 2021 By: hello.melodie Member since: Jan 13, 2021
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  2. Mark T Jones

    Mark T Jones UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    1. Subject to change of licencing

    2. Supply and demand in its purest form

    3. Do lots of research before spending a penny on premises or anything else
     
    Posted: Jan 13, 2021 By: Mark T Jones Member since: Nov 4, 2015
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  3. bodgitt&scarperLTD

    bodgitt&scarperLTD UKBF Regular Full Member

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    Posted: Jan 13, 2021 By: bodgitt&scarperLTD Member since: Nov 26, 2018
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  4. hello.melodie

    hello.melodie UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    No obviously I wouldn't start it now but I'd like to open it within a couple of years so I thought I should start having a look at what's feasible. I was simply shocked at the price of catering properties, they are so much more expensive than the retail ones and was wondering wether there was something I wasn't understanding properly.
     
    Posted: Jan 13, 2021 By: hello.melodie Member since: Jan 13, 2021
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  5. RCC

    RCC UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    What is the business, is it a book shop where coffee and a cake is available or is it a cafe that also has books?
     
    Posted: Jan 14, 2021 By: RCC Member since: Dec 30, 2020
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  6. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Catering properties will usually have the required utilities and placement suitable for catering. Extractor fan not needed to the same degree in a bookshop.
    It sounds like you would be wanting more a coffee shop for catering side. Rather than restaurant or cafe for catering side.
     
    Posted: Jan 15, 2021 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  7. hello.melodie

    hello.melodie UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    A cafe that also has books for sale.
     
    Posted: Jan 18, 2021 at 2:28 PM By: hello.melodie Member since: Jan 13, 2021
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  8. hello.melodie

    hello.melodie UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Thanks but I'm not sure I understand what you mean (sorry, English isn't my first language).
     
    Posted: Jan 18, 2021 at 2:33 PM By: hello.melodie Member since: Jan 13, 2021
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