opening a restaurantif you want to open a restaurant you need to lay down til the feeling passes!..sorry, but i don't think you have a clue as to what it takes to open, manage and maintain a restaurant, let alone multiple ones..even your best employees know how to steal from you and the good ones are really good..you may never know it, or perhaps not for years..it may not be overt hand in the till stealing, but giving away drinks or food to get better tips, ordering food without tickets, then selling it and pocketing the money etc. there are as many ways to steal as there are restaurants in the world...you sound young, which is what you need to be, but you more than anything need to be realistic..and have a good, solid business plan and money to back it up. i would take the advice of the other posters here, as they in the end are the ones who know..they have lived it or are living it..go work for someone, someplace who's style you like and train, train, train!...take business classes,management classes and get cross trained in every position in the kitchen, bar and front of house..you need to know EVERYTHING! it is hard,physically unforgiving work, you will work every holiday, miss birthdays, weddings, funerals, parties. vacations will be a thing of the past..you just need to be aware of what this lifesytle is really about and the sacrifices that are involved... but, good luck!
food is like love...it should be entered into with abandon or not at all Harriet Van Horne