The Business of Opening a Café

The Business of Opening A Cafe

An essential course for anyone looking to start up their own cafe, teashop or small restaurant; or to add a cafe to an existing business.

Over the course you will be equipped with the knowledge to start your own business. The course content includes Menu Planning, Location Feasibility, Kitchen and Stock Management, Sourcing Suppliers and Staff, Legal Obligations and Financial Planning to name a few.

This course also includes a Basic Food Hygiene Certificate to help get you into your commercial kitchen as quickly as possible.

A detailed course overview is available further down the page but please feel free to contact us with any queries you may have or to book this course.

Places limited to small groups for maximum learning.

Course Information
  • Duration:
  • 15 days over 13 weeks

  • Date(s):
  • AUTUMN 2018
    September 17th, 18th,
    October 1st, 8th, 22nd, 23rd, 30th,
    November 5th,6th, 26th,27th,
    December 4th, 5th, 11th,12th.

  • Schedule:
  • 9.00am – 5.00pm

  • Cost:
  • €3,500.00

    Up to 25% Skillnet funding may be available for eligible employees or self-employed network members that are residents within the Republic of Ireland. Please contact NOTS Skillnet on 071 9640688 for more information on joining the network and apply for the funding.

  • Facilitator:
  • Blathnaid Bergin - The Restaurant Advisor
    Alan Haugh - Employment Law
    Deirdre Coleman - Design Expert
    Dr.Detta Melia- Guest lecturer
    Food Hygiene, Finance, Kitchen Design, Coffee, Tea and other experts

  • Venue:
  • Abbeyleix Manor Hotel, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois, Ireland

Who should do this course?

Anyone who is contemplating opening a cafe in any form, be that an addition to an existing business, such as a garden centre or interiors shop or a stand alone cafe.
As Tiernan Clarke said ' You would be mad to open a cafe if you had not done this course'

What will I know when I finish the course?

Menu Planning - Learn to both cost the menu to ensure a profit and choose a menu suitable for the skills of your staff and kitchen

Location, Location, Location - practical guidelines to finding and assessing potential business premises

Securing your business premises - understanding leases and negotiation tactics for properties

Legal Obligations - understanding the relevant legislation a number of areas within a cafe environment

Food Quality - setting and keeping the highest standards

Suppliers - sourcing and maintaining quality of product

Finance - Managing cash flow including setting up a simple accounting system to prevent your exposure to theft or fraud

Kitchen Design - ensuring an efficient workflow for all staff members

Front of House Management - Implementing and maintaining service standards through proven processes

Equipment Procurement - sourcing and buying the right equipment

Interior Design - tips to help save costs but not compromise on cafe vision

Coffee - choosing the right supplier, machine and taste, making good coffee and serving good coffee

Tea - sourcing, making and serving to optimize profits on this staple

Cash register systems - choosing the best for your needs within your budget

Marketing and Digital Marketing

Service Excellence - how to achieve and maintain the highest levels of customer care through all aspects of your business

Food Hygiene Certificate - complete the Basic Food Hygiene Certificate (National Hygiene Partnership)

Staff Management - job descriptions, employee handbook, staff welfare, staff relaxation space

Cardinal Rules of Service Skills

Work Life Balance - how to make sure you enjoy your new business

What will I have when I am finished the course?

A practical, no nonsense approach to setting up your own cafe from a very well informed place.

What is included in the price?

Price includes all course materials, light lunch, tea and coffee breaks and site visits