Starting a restaurant in Japan

Starting a Restaurant in Japan with William Ryan

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In this episode of the ⁠⁠⁠Scaling Japan Podcast⁠⁠⁠, we welcome William Ryan, the CEO of Japan Hospitality Consultants, who supports fellow expats to open up their own bars, cafes, or restaurants in Japan. He has managed pubs for more than 20 years and more than 7 years with his own pub, An Solas Irish Pub in Yoyogi. Today he will provide unique insights into how an entrepreneur could open their own restaurant in Japan, and some points entrepreneurs need to know before starting their own restaurant.

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Show Notes

(2:46) Difference between Running a restaurant in Japan vs. another country

(6:57) Common Mistakes Foreign Restaurant Owners Make

(12:13) Do you need a Japanese partner to start a restaurant?

(13: 41) What do Japan Hospitality Consultants do to help expats open their stores?

(24:14) The ideal Japanese partner for the hospitality industry

(28:22) How much for rent in Tokyo and how much capital do you need to start a restaurant?

(30:22) What are some laws we need to be aware of?

(31:53) Potential issues / criteria when choosing a location

(33:10) Thoughts on campaign and point cards

(37:20) Importance of having different payment systems

(40:07): Thoughts on Customer service

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