Ever dream of running your own restaurant?

If so, you’re not the only one – and now’s the time to do it! Today’s restaurant goers prefer independent restaurants to restaurant chains, and the number of independent restaurants is growing every day.

There’s no doubt about it: running your own restaurant can have many perks. But grandiose dreams can only go so far. To successfully run your own restaurant, there are some key things to keep in mind before you start.

Want to know more?

Here’s some no B.S. advice from three local restaurant managers about how to run your own restaurant.

1) Dan Zimmerman, Floor Manager at Elm Street Brewing Co.

Watch as Dan Zimmerman from Elm Street Brewing Co., an independent brewery in Muncie, Indiana, talks about the importance of:

  • Knowing your market
  • Expecting the unexpected
  • Having the right system in place for success


2) Dave Andrus, Owner at Pure Eatery

Dave Andrus is one of the owners of Pure Eatery, which provides great food made fresh every day at three locations in Fishers, Lafayette, and Indianapolis, Indiana.

Check out Dave’s advice for independent restaurant owners, including the importance of being willing to jump in anywhere that’s needed in your restaurant and the one thing that gets lost a lot in small businesses.


3) Spencer Wood, Manager at FoxGardin Kitchen & Ale

You may already recognize Spencer from our blog post last week, but as a refresher, she’s a manager at the Fortville, Indiana-based FoxGardin Kitchen & Ale. FoxGardin offers big city-style food in a casual environment.

In this clip, she talks about whether taking business classes can be helpful for running your own restaurant – and things to remember for menu creation.



Running your own restaurant can be challenging, yet rewarding. If you’re willing to put the work in and take some of these restaurant managers’ advice about how to run your own restaurant, why not give it a try?