How to Start Up a Fried Chicken Restaurant

by David Harris ; Updated September 26, 2017

Starting any new business is a big challenge but opening your own restaurant requires a great deal of effort and patience. Most new restaurants will fail within a year, according to "Entrepreneur Magazine," but that doesn't mean yours can't be a success. If you want to open a fried chicken restaurant, you have already cleared the first obstacle: deciding on a concept. Since fried chicken isn't normally considered fine dining, you will likely skip some steps in restaurant owning, such as applying for a liquor license and creating an environment for a fancy meal.

Step 1

Find a way to fund your start-up restaurant. Look for business partners or ask for financing from your family and friends. Take out a small business loan to kick start your business.

Step 2

Scout for a location for your restaurant. When looking at buildings, consider the rent, where it is located and if there are other fried chicken places nearby. Talk with a real estate agent who is knowledgeable about the city to help pick the prime place for a new fried chicken place.

Step 3

Work with a designer to remodel the building to become a restaurant. Buy a deep fryer and find a supplier for your chicken. Decide if you want to feature organic chicken or conventional meat.

Step 4

Obtain a business license for your restaurant. Find out what requirements need to be met with the department of health in your city for opening a restaurant.

Step 5

Hire a chef and wait staff right before you're ready to open your restaurant.

About the Author

David Harris is a writer living in Portland, Ore. He currently is the editor-in-chief of the online magazine Spectrum Culture. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College.