Our mission at OpenTable is simple: to power great dining experiences. That means giving restaurants the tools they need to succeed in managing their books, and making it easy for diners to find and book tables for every occasion.
We’re proud to partner with the best restaurants in the industry — and thanks to them, we’ve learned a few things over the years. Now, we want to share that knowledge and start new conversations within the restaurant community about what it takes to run a restaurant successfully as a business, from hiring great staff and tracking food cost to building an international restaurant empire.
Welcome to Open for Business, our new blog dedicated to exploring how to open and run a restaurant as a business. Here, you’ll find practical tips and best practices from top restaurateurs, chefs, thought leaders and industry experts. We’ll also provide glimpses into the lives of people we admire, with behind-the-scenes photos and one-on-one interviews. Finally, we’ll share our own insights from the whole OpenTable team, who analyze data, create new tools and work directly with restaurants to guarantee their success.
We hope what you find here will help you nurture and grow your own restaurant business or, if you’ve dreamed of owning a restaurant, give you the inspiration and know-how to make that dream a reality. Welcome!