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Need to find information on the restaurant biz? Try these resources first.

Search Terms
Library Resources Online
In and Around Brooklyn

Terms to use when searching

Try using these when you search Google, the library catalog or look for magazine articles on the topic:
  • restaurant business
  • restaurant industry
  • food service
  • restaurant management

Books In the Library

When you look for books on restaurants, check out the 647.95 section of the library's shelves first.

Some specific titles are:

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Starting Your Own Restaurant
Howard Cannon and Brian Tarcy
647.95 C

Opportunities in Culinary Careers
Mary Donovan
647.95023 D

Restaurant Industry Operations Report
National Restaurant Association
338.43647 R

Streetwise Restaurant Management: A Comprehensive Guide to Successfully Owning and Running a Restaurant
John James and Dan Baldwin
647.95068 J

Entrepreneur Magazine's Restaurant and Five Other Food Businesses
Jacquelyn Lynn
647.95 L

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Magazines to read to learn about getting started include:
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Library Resources Online: Find Magazine Articles and More

You can connect to these from your home or office. You will need your BPL library card. (The barcode on the back is your password.)
  • ABI Inform Research
  • Business Source Premier
  • Each of these links you to articles from hundreds of magazines. Use the terms listed above to search by keyword.
  • Business and Company Resource Center
    Find articles from magazines or get a snapshot of your business by using the phrase "food services" as the "Industry Description."
  • ReferenceUSA
    Want to find your competition? Use the "Custom Search" option of the "Business Database" to create a list in your geographic area. Enter "restaurant" for the "Yellow Page" (YP) heading.
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In and around Brooklyn

Get Ahead: National Restaurant Association's Education Page
Find culinary and hospitality schools in NY. The listings include scholarship programs and high school programs.

New York City Department of Education
Find high schools that offer instruction and experience in the restaurant biz by entering "hospitality" in the search box.

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There are lots of websites on the restaurant business. Look at these first.

Marketing Specialty Foods
The library put together this list of resources about the food service business.

National Restaurant Association
The #1 website for the industry with lots of facts and advice. Use the yellow navigation tabs at the top of the page.

New York City Restaurant Business Guide
Excellent practical guide from NYC Department of Small Business Services.

How to Start a Restaurant
Produced by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Entrepreneur publishing, this “kit” covers the start-up basics.

Outlines a sample business plan for a restaurant.