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I live in Florida and I am looking to start a Pub. I only want to get a beer and wine liscense considering a full liquer is like 200k and the insurance to boot. I was also considering doing it in North Carlina but have no idea on their laws regarding the sale of alcohol or wether their is a difference between a liquer liscense and a beer/wine.The county in North Carolina is Watauga btw. Would it be a good idea to start in a medium sized town apposed to a large city? Or does the larger city mean more buisness? Ive got my idea and I know what I want to do but im really having a hard time getting things rolling because im only 22 and people think im not serious. Any detailed advice would be much appriciated.

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    April 27, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Firstly, if you have no experience in the pub business, I’d advise that you work in a pub for the next six months or so doing everything from busing tables and washing dishes to waiting tables and cooking if they’ll allow you back there and if you have the skills. This will give you some of the work experience that you’ll need to understand and run a pub profitably.

    Since this is your first business venture, I would strongly recommend that you talk to a business counselor before you do anything especially spend money. I’d call the local Florida office of SCORE (go to and input your zip code to find the chapter nearest you), the advice is FREE. Ask for someone who has a background in pubs/restaurants and they’ll try their best to match you with the right counselor.

    The counselor at SCORE will most likely advise you to write a business plan which is very good advice because it will force you to dig out all of the start up details and the costs of starting a restaurant in Florida (they can also work with North Carolina SCORE to get the costs of doing business there) and force you to also understand all of the aspects of this business including the customers you’ll concentrate on (your market ) and how you’ll get them to find out and want to come to your fabulous pub.

    The location of the pub is important but doesn’t make it successful. To prove that all you have to do is walk down a street in your town where there are several nice restaurants all in a row and you’ll find one or two that are empty while the others are very busy. It has to do with menu, ambiance, and your reputation at the beginning and over time.

    You also have to have food handling licenses, the right zoning, the right city and county licenses and permits and you have to be skilled at negotiating with your landlord about who’ll stand the cost of the build-out or the changes to the premises to make it ready for your look and feel.

    You also have to worry about the normal business planning and management issues related to starting up any business.

    Take a look and read some of the articles at:
    especially the ones about a business plan and starting a business. Also try their Blog and their Bulletin Board.
    Hope this helped.

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