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Starting a Restaurant


Starting a Restaurant | Bestar
Starting a Restaurant | Bestar

Starting a Restaurant


To start a restaurant in Hong Kong, you will need to:

  1. Incorporate a company. This can be done through the Hong Kong Companies Registry.

  2. Choose a premises. The premises must be suitable for restaurant operations and comply with all relevant building and fire safety regulations.

  3. Apply for a General Restaurant License. This can be done through the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD). You may also need to apply for additional licenses, such as a liquor license or a bakery license, depending on the type of restaurant you are opening.

  4. Hire staff. You will need to hire qualified staff to prepare and serve food, as well as to manage the restaurant.

  5. Make final preparations. This includes getting all the necessary equipment and supplies, developing a menu, and marketing your restaurant.

Here are some additional tips for starting a restaurant in Hong Kong:

  • Do your research. Before you start planning your restaurant, it is important to do thorough research on the market and your target customers. This will help you to develop a successful business plan.

  • Choose a unique concept. Hong Kong is a very competitive market, so it is important to choose a restaurant concept that will stand out from the crowd.

  • Offer high-quality food and service. Hong Kong diners are very discerning, so it is essential to offer high-quality food and service in order to be successful.

  • Create a welcoming atmosphere. Hong Kong diners love to socialize, so it is important to create a welcoming and inviting atmosphere in your restaurant.

  • Market your restaurant effectively. Once your restaurant is open, you need to let people know about it. This can be done through a variety of marketing channels, such as online advertising, social media, and public relations.

Starting a restaurant in Hong Kong can be a challenging but rewarding experience. By following the tips above, you can increase your chances of success.


Application for Restaurant Licences


Those interested in establishing restaurant business in Hong Kong should contact the Licensing Offices.


Why Hong Kong


There are several reasons why Hong Kong is a good place to start a restaurant:

  • High demand for dining out. Hong Kong has a very high per capita rate of restaurants, reflecting the city's strong culture of eating out.

  • Diverse population. Hong Kong is a cosmopolitan city with a diverse population from all over the world, which means that there is a wide range of cuisines in demand.

  • Affluent population. Hong Kong has a relatively affluent population, which means that people are willing to spend money on dining out.

  • Government support. The Hong Kong government is supportive of the F&B industry and offers a number of incentives to businesses, such as tax breaks and grants.

However, it is important to note that starting a restaurant in Hong Kong is also very competitive. The city has a large number of restaurants, and there is a high turnover rate. To be successful, you need to offer a unique concept, high-quality food and service, and a welcoming atmosphere.


Here are some additional reasons why you might want to start a restaurant in Hong Kong:

  • International exposure. Hong Kong is a global financial and cultural hub, so your restaurant would have the potential to attract customers from all over the world.

  • Access to fresh ingredients. Hong Kong has a well-developed food supply chain, which means that you would have access to a wide range of fresh, high-quality ingredients.

  • Skilled workforce. Hong Kong has a large pool of skilled and experienced restaurant workers.

Overall, Hong Kong can be a great place to start a restaurant, but it is important to be aware of the challenges involved.


How Bestar can Help


Bestar is a full-service accounting firm based in Hong Kong that specializes in helping businesses of all sizes start and grow. We have a team of experienced professionals who can provide a wide range of services, including:

  • Start-up consulting: Bestar can help you develop a business plan, choose the right legal structure, and register your business with the government.

  • Accounting and bookkeeping: Bestar can provide a comprehensive range of accounting and bookkeeping services, including payroll, tax preparation, and financial reporting.

  • Taxation: Bestar can help you understand and comply with Hong Kong tax laws.

  • Business advisory: Bestar can provide you with business advice and support on a range of issues, such as financial management, human resources, and marketing.

If you are planning to start a restaurant in Hong Kong, Bestar can provide you with the support and services you need to get your business off the ground.


Here are some specific ways that Bestar can help you start a restaurant in Hong Kong:

  • Develop a business plan: Bestar can help you develop a business plan that outlines your business goals, strategies, and financial projections. This will help you to secure funding from investors or lenders.

  • Choose the right legal structure: There are a number of different legal structures available for businesses in Hong Kong. Bestar can help you to choose the right structure for your restaurant, taking into account factors such as tax liability, ownership, and liability.

  • Register your business with the government: Bestar can help you to register your business with the Hong Kong government and obtain the necessary licenses and permits.

  • Set up your accounting system: Bestar can help you to set up an accounting system for your restaurant that is compliant with Hong Kong tax laws. We can also provide you with training on how to use the accounting system.

  • Prepare your tax returns: Bestar can prepare your tax returns and ensure that you are in compliance with all Hong Kong tax laws.

  • Provide business advice: Bestar can provide you with business advice on a range of issues, such as financial management, human resources, and marketing.

If you are serious about starting a restaurant in Hong Kong, contact Bestar to learn more about how we can help you.

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