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My wife is opening a small restaraunt. I don't have any experience in this. So asking for any advice or suggestions. Also, are there any places around pattaya that sells used equipment like stoves, fryers and such?

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I have opened and run several restaurants in Bangkok, firstly only a Farang can run his own Nationality eating house' and only a Thai can run theirs, I do not know where this is being opened but if your wife is a great Thai Chef go for it all the way with her but situation is important too.

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My wife is opening a small restaraunt. I don't have any experience in this. So asking for any advice or suggestions. Also, are there any places around pattaya that sells used equipment like stoves, fryers and such?

Check out the adds section in the pattaya mail - you can go through past additions. There must be a lot of small buisinesses going to the wall each week. Look at the Adds in Carfore or outside Foodland or Friendship Supermarket!

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There are places on 3rd Road and Sukhumvit Road in Pattaya who do 2nd hand. My information is that their prices are too high.

I'd send someone in looking to sell roughly what you want to buy and see what they give. Then you have a price before their mark up.

Try Pattaya Trader and an ad in the Pattaya Mail perhaps ?

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I have opened and run several restaurants in Bangkok, firstly only a Farang can run his own Nationality eating house' and only a Thai can run theirs, I do not know where this is being opened but if your wife is a great Thai Chef go for it all the way with her but situation is important too.

is this correct? Greg from Sunrise is not Mexican.

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I agreee with the others about where to look for equipment, but before you part with one satang look at the cost of the new equipment, get a couple of quotes and see what it would cost new. This will give you a baseline for your prices. There are some second hand places selling very used stuff for more than the cost of new.

For fridges and freezers go to the shops along Sukumvit selling new ones, a 3 door display fridge is about B30K new, 2 door B22K, 1 door B17K. I have a new 3 door after a recent power fluctuation the controller went haywire, I phoned the company I bought from and they had someone there in under 90 minutes and replaced the controller under warantee, you will not get that with a used fridge, or from Tesco and Big C, so think about what is worth buying new and what second hand.

I did my research on where to buy by walking around to see what was out there, this may not suit you and definitely won't suit a Thai, but I found what I was looking for.

For tables and chairs, again look around, it depends what you want. If you want the tinny fold up tables they are available in a lot of places, check size and strenght, I wanted a better quality table, so ended up buying from the bedding/furniture shop on the corner of klang and sukumvit (if you go there the bosses daughter speaks perfect English as she is going to university in New Zealand, the rest of the staff speak good tinglish.). For the plastic chairs the roadside places like the cheapest is Tesco and Carrefor, from about B80, again you have to think about your target market, I went a for little better quality.

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Thanks for all your suggestions. I tend to agree with Chang_Paarp. Not much difference in price between used and new and peace of mind that comes with a warranty makes up the difference.

My wife is a great cook and very industrious so I believe she will be successful. Time will tell...

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My wife is opening a small restaraunt. I don't have any experience in this. So asking for any advice or suggestions.

If the place is targeting farang customers, do something (some things) a bit differently even if the food is Thai. Create a few dishes with a farang spin, I think they call it fusion.

Someone mentioned tables and chairs. Get good ones .. maybe build your own. I used to frequent a local pizza place where the owner had built quite rectangular bar-height tables and benches with an appropriate height relationship. I liked that much better than sitting in those "soon to collapse" metal chairs where my chin is barely above the table .. I feel like a little kid.

Find staff with personality. It's so much more pleasant to have interesting, bubbly staff waiting on you even though they may not be "lovely" or sexy. Get adult size water/drink glasses. Use decent flatware, not the tinny, bendy stuff.

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I have opened and run several restaurants in Bangkok, firstly only a Farang can run his own Nationality eating house' and only a Thai can run theirs, I do not know where this is being opened but if your wife is a great Thai Chef go for it all the way with her but situation is important too.

I disagree with you, thaipete. As a good example, look at Sara Janes .. farang woman running very popular Thai restaurants .. even serving excellent Issan food .. in Bangkok

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can someone please confirm that you can only sell food from your country? that sounds very wrong, but i want to make sure...

That is not the case. I think the poster was sayingthat you have a better understanding of your home cuisine than others and will be able to cater to your intended customers this way, but I have heard of no restriction to this.

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go 4 sexy staff over bubbly but not so lovely. sexy staff brings farangs to the table ..

Yes but competent, bubbly staff will bring them back. Personally, I would prefer to be served by someone who can communicate successfully will ensure my order is correct. If they also happen to be attractive that is a bonus, good service and good food is what makes a restaurant last.

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go 4 sexy staff over bubbly but not so lovely. sexy staff brings farangs to the table ..

Yes but competent, bubbly staff will bring them back. Personally, I would prefer to be served by someone who can communicate successfully will ensure my order is correct. If they also happen to be attractive that is a bonus, good service and good food is what makes a restaurant last.

So, I guess the OP needs to decide if the target customer will be a tourist who will not be a repeat customer or if it will be a local person who will hopefully make a habit of returning.

Chownah

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