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Entrepreneurship: Starting a Restaurant

A guide to resources for both community-based and UK-affiliated entrepreneurs.

Helpful Reading

Permits & Government Agencies

Links to restaurant-related permits and codes for LFUCG and the commonwealth of Kentucky.

Getting started with your research

This guide is intended to help you find the information you will need to develop a business plan for your restaurant.  Topics covered include:

  • Industry statistics and trends
  • Customer demographics
  • Competition
  • Location
  • Personnel
  • Required permits and government agencies

Some of the resources included require a UK linkblue ID and password but are freely available at Young Library.  If you need any assistance using them, please contact us or visit the reference desk and we will be happy to help.

Industry statistics and trends

Get information about market size, outlook, and segmentation.

Customer Demographics

Find out where your customers live, how they behave, and how much they are willing to spend.   


Information to help you with hiring your staff.


Find out who your competitors are, where they are located, and how you fit into the market. Financial data may be available for some businesses as well.

Selecting a Location

Find the best place to locate in terms of customers, affordibilty, and neighboring businesses.