If you are a restaurant owner or investor and you are opening a new establishment or have a troubled establishment, James Rinker or one of his colleagues at National Restaurant Consultants are the professionals to call.
A consultant for National Restaurant Consultants, Rinker has 33 years of experience in the hospitality industry and is a restaurant systems and cost controls expert. His background includes new restaurant development and multiple new openings. Rinker has won many awards for running high-volume restaurants including highest new store opening sales, highest sales and most improved sales records.
A food service consulting company that assists restaurant clients worldwide, National Restaurant Consultants that specializes in new restaurant startup ventures and troubleshooting projects. The firm features a team of experts who work with clients of all sizes in a wide variety of applications including fine dines, family-style restaurants, taverns and pubs, delis, coffee shops, hotels and resorts and all types of custom projects.
“Struggling restaurants know if they keep doing the same thing they will always get the same results and we give those clients a different and detailed way of looking at how to increase sales and profit potential,” Rinker explained. “New restaurant start-ups seek us out because they are sometimes unsure of some or many of the 454 considerations and decisions on our checklist that are needed to open a new restaurant.”
He continued, “We give the client all the tools, systems and advice for site selection, business plans, marketing, purchasing, hiring, menu development, costing, kitchen design and more all the way through the first day of opening and further as necessary.”
National Restaurant Consultants’ services include consulting for restaurant startups, troubled restaurants and troubled chains as well as international franchise development. The firm will even go as far as managing a client’s restaurant if the restaurant needs to replace the General Manager or unexpectedly loses its staff. Covering a wide range of business aspects, National Restaurant Consultants can assist with personnel recruiting, site selection and negotiation, feasibility studies and budget creation, equipment selection, liquor licensing and permits and employee job descriptions, among others.
“My days are always different as I can go months helping a client set up and open a new restaurant or create a business plan for a new client or perform and write an Operations Analysis,” Rinker said.
Rinker explained that after he provides assistance to his clients, he follows up to see how the clients are doing and offers further support if needed. According to Rinker, while many of National Restaurant Consultants’ clients are local such as Fired Up, Charcoal and Randy’s All American Grill, the firm receives inquires about their services from around the globe.
Before working for National Restaurant Consultants, Rinker found his way into Glendale when he was working for Applebee’s. He was transferred to the Glendale location to improve the restaurant’s service and financial results and was recruited by the Chamber to be part of the Board. Five years later, Rinker remains a crucial member of the Glendale Chamber Board.
“The Chamber was impressed with James’ ability to turn Applebee’s around and his willingness to be involved in the community,” Executive Director Larry Harte said. “I know James is honored to serve. His input is valuable.”
Rinker also said that the Chamber has helped him market his business and fulfill his desire to be involved in the community while helping other businesses become more successful.
“I have worked in restaurants all over the country from Florida to Baltimore to Hawaii to Colorado and have been a member of chambers in many cities but the Glendale Chamber is by far the best chamber I have ever been involved with because of the way we care about our members and the community,” he explained. “The Glendale Chamber takes a genuine interest in all of its businesses no matter how big or small and the City of Glendale is fortunate to have such a strong chamber and businesses within it.”