How does one start a restaurant in the US with a foreigner?
January 29, 2014 11:11 PM Subscribe
Long story short: I have a friend here in Japan who runs a ramen shop. His lifelong dream is to move to America and open a ramen shop there, and my wife and I are hoping to help him do this a few years down the road (my wife would basically run the business end of things and perhaps own it on paper, and he'd be in charge of the kitchen end of things).
posted by DoctorFedora to Work & Money (13 answers total)
I don't know much, if anything, about things like how US immigration law or small business ownership law will affect these plans. The planned location would probably be in northern New Jersey, ideally with transit access to/from New York, especially because there's a significant Japanese minority there, there is awareness in New York that Real Ramen is a thing that exists and is not just "those curly noodles that cost 40¢," and it's a relatively affluent area, which is generally pretty good when it comes to starting a business, I imagine?
Tell me everything you know about how to go about starting a restaurant in the US with a full-time foreign employee. Assume I know nothing beyond "it's 90% running a business and 10% cooking," and you'll probably be right.