There's a Vegan Cafe in the town where I live. They have good hearts and good reasons for opening it, but its not run very professionally and isn't much of a cafe at all. They're actually a non-prof organisation, I think, and they don't have their own kitchen. A nearby restaurant provides most of their food, I think.
I'm thinking of doing something the same, except geared more as a professionally run restaurant.
I thought it would be best to start small, and then expand. Not open a restaurant right away, but work towards it.
Here's a simple plan:
- register as a non-profit organisation, draft by-laws and mission statements
- obtain 3rd party funding
- workshops, lectures, info-sessions, invite speakers
- ...restaurant, with conference room for workshops/lectures/etc?