Hotel restaurants present an overwhelming sense of excitement to anyone who wishes to dip their hands on the challenging world of the food industry. If you’re planning to venture into this juicy trade, then you may decide to go the gourmet burgers steak restaurant route. Given the increase in demand for the Aussie Angus beef, which some say is the world’s best beef, the outlook in this specific restaurant business is extremely favourable.

In a July 2015 article from the Daily Telegraph entitled “Australian steaks growing in popularity, driving up demand and price,” the price of Australian steak has been raised exorbitantly that fears of having this excessive price from becoming the norm will eventually realise today or in the future.That is good news for posh restaurants where there is always a market for lucrative, fine dining.

But perhaps you feel that the target market for steak restaurants is too narrow for your taste. Then, you wouldn’t mind choosing from many other options. Should you offer an upscale, midscale or quick food service? You can also choose to offer any of the famous cuisines from around the world: Thai, Indian, Chinese, French, Italian, or Mexican. Fusion of these cuisines is also a popular trend today.

Whichever food pathway you choose, as a future restaurateur you must first face the legal obligations that you must address before your restaurant starts its operations.

Legal Obligations of Hotel Restaurants

Food Business Licence

Just like any other business undertaking, there is a business licence that you need to acquire before you can start operating your restaurant. Getting the proper business licence from your local government should be your next step after deciding the specific details of your hotel restaurant. Different states require different rules and regulations on the ways and how long you can finally acquire your licence.

Besides restaurants, there are other establishments that will be required food business licences such as: cafes, pubs, food processing companies, mobile food units, aged or child care facilities, and even charitable institutions that handle or distribute food.

Food Safety Compliance

Besides a business licence, your restaurant also needs to be authorised as safe and certified to comply with the regulations that the government imposes. This is an important procedure because the nature of your business is to offer food so your place of business has to be certified safe for the customers.

Food safety compliance also means that the handling and processing of food ingredients satisfies the food and safety regulations of some important laws, such as those mandated by the Food Safety Authority of Australia and New Zealand(FSANZ) and the Food Act of 2003 for restaurants located in NSW.

In addition, your restaurant must also develop and follow a food safety protocol based on the HACCP principles. This protocol must be updated on a regular basis and must always be within the premises of your restaurant. This is in accordance with Australia’sNational Food Safety Audit Policy and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council.

Food Safety Supervisors

Most Australian states, namely NSW, ACT, VIC, and QLD, also require restaurants and other food establishments to have a Food Safety Supervisor who must be available at all times. The Food Safety Supervisor is responsible for the restaurant’s compliance with all the legal food safety rules and regulations. He or she can be a current employee of the restaurant, trained and then registered, or can be hired as an external contractor. The supervisor must meet the required qualifications; to have successfully accomplished the Food Safety Supervisor Course and be duly registered through the Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

Staff Basic Training

Your employees and other restaurant staff must undergo important training related to food safety and proper food handling. Every food establishment is required by Australian law to provide proper training to all individuals who handle foods.

There are many ways that you as the owner can accomplish this for your staff. One is through the Food Handlers Certificate Course, which is a nationally accredited training course that can be accomplished online. One other way is through the traditional classroom-based training. Then, there’s also the use of manuals to teach and train your staff. Lastly, there’s the in-house training method through a duly accredited consultant.

Hotel Restaurants are Primarily a Business Affair

While passion for food can get you far in running your own restaurant, you must also remember that it is first and foremost a business venture. If you want to provide outdoor dining to your clienteles, then you may need to acquire an additional licence for that. Serving alcohol also requires an applicable licence.

So put in place all your plans for your restaurant so that you can immediately obtain the legal requirements for them. Businesses need to follow laws and regulations for profound reasons. In the food industry where hotel restaurants belong, these laws will ensure that the food you serve is not only sumptuous but certifiably safe to consume by all gastronomy aficionados.