Learn the Ins and Outs of Owning a Restaurant

by Diane VanDyke

Harris Eckstut

Harris Eckstut

If you ever dreamed of owning and operating your own restaurant or even investing in one, it’s time to enroll in “The Dollars & Sense of Owning a Restaurant,” a new course offered this fall at The Culinary Arts Institute of Montgomery County Community College, 1400 Forty Food Road, Lansdale.

This two-session course—held Wednesdays, Nov. 12 and 19, 6-9 p.m., for only $125—will be taught by 30-plus year restaurateur/consultant Harris Eckstut, who owned and operated the landmark MontSerrat Restaurant on South Street in Philadelphia.

To register for the course, visit mc3.edu/culinary or call 215-641-6486.

Drawing upon his many entrepreneurial accomplishments, Eckstut will share his invaluable insight and in-depth knowledge in a lively and engaging format.

According to one recent class attendee, and longtime restaurateur, “. . . Harris Eckstut is outstanding. He is the most knowledgeable restaurant consultant I have met in my career in Philadelphia. His lecture was a tour de force. In a low-key fashion, he covered a great amount of information…”

Another grateful attendee shared this thank you note: “The information you gave us was beyond useful, and now we have a more realistic perspective about the business.”

As the owner of Eckstut Restaurant Consulting, Eckstut offers his professional services, including leasing and development, sales and purchases, and operational analysis and planning for the independent or prospective restaurant owner. He also evaluates business plans, operations and budgets for lenders, investors, developers, and community organizations.

Greg Vernick, Chef/Owner, Vernick Food & Drink in Philadelphia says, “Vernick Food & Drink would not be as successful without the help of Harris Eckstut.”

Similarly, Connie Correia, owner of the Pop Shop in Collingswood, New Jersey,” adds, “Harris took us by the hand and taught us all the things about the restaurant business that we didn’t even know we didn’t know! Because of him, we are still in business and now thriving instead of floundering.”

In addition to owning the MontSerrat Restaurant for 25 years, Eckstut’s clients include the award-winning Vernick Food & Drink, Circles Thai, Sang Kee, Le Virtu, 320 Market Café and Green Line Café, among others, as well as lenders, investors, landlords, attorneys, community development organizations, and developers.

About the Culinary Arts Institute of Montgomery County

The Culinary Arts Institute of Montgomery County Community College is the region’s home for innovative, affordable culinary arts education and training. The Culinary Arts program includes both associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit culinary enthusiast and professional development course offerings. In fall 2013, our new 15,000-square-foot facility for our growing Culinary Arts program opened its doors at 1400 Forty Foot Road, Lansdale, in Towamencin Township, where it is conveniently located near the Blue Route (I-476) and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The new facility features four state-of-the-art kitchens and equipment, three SMART classrooms and a retail café/bakeshop where students can develop real-world food preparation and customer service skills. For more information about the Culinary Arts Institute, visit mc3.edu/culinary or call 267-646-5970.

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