Business Overview

Prime location Japanese restaurant located near a well-known shopping mall is now available for acquisition. This business opened its door for business in early 2015 originally as a sushi buffet, but since the height of the pandemic and to battle, the restrictions, alleviate patrons’ safety concerns, and staff shortage issues, the ownership and the management changed the business model in April 2020 to full-service dine-in, which made the overall operation more efficient and profitable by significantly reducing unnecessary food waste and labor cost. Even before changing the business model, the customers have been loyal and enjoyed the freshness and variety of options this restaurant provided, but after changing to the current business model, the business has acquired a new set of customers by offering authentic Japanese cuisine, including ramen, rice bowls, poke bowls and fresh sushi rolls that are made to order. In 2020, the monthly average net sales were $55,000 and it significantly grew to $83,000 per month in 2021. This business operates in a free-standing building, sharing a space with a well-known franchise food retailer and from across one of the busier malls in the city. The immediate vicinity of this business is comprised of different types of well-known nationwide restaurant chains, retail stores, and department stores providing free and immense foot traffic from shoppers and commuters. Despite being surrounded by many other restaurants, one would assume it is disadvantageous from the competition standpoint, but there are no other sushi restaurants in the immediate area and enjoys a competition-free operation.

Much of the customer base consists of affluent, upper-middle-class individuals that live in neighboring residential areas, hospitals, hotels, churches, and shoppers from the mall. The business runs autonomously generating healthy revenue and cash flow without too much owner involvement. While many positive things have been mentioned, the new acquiring owner can push this business to its fullest potential through more internet marketing, establishing an online presence, utilizing door-to-door pamphlets, and promotional deals to neighboring businesses.

This business is operated as a fully owner-absentee and by the management team that handles payroll, bookkeeping, and back-office-related duties, which could easily be done by an active owner to eliminate management fees. There is minimal staff in place, but still able to handle the volume and get the food out quickly without any delay and sacrificing food quality. The day-to-day operation is handled by 3 full-time experienced cooks and 4 servers. This restaurant dishes out a variety of authentic Japanese cuisine as well as more traditional and modern items ranging from authentic Japanese ramen, sashimi, rolls, rice bowls, bento boxes, and poke bowls and served with a variety of alcoholic beverages. Only 50% of the dining area is being utilized due to staff shortage and health precautions for the staff and the patrons. If the new ownership could find additional help to accommodate 100% dine-in capacity and promote alcohol sales, the potential to increase the overall sales immediately is inevitable.

Listing ID #001156
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  • Asking Price: $675,000
  • Cash Flow: $190,091
  • Gross Revenue: $996,773
  • FF&E: $100,000
  • Inventory: $5,000
  • Inventory Included: N/A
  • Established: 2014

Detailed Information

  • Property Owned or Leased:N/A
  • Property Included:N/A
  • Building Square Footage:N/A
  • Lot Size:N/A
  • Total Number of Employees:3
  • Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment:N/A
About The Facility:

This 4,000 SF spacious restaurant is conveniently located in a heavy traffic area on the corner of two major highways in the city across the shopping mall. Not only do surrounding restaurants and other nationwide retail businesses provide constant foot traffic and visibility, but it is also in the heart of residential neighborhoods, churches, and hotels. All vital equipment is in good working condition.

Is Support & Training Included:

The owner will provide a training period of 2 weeks for a smooth transition into the business.

Purpose For Selling:

The owner is seeking other opportunities.

Pros and Cons:

Because the general area is the epicenter and hub of shopping and dining, the competition is unavoidable, but there is no competition in the immediate area that truly offers the freshness and variety of different options. There are other similar Asian restaurants but on different sides of the highways.

Opportunities and Growth:

Targeted marketing to the nearby residential areas will be a huge draw by utilizing door hangers, etc. since the establishment is very close to residential neighborhoods. Focusing on acquiring corporate accounts for catering from nearby corporate offices and businesses, car dealerships, schools, churches, etc., can also have an immediate effect on the overall sales. Currently, only 50% of the dining area is being used and by utilizing 100% capacity, it should immediately increase the overall sales.

Additional Info

The venture was started in 2014, making the business 8 years old.
The deal won't include inventory valued at $5,000*, which ins't included in the requested price.

Why is the Current Owner Selling The Business?

There are all sorts of reasons why individuals choose to sell companies. Nevertheless, the genuine reason and the one they say to you may be 2 entirely different things. For instance, they may state "I have a lot of various obligations" or "I am retiring". For many sellers, these factors are valid. However, for some, these may simply be excuses to attempt to hide the reality of changing demographics, increased competition, recent decrease in profits, or an array of other factors. This is why it is really vital that you not count entirely on a vendor's word, yet instead, utilize the seller's response along with your total due diligence. This will paint a more sensible picture of the business's existing situation.

Existing Debts and Future Obligations

If the current business is in debt, which lots of companies are, then you will certainly have reason to consider this when valuating/preparing your deal. Numerous businesses take out loans in order to cover items such as supplies, payroll, accounts payable, etc. Bear in mind that sometimes this can mean that profit margins are too tight. Many companies come under a revolving door of taking loans as a way to pay back other loans. In addition to debts, there may additionally be future commitments to consider. There might be an outstanding lease on equipment or the structure where the business resides. The business might have existing agreements with suppliers that have to be fulfilled or may cause penalties if terminated early.

Understanding the Customer Base, Competition and Area Demographics

Exactly how do businesses in the location draw in new clients? Many times, businesses have repeat customers, which create the core of their day-to-day earnings. Certain aspects such as brand-new competitors sprouting up around the area, road construction, and staff turnover can affect repeat customers and negatively impact future profits. One vital point to take into consideration is the area of the business. Is it in a highly trafficked shopping center, or is it concealed from the main road? Obviously, the more individuals that see the business on a regular basis, the greater the opportunity to build a returning consumer base. A final thought is the basic area demographics. Is the business placed in a largely populated city, or is it located on the outside border of town? How might the local median household income effect future revenue prospects?