Advice for Buying a Restaurant and Selling a Restaurant

Engineer Turns Restaurant Broker - Need help Buying a Restaurant?

Posted by Emily Yessick on Mar 11, 2013 2:44:00 PM

Restuarant Broker Emily YessickWhat business does an engineer have becoming a restaurant broker?  Upon graduation from Georgia Tech, I held my Civil Engineering degree in my hand and thought happily to myself, I can’t wait to start my career as an engineer! 

Then reality set in.  Sitting behind a desk churning out computerized drawings 40 hours a week for 52 weeks can sometimes be less than creative.  Developers seek engineers out for their expertise and help putting their field of dreams on paper so they can build it and people will come.  After several years of drawings and millions of keystrokes and mouse clicks, I craved more than dreams on paper.  I needed interaction!  Being in a cubicle most of the day with multiple trips to the coffee machine in hopes I passed a coworker or two was wearing me down.  Not to mention the economy was on the downhill slide and work was becoming scarce. 

My love for people and desire to watch others build their dream led me to some soul searching and asking myself some questions-ironically while sitting in a coffee shop.  How can I take what I know and love and go one step further?  When meeting up with old friends, where do most people gather? A restaurant. Countless numbers of dinner reservations are made every night or a need for convenience leads to 15 min delivery windows for date night “in”. Where do thousands of sports fans gather every Saturday or Sunday to watch the big game? To a favorite sports bar.  How many people go out at night in search for the best dance club or hangout?  Just about every college age person and young professional in Atlanta.  Our lives are centered around the food and beverage industry from love at first site at the local coffee shop, business meetings over lunch, first date dinners and engagements during dessert-we will never escape our love for food.  Inevitably this leads many people to make the statement,  “I have always wanted to own a [insert food and beverage establishment of choice]!” 

For me the decision was simple, helping others find their dream in buying a restaurant would lend the best of both worlds.  The next step was figuring out where this new path would lead me.  First stop- Real Estate School!  Real estate school was far from a walk in the park.  I was overwhelmed with definitions and terminology I had never heard before.  I was studying every night and reading day after day and wondering why am I doing this to myself?  The reminders of why kept coming back and pushing me forward.  Finally several months later, I passed the exam!

Whew what a relief!  Now what?  Then it came time to find my broker.  What I thought would be a long difficult process turned out to be the easiest of all!  After getting a lead from a friend, I started researching restaurant brokers which led me to We Sell Restaurants.  To no surprise they sell restaurants and lots of them.  I found myself reading the blogs and developing a sense of where I wanted to hang my license.  Finally I called and scheduled an interview with Robin and Eric Gagnon at We Sell Restaurants.  Not only were they extremely professional but also it was clear this husband and wife restaurant broker team know this industry like the back of their hand.  I know I am in good hands and cannot wait to fulfill the many dreams to own a restaurant.  I would tell anyone interested in buying or selling a restaurant, check out We Sell Restaurants.  You will not be disappointed!

Are you interested in a career as a restaurant broker?  We are hiring in our Atlanta office now!  Email your resume to and we'll contact you for an interview.

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Topics: Restaurant Brokers