Whether you dream of running your own pizzeria, coffee shop, or burger place, get the key steps to launching a restaurant. From picking a location to health permitting, read the Restaurant Starter Kit below to learn how to become Stamford’s next hit restaurant.

The Restaurant Starter Kit provides everything you need from picking your name and location,to opening your doors ­- including a printable version of the Restaurant Guide.

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Restaurant Guide

Restaurant - Related Documents

Business Plan Template – US Small Business Administration (SBA)
The US Small Business Administration (SBA) created this template to help you research and write your business plan.

Business Entity Comparison Table
This table provides an easy reference to how the most common business entity types — sole proprietorship, general partnership, C corporation, S corporation, and LLC — compare in a number of key characteristics.

Alcoholic Beverage License Application Process – CT Liquor Control Division
How to obtain a liquor or beer & wine license.

A Guide to Disabled Accessibility Compliance
The Guide to Accessibility Compliance explains federal disabled access laws in detail and offers advice on how to protect your business from potential lawsuits. The main purpose of this guide is to assist small businesses in meeting and complying with ADA standards.

Restaurant - Permits

Employer Identification Number (EIN)
An EIN (also known as an Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) or Federal Tax Identification Number) is issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and is needed for a business to pay employees and file business tax returns. An EIN does not expire and is unique to your business – once an EIN has been given to an entity, it will never be issued again.

REG-1: CT Tax Registration Form
In order to register your business with the State of Connecticut, you must complete the REG-1 Business Tax Registration Form. By filling out this form and the proper addendums, you can get your permit to sell tobacco products, fuel, etc.

Trade Name Registration Form
A trade name is any name used during the course of your business that doesn’t include the full legal name of all the owners of the business. In Stamford, must register your trade name through the Town Clerk’s office. More information can be found on the Create a Name page.

Sales and Use Tax Permit
Permit required in order to sell or lease tangible personal property in the State of Connecticut. You can fill out this permit using the Taxpayer Service Center.

Sales and Use Tax Permit
Permit required in order to provide a service or sell/lease tangible property in the State of Connecticut. You can fill out this permit using the Taxpayer Service Center. Find out if your product/service is exempt from Sales and Use Tax by looking at the State's list of exemptions

CT Unemployment Tax Form UC-1A
All employers must register their employees with the Unemployment Insurance Tax Division using the UC-1A Employer Status Report form linked above. The Unemployment Insurance Tax Division is responsible for the funding needed to pay CT employees that have become unemployed through no fault of their own. To learn more about unemployment insurance, we encourage you to read the Employer’s Guide to Unemployment Compensation or check out the CT Department of Labor’s Unemployment Insurance Tax Information Center.

Sign Permit
If your business plans on using a sign, you will need a sign permit. This permit is required for most business signs and includes fabricated, hanging, and painted signs.

City Restaurant Health Inspection
The City of Stamford Health Department requires a pre-operational health inspection and a routine health inspection around every six to twelve months thereafter. It’s advisable to review what the health inspector is going to check during their inspection.

Patio, Extension of Use, and Additional Consumer Bar Application
If you’d like to have an outside patio (for restaurants/cafes), extend the reach of your service (any business except restaurants/cafes) or place an additional consumer bar in your establishment, you will need to fill out this application.

On Premises Liquor Permit
The On-Premises Liquor Permit allows a restaurant to serve alcohol to its customers. Note: there are many different types of On-Premises Liquor Permits. If you plan to serve wine, you will need to get the Restaurant Wine and Beer Permit. If you plan to operate as a cafe, you will need a cafe liquor permit. Application fees are different between permit types.

Food Handler Inspection
The Stamford Health Department, Environmental Health and Inspection Division issues this license to all food service establishments in the City of Stamford to ensure public health and the practice of proper food preparation methods by the establishment. Costs vary based upon restaurant seating.