By now, friends, coworkers, and family have probably warned you: opening a restaurant business is too risky. Some people may even be telling you to keep your day job. However, much of what people say about the restaurant industry isn't true - the statistics are skewed. Sure, it is competitive, but with a little ingenuity, great food, and an amazing dining experience, any restaurant can make it. When it comes down to it, running a restaurant can be difficult, but mainly in the beginning - during the startup phase. This is the time when you have to avoid some of the fatal flaws that some restaurateurs make. If you can circumnavigate those flaws, your restaurant has a much better chance for success.