Sustainable Buffet Style Restaurant

1. What is a sustainable buffet style restaurant?

Based on the successful One World Cafe model established by Denise Cereta in Salt Lake City, a buffet style restaurant serving healthy meals with a menu that changes daily to allow for local and seasonal ingredients.  Cereta’s One World Everybody Eats Foundation (OWEE) is committed to ending world hunger and providing healthy, local, sustainable food at a cost anyone can afford.

2. What required knowledge or skills are necessary?

Being able to create a new menu daily from seasonal ingredients, and the ability to create dishes from the previous day’s leftovers are fine skills for this kind of business.  General restaurant management skills would be very helpful, too.  However, perhaps the most important skill for this kind of business is the ability to put yourself out there for the world, open to whatever kinds of experiences may walk through your door.  The model of the One World Cafe is one that tends to bring the very diverse aspects of any community together in one community gathering space.  In some cases, this results in a donated commercial refrigerator.  In other cases, this results in people who do not want to pay much for a healthy, organic meal.  In the beautiful world of the One World model, these things balance out and create harmony in the world and in your business.

3. How much money is required to start?

$-$$   (on a scale of $ to $$$$$)

4. What is the income potential?

$-$$   (on a scale of $ to $$$$$)

5. What is the best location for a sustainable buffet style restaurant?

Urban (best), semi-urban (very good), suburbs (poor), rural (poor).

6.  Three best questions to ask yourself to find out if this business is right for you (if you can answer yes to all three, this business might be for you):

Are you naturally inclined to creating community?
Do you have a passion for healthy food?
Are you, or is your business partner, able to create large amounts of healthy, tasty food from a very diverse selection of ingredients?


Interested in starting one in your community? Where do you begin?  What permits do you need?  Who is your target customer?  How do you find them?  What is the best use of your limited advertising dollars?  What’s the best way to attract a great employee or volunteer?  What does an average day look like?  What strategic tips do veteran eco-entrepreneurs suggest for startups like you?

There’s a lot to think about.  Rest easy.  Our mission is to help you succeed, so drop us a line (  We’ll get you a business planning document to get you on your way for ONLY $199!  We also guarantee our work, so if you are not satisfied, you get your money back!*

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