If you're planning a new pizzeria — or contemplating a new unit — this workshop is a vital first step. Veteran pizza operator and consultant Michael Shepherd will show you what is needed to take your idea and turn it into a profitable reality. Michael will break down the huge task of opening a restaurant into bite-size chunks and work through each one with you. Finding the right location, selecting the proper equipment and understanding how to properly lay out and design your operation are among the topics covered. Take-home resources will include: a written guide for opening, with checklists and timelines; business plan templates; list of needed equipment, small wares and ingredients; a soft-opening invitation template.