I am looking to purchase and open a diner with 42 seats. Can you wonderful professionals tell me how many cooks I would need? I will be there to throw the grub around as well! The diner hours will be Tues-Sunday and we will be open a total of 43 hrs. I am going to staff 2 full time wait staff Tues-Sun and then 1 part time wait staff all day Sat & Sun. I am just not sure how many cooks I might need since I will be there to help with that area of the kitchen. I am being told I would need 2 cooks, but that just seems like a lot for 42 seats since I see Waffle House running one cook and they usually are running about 50-60 seats I believe.
I have been to diners that offer a wide variety of food that would knock your socks off. The amount of cooks depend on the menu. some diners have a back kitchen and a front line off the grill area. I would figure one cook with a busy 12 noon rush time back up and yourself. ………….That being said, it depends on the menu, amount of prep, and the talent of the cooks. I have worked a 100 seat fine dining restaurant with one cook and myself backing him up…………………The best…………….BillyB