Originally Posted by sfrisby
To those that discussed the full effort of running a brewpub, I have a buddy that has solid experience opening and running restaurants from casual to fine dining. It has been suggested to open a brewpub where he handles the restaurant and I brew the beer. Would love your thoughts on the OP's question (which may help his decision) when the restaurant management is handled and your job is just brewing beer. Thanks.
I would guess it all depends on the split. Is he going to open a restaurant with you providing the beer? Are you going to be equal partners financially and labor-wise?
I'd advise letting him open the restaurant, with you leasing space from him to do the brewing. You sell him the beer.
Actually, I'd advise you not to go into business with a friend.
Even if the two of you are equal partners financially and he runs the restaurant while you handle all the brewing, there's going to be feelings that the other guy is just skating while I'm busting my butt. Or there will be creative differences where you want changes to the menu or he wants changes to the beer lineup.