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Opening a Restaurant in Germany

Updated on Thursday 14th December 2017

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Opening-a-restaurant-in-GermanyThe food and beverages industry in Germany

The high number of inhabitants makes Germany the country with the largest food and beverages industry in Europe. The food sector is currently the fourth segment in the economy with a large number of companies operating in the field and with over half a million employees in restaurants or food producing companies. Germany is also a great importer and exporter of foodstuff and beverages. At the moment, Germany offers great potential to foreign investors seeking to open restaurants here, and also to those wanting to start a trading company based on agricultural products.

How to open a restaurant in Germany?

The first step for opening a German restaurant is to start the business incorporation proceedings. The following steps are required to be taken to register a company in Germany:

  • -          selecting and filing for the approval of the company name;
  • -          drafting the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the company;
  • -          opening a corporate bank account;
  • -          filing the incorporation documents with the German Companies Registration Office;
  • -          notifying the Local Office of Business and Standards about the setting up of the company;
  • -          registering with the Professional Association;
  • -          registering the employees with the local Labor Office;
  • -          registering for taxation purposes.

Our specialists in company registration in Germany can help you with the preparation of the incorporation documents.

Once these steps are finalized, the company must apply for the relevant business licenses covering the operations of a restaurant.

Special licenses for restaurants in Germany

When setting up a restaurant in Germany, the owner must take into account the legislation related to:

  • -          importing food and beverages;
  • -          the laws on selling alcohol on the premises;
  • -          the food labeling laws;
  • -          the legislation related to animal products;
  • -          the legislation on frozen foodstuff;
  • -          the legislation on health certificates for foodstuff.

Additionally, the owner must make sure the building in which the business will carry out its activities is suitable for this type of activity and hiring specialized personnel is necessary.

For information about all the regulations to follow when opening a restaurant in Germany, you can contact our local consultants in company formation.



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