My family owns a very large restaurant distribution company, and provides equipment to some pretty large restaurants.
Anyways, I have been looking to get involved in the industry for some time now. I have managed a few bars, and currently work in the night club industry. I`d like to know where my best options are to find people who are planning on opening a restaurant or bar, so I can approach them about becoming partners through my equipment contribution. I figure I can buy it at cost, and provide my fair share in capital to become a partner in the venture, rather than try and invest in a whole concept by myself.
I know I can look at permits up in buildings, but what other ways are there to find people who are planning on opening a restaurant or bar near downtown Chicago. I am looking for an opportunity in Lincoln Park, River North, and Old Town area.
What do you think?