Breaking the Restaurant Mold

The pop-up business model has become commonplace in several industries – fashion, design, art. Pop-up restaurants are less common, but this infographic shows how lucrative and interesting these temporary food joints can be – especially in big cities. Start-up cost in San Francisco is a measly $2500, with NYC at $30,000, compared with over $300,000 to open a permanent place. Pop-ups can get more creative with menu, hours, and locations – holding court in galleries, empty storefronts, or backyards.