I have been cooking for 10 years and am ready to open my own restaurant, but I have some things to figure out before I can do it. First, where's the best place to find sympathetic lenders? Second, does any one know the best way to survey people to see what they really want in a restaurant? I know what the people that eat in the restaurant I work at now want, but am interested to see if the rest of the town feels the same way. Third, is it bad to buy a restaurant/bussiness and change everything about it? Fourth, I was told that if the owners won't carry the loan, not to buy. Does this sound right? The restaurant that I am trying to buy is a little pizza/pasta place that isn't very busy, mostly due to the fact that there has been 3 owners in 3 years and the last 2 owners hadn't even ever worked in a restaurant before! I want to turn it into a deli, take out, and catering bussiness, because this town is screaming for it! A kind of Dean and Deluca so to speak! Any ideas? I'm just a cook how has big dreams and I'm trying everything I can to make this happen.