Welcome to my website.  You’ll find my blog here, and a little bit more about me here.  You can also check out my Oakland restaurant, The Half Orange.

I’ve started several independent restaurants from scratch including planning, permitting, construction, and opening, all on a shoestring budget. (I’ve done it the expensive way too, which I don’t recommend.)  As a result, I’m often approached by independent restaurant operators and those just getting started, looking for help with the process.  I enjoy helping people build great spaces and great restaurants, and can provide any or all of the following services at an hourly rate.

  • Pre-lease evaluation
  • Kitchen and restaurant design
  • Drafting plans and preparing submittals for permitting
  • Equipment specification and purchase
  • Assistance obtaining permits
  • Project management and co-ordination of buildout
  • Assistance with pro formas, business plan development, marketing plans, and operational plans.
If you are interested in contacting me regarding these services, please email me at jay -at- jayporter -dot- com