This is a discussion on Need some serious personal input please. within the Bob & Terry's Place forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Originally Posted by NC Bullseye It's tough to find a place that does squirrel and red eye gravy right. Amen, brother!!!...
So you are aware that the failure rate of new restaurants is appallingly high. Good.
Then you know that if you take on debt and develop a restaurant that your chances are small that you'll last a year in business. My concern is that your business would be barbeque.
Current trends in dining don't support bbq joints very well except for the large chains that can achieve economies of scale. Trends toward healthful eating, niche cuisine, and rich experience militate against a "trough and brew" joint. Just as with the Brazilian churrascaria movement, there really isn't anything one chef can do with grilled meat that another can't do, the question is what else you can bring to the table. "Recipes" here seem like a non-compelling argument.
A classic ramen restaurant would crush our current climate and be part of the new wave in US cuisine. Anything with small plates, intense flavors, novel ingredients, brilliant colors, and high-protein/low-carb would fit the bill. You have the training, so push the envelope. More Bobby Flay, bring something people don't know. Generate buzz. Start a movement.
Until then, apprentice under the kind of pros who can teach you how to knock out solid, brilliant dishes that can be consistently delivered at high speed.
"It may seem difficult at first, but everything is difficult at first."
The problem shockwave is that in small country places like where I am "small plate" new food "slow food" fancy food all dont work here. What works here is meat and potatoes simple foods with big portions. and I can do that with barbecue, as far as "there really isn't anything one chef can do with grilled meat that another can't do" That couldnt be farther from the truth the smallest difference in every aspect of cooking makes a difference, and I wouldnt be grilling. Im not talking about "bbq" like you have a bbq out back on the weekend with burgers steaks and hotdogs Im talking high quality smoked foods, Im talking what BBQ is really meant to be. Ribs Brisket Pulled pork smoked sausage, poor cuts of meat smoked for 16 or more hours until they have such intense flavor it will make you smack yourself in the face when you taste it. Now thats real Que!!
Sometimes in life you have to stand your ground. It's a hard lesson to learn and even most adults don't get it, but in the end only I can be responsible for my life. If faced with any type of adversity, only I can overcome it. Waiting for someone else to take responsibility is a long fruitless wait.
Well everyone I have thought for months researched longer listened to advice from you all and backed down several times and the end result is Im finally starting my own BBQ business. Im just going to start small for now, Im mounting my big smoker on a trailer and Im going to park in lots and sell meat and sides maybe get some cheap plastic tables and chairs to throw out. But Im doing it!! Im so excited and happy, it might take a while to get started and even longer to start making any money but Im doing it. The only thing I have to do now is research laws on this kind of thing. I have no idea if I need health inspections, permits, permissions so if anyone knows where I could find this information Id appreciate links, if its dependant on the state I live in its Maine. Thanks everyone and wish me luck!
Start at the City level - they'll usually help, then County, then State. In many parts of the world (USA, that is) it will be a County/City Permit/License type deal.I have no idea if I need health inspections, permits, permissions so if anyone knows where I could find this information Id appreciate links, if its dependant on the state I live in its Maine.
Best BBQ I'd had in years was at a County Rodeo close to Salida last year. A pull behind smoker and trailer set-up.
And.....The most important thing...........
Start squeezing every penny, nickel, dime, quarter and dollar like it's a ten dollar bill. Take care of the pennies and nickels and dollars follow.
"He went on two legs, wore clothes and was a human being, but nevertheless he was in reality a wolf of the Steppes. He had learned a good deal . . . and was a fairly clever fellow. What he had not learned, however, was this: to find contentment in himself and his own life. The cause of this apparently was that at the bottom of his heart he knew all the time (or thought he knew) that he was in reality not a man, but a wolf of the Steppes."