Need some serious personal input please.
OK hopefully this is the right place for this, its a serious subject for me and on a personal matter I guess but has nothing to do with carrying or guns at all.
A little about me first of all I guess. I am a 24 year old cook or "chef" I guess though I'm not fond of the title. I graduated from the New England Culinary Institute in VT and have been working in the food industry since I was a sophomore in high school, so about 8 years now or so. I love cooking it is my passion and what I enjoy doing for work as well as pleasure. In the last couple of years I have grown more and more weary and tired of all the crap in the majority of restaurants, especially in my area. Incompetent workers lazy superiors a general sense of ignorance is rewarded with promotions. And I'm sure this applies to more than just the culinary field. Anyways, I have been getting more and more sick of it and quit my last two jobs going back to the place I'm at now which I helped open and have been working at off and on for a couple of years now. But even it is not what I'm looking for. While out working at my last job at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa OK I had a beautiful little girl with my lovely wife. She was born 3 months premature and weighed only 1lb 15oz, adding more to my growing stress from a job I hated. Lost all my friends down there and was basically abandoned with no friends or family so we moved back home here to Northern Maine. I have a family now that I need to support and get so we can move out of my parents house and what I'm making now just isn't cutting it. She's a massage therapist and since she just got started is not getting many clients yet, so overall we're struggling.
Now where all of this was leading us is after my schooling and experience which included learning about restaurant management and food costing as well as practice in actually running a kitchen I want to get away from the crap and try starting my own restaurant. Now I know my little synopsis is hardly enough to base my life changing decision on but I'm just looking for some input here I have been doing a lot of stalking on these threads and know there are a lot of smart people on here. So with the economy, gas prices, small local population, and young age is it a wise decision to try this? Or with my confidence, experience, passion, and lack of anything like my idea for my restaurant and huge love for it everywhere, be enough for this to be a good idea?
Restaurant Idea is a down home simple barbecue restaurant, simple no frills but delicious food that appeals to just about everyone. There is no BBQ anywhere up here in northern Maine unless you count the ribs at Ruby Tuesdays.......and I don't lol. Its very much a country small close knit community kind of area I think BBQ would do well in.
However I am very broke right now and still in debt from college, but on the other side if my business does well that could be a good reason to do it as well. If it is something I decide to do I might talk to the owner of the restaurant I'm at now and see if he would consider making it a "sister restaurant" to his and get an investment in it for advertisement and maybe share in profits. Other than that I wouldn't know how to get money for a project like this considering I have a very poor credit score.
So any and all advice and discussions are welcome and appreciated, remember just looking for some friendly input not definite decision makers for me.:smile: