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Old 02-13-2011, 09:05 AM   #16
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Did Saturdays in our front yard last summer while re-building after the original Hut burned down (the week before Memorial Day no less). Advertised in the local paper, set up signs on the major roads, used Facebook, our website & email newsletter to get the word out. Ran from noon until 5PM or sold out. We were about 1/2 mile outside of town on a road that goes to Plattekill Mountain (big for mountain bikers).

Averaged about 20 - 30 sales across out menu - sandwiches, platters, bulk, feasts, sides, etc. Usually cooked 8 butts, 6 briskets, 8 racks & 4 turkey breasts with 20 pounds mac & cheese, 15 pounds BBQ beans, 5 pounds Mustard Slaw & 5 pounds sweet & sour slaw. Sold out most weekends before end time. On July 4th, we sold out in three hours.

Would probably have had even better traffic in a downtown location. We live in the Catskills - fairly rural. Did a 10x10 pop up for a community day in front of our new location & had our biggest day ever in 3 hours selling nothing but sandwiches.

Then again - road side is a real pain. Cook - set up - serve - tear down - repeat. We only did Saturdays (HD restrictions as we did not have a commercial kitchen) but that was enough to tell me it's not for me. I'll stick with my little take out joint. Though - now that I think about it - overhead is definitely lower in roadside.

PM me if you'd like a few number from the middle of the Catskills.

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Old 02-13-2011, 02:31 PM   #17
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Please take note that the guys that responded above that are STILL COOKING ARE SUCCESSFUL are FULLY LEGAL BUSINESSES.
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Old 02-13-2011, 03:04 PM   #18
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Thanks txchutte,
I recognize that fact and because of that, the couple of, dare I say "nay-sayers", appear to want to limit the business competition, or detract from it for that matter, even though we may be several hundred miles apart.
I know that business is cutthroat, and competitive, I was in it for 19 years. My congrats to their success. And a heartfelt thank you to those who do offer their well wishes and information.
Please tell me, do you think I will not be "fully legal"? "unsuccessful"? And not in business very long? If so, why?

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Old 02-13-2011, 03:12 PM   #19
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Honestly, I don't know you. I don't know your motives. I do know a bit about the business, though. I have been cut throated by some that won't go legal, and hurt my business. The only competition that aggravates me is the competition that won't play on an even field. My comment was more for the poster that openly stated that he WASN'T Legal.

I wish you nothing but luck and good fortune in your endeavors.
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Old 02-13-2011, 03:35 PM   #20
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I'll leave that for you and the gentleman to disscuss...
Thank you for the encouragement... Now, would would you consider shareing some number info? I thought it would be worth the asking, anyways.
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Old 02-13-2011, 04:00 PM   #21
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My numbers are tainted. I only have done vending on Fri and Sats. Also I am the only one that vended at all for BBQ within 50 miles. The money was excellent, I could sell out almost every night barring rain. I usually smoked 6 butts per day and about 10 racks. Bulk sales made up a big part of my numbers.
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Old 02-13-2011, 05:02 PM   #22
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I have a roadside BBQ Trailer I built myself. Went to the HD got all the info and worked with them. We are legit and running for 2 years now. Six days a week. We have a tax permit and charge tax on each sale. I put in credit card machine and that increased my sales to. This is all I do for a living and it has worked well for me. So good luck on yours if go into it. If I can help in anyway send me a message.
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Old 02-13-2011, 05:12 PM   #23
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Have the CC sales performed enough to offset the cost of a CC system? (Sorry to Hijack)
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Old 02-13-2011, 05:32 PM   #24
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I have a roadside BBQ Trailer I built myself. Went to the HD got all the info and worked with them. We are legit and running for 2 years now. Six days a week. We have a tax permit and charge tax on each sale. I put in credit card machine and that increased my sales to. This is all I do for a living and it has worked well for me. So good luck on yours if go into it. If I can help in anyway send me a message.
Ummm....we'll need pics of that.
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no problem, I'd like to know the answer too.
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Old 02-13-2011, 05:51 PM   #26
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I opened M thru F, 10 to 5. Saturdays were for catering and Sunday's were market vending.
I set myself a modest goal of $500 in sales a day. Took me 3 weeks to hit those numbers. My market spot was a guaranteed sellout. My weekly spot went up and down with the weather with absolutely NO consistency.
At the end of the season I showed a profit.

I loved this job & wish you all the luck. Gladly answer any questions ya have.
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