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Catering, Food Handling and Awareness *OnTopic* Forum to educate us on safe food handling. Not specifically for Catering or competition but overall health and keeping our families safe too.


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Unread 12-08-2009, 09:26 PM   #16
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Well hello... Pissy's back!!

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Unread 12-08-2009, 09:26 PM   #17
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I once wanted to open a roadside eatery, I was talked out of it. GO FOR IT! A man that does not take a chance, dosnt have a chance.
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Unread 12-08-2009, 09:32 PM   #18
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Gor for it. Worst case, you keep your job and run the shop part time during the week and on weekends. At that price per month, I'm sure you can make it at least profitable. Maybe a family member can run it the rest of the time you aren't there.
How is it that the Taco Wagons are killing you? You are just as mobile as they are in that trailer. Or is it a bigger menu they offer? I'm hoping to get into vending at festivals and such once we get a break from paying daycare for the kids. Slowly but surely I've been collecting gear, here and there.
I'd like to hear what you have learned from your experience. Is a set spot in a building a better move? I'm intrigued.
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Unread 12-08-2009, 09:37 PM   #19
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How close are you to the business district? Would you pull a good lunch crowd? Won't it conflict with your day job?
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Unread 12-09-2009, 12:27 AM   #20
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If you go for it and want to sell the trailer PM me I'm looking for one now and have cash in hand.or anyone else that has a vending trailer don't need the smoker have a few.just a trailer with a vending window.
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Unread 12-09-2009, 03:47 AM   #21
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I think anyone who opens a new business in this economy is real farkin stupid. With tarp coming and health care taxes, you just cant know what your costs will be up the road. However it is a cash business, if you know what i mean, and $250. a month rent it sure is tempting. Get some good lease options and make sure you have a big cash reserve.Good luck.
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Good luck Shane were all counting on you! BTW if you need a good supply line of Black Angus i sure can hook you up. Bob doesnt want it I just heard....
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Here is what I would do:
1)Keep your real job (because of insurance + benefits)
2) Open this BBQ brick and mortar business in the evenings or just Friday/Sat night.
3) or maybe open for lunch during the week assuming you have someone who you can trust to run it for you.

Hell $250 per month is only about $35 per Friday/Sat night. Just to see how well it does and if it does real well - go ALL in

This is just my opinion. All I have is a real job selling meat and an online BBQ rub/sauce online business so take it for what its worth

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What about food cost? Insurance? Permits? Fees? Taxes? ?

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$250 a month seems a bit steep for Cozad, NE
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Shane, I pray that the Lord would guide your decision and bless you whatever direction you take.
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Quote:
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How close are you to the business district? Would you pull a good lunch crowd? Won't it conflict with your day job?
1/2 Block from the main drag. I'll be really looking for Fri-Sat supper crowds.

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If you go for it and want to sell the trailer PM me I'm looking for one now and have cash in hand.or anyone else that has a vending trailer don't need the smoker have a few.just a trailer with a vending window.
Keeping the trailer. It does really well at festivals and such..

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I think anyone who opens a new business in this economy is real farkin stupid. With tarp coming and health care taxes, you just cant know what your costs will be up the road. However it is a cash business, if you know what i mean, and $250. a month rent it sure is tempting. Get some good lease options and make sure you have a big cash reserve.Good luck.
My plan is to open for takeout, if that doesn't work out, I can use it as the kitchen for my catering gigs only. Supplying rubs, smokers and sauce may help supplement the biz,as well. At $250/mo, I will already be making money with the catering. I already have paid that amount to the kitchen I have been using on a per cook basis for catering.
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What about food cost? Insurance? Permits? Fees? Taxes? ?
I know the food costs already, with catering/vending, I have agood supplier and know where to get the deals I need. Insurance is already covered with my liability coverage, would just need to add commercial renter's. Fees are with the HD, about $650 to get certified. I already pay local, state and fedral income taxes with the vending/catering business. My city has a food convenience tax of 1%.


As I said, as long as I can make sure the owner isn't going to jack the rent as soon as he sees success, I can already profit by having my own kitchen for caterin. I will be working WITH the HD to determine what, if any, modifications I would have to make. The trailer is great business, however the taco wagons kill me because out of a dozen in the area, only my trailer and another are certified. The others are able to offer lower prices because of less overhead. I choose to be legal, because I can do the feastivals, many towns that require city licensing, and can use that in my ads. Fly-by-nighters are notorious here, and they are fixin to get hammered.

If I try with the stationary locale, maybe it takes off maybe not. If it does, I have everything to gain. If it flops, I figure I may be out at best $3000, if I have a year lease on the joint. The smoker will be no loss, as I am already looking for a smoker to suit my vending/catering business.
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Unread 12-09-2009, 07:09 PM   #28
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Do it.

Nuff said.
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and i know of a good carpenter who would help ya remodel.
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Shane - Aside from all the financial pro/cons, please just make sure you are factoring in your time investment and any impacts it may have on being away from your family...

Good Luck...
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