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Unread 10-19-2010, 01:07 AM   #1
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Live in northern California. Been Q'n for 30 +. Been in construction for the same. Back is giving out! Last winter +++ we built a trailer.Offset Barrel smoker and 50 50 charcoal propane grill. we have a few buddies who own restaurants who are willing to let us use there kitchen as a commissary. How can I make this a 9 to 5.
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Restaurant business 9 to 5? I wish that was possible. I guess a place that is open just for lunch, but queing doesnt really fit into those hrs. I wish you luck.
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Go out roadside vending from lunch to supper time?
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Go out roadside vending from lunch to supper time?
Our roadside hours of 11am to 7pm really means WORKING from 7am to 11pm!!!

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I think the only way it could be a 9 to 5 is to have someone else do your serving and cleanup. Restaurants require more hours than any other job I have ever had. It's like being in sales and doing nothing but shows. The non show hours can suck up as much time as the actual time spent on the convention floor.
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You are better off with selling tacos for a buck than bbq plates for $8-$10. California is hard on bbq "restaurants". If you get a good following and word of mouth it can happen. You are in a good town with a younger crowd in the campus which could be good and bad. I am in the valley and would make a trip to Davis for some good Q. I was thinking of the same thing since construction is slow. 23 years of sprinklerfitting is starting to get to me.
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We vend from 7am - 2pm at convenience store. We start at 3:00pm to end at 2:00pm the next day............do the math. It's LOTS of hours.
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Live in northern California. Been Q'n for 30 +. Been in construction for the same. Back is giving out! Last winter +++ we built a trailer.Offset Barrel smoker and 50 50 charcoal propane grill. we have a few buddies who own restaurants who are willing to let us use there kitchen as a commissary. How can I make this a 9 to 5.
You're in CA, and if you thought dealing with inspectors, subs, and suppliers was a pain, wait 'til you spend some time with your local DHE - A lot of hoops to negotiate. Start at the DHE, that will help you make your decision. Best of luck!
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If you want a 9-5 gig---go to work for the Health Dept.

Not being a smart ass--To be ready to serve fresh BBQ by 11:00 AM a bbqer must start early or serve BBQ that was cooked the day before and reheated somehow. I opened my restaurant at 11 AM but went to work everyday at 6 AM. I closed at 8 PM and left usually about 10 PM. 6AM--10PM is 14 hours per day. Then I spent my weekends doing large catering jobs---to be able to make ends meet at the restaurant.

How governmental agencies helped me:
I had to have business license from city requiring a fee
I had to have an occupancy permit from the Fire Dept requiring an annual fee and several expensive fire extinguishers with costly yearly maintenance--then I had to build an enclosure around my smoker with 4 inch firewalls
I had to have a very costly permit from the Health Dept--which entitled them to inspections at any time--and close me at any time
Parking for customers was an issue--and the city required that my small "To-Go" BBQ place needed 2 handicapped parking places. The strip mall that I was at had allocated 4 parking spots total for my restaurant--including employees.
Drug Store---3 businesses down complained that my smoke was hurting their customers with COPD so smoking times were limited to night time hours--customers did not want to buy BBQ at a place with no BBQ smoke .

So to help local businesses the County Fathers decided to OK not 1 but TWO Indian Casinos within 3 miles of my restaurant. They said--"Just think of the business that this will bring to town."---Bars and restaurants in town started closing by the dozens--tourests and locals were both shopping at the Casinos for Food and entertainment.

Local businesses were hurting and therefore not hiring people so the County Board of Education decided to buy a local restaurant that had closed and make a "training center" Now all local restaurants are in competition with a Government owned restaurant and caterer. Catering jobs for local governmental institutions have dried up--as they go to their "Own" caterer.

California "State Board of Equalization" will be on you like a bandaid on a hairy arm. What is taxable--what isn't --a small businessman in Calif almost needs to have an attorney at all times. Pay the attorney or the state will collect.

Our current economic outlook does not reward hard working entrepeneuars---work hard and see. I would never tell a friend to start a BBQ business. The best way to make a small fortune in BBQ is to start with a large fortune.

Restaurants have a high failure rate---BBQ restaurants are high up on the failure rate. Highest sucess rates are Chinese food and Mexican Food. Ther is money to be made in BBQ---people have done it--it is not easy---it requires much more than a 9-5 committment.
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Unread 10-25-2010, 07:16 AM   #10
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Dude, besides everything CRocke and Leonard told you, and they've got the experience, you live in Davis. It's even harder...
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What about a retail supply shop? I'd do homebrew also, but if that is not your bag .......
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Man, I feel for you. I knew Kali was jacked up but makes you wonder how any small business can make it. Good luck.

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If you want a 9-5 gig---go to work for the Health Dept.

Not being a smart ass--To be ready to serve fresh BBQ by 11:00 AM a bbqer must start early or serve BBQ that was cooked the day before and reheated somehow. I opened my restaurant at 11 AM but went to work everyday at 6 AM. I closed at 8 PM and left usually about 10 PM. 6AM--10PM is 14 hours per day. Then I spent my weekends doing large catering jobs---to be able to make ends meet at the restaurant.

How governmental agencies helped me:
I had to have business license from city requiring a fee
I had to have an occupancy permit from the Fire Dept requiring an annual fee and several expensive fire extinguishers with costly yearly maintenance--then I had to build an enclosure around my smoker with 4 inch firewalls
I had to have a very costly permit from the Health Dept--which entitled them to inspections at any time--and close me at any time
Parking for customers was an issue--and the city required that my small "To-Go" BBQ place needed 2 handicapped parking places. The strip mall that I was at had allocated 4 parking spots total for my restaurant--including employees.
Drug Store---3 businesses down complained that my smoke was hurting their customers with COPD so smoking times were limited to night time hours--customers did not want to buy BBQ at a place with no BBQ smoke .

So to help local businesses the County Fathers decided to OK not 1 but TWO Indian Casinos within 3 miles of my restaurant. They said--"Just think of the business that this will bring to town."---Bars and restaurants in town started closing by the dozens--tourests and locals were both shopping at the Casinos for Food and entertainment.

Local businesses were hurting and therefore not hiring people so the County Board of Education decided to buy a local restaurant that had closed and make a "training center" Now all local restaurants are in competition with a Government owned restaurant and caterer. Catering jobs for local governmental institutions have dried up--as they go to their "Own" caterer.

California "State Board of Equalization" will be on you like a bandaid on a hairy arm. What is taxable--what isn't --a small businessman in Calif almost needs to have an attorney at all times. Pay the attorney or the state will collect.

Our current economic outlook does not reward hard working entrepeneuars---work hard and see. I would never tell a friend to start a BBQ business. The best way to make a small fortune in BBQ is to start with a large fortune.

Restaurants have a high failure rate---BBQ restaurants are high up on the failure rate. Highest sucess rates are Chinese food and Mexican Food. Ther is money to be made in BBQ---people have done it--it is not easy---it requires much more than a 9-5 committment.
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A small business can make it, but, they have to have a niche, something that they have that can blow up. However, the reasons listed above are the reason so many have gone to catering trucks in CA. The requirements are ridiculously less stringent. That being said, BBQ is not going to be the ticket, it has to be something fast to prepare and cheap to sell, at high prices. That is why the hottest ticket right now is gourmet burgers and Korean or Chinese tacos. My income is down drastically with the down turn in development, but, cooking is still not the attractive job I once thought it was.
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Unread 10-26-2010, 12:23 AM   #14
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Was being sarcastic about the 9 to 5. Been working 14 a day for the past 6 years. thanks for the info.
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Unread 10-26-2010, 12:29 AM   #15
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Sorry, was being sarcastic about the hours. been working those same hours for the past 6 years. was just hoping to get some input on a direction to go.
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