1) Before you are tempted to buy anything new – like a deep fat fryer – know that perfectly serviceable used restaurant equipment typically sells for a dime on the dollar from a dealer/broker. Or, landlords of failed enterprises will let you have it “free” just to get it off their premises.
2) What are you doing for beverages? Fountain? Bottles only? How hard would it be to get a beer & wine license?
Nothing builds your gross profit like french fries, fountain Coke, & draft beer.
The “lodge” sells full liquor … so that is not an area for us … in fact, it is the reason we can get in there for essentially ZERO overhead.