#1 Why would you make someone crazy?
Most people who get into a food business like this REALLY love what they are doing.
From my own personal experiences, an absintee owner who stops in every now and then, so they can PLAY hot dawg stand person will only piss the employees and managers off.
If you want to get the place up and running solidly, you need to be there on the line with them, so they can understand your passion for this business.
If not you can throw as much money as you want to lose at it, it will never be the place you want it to.
#2 It is hard to keep employees when they think the owner only wants to PLAY, and are not serious about it.
You say this is your DREAM, but you don’t want to get your hands dirty with the daily grind, (yeah on occaison you will stop by and PLAY)
Personally, If I were working my arse off, making this place the best that I could, and the owner came in with your atitude of only wanting to be there every so often, and the owner didn’t show me that his heart and soul were involved.
I would go tell him to F*** himself and quit!
I have worked for someone like you are describing, I busted my arse off, making the place the best I could, a loyal base, a steady stream of new customers, the "owner" would come in on Thursdays, putting on airs and strutting like a peacock. After 3 months I had enough, I gave him notice, and when I left so did the "hired help".
2 weeks later, he closed the doors for good.
#3 You said in your original post
"So why bother with a hot dog stand at all? I dunno. Ego, maybe? It’s just always been a dream of mine…. But as soon as it’s off and running and has proven somewhat successful, I tend to get bored and want to move on to a new challenge."
If it were a true dream, you wouldn’t get bored and move on. You don’t understand the passion that the dawg hawkers, quers, and the like have. It is not a game to them…
You prick CSD’s finger he will bleed neon green relish!
You prick DrofBBQ’s finger and que sauce runs out!
(I know there are others here, I was just using them as examples)
It’s a passion, It’s the hardest way to make a buck or two, but it is not done entirely for the $$$, It’s done for the love of it!
Something that I don’t see in your post.
CajunKing & Da Boys BBQ