I’m a 41 year old who’s owned my own self-started small business for eight years. It has nothing at all to do with food service, but has been very successful for me and now I feel it’s time to branch out and try other things.
The town I’m in seems in dire need of a good hog dog stand. Their are NONE at this time. There have been one or two to come and go in the past, but thier mistakes were so obvious that it was no surprise they didn’t last – mediocre food and and even less impressive image.
I have zero food service experience, but good ideas, and money to play with. My background is in advertising, commercial art, and graphic design. So image would be no problem. I’ve been self employed in one capacity or another for almost 20 years.
My idea is for a small roadside hot dog/shaved ice stand that is theme-based. The stand itself would be built as a non-perminent structure that could be trailered to and assembled on site. It would have an attachable deck system that would create a nice patio with tables and chairs for customers who choose to eat on site. No indoor dining.
The beauty of this plan is that if one location does not work out, it would take only a few days to pack the whole thing up and relocate it.
I’m seeking advice and pointers on interior layout, equipment needs and options, etc. and also on buying food: Do you think it best to buy from a variety of sources, of from an all-in-one supplier such as Vienna Beef? Any recommended reading material?