Posted 4/6/2019 17:21 (#7424293 - in reply to #7423945) Subject: RE: Thinking about opening a restaurant
Madison Co. Virginia
Something I think would work well...
A breakfast restaurant, open from 5 am to 11 am. One shift, though some folks would come early and leave early, and vice-versa.
Locate the restaurant between a bed-room community and a blue-collar work environment. Could more easily close on Sat or Sun, but probably not both.
Free coffee to anyone, paying customer or not. Just get them in the door.
Combination of table and bar seating, assuming most customers would prefer the bar. The tables would be more for overflow seating, or later in the morning, for those groups of church men coming in for food and a prayer meeting. The large griddles would be just feet away from the bar, so the chef is flipping hot pancakes, eggs, toast, bacon, etc, directly onto the bar customer's plates.
The chef could throw together a breakfast sandwich or two, if you need to eat on the run. It's up to his discretion if he thinks you're capable of eating the whole thing, or if you're illegitimately trying to feed the whole crew.
Simplified pricing, with a flat cost for an all-you-can-eat breakfast. In this one price, is all the pancakes, eggs, toast, biscuits and gravy, juice, and milk you want. Sausage, bacon, and ham is included, but only a designated amount per customer, unless you pay extra. Special order could include oatmeal and grits, but would be rarely ordered.
Would include a deli counter, with sandwiches made to order. Drinks, cookies, fresh fruit, and snacks would all be handy to purchase. You can hand your lunch box to the deli staff along with a sandwich order form(or request they brown bag it), and when breakfast is over, your lunch is ready to go.
The restaurant would be brightly lit, white walls, tile floors, large windows(similar to a fast food environment). There would be several newspaper subscriptions arriving daily, and scattered across the counter. Weather and news playing on TV's, catering to the political tastes of your general customer base. Free WiFi. Ice would be available, possibly just a free scoop full dumped in your container.
If things go well(good employees), the deli counter could remain open through 2 pm. If this were the case, the griddles would be shut down by 10 am, and the main kitchen would be completely cleaned and deserted by 11. One or two employees remain through the lunch period to make sandwiches and sell drinks.
Ideally, your parking lot would directly adjoin that of a busy gas station or truck stop. Let someone else worry about keeping a gas station and convenience store open 24/7. You're just skimming off some of their customers.
As you walk out with a lunch bag and a belly full of food, you pay at a single human operated cash register, or at several simple self-checkout kiosks. Breakfast and all lunch products go on one ticket.
Your goal is to make this a regular daily stop for factory and construction workers. Not simply an occasional splurge. Again, location would be absolutely critical for success.