A Hot Dog Restaurant Of Your Own
If you are like me the dream of owning your own Hot Dog Restaurant has been with you for a long time. I have pursued this dream for years and still in the process of making it a reality. Just the thought of getting up each day and sharing my passion for hotdogs with others and being able to have them for lunch everyday keeps the dream alive!
Getting started towards owning your own Hot Dog Restaurant can be overwhelming and frustrating but it is very possible. Just like any other business you will need to study the business, learn the techniques and plan your actions.
I Make A Great Hotdog Now What ?
Mmm, hot dogs. Enough said? I thought so! Eating a hot dog for lunch can be one of the cheapest (and most enjoyable) food experiences available so it’s no wonder that people continuously flock to Hot Dog Restaurants. Owning your own Restaurant can be VERY profitable and an overall enjoyable experience. Before you leap into the joys of owning a Hot Dog Restaurant you must first take into consideration all of the licensing, equipment, ingredients, and more that are large factors in hot dog selling success!
Starting a Hot Dog restaurant or Stand will require all the same up front planning and research that a Hot Dog Cart would require and a whole lot more. While the upfront cost and work required are significantly more, Some will say it is well worth it. As with any business get as much information as you can before investing all your hard earned money. I would suggest visiting the small business administration for information and help.
Below are a few tips to help get your business off the ground But I can not emphasis enough to do your homework before spending your money! otherwise you will end up just another statistic instead of the owner of a successful Hot Dog Restaurant.
- Enroll in a food handling course to obtain your food handler's permit. Visit your local health department's website to download free study materials and register for the test.
- Scout locations for your hot dog Restaurant. Select a place with a lot of foot or car traffic, such as a spot near a highway or busy tourist route. Study the lunch traffic at potential locations, and interview people on the street to gauge the demand for a hot dog stand in the area. If possible, purchase or lease an existing but out-of-use restaurant location to minimize construction time and cost. Ensure that you have adequate parking and make sure that any existing equipment is fully functional prior to signing a lease or any other contract.
- Obtain all of the necessary permits. Contact your zoning department prior to signing a lease or purchasing your stand since you will need to gain government clearance for your restaurant location. If you intend to modify the building, contact the local building department to see if the modifications will require a permit. Call the local health department to ensure that your location can pass inspection. You'll also need to purchase liability insurance and obtain a business license from the county clerk.
- Create a menu. Offer a variety of toppings or styles of hotdogs, such as a Chicago style dog or a chili-cheese dog. Experiment with existing ingredients to create your own signature dog. Additional menu items will add variety and a chance for add on sales. Be prepared to remove items from the menu that don't sell well in the first few weeks.
- Stock your stand. Contact soda and chip suppliers. Purchase bulk condiments, napkins, paper plates and hot dog holders for your restaurant. Buy all of the necessary hot dog equipment, such as warmers, stainless steel prep tables and refrigerators. Meet with local farmers to find high quality, all-beef hot dogs. If you start a roadside stand, purchase picnic tables.
- Attract customers by procuring lively signage for your hot dog stand. You can also make your own signs from wood salvaged from a local junkyard or bought at a home-and-garden store. Begin advertising the date of your grand opening during construction.
When all is said and done It is your restaurant, stick to your vision, make sure you have a place that you are proud to call your own. A Great Hot Dog Restaurant is about great hotdogs but is is also about you, your personality and creativity make the difference between your hot dog business and the competition down the street. Stick to your dream, do your homework, follow your plan and you will be the proud owner of an amazing Hot Dog Restaurant.
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