Why not huh? I'm crazy enough to do it. Let me know :-)
- Josh in Tx
which island? which side of the island and what kind of food? Hawaii is a bit more diverse then people may think. Otherwise ...yeah.... totally down with that.
Well, not sure really. I am thinking of moving to Honolulu because it seems to be the easiest place to find work in the mean time. I can do just about anything to earn some cash, mostly automotive related. I can't do much in a kitchen, but I was mainly looking to work the front of the house and help out in the kitchen where needed. Being from Texas I was raised on BBQ. I am great at cooking over aged hardwood. Whether it be direct or indirect grilling or smoking meats for hours on end. I can also make sausage, age steaks, make dry rubs and bbq sauces, and love to do grilled veggies. Just bored here in Texas and looking for an adventure. I hear they have an awesome china town too, not sure where it is though. Yes, apparently the food cultures down there run wild!
Have you ever been? You got a local friend to help grease some wheels? It's a small Island and a slightly corrupt system they got over there. It's not like you get thrown in a Turkish prison for not paying dues..but you can get kicked off the Island.
I don't know anybody down there, just seemed like a cool thing to try out. I figured I could sell most of my shit and raise enough money to move and have some left over to put in the business. I would have to drive to California to ship my car over there, that's only a grand. I know that most people say to just buy some wheels when I get down there, but this way I can fill my car full of my clothes and bare essentials and won't have to pay any additional shipping. Unless of course I find a gig that requires I bring my tools, then the shipping costs get kinda high. Anyway, I am not opposed to going to the "Big Island" if you think that would be better. What kind of food do you like to cook? I am just a huge foodie, and literally love all types, I will eat anything once. I'm sure you'll agree though that it's always best to cook what is fresh and available. I would rather do some really good simple food than anything too fancy.
Good golly, Miss Molly - do you ever need a business plan!
And the foregoing posts are not one, they're pipe dreams, and no bankers will even talk to you about the kind of loan it would take to implement your idea. Especially these days.
If you want to be a restauranteur in Hawaii, go there (cheaply as possible) and get a job in a restaurant that seems closest to your dream restaurant. Probably as a dishwasher given what you say about your culinary experience.
After a few years, you may know enought about it to get a start on your own.
Good luck, but you'll have better luck if you fool around in some restaurant (not yours,) in Texas.
Don't get too close to the shore - it's going to be covered in oil.
Thanks for the advice, always appreciate an honest oppinion. I think I will still head down there and check out the sites, get a job in the mean time doin' whatever. I wasn't planning on going to a bank. Just thought about finding some little dive that went under and is available for rent with a little kitchen in the back. If all else fails I will likely end up buying a bbq pit and selling stuff on the side of the road on the weekends. Who knows, could turn into something. None the less, good points you bring up, won't derail me though. Peace.
p.s. I like pipe dreams
When I last went there was plenty of work available but that was over a year ago. Make friends with the locals, visit farmers markets and if you are gonna do it cheaply..yeah the big island on the Hana bay side is easiest. Kona is just a 2.5-3 hour drive on the other side of the island. worth a visit but double the cost on that side.
josh - don't forget the Spam.....
Nothing wrong with having pipe dreams - they are what keeps us alive. Great advice above about learning the trade a bit first. It's good you can turn your hand to many things for some living income while you get set up.. Just remember, if you start an eatery of any kind, you will not see the sun that much - its a matter of why you want to go there to. If its the climate and lifestyle, unless you are very lucky in what kind of place you get involved in you may miss out on much of that.
But hey, good luck with your dream