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Wish me luck! Today a business opportunity presented itself and just fell in my lap. It would be running a small golf course cafe. I'd have to bid on it and go under contract with the city. It's at a city owned course that has been running their own food service operations themselves and decided to start letting "independents" present bids on it for the first time, starting today. I went down there to check it out and it looks like it might be worthwhile. I'm going to pursue the bid and it will be due in a week. I've been looking into getting in this business for the past few years and was planning on a bid for another golf course later this year in december, but this one just popped up out of the blue.   

 

If it's meant to be, then I'll need all the good juju sent my way! 

 

Some bad things about it... 

  • Their current menu is stuff like ...

Hot Dog $3

Hamburger $4

Bacon Cheeseburger $5

etc... Nothing on their current menu is over $5 and most stuff is between $3 and $4 it looks like.

That means I'll have to raise the prices a bit because I would go a little more upscale.  I'm hoping that won't piss too many people off! 

I'd still have hotdogs and hamburgers but I won't sell crap for a living!!! You know what I mean. 

 

  • Their current equipment sucks ass. They have a little, (what looks like a) 16 x 24" flat top and a tiny 2 basket electric fryer (and a microwave) as their primary cooking equipment. Even my food truck is better equipped than this! One single door lowboy and a single door reach-in fridge and a single door reach-in freezer. That's way less refrigeration than I'm used to!

 

  • No Banquet Room!!!!!!!!! 

 

  • Beer on draught would be nice. Only canned it looks like. 

 

  • I'd have to give a percentage of my gross to the city. I was advised that anything less than 10% won't be enough for my bid. I'm too big of a cheapskate to offer more than that!  

 

So, again, need good jujus sent my way if it's meant to be!!!

post #2 of 12

Much luck to ya, any new venture is always exciting! My dad works in a country club/golf course kitchen (albeit in a different capacity to what you're undertaking) and says he loves it. 

'A fool can't act the wise, but the wise can act a fool...' - Kweli

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post #3 of 12
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Thanks! A little background I should mention is that I've worked at 3 different public golf course cafe's. Currently, I'm cooking at a country club. The first one I started at in 2004. I quickly became the unofficial manager there. 2 years later my boss bid on her second golf course cafe and won. I helped her open that one. Ever since then she has been encouraging me to bid on one of my own. They only come up every so often and the last time a set of RFP's came up I was opening my food truck business instead. Funny, while I was waiting for some red tape to clear for the food truck, I got a job at one of those courses cafe I was going to bid on. I saw a lot of flaws in the new owner's concept and all the while they (a group of very experienced restaurant owners) were wondering  "Why aren't we making any money?". I could have told them why, but they never asked me... even though I was very honest about my background and my future plans with them. 

post #4 of 12

Sounds like an opportunity you can nurture into something much more than what it already is. Good luck!

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.”
Oscar Wilde

 

 

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post #5 of 12

Hey Vic,

Follow your dream. AMerica is the land of opportunity, and sometimes we have to step up and just seize things when they are staring you in the face.  I see a lot of room for improvement, especially the draft beer on ice.  10% is fine, you have to live too! Just put your bid in, open up your request to the universe, and sit back and relax!!! Works everytime.

post #6 of 12
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Just found out that 2 other firms are bidding on it. The first one runs the cafe at the golf course about a mile away from this course. The second firm has 3 golf course cafes already. I'm going to pursue the bid still, but it looks like I have a slim chance of getting it. We'll see what happens. 

post #7 of 12
How do you plan to make it "upscale"? I'm not criticizing, only wondering what you would put on that would pull golfers away from the tried and true burgers and dogs?
post #8 of 12
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Good question! "Upscale" may be a misleading term. I'll just be increasing the prices slightly and serving higher quality food. It looks to me, like these guys were doing bottom-of-the-barrel type food. If I showed you a picture of their menu, you'd assume the same!  I'll still serve burgers and dogs. With a dog, I'd be doing the best meat possible. Toppings would be a bit more expansive than mustard and ketchup. With burgers, I'd do possibly hand-formed burgers, or a higher quality pre- formed patty. I'd have several types of burgers. Not just "hamburger, cheese burger, and bacon cheeseburger" like these guys before were doing. Good bread too is important.  Not only that, but the menu wouldn't be limited to just burgers, dogs and sandwiches. I'll have some more interesting stuff but I'm still working on the menu. One thing I'm thinking is really good "gourmet" (I don't like that term) Gyros, Fish Tacos, Buffalo wings.   Think more like Gastro Pub fare... Not "Hair Net, Virginia Slim in mouth" fare.   

 

It looks like with the type of alcohol permit I'll be obtaining, there would be no reason why I couldn't install taps if I wanted to, offer micro brews on tap, and really turn it into a gastro pub type atmosphere.  

post #9 of 12
That's the kind of response I was hoping for. I was worried you may say something outta wack like duck breasts or poached sole. Your enthusiasm is something I wish you could put on your offer. Good luck! May I suggest a Chicago dog on your menu? (A personal favorite)
post #10 of 12
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Thanks! I was thinking a Chicago dog would be good! 

post #11 of 12
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Looks like I'm about 90% likely to win the bid!

post #12 of 12

Woot !

 

I will continue to wish you luck!

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