I've been working for the same owner of this cafe-style, counter service restaurant since he first opened. I was his first line cook, and eventually took over managing the kitchen some months down the road. I decided I needed more time to strengthen my abilities as a chef (and leader) so I took a step back and we brought in a more experienced chef. After 3 years, and two of these guys not being able to satisfy the owner's expectations, the job was put on my plate again (much to my dismay).
The guy who owns the place is a decent enough person whom I respect but the recurring issues that have occurred in the past with the other chefs make me wonder if I'm already halfway into a potentially toxic situation. I would even dare to say he's done some things with his business that I find highly questionable, morally. Now he's cooking up this plan to move into a larger space, have two separate restaurants with full service, alcohol, etc. With me running the kitchen...
At the end of the day, here's my dilemma:
-I don't know if I'm anywhere close to being experienced enough to run a full setup like that, let alone with competence.
-I don't know if I'm ready to commit the next 5-10 years of my life to something that could either a) make me some good money or b) drive me absolutely insane and miserable and worst yet, make me resent the entire industry.
What really adds to the conflict of the whole thing is I practically designed and implemented our newest menu, come up with all the soups and specials, and operate as a mouthpiece for the business. I moved to the city to pursue music and perform as often as possible and I don't think I can actively pursue both goals.
I don't expect other people to help me make up my mind in life but if I have these ^two doubts in my head, then it already seems like I should consider other alternatives? Right?