And I want to open up a deli

Saw this today as I was scrolling through random things. You can hop on over and watch it, it’s about a minute long, and it explains why your sandwich costs close to $20 these days.

The more and more I look at opening my own restaurant, the more I’m convinced that I need to be cooking peasant food. Oh sure, have some sandwiches, a few signature dishes that people can pay top dollar for if they want, but then make sure there are more than a few options that people can get for ten bucks or less. Soups and stews. Gumbo. Red beans and rice. Pasta casserole, chili, etc. Something that sits and cooks all morning to be ready by lunch that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

I’m left wondering if I’m even going to be able to open the deli in a couple of years. I’ll have to scrape up several hundred-thousand dollars just to be able to rent and renovate a spot. That’s assuming that I can FIND a spot around here. And no matter what spot I pick, I’ll have to pay to get the kitchen up to code.

Maybe I’ll just buy a food truck. It would be cheaper up front.

1 comment

    • gl on January 18, 2024 at 2:22 PM

    Live in small area but whenever I see a new restaurant open I make sure to try it at least once. If they are using frozen food that everyone else in town is using them they’ll be a one and done. I’m aware that it cost more than a buck or two to open so why they don’t people serve fresh food along with real french fries and onion rings is beyond me. Are those french fry cutters that expensive? Same with biscuits. Homemade chili’s, soups, stews, fried chicken, chicken pot pie. Here it seems like the breakfast and lunch crowd do the best. We’ve had a dinner place, tablecloths and candlelight, high prices, low quality food. Didn’t last 6 months. When I traveled I ran across a place that had a box next to checkout. Each week they would have a special from the box of suggestions. But the name of the person suggestion the winner that week would get 1 meal free. Seemed to be a big hit.

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