Getting Started

c8e01edeae1976d78d68127a0e47eb74e75a9dae_largeWhen I first opened my restaurant I had no clue on how to get started. I knew nothing about inventory or purchasing food. I did somehow manage to get my cash in working order with the help of an instruction book.

When we got the restaurant up to code, I got a lot of help from the health inspector on how and what to watch for in my place of business. On the other hand, I had a great lady who had run a restaurant for 36 years teach me the rest. It wasn’t hard to do, just a lot to maintain and keep up. She taught me how to utilize my food and keep up with my inventory. It was very interesting to say the least.

The first day I opened I made $400.00 over head, after paying my employees. I thought I was doing fairly well since it was just mostly hamburgers and hot dogs and such. I found out soon I could do better when I offered home cooked food as well. Pretty soon I was up and running and doing really well. Then we got our ABC license and installed some pool tables. Now we really had it going on. My lady who has been just so great at this I give her all my glory. Had it not been for her I would have known nothing. She was my teacher and mentor. It was all my over head.

I went back in my business after paying my employees. Pretty soon my restaurant was becoming a success. Not to mention a night crowd who just wanted the beer and dancing and playing pool. I thought I had found my happy place and this was what I was going to do with my life. The gentlemen who opened this place for me had come into some money and we put it to work for us. We were really doing well, but on Dec 26th that year, he suddenly passed away and I lost all interest. His death devastated me and I didn’t want to be there anymore. But I never lost my insight on how doing this .The lady who trained me to open that place made me her morning manager at her restaurant. I ordered all food, broke it down for inventory and, since this before computers, we did all our paperwork by hand. She was very happy with the way I caught on and I was happy that she trusted me with all this. Pretty soon she too was gone and my life of running a restaurant was over. My mood was sullen and I couldn’t get back into it after that losing two great people in my life. That ended it for me. But My knowledge remains, and If I had it to do all over again I would.

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