I hear ya loud and clear Tony. Funny thing you should mention the collaborative efforts of preping foods for other businesses. I too have had the same epiphany, well sorta. Although I have not fully flesh this thought out completely, I have a few places in mind that I can propose some kind of arrangement with. Thank you for confirming, what I thought to be a crazy notion, to be more of a viable idea instead of poppy cock! Your idea of simply providing a possibly cold, prepared food item made days in advance is brillant!
My epiphany was the following scenario, being outside of the establishment doing your thing--working in collusion with an established restaurant. Here were just a few things I could forsee that would hinder this idea.
- The restaurant not willing to make deals because it was out of the mangers scope to make it happen, or the lack of interest to talk to the owner, and or the owner simply not willing to think outside the box and horde the POS numbers.
- Not making enough money on each sale because the business you are in collusion with wants a heafty percentage of the sale. Naturally, this would be the most difficult part of negotiations as to ensure that both parties were getting their just due. The business would demand more because you were banking off their property, staff, POS system etc. Regardless of the fact that in time you may draw more sales into the restaurant because of your barbecue. Those numbers may not change because you know that you may never get a peek at the books or the POS reports for the weeks or months prior.
The business completely captures drink, dessert, and side sales (one of the few of my selling points of the idea), employees get tips and I get paid--everyone is typically happy. There will not be to much overhead for me because I do not have the pay anyone but myself to provide to BBQ'd product. As elaborate as it may sound there has to be a sound happy medium in this idea. However, your prep idea is brilliant and simple.
LOL - some folks have stated that doing the parking lot would be a great way to get my name out there. I am still having trouble fleshing out a viable scenario that would actually work. I sure in the heck and not going to be the silly white guy out in the middle of the "not so desirable" part of town looking to make a buck. At that rate I might as well pack the .45 H&K as my kitchen tool!
I think you have an excellent idea that I can, and will, expand upon.