Re:Opening night tonight! Any advice?
Hey all, no worries I'm still here lol I'm pretty busy on the weekends so I usually check in here on the first day of the work week. Opening night went great! The rain held off and it was drizzly and muggy but warm enough to roll my sleeves up. The night started off slow but as the night went on it picked up. There were a few big rushes where all of a sudden 10 people would magically appear in line, that was tough but I made it through. Since I had my girl helping me do the money there was no waiting for customers. There was one point where I came pretty close to not having enough cooked dogs to serve but I made it down to the last dog! It took a little while to figure out how many dogs to have ready and hot and when to put more in.
The late night college crowd was very entertaining! We saw college chicks wearing close to nothing (the mini skirt is back with a vengeance!), a few fights, barefoot people, students being kicked out of bars, all kinds of things! I had one cop come over and ask if I had permits. I told him, oh yeah, I have a binder full, would you like to see them? He said no it's ok just checking, we talked for a bit then he took off.
The thing that really surprised me was how many people had opinions on how to run a hot dog cart! Apparently, everyone is an expert. Also, there were many who thought that we wanted to hear their life story and they seemed to enjoy hanging around the cart. I don't mind talking to people at all, I enjoy it, but really people don't you have anything else to do rather than talk to the hot dog guy for 30 minutes?! lol
1. I need larger signs. Alot of people walking by had to come up close to the cart to see/ask what we were selling and what the prices were. 2. We barely sold any chips/soda/water. I guess this crowd is only interested in dogs. A couple times people actually said they couldn't drink any more since they had been drinking all night! Based on that I'm going to change the menu and rather than have meal deals I'll have the price for 1 dogs, 2 dogs, 3 dogs, then one meal deal at the bottom.
Also, I am using Kayem dogs, which I think are delicious, and had many comments on how delicious they were, one guy actually came back for a second and third time! But I'm thinking maybe I could buy cheaper dogs to use for this late niht drunk college student crowd and save the kayems for daylight hours where people would actually appreciate them!
All in all it was great and I can't wait to get back out there Thursday!