=== OK, here's a real meat and potatos question for the sensai's here: ===
I work with a charcoal burning grill at my job. There is nothing like seeing grill marks on a dog. I take pride that they look like something out of a picture.
Of course, they must be served in a split top bun, do you have those in Alabama?
===..Excuse me Rick, but if you don't like the question, don't read the thread. It's as simple as that.===
I think that rick is a great example of someone who has used this forum for help and as a way to share his experience in what he was going through. Too be honest, he has been one of my favorite posters as it has been a roller coaster ride for him to get where he is. He may not be a sensai master, but he is no grasshopper.... Though you are a business professional, I believe in rick's chances of success(and attitude) are better than yours.
Reading his report on his recent 'Triple header' is inspirational.
It isn't how any of us like our dogs cooked, but how can you do yours differently and uniquely from the other places. What are you going to do that will bring them in? Frankly, I cannot understand why anyone would go to a hotdog place.
I am surrounded by some of Roadfood's best, yet I seem to not care. It is possible that it is due to the fact that I serve the same Hummel brand as the other places. They can also be purchased at the store. If I was going to sell or order some form of tubesteak, I would want to get a gourmet type ala Jodi Moroni.
You want to keep some of your ideas and concepts to yourself. The truth is that your secret will be safe here as we are already doing it. I would listen to the pros who have doggie experience, even if they are working a cart. They are twice your age, but they have 100% more experience and insite. That is a good combination. I could take four people from this forum and you would have at least 100 years of doggie knowledge.
You say that you make $100 an hour. ( No-one is worth that much, we don't earn that much and you will probably pay your best cook 1/10th of that) How much would you pay to learn to do this right? You are getting free advice here where a consultant would be charging you good money for what has been posted. I'll charge you $110 per hour....