Badseed..The Chinese Roast Pork Sandwich on garlic bread was a big seller. Not my idea. It was popular in many Brooklyn Diners at that time. Sounds like a crazy combo and it also includes duck sauce
But, everyone loved it.
The thing I was actually most proud of was my idea of how to get a fresh grilled chicken sandwich done in 2 -3 minutes and get it to the customer. Everything we served was cooked to order except the hot dog..We had them on the griddle and finshed them off on the char broiler.
I came up with this idea (this was 20 years ago now)that we'd remove the tenderloins, butterfly the chicken breasts, pound them paper thin, marinate them in olive oil, seasonings and garlic and throw it on the char broiler.
The suckers would flame up right away...A real show for the customers. Nobody else had this paper thin chicken sandwich with lettuce and mayo in the City at that time. It was the second most popular thing on the menu.
We used the tenderloins for fresh chicken salad. We butchered our own wings and took the tips, froze them and then made made soup stock. We wasted nothing. Everyday, we had a fresh soup. Our food cost was incredibly good..It was the only thing that kept us in business for a long time!
Hey, I hope some of you are interested in this stuff. Or, I apologize to the rest of you for reehashing this. I mean I could go on and on and explain how the entire restaurant was planned, the planning behind the menu, etc There was a specific well thought out plan for everything...Including things like a built in ramp down from the back alley to receive the 50 lb bags of potatoes for the prep kitchen in the basement. We had a potato peeler, a special automatic french fry cutter, sinks, etc.
I pretty much thought of everything (it was my business)except how to market the place
Hey, I was a management person....
Management and sales usually don't blend well. In the corporate environment, many fights are between the management staff and the sales force...But in your own small business, you better be everything!