I have been considering buying and operating one of the Texas Corn Roasters
in a permanent, outdoor spot at a resort near my home. Eventually I may do some events but for now starting at a permenant spot will fit my schedule best.
From online research and phone calling, I think the Texas Corn Roaster is the best one out there, but maybe someone knows more than I do? There is one Texas Corn Roaster operating in a nearby town, and the owner says he is very happy with his (and the money he netted sounded very good)
I do know the appeal of fresh roasted corn (and perhaps baked potato and sweet potato) is very important to the success and profit of the already existing corn roaster, the area I want to do business in is a very health concious resort/region.
I also need help figuring out what is fair to pay a busy resort (golf,ski etc type of resort) I think the one that operates nearby pays 15% of his gross...he is at the busiest resort in the area and that is the formula they usually/always use. I have done business with this same resort in the past, 15% of the gross is high but they are also the busiest...sometimes 15, 000 cars per day..volume justifies this "rent" of 15% of the gross sales. Most pay it and do well, on volume of course.
The resort I have in mind does not have a corn roaster, it is not quite as busy but it is probably busy enough and growing. When I present a business proposal, I don't want to blow it and offer too little or get stuck paying too much.
I am also interested to know if adding a nice, clean and cool looking food concession to a resort helps raise their busniess traffic or does that usually only apply to concessions that are seen by passing motor traffic?
If anyone has experience running a Corn Roaster business would be kind enough to reply to any part of this posting, I would be very happy to hear the pros and cons. Thank you in advance!