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ice cream man 99

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Texas Corn Roaster, pros and cons and advice needed Fri, 05/21/10 5:24 PM (permalink)
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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!
 
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    BillyB

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    Re:Texas Corn Roaster, pros and cons and advice needed Fri, 05/21/10 5:35 PM (permalink)
    Your in Canada, what the heck do you know about Texas roasters. I don't think they come with Canadian instructions, just Mexican, TexMex, English........................I had to get that over with .....I guess it all depends on volume, you are also working with a low cost, high profit item...................would you like a lemon shake-up with that.....Billyb
     
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      Ice Cream Man

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      Re:Texas Corn Roaster, pros and cons and advice needed Fri, 05/21/10 5:47 PM (permalink)
      That wasn't me Billy, that was 99, you know Get Smart.

      Or maybe it's just Curb, trying to steel my name.
       
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        Re:Texas Corn Roaster, pros and cons and advice needed Fri, 05/21/10 5:50 PM (permalink)
        Ice Cream Man


        That wasn't me Billy, that was 99, you know Get Smart.

        Or maybe it's just Curb, trying to steel my name.

        I vote he changes his name........ Do we have Ice Cream Man 1 thru 97 ?????
        <message edited by BillyB on Fri, 05/21/10 5:52 PM>
         
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          Ice Cream Man

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          Re:Texas Corn Roaster, pros and cons and advice needed Fri, 05/21/10 5:54 PM (permalink)
          We've got lots of Dogs.
          I guess one Ice Cream Man causing Turbulence is enough though.
          How about Corn Man?
          <message edited by Ice Cream Man on Fri, 05/21/10 5:56 PM>
           
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            Dr of BBQ

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            Re:Texas Corn Roaster, pros and cons and advice needed Fri, 05/21/10 5:58 PM (permalink)
            Your in Canada, what the heck do you know about Texas roasters.

            Do we have Ice Cream Man 1 thru 97 ?????


            LMFA off! I have been slow all day and that's unusual so I was kinda bummed but the above perked me up. Still laughing. Funny as hell.

            Jack
             
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              Ice Cream Man

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              Re:Texas Corn Roaster, pros and cons and advice needed Fri, 05/21/10 6:37 PM (permalink)
              I think all your customers are up here Doc.
              It's the start of our spring long weekend.
              Non stop traffic.
               
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                ice cream man 99

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                Re:Texas Corn Roaster, pros and cons and advice needed Fri, 05/21/10 8:01 PM (permalink)
                Hi men, yes I do want to change my screen name. When I discovered Roadfood.com I had no idea it was as busy with true proifessionals as it has proven to be, I am impressed!

                I will change to a different name as soon as I can figure out how! I tried to do the name change this morning but could not navigate the porocess, hopefully when a younger person arrives at my place, I will get help changing to a different name. I hope you understand and can forgive the intrusion. 

                I'm more interested in Corn Roasters, it was a fluke that a small grocery store owner threw out the inivitation to start up his ice cream stand located next to a beach and his store.
                We discovered the permits and approvals will take too long to do it this season.

                My main focus is Corn Roasters,,,, btw, I'll pick out a corny new name!

                That being said, I thought I'd be selling ice cream to start when I joined roadfood.com....I chose ice cream man and just added the 99 not realizing it would cause confusion and or step on anyone's toes...my appologies! Especially to the original, very seasoned ice cream man...truly sorry sir! Your posts and everyone elses are very helpful! Thank you all very much!

                Serious Corn Roaster advice, that's what I'm seeking currently. 

                I'm located in Northern California, you get the picture...health nuts abound here. (personally, I LOVE a good hot dog) And YES I like lemon sqeezers!

                Any advice, tips or good info about corn roasters and corn roasting would be appreciated.














                 
                 
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                  Curbside Grill

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                  Re:Texas Corn Roaster, pros and cons and advice needed Fri, 05/21/10 8:53 PM (permalink)
                  Ice Cream Man

                  Or maybe it's just Curb, trying to steel my name.

                   
                  Now why would I do that. 

                   
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                    Re:Texas Corn Roaster, pros and cons and advice needed Fri, 05/21/10 9:11 PM (permalink)
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                    Remember, you don't need a Corn Roaster, to Roast Corn
                     
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                      chefbuba

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                      Re:Texas Corn Roaster, pros and cons and advice needed Fri, 05/21/10 9:22 PM (permalink)
                      ICM 99... where are you located? Squaw or Tahoe City??
                       
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                        Ice Cream Man

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                        Re:Texas Corn Roaster, pros and cons and advice needed Fri, 05/21/10 9:49 PM (permalink)
                        No big deal 99, just having some fun on your dime.
                        No harm meant.
                         
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                          porkchopexpress

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                          Re:Texas Corn Roaster, pros and cons and advice needed Sat, 05/22/10 12:14 AM (permalink)
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                          IMHO the holstein corn roaster is the best corn roaster made. I have owned one. It has an automatic dump so put the corn in and it does the rest.

                          http://www.holsteinmfg.com/categories/corn-roaster
                           
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                            ice cream man 99

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                            Re:Texas Corn Roaster, pros and cons and advice needed Sun, 05/30/10 4:32 AM (permalink)
                            hahaha! funny responses! billyb...my pal from Wisc. insists i can simply roast the corn as in your photo...BUT it's yuppie-ville here and they want the look n see of a fancy machine....plus it'll be snowing a LOT of the time (yup we're tough as nails here too, in the high sierras) and that Texas Corn Roaster is cranking away at a nearby resort...snow storms and all and the yuppies buy the hot roasted corn allll day long....my Wisc. pal says i ought to try and roast a few for display....let 'em think i am using a small gas powered bbq and if the HD has an issue, i will explain to the food cop, "it is for looks only"...especially if the HD requires daily cleaning of a roaster and or grill...one machine to keep clean as a whistle, since it's "california-we-hate-small-business-land" will be quite enough thank you!

                            porkchopexpress...thanks...you liked the holstein? i do too, but wow the price was super high! perhaps if i expand to a 2nd machine, i can swing the cost, but for now i had planned to follow the lead of the successful corn roaster at a nearby resort.....he uses a texas roaster. i'll re-visit the holstein company website, just to be safe n sure!

                            i am curious, was the clean up easy enough on the holstein? and the maintenance?
                            i'll have to take a 2nd look see and call the company for more info.

                             
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                              Ice Cream Man

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                              Re:Texas Corn Roaster, pros and cons and advice needed Sun, 05/30/10 6:36 AM (permalink)
                              Welcome back 99.
                               
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                                doggydaddy

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                                Re:Texas Corn Roaster, pros and cons and advice needed Sun, 05/30/10 8:28 AM (permalink)
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                                Consider upselling by offering Mexican grilled corn too. It is incredibly good and you will stop eating buttered corn after you try it.
                                Mayonnaise, grated cheese, lime and hot sauce is a popular combination in this part of Texas.

                                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qupLICyH6E

                                mark
                                <message edited by doggydaddy on Sun, 05/30/10 8:33 AM>
                                 
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                                  Re:Texas Corn Roaster, pros and cons and advice needed Sun, 05/30/10 8:49 AM (permalink)
                                  Hey ICM99, being fancy is fine, it just cost money to travel in the fast lane.......My little friend in Mexico makes killer Churros with a real basic operation, hes not fancy, he just knows how to make a buck..




                                   Tell this guy he's not fancy enough, mister fancy pants.




                                  You want to make sure you don't have a lot of left overs...    YOu can offer Mexican corn........You can do many other Peso butter, herb butter rubs, Cajun butter...........for all the yuppie duppies, they would go for a verity of gourmet corn choices........So mister fancy pants, should anyone buy a $5000,00 roaster before they even sell their first ear of corn ??????????????? why not sell some and find out first..............."Not a Corn cooker Professional" .......Chef BillyB
                                  <message edited by BillyB on Sun, 05/30/10 11:13 AM>
                                   
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                                    Re:Texas Corn Roaster, pros and cons and advice needed Sun, 05/30/10 11:01 AM (permalink)
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                                    doggydaddy


                                    Consider upselling by offering Mexican grilled corn too. It is incredibly good and you will stop eating buttered corn after you try it.
                                    Mayonnaise, grated cheese, lime and hot sauce is a popular combination in this part of Texas.

                                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qupLICyH6E

                                    mark



                                    Elote... it's our new summer side. Very tasty.
                                    http://www.simplefoodie.com/recipes/elote.htm



                                     
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                                      Ice Cream Man

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                                      Re:Texas Corn Roaster, pros and cons and advice needed Sun, 05/30/10 3:53 PM (permalink)
                                      Can't watch the video in Canada.
                                      Are you sure it's just regular corn.
                                       
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                                        Re:Texas Corn Roaster, pros and cons and advice needed Sun, 05/30/10 4:13 PM (permalink)
                                        Ice Cream Man


                                        Can't watch the video in Canada.
                                        Are you sure it's just regular corn.


                                        What are you guys a third world country...
                                         
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                                          Ice Cream Man

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                                          Re:Texas Corn Roaster, pros and cons and advice needed Sun, 05/30/10 5:21 PM (permalink)
                                          No were first, you're second and everyone else is third.
                                           
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                                            Re:Texas Corn Roaster, pros and cons and advice needed Sun, 05/30/10 6:28 PM (permalink)
                                            Ice Cream Man


                                            No were first, you're second and everyone else is third.


                                            Your getting sharper my friend, Hows your weekend going up in #1.................BillyB
                                             
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                                              Dr of BBQ

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                                              Re:Texas Corn Roaster, pros and cons and advice needed Sun, 05/30/10 11:18 PM (permalink)
                                              ice cream man 99
                                              my Wisc. pal says i ought to try and roast a few for display....let 'em think i am using a small gas powered bbq and if the HD has an issue, i will explain to the food cop, "it is for looks only"...especially if the HD requires daily cleaning of a roaster and or grill...one machine to keep clean as a whistle, since it's "california-we-hate-small-business-land" will be quite enough thank you! i am curious, was the clean up easy enough on the holstein? and the maintenance?
                                              i'll have to take a 2nd look see and call the company for more info.


                                              Buy a preasure washer a wash both often, they will work better and last longer and if you get a preasure washer get a Honda engine on it they start first pull every time. And get a Pressure Washer Rotating Turbo Nozzle for it they are awesome. I clean all my stuff with a Honda 2400 PSI preasure washer with a rotating turbo nozzle  and it works very fast and does a great job. If I were going to buy another I'd buy a 300 PSI unit, but the 2400 does a good job.

                                              By the way the Pressure Washer Rotating Turbo Nozzle comes in two different types, one that when it wears out is a junker, the other is rebuild-able. The cheaper one that you just throw away runs about $38.00, and the other one that can be rebuilt cost about $65.00. But when the ceramic guts in the more expensive unit need replaced it's a snap, and you'll save money in the long run.

                                              Jack


                                               
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                                                Dr of BBQ

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                                                Re:Texas Corn Roaster, pros and cons and advice needed Sun, 05/30/10 11:21 PM (permalink)
                                                So mister fancy pants, should anyone buy a $5000,00 roaster before they even sell their first ear of corn ??????????????? why not sell some and find out first..............."Not a Corn cooker Professional" .......Chef BillyB

                                                Great advice and if you don't buy the 5 K roaster you can make a show out of it and that will double your sales.
                                                 
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                                                  Ice Cream Man

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                                                  Re:Texas Corn Roaster, pros and cons and advice needed Sun, 05/30/10 11:51 PM (permalink)
                                                  BillyB


                                                  Ice Cream Man


                                                  No were first, you're second and everyone else is third.


                                                  Your getting sharper my friend, Hows your weekend going up in #1.................BillyB

                                                   
                                                  It's been hot for a week and lined up at the store every day. Make hay while the sun shines, it's only 4 more months until the snow returns.

                                                   
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                                                    Ice Cream Man

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                                                    Re:Texas Corn Roaster, pros and cons and advice needed Mon, 05/31/10 12:56 AM (permalink)
                                                    Just a side note, I went to one of my competitors 20 miles away last week.
                                                    I sat outside reading his signs for 10 minute and no customers.
                                                    My store was busy all day.
                                                    Today I was in a town 20 miles in the other direction, new store in a small mall with a large drug store as the anchor.
                                                    Empty tables out front, inside seating for 20 but there was only two people in there, my store was lined up 20 deep for 10 hours today. There wasn't a time the girls weren't slinging dogs or Ice Cream. I draw customers from both of these towns.
                                                    Makes me feel like I did something right.
                                                     
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                                                      Re:Texas Corn Roaster, pros and cons and advice needed Mon, 05/31/10 1:59 AM (permalink)
                                                      BillyB


                                                      Your in Canada, what the heck do you know about Texas roasters. I don't think they come with Canadian instructions, just Mexican, TexMex, English........................I had to get that over with .....I guess it all depends on volume, you are also working with a low cost, high profit item...................would you like a lemon shake-up with that.....Billyb


                                                      Billy B,
                                                      Learn your abbreviations!!! CA is CALIFORNIA! CN is CANADA! What part of the Earth do you live in??
                                                       
                                                      ICM99,
                                                      Good quality corn is not available in most parts of the country 12 months out of the year. Are you assured of a year round supply of GOOD Corn? Feed your customers Field Corn or Cattle Feed Corn and you'll be out of business before you can say Orville Redenbacher!
                                                       
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                                                        Re:Texas Corn Roaster, pros and cons and advice needed Mon, 05/31/10 10:37 AM (permalink)
                                                        Foodbme


                                                        BillyB


                                                        Your in Canada, what the heck do you know about Texas roasters. I don't think they come with Canadian instructions, just Mexican, TexMex, English........................I had to get that over with .....I guess it all depends on volume, you are also working with a low cost, high profit item...................would you like a lemon shake-up with that.....Billyb


                                                        Billy B,
                                                        Learn your abbreviations!!! CA is CALIFORNIA! CN is CANADA! What part of the Earth do you live in??
                                                         
                                                        ICM99,
                                                        Good quality corn is not available in most parts of the country 12 months out of the year. Are you assured of a year round supply of GOOD Corn? Feed your customers Field Corn or Cattle Feed Corn and you'll be out of business before you can say Orville Redenbacher!


                                                        If thats the case then I'm flying to San Diego, Canada and my buddy ICM has his Ice cream store in China.............chefbillyb      
                                                         
                                                        2-Character Alphabetical Country Codes - Digraphs of All Countries
                                                        <message edited by BillyB on Mon, 05/31/10 10:40 AM>
                                                         
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                                                          Ice Cream Man

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                                                          Re:Texas Corn Roaster, pros and cons and advice needed Mon, 05/31/10 1:41 PM (permalink)
                                                          California can call them selves what they want, but there's only one Canada, .CA.
                                                           
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                                                            Re:Texas Corn Roaster, pros and cons and advice needed Mon, 05/31/10 3:53 PM (permalink)
                                                            waydeg


                                                            doggydaddy


                                                            Consider upselling by offering Mexican grilled corn too. It is incredibly good and you will stop eating buttered corn after you try it.
                                                            Mayonnaise, grated cheese, lime and hot sauce is a popular combination in this part of Texas.

                                                            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qupLICyH6E

                                                            mark



                                                            Elote... it's our new summer side. Very tasty.
                                                            http://www.simplefoodie.com/recipes/elote.htm


                                                            I bought 4 ears of corn this morning, tried this recipe out....
                                                             
                                                            PRETTY DAMN GOOD!....Gonna be using this one, Thank's for the link.
                                                             
                                                            Off to make my Elote sign....
                                                             
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