Ok ... day 3 ... I'm a quick learner ...
I learned: In this game you have to get everything right ... I can see it is a game that can be won, BUT, you have to get everything right.
~ (A) buying product right
~ (B) getting operations right
~ (C) getting the marketing right ... (selling everything)
Today's blunder: Offering open faced turkey sandwiches without giving thought beforehand to the possibility that finding a turkey to buy (this time of the year) was a challenge.
We wound up with two over-sized pigeon-sized "fresh" ... "organic" turkeys at the supermarket.
So, on (A), I give myself a c-minus, on (B), an a-plus and on (C) ... who knows? in that we really only got about 15 servings out of the two birds.
We'll make the obligatory turkey stock and freeze it for another day (waste not). (The guy at Barksdale's gave me advice once that I will never forget ... "It ain't grease until it hits the floor ... until then, it's an ingredient!")
Three days at this and my apprenticeship has cost nothing but my time.
Clear lesson ... find what is the best value ... feature that ... one special a day at lunch and strive to always sell out ... first come first served and be certain to NEVER feature a dud.
So far we've served between 50 and 60 lunches and have scraped only two pieces of bread and about eight green beans off plates that came out from customers. (We did have a complaint about portion size today, they asked us to go a little easy. That was from a retired couple who has been here two Fridays in a row.)