This will be a long post, I apologize.
My name is Preston, I’ve decided to quit my 7 year career in IT (working 9-5) and open a pizzeria. I have a unique opportunity that I’ve given a lot of thought to. I’m buying the name/concept/recipes to what I believe is some of the best NY style pizza I’ve ever had. The owner is from another city and is going to help teach the ins and outs of industry/shop, as well as help open my store for a few weeks. I know I’m looking at long hours and lots of work, and i’m fine with that. Basically my decision came down one simple question:
If I pass up this opportunity now, looking back when I’m old would I regret my decision?
I’m giving up the “Safety” of a 9-5 job and a career in order to pursue this dream, I’m determined not to fail. However, if I do fail, I’ll be ok with it. At least I tried!
This will be a small dine in- (35 Seats) with Delivery/Carry out. Pizza/Salad/Subs.
In 2 weeks I’m headed to the owners store for 10 days to train there, then he’ll be coming here to help me open mine.
I have a lease signed, move in date March 1st. first two months free. Dining room/Kitchen are already built out but are in need of severe cleaning and some cosmetic updates. Place was previously a burger joint. I’m in a strip mall next to two major streets with 37,000VPD and 18,000VPD. Roughly 300,000 people within 5 miles, Median Income $46,000.00 (above average for our city). Shop is roughly 1500SF, lease is roughly 2,200 a month.
Here is a quick video of the condition/place now.
Here’s the current layout as I drew it up and took some measurements. Warning, things are not to scale!!
Some things I’ve confident about:
POS - System - Point of success
Bakers pride Y602 or equivalent deck oven(s).
Hours - Monday - Sunday - 11AM to 9PM (Dine in). 11AM to 11PM (Delivery Friday/Sat)
Things I’ve not sure about:
- Closing all day Monday.
- Hobart mixer (Person helping says 20QT is what uses) Everyone else seems to use 60QT P-660s
- Online ordering - Big Holler? I know it ties into Point of success
- Get rid of the big bench and add booths instead?
- Initial marketing thought is to Soft open for 1 month and then do 3,000 Door hangers to lots of apartments nearby, followed by rounds of 10,000 EDDM to households within my delivery area.
Things I have no clue:
- Specific details of having delivery drivers ( IE, the pay structure/Paying for miles, etc)
- How many employees to start with.
- Phone system
- Lots more…
I’ve been reading around here for almost everything I can think of, I’ve started a couple conversations with a few of you (thanks!).
Really appreciate all the great knowledge here and hope that one day I can be helpful to you all.
Thanks for reading!