6 Awesome Business IdeasPosted: January 27, 2011 Filed under: Importance of Being Earnest 5 Comments
I don’t want you guys to think I’m all doom and gloom (well, not all the time). When I’m not thinking about how the world is going to end, I sometimes think of awesome business ideas. Most of them are restaurants. I don’t know why that is.
This restaurant would have a focus on high-quality local ingredients. The restaurant would serve foods that are not only grown locally, but hopefully foods which grow naturally. I would be willing to pay top dollar for local hunters to send a portion of their kill my way. Imagine sitting down for a nice meal of elk, venison, or buffalo. I would also hope to find a local expert on edible foods. Wouldn’t you like to sip some nice warm rose and juniper tea? Perhaps a bit of wild raspberry crumble on bread with some local honey? It wouldn’t be for everybody, but I think this one has promise.
There is a reason that the vast majority of people buy stuff from grocery stores instead of foraging in the wilderness. With such an emphasis on wild, local produce, it may be hard to keep up a steady supply to keep a restaurant going.
5. Fancy Malt Shop
We all know the basic premise of a 1950s malt shop: You go there with “the gang” to get burgers and ice cream. Hijinks ensue as a laugh track plays in the background. This place takes the same basic idea and turns it up a notch (and takes away the laugh track). You would be able to order kobe beef burgers for dinner and homemade hazelnut ice cream. Where the focus of Hunter-Gatherer is on getting quality local ingredients, the focus here is on taking ordinary things and making them extraordinary through expert presentation and quality ingredients from around the world.
The biggest problem would be keeping the menu fresh and modern while adhering to the traditional idea of a malt shop.
4. Custom Burgers
With a million other burger joints out there, how does this one stand out? Well, at Custom Burgers you get to build your burger from the ground up. Don’t you ever get annoyed by the fact that burger places will charge you 50 cents to add cheese or bacon, but then they won’t credit you back that amount if you ask for the same thing removed? Custom Burgers fixes that problem by letting people pick the bun, meat and toppings that go on their burger. There would have to be a large variety of meats, cheeses and toppings to really make it worth it. You want an ostrich burger on rye with kimchi? Go for it!
Inventory! With so many options, chances are that you will need a substantial inventory to make sure you have everything in stock at all times.
3. Surf and Turf
The general concept of the surf and turf is that you get the best of the surf and the best of turf. I’m often surprised that this is rarely taken beyond the idea of lobster and steak served together. Surf and Turf would have an international and regional focus. In addition to the traditional steak and lobster, I would encourage a middle-America surf and turf with buffalo steak and trout. How about a Japanese surf and turf with lobster tempura and teriyaki-marinated steak? What about a Hawaiian surf and turf with braised pork and pan seared ahi tuna?
Finding a chef that is well versed in all of the world’s cuisines may be a bit of a challenge.
2. Ye Olde Grocer
I think that we have grown accustomed to wandering down the isles of the local mega-mart sorting through 500 types of cereal; sometimes less is more. I would love to have a store that has the basics that are provided locally when possible. Go to the store and pick up a jar of Mrs. Maple’s prized peaches. Go and talk to the grocer. Get locally-produced treats and confections. The focus here is community; I would like going to the store to be more of an experience.
People are accustomed to getting grapes at any time of the year and might not take too kindly to a grocery store that has a seasonal selection of groceries.
1. Hillery’s Chinchilleries
What is a “chinchillery”? A word I made up for a place where you raise chinchillas. I’m not really sure why chinchillas exist. Is it a rabbit? A mouse? A hamster? Wikipedia tells me that they are used for fur and kept as pets. Common sense tells me they look like pikachu. I want to mix their DNA with electric eels and sell them to overzealous Pokemon addicts. If Jurassic Park scientists can mix dinosaur DNA with frog DNA, then chinchillas and electric eels should be a piece of cake.
None. This is the best idea ever.
PS – I don’t often read web comics. But when I do, I read Basic Instructions.
So there is a burger place called “The Counter” and it is custom built burgers. They used to have one at the Gateway, but it closed down. They give you a clipboard and you just check all the things you want on your burger. They had EVERYTHING. They even had a shake of the month! (Peanut Butter was amazing!) They had sweet potato fries, regular fries (with really yummy seasoning) and onion strings. The sides were even mix & match. You could do 2 half orders for your sides. Oh man, I miss that place. They were awesome. So yes, I vote for idea #4. When will you be opening it??
I am jealous that you got to eat at a place so awesome, I previously thought it existed only in my mind.
When I was your age, I thought having a restaurant would be fun. Then I moved on to a simpler idea–running a B&B. Now I have arrived at a place where I could not do anything that required direct contact with people. I liked the Chinchillery idea best and loved the comic!
Sadly, I don’t have the time, money or talent to engage in such endeavors. Mostly I want other people to do them so I can go to these types of places.
So not to crush your dreams our anything, but the real road block to your resturant and grocery idea is that the health department and the department of agriculture would freak out. But the chinchillarie sounds great! I’ve got one I can offer as male breeding stock.