If You Could Create Any Restaurant....
What food would it be solely dedicated to? Like subway has sandwiches...what would yours be? I thought about it this morning and I would open a restaurant focused on creating different versions of a cinnamon roll. Yes, Cinnabon, Cindy's Cinnamon Rolls, etc. are open, but they don't offer orange rolls, or white chocolate toffee rolls!!! That might be a good thing for my waistline, though :) Anyway, what would you create??
When I was young I hated my mother's meatloaf (she put wet white bread in it) so I would always say I hated meatloaf & invariably someone would say "you would like MY meatloaf". Then one night I actually had a dream about opening a meatloaf restaurant that I would call "Meatloaves" & get everyone's different recipes & make them in little aluminum loaf pans & name it after the person whose recipe it is like "Jan's tangy" or "Mike's BBQ" & I would serve them with homestyle sides like green beans & mashed potatoes. I will never open this restaurant but if anyone wants to steal this idea, I would eat there.
Wow, I'm torn. My initial thought was pizza - because I love a tender Napolitana as much as the next guy - but I love a filling meal of meat and potatoes.
So either exquisite cuts of meat from a wide variety of animals - beef, bison, deer, pheasant, goose, etc. - or tender, true Italian-style pizza.
I have this idea that I would like to open a cafeteria/prepared foods take-out in an area where a large real estate building has been abandoned, e.g., an anchor store in a strip mall on a highway or busy thoroughfare. The concept would be to run it like the old Morrison's Cafeterias that used to proliferate the South. The food wood be made of high quality ingredients and nothing like the cheap all-you-can-eat buffets that are prominent on today's landscape. The meal would consist of a main portion and sides for about 5 bucks. Additional sides would be priced at an additional .99-1.99. Soft beverages and desserts would be priced also at .99-1.99. There would be a mandatory service charge of one dollar imposed for each patron, which would be redistributed back to the staff. The idea would be to let the less fortunate come out and experience a meal out of the home and enjoy better restaurant fare at an inexpensive price. Those who could not afford to pay would not be turned away. In general, the food would be priced at cost and would not be run for profit. i would imagine I would serve a thousand people a day minimum, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Now here's the catch.....
* The business model would include participation from the state government
* The management would be food industry professionals giving back donating their time and expertise.
* The labor/staff would include Culinary students from the local schools, colleges or academies seeking experience in the food industry......paid internships
* The labor/staff would include people who have been receiving unemployment benefits for six months....where it would be required they accept a position for employment. If they decline, then they would automatically lose their benefits. If they accept, then any deficiencies in their pay would be supplement by their state through unemployment benefits.
* The labor/staff would also include people who are welfare recipients, as their participation would be required if they wish to continue receiving benefits(supplements explained above). My intention would be to teach them life skills to be productive in the workplace and get them off welfare. As an incentive to excel, I would provide them with the guarantee for promotion and advancement within the company or any assistance possible for future employment through networking within the food industry.
* The labor/staff would include anyone who wanted a job regardless of age and etc.
* The staff would include handicapped/special needs persons without prejudice.
* The labor/staff would also include non-violent ex-convicts who would agree to be put on a short leash and be strictly monitored for their performance and actions, the goal being to reintroduce them into society and become productive individuals.....the idea of giving them a second chance.
* All employees would sign a code of conduct clause, for both on and off the job, to ensure their proper respect to their fellow employees and the community where they reside.
In short, it would be a learning center to bring people together at the table.
Sweet, savory, rolled, steel cut, traditional porridge style, set cut and sauteed crispy polenta style, standalone, crusting proteins, cookies, shakes, dessert bars...
its pretty much the perfect food.
heck, if your cinnamon roll shop was successful, we could pair up and design an oatmeal to replicate it.