I am in process of purchasing a small bar & grill in my neighborhood (should be mine in 3 days). This bar currently has 2 pool teams and 10 dart teams that play out of it and overall is a budding business that just needs someone to take it to the next level. I hope to bring liquor in within a year as right now, it is just a beer bar.
I went over the books and this bar is averaging 6500.00 per month in sales but only about 8%-12% of that is food. My first goal is to increase traffic and raise sales by 10% and I'd like to have food become a higher percentage of total sales, say in the 15%-18% area.
This is a Pool & Dart bar and caters to the teams that play there as the primary source of nightly business through the week and there is Karaoke on Friday & Saturday.
I've estimated traffic to be 200-220 people per week from the 2 weeks that I've monitored the place. The kitchen lacks a commercial hood system meaning no steaks or other high dollar items that some bars can serve.
So, one of the first things I want to tackle is beefing up the menu as the existing owner had not put any real effort into making the kitchen a money maker.
I'm restricted in use to a conventional oven and stove top, George Foreman type grills, table top deep fryers, a toaster oven and micro-wave.
The current menu has:
Egg Rolls (SW Chicken and Regular)
BBQ Pork Sandwhiches
Grilled Cheese (popular there already)
I'm going to add:
Wings (my own sauces)
Chips & Salsa (my own recipe)
Beyond some of these additions that I feel will do well to bolster the kitchen without raising my food costs through the roof do any of you have any suggestions for good finger foods or bar foods that can be added to spice up the menu a bit. In case it helps, this business is located in Chattanooga, TN. Thanks for any and all input.