Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in food and beverage but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Bob Remington, Owner of The Steamie Weenie, located in Henderson, NV, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
The Steamie Weenie is a hot dog restaurant featuring classic "Old Dogs" and fun, creative "New Tricks." You can find classic Chicago and New York-style hot dogs as well as award-winning creations that are unlike any hot dog you've ever had. There's something for everyone, including plant-based options. With over 35 unique toppings, all diners from ages 1-100 are able to find or create something to their own liking!
Tell us about yourself
I've been in the restaurant and hospitality business for 40 years. I worked for a restaurant company from its inception until the point when it became a publicly traded company. I watched as the people and the food that made the company exceptional became secondary to the spreadsheets that made shareholders happy. Hospitality is an industry where people are the number one asset. Profits will always be there if the people working are making others happy and making them want to return. I had seen enough corporate greed and decided to create my own company and continue the work in the industry that I truly love while promoting the values that are important to me.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
The restaurant business is a challenge, and it's no secret. Simply, I feel my biggest accomplishment is to have remained open with continual year-over-year growth even with a global pandemic thrown into the mix of challenges presented to ANY business owner.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
A good night's sleep. That and a day off. I kid, but it's true. My mind is constantly thinking of new things or ideas. While not working, I am usually observing others and seeing what they are doing that works and doesn't work. I think any successful entrepreneur is like-minded and feels the same challenges.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Stick to your core values. If you believe in what you are doing, others will see that and want to support you. Others will try to change your mind about what's important, don't allow them to take your focus off of what you are trying to achieve.
- Don't be afraid to lose money. You're going to lose money in the beginning, and it may take a while for your business to achieve the financial goals you've set. It's very easy to forget about hidden and unknown expenses, but as soon as you feel it's too much, you've given up. You have to keep investing time, money, and passion to reap any kind of reward.
- Never stop dreaming or creating!
Where can people find you and your business?
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