When I started this crazy journey to open a pizza business, I was planning on it being a Brick & Mortar restaurant. It was scheduled for an opening date of March 3rd, 2013, and that date was set 5 years ago! A lot has changed since making those plans, but I'm happy to report that on March 12, 2013, after talking with Columbus Public Health for over a year, GoreMade Pizza has officially become a licensed mobile food establishment! (Can I Get A Woop-Woop!?!) The fact that it was 9 days after my target goal set 5 years ago is down right amazing, and just goes to show that it pays to plan ahead!
I had a primary inspection the week before, and most everything was up to code. I was told that my sink setup was the most innovative that she'd inspected, using a solar charged deep cycle battery to power a water pump and a low-energy bucket heating device for the hot water (GoreMade Pizza keepin it green, y'all!). She also informed me that GoreMade Pizza is the only licensed mobile wood fired pizza establishment in Franklin County, which is an amazing thing to be able to say. I had to do a couple things, like build a cover for my sinks, have some identifying signage on the cart, get some lighting and get some sink stoppers. She'd inspect me a week later and, if all was completed, license me as a food vendor.
On the morning of the second inspection, I'd been up all night with a not-so-fun bout of a stomach virus that slowly overtook my whole family, getting me last. After getting very little sleep and calling in sick from work, I got a call from the inspector saying that she'd like to finalize the inspection that day. With very little energy and unable to keep any food down, I spent the next 6 hours packing up, setting up, getting inspected, tearing down, packing up, bringing everything home and putting it all away. It was indeed the most miserable and anti-climactic milestone yet. I was planning on making pizza all that day, but was reduced to the couch for some serious recovery time. My only celebration was a silent one, wearing a GoreMade Pizza shirt every day for a week (thankfully, I have many!). It was all I could muster.
So now here I am, meeting a 5 year goal of starting a business, only to be rewarded with the herculean task ahead of making it a successful one.
haven't you heard.
The business is only going to be as big as I make it, so it's time to start thinking massive! I'm open to any ideas, so if anyone has any suggestions, I'm all ears. Also feel free to spread the word however you can. I'm gonna need all the help I can get!
Here's to successful beginnings... many years after beginning!
Nick Gore was a corporate peon by day who just made the leap to full time pizza geek. Follow his path to world class Pizzaiolo right here on the GoreMade Pizza blog. Also, check out the facebook page.