Opening & operating your own food establishment?

To anyone who owns/operates a food establishment - donut shop, bakery, cafe, hot dog cart (or if you know someone who does), what have you found to be the biggest challenges? Something you thought would be easy, but you were way wrong? Any funny stories about it?

I'm not thinking about opening my own or anything (no time soon anyway), but I'm working on a writing project and looking for interesting/funny stories for inspiration! If you have a blog about your exploits running your foodie business, feel free to mention you do, and I'll check your profile for the link.

Thanks in advance!


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