Wednesday, April 1, 2009

1 Year!!

Well we made it. It was one year ago today, April 1, April Fool's Day, we opened the doors and a life long dream of mine came true. My wife, my youngest son, Jen my partner, and myself all stood there scared out of our minds and not knowing what to expect. Theresa and Calvin had no restaurant experience and their training consisted of a 15 minuet run through of proper service, and then on the floor they went. We did 16 for lunch and 14 for dinner, all of whom were friends and family, and all of whom we were deeply grateful for their early support. One year. Wow. The first year is often the hardest to survive for a restaurant. I think the mortality rate is around 75% of all restaurant close in their first year, but not us, and the simple fact for this has been the wonderful support we have received from the community. We thank all of you who have dinned with us and supported us in this first year. Now that this mile stone has past we look to the future with more than the hope of survival, which was our simple first year goal. We now look forward with expectations and plans. We have our cookbook coming out in September. We are planning a community garden for this summer in the space next to the restaurant. The market continues to grow and we have more leads on local products that will make it even better, and we have other things in the works. Today is just another day, however. Today we will open for lunch at 11:00 and dinner at 5:00. Since it's spring break for the kids it will be slow and I don't expect to set the world on fire. But in another sense today is special and no matter how slow we are today I will be grateful we are still here.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Sister said...

Congraulation on your first year. I know you would make, you have such passion for your cooking. Sixteen years ago you start on your path to becoming a great chef and I am so proud of you on making it and not giving up. You have sacrafice so much in your life, because of your cooking, family time, holidays and othere things.

Good luck on your future, you will make it far.

Love
E'Lynn

4/01/2009 7:57 PM  
Anonymous Hierodeacon Panteleimon said...

Congratulations!

4/01/2009 10:51 PM  
Anonymous sondra johnson said...

A very merry happy birthday!

4/04/2009 7:10 PM  

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