And I’ll bet you selected your location with extreme care – absent any thought such as “Where can I open on the cheap?”.
The people in the Restaurant business that know what their doing make it look easy. The ones who think it’s easy find out the hard way. This is the hardest business to succeed in, many fail. People love the feeling they get when everyone loves their food. This business takes years experience, it not fun until you have all the answers to all the questions. I was in this business 19 yrs before I started my own, I’m happy I waited until the time was right…………pnwc
Everyone thinks that it is easy to run a restaurant. They probably like to cook and their family “loves everything that they make”.
Little do they know that making a hobby into a job often kills the enjoyment.
Oh yea. 80+ hours a week are not so easy either.
No, it is stupidity.
Some locations are just bad locations where not even a Peter Luger’s or Franklin BBQ could succeed. Here in booming http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVynWIwCuqA McKinney, TX there is a location where Ruby Tuesday, TGIF, and the elsewhere wildly successful http://www.twinpeaksrestaurant.com Twin Peaks have failed.
The landlord of such a ‘stinker’ location is incentivized to offer generous amounts of ‘free rent’ at lease inception. This attracts the stupid.
http://www.cafedelrio.net These folks just foolishly put a seven figure build-out into a loser location (three failures in seven years, including a http://ralphandkacoos.com Ralph & Kacoos) in nearby ultra-prosperous Allen, TX. Even though they enjoy excellent visibility from the mighty Central Expressway, they are “on the wrong side of the frigging light“, thus failing ‘location 101’. I guaran-damn-tee that this joint will close inside of a year after their ‘free rent’ concession expires.
Though I must concede that aggressive stupidity must have a pretty strong ego component.
No, not owning a restaurant, though that might be true too…. but I have a place near me that has been about 7 different restaurants in the last 7 years. Some of them have lasted less than 4 months, and the longest that one has stayed in place is about 18 months.
Is it ego that makes someone think that they will succeed, where so many others have failed in the recent past?
This particular place is now a diner for the 3rd time, has been a BBQ joint, 2 pizza places, and a wing place…. and a Greek restaurant.
Is it ego?
[/p][p]…We have said we want to eventually get back to Chicago. We usually travel in September, but I’d want to make sure I’m there for a good CSO concert and would be willing to hold off until October for that (my taste in music is as specific as my taste in food).[/p][p]
You’ve got an inside source for the CSO’s schedule. You can get the straight dope from Davidsanders, CSO cellist extraordinaire.[/p][p] [/p][p]Buddy[/p][p]
The CSO concerts for September and October are:[/p][p] [/p][p]September 19, 20: Riccardo Muti, conductor. Mendelssohn Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture, Grieg Piano Concerto (Leif One Andsnes, pianist), Scriabin Reverie and Shostakovich Symphony No. 6.[/p][p] [/p][p]September 26, 27, 28: Riccardo Muti, conductor. Beethoven Consecration of the House Overture, Symphony No. 1 and Symphony No. 3.[/p][p] [/p][p]October 3, 4, 5: James Gaffigan, conductor. Doman Eternal Rhythm (US premiere of percussion concerto with our principal percussionist Cynthia Yeh) and Shostakovich Symphony No. 8.[/p][p] [/p][p]October 10, 11, 12: Kirill Karabits, conductor. Prokofiev Overture on Hebrew Themes, Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1 (Sunwook Kim, pianist), Mendelssohn Capriccio brilliant, and Lutoslawski Concerto for Orchestra.[/p][p] [/p][p]October 17, 18, 19, 20: Julian Rachlin, conductor and violinist. Vivaldi Four Seasons, Mozart Divertimento K. 136, and Piazzolla/Desyatnikov The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.[/p][p] [/p][p]October 24, 25, 26, 29: David Afkham, conductor. Haydn Symphony No. 44, Strauss Death and Transfiguration, and Brahms Symphony No. 3.[/p][p] [/p][p]David[/p][p]
[/p][p] [/p][p]Thank you, David. But I couldn’t do it until next year, and I know that schedule won’t be out until January or February.[/p][p]By the way, I saw David Afkham conduct Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 here in Philadelphia last season and enjoyed it.[/p][p] [/p][p]If I were able to make it this year, I’d probably want to go for the Shostakovich eighth, which is a favorite of mine, or the Beethoven program with Muti. The first classical concert I attended, back in the 80s, was an all-Beethoven program with Muti on the podium.[/p]
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