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Our first business venture - The Red House

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by wez130, Jul 27, 2018.

  1. [FnG]magnolia

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    Sheep World is unironically rad. I thought it'd be very weird and/or boring but we had a blast :) I'm not sure on the legalities of putting signs up. I wonder if you can just put anything up anywhere (within reason) or if you need some kind of approval from the Transport Dept or something similar? Regardless, it's a great idea to get one up if you can. I bet you five dollars you'll be more busy again in the next two weeks once people get out of holiday mode.
     
  2. wez130

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    Yes, that review! The guy that left that is a relative of our waitress, they were part of the 1st birthday party we had yesterday! Even the waitress was gobsmacked lol. I clicked that the review last night was yours too. Cheers @Beren
     
  3. wez130

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    I get what Jen is saying, but we don't get many evening drinkers in and it's a market i want a share of. It wouldn't affect our daytime trade, i.e families. No harm in trying anyway lol
     
  4. Droolinggimp

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    Not sure if it's been mentioned but restaurants in general will be quiet in January and beginning of Feb. I work in a big chain of pubs restaurants and the big wigs put up 40% off for Mon-Sat for the first 2 weeks of Jan and 30% off the third week and 20% off 4th week. It's great for footfall but for us in the kitchen it's hell.
     
  5. MissChief

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    Don’t forget to push Valentine’s Day with some deals, known aphrodisiacs and stuff like darker room with candles, heart shaped food etc. Offer a free meal to anyone who proposes on the night etc.
     
  6. neviditelny

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    @wez130 How is everything going for you now?
     
  7. wez130

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    Hi, things have been steady for the last couple of months, though we had our quietest week last week, which was a bit scary, but that may be because this week is a long weekend. Yesterday and today have been fantastic days for us, i've cooked over 200 meals on my own in the kitchen today! That was extremely hard work! But worth it in the end. Sundays are normally our busiest days, but they can be weather dependent, and tomorrows weather isn't looking too flash. Long story short, we're getting by, paying all the bills and we've reinvested into the business quite a lot. We bought a whole PA system to host open mic nights, and for private parties etc, i've jsut invested in a commercial vac pac machine and sous vide to improve recipes, and to make life a little easier for me.

    However, the next 3 months are going to be a huge test as it's winter, we've got plenty of ideas though to bring in trade throughout the winter though, we've started a gold plus card discount for OAP's and dropped flyers at retirement villages. We're planning a weekly quiz night, but making it into a league with the winner at the end of 12 weeks taking home $500 prize, hopefully that should pique interest. I'm planning a big 80's disco complete with LED dance floor and loads of 80's relics for decoration for the end of July, which coincides with my birthday, so secretly a birthday party for me :D. We're looking at a mid winter xmas night, open mic nights, and we have a karaoke night on every month already which is great. We've got a couple of 'meet the brewer' tap takeovers planned too. We've also had a couple of enquiries about wedding receptions, though no set bookings yet.

    I just can't wait to get this winter out of the way though, because next season should be bigger and better, now that we're settled and have a bit of a following. For our first birthday (4th October), we're having an Oktoberfest party. So plenty to look forward to, but plenty to worry about too haha!
     
  8. neviditelny

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    That sounds really awesome. Glad to hear it is going pretty well. You seem to be having a great idea about how to progress with it all as well :)
     
  9. Diddums

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    Sad as it is, the thing I'm looking forward to the most in kiwiland is tasting your lovely sous vide steak you're gonna cook my wife and I :D


    Glad it's all going well, I love reading your updates!
     
  10. wez130

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    Start salivating ;)

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  11. booyaka

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    OOHHHH YES!!! ^^ looks awesome
     
  12. UberTiger

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  13. LeeUK

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    There is a place near me that will bring you a Sunday roast on a roof slate and a separate pot of gravy. Okaayyy...
     
  14. wez130

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    I'm still trying to figure out presentation to be honest, i usually do serve on plates, i was just experimenting with that one!
     
  15. Diddums

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  16. UberTiger

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    Yeah - it all goes to pot once you add sauce! :D

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  17. Em3bbs

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  18. wez130

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    It's Beef ;) :D

    Scotch fillet (Rib eye in UK)

    But yea, i agree, i does look amazing, had great feedback from it too :)
     
  19. Dis86

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    Food is prepared on a chopping board.

    Serve it on a plate.
     
  20. SixTwoSix

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    @wez130 Any updates? Been quietly watching this thread for a while and always a pleasure to follow your progress.