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Our first business venture - The Red House

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

  1. wez130

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jan 31, 2004

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    Location: Matakana New Zealand

    Progress is a little slow at the moment as my wife is still working full time for another couple of weeks, and i'm helping my last employer out over the weekends, however, a bit more progress made...

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    The letters will be painted red and will go a the top of the bar somewhere eventually, i've had a really good idea for the tap background but you'll have to wait and see what i have planned for that :D It's starting to take shape now and i can't wait to see it finished, but i'm not there for a couple of days now :( Roll on Monday :D
     
  2. Hades

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 19, 2002

    Posts: 23,107

    Location: Pizza Express, Woking

    Looking good :)
     
  3. Orionaut

    Soldato

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    Sorry, My first thought on seeing the thread title was "The Little Red House" which is something very different indeed.

    In a world where crazy people get offended about all sorts of nonsense, you might want to consider a different name for your establishment..!
     
  4. LiE

    Capodecina

    Joined: Aug 2, 2005

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    Location: Milton Keynes

    Good luck in your new venture.

    Will you be investing in some branding? I noticed your logo/graphics on your facebook page looks bit amateurish, no offence.
     
  5. Street

    Soldato

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    Location: Liverpool

    Fantastic, fingers crossed it all goes well for you. Hope you're going to put the Traeger and smoker to good use too! :)
     
  6. wez130

    Capodecina

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    Not right now, we need to secure more funding before we can look at anything like that, as long as the beer and food is good, that's most important for now. Once we have money coming in, we will be pouring it back into the business to improve things like that, i'll get a proper web developer to sort the web site out etc. I just don't have time or the experience to do it myself. The facebook page was something i threw together in about 10 minutes just to get out there, and to be fair, it's working, got quite a following so far :)

    Of course, if anybody wants to have a go, i'll be happy to buy them a crate of beer or something via paypal :p
     
  7. wez130

    Capodecina

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    Location: Matakana New Zealand

    Hell yea, that smoker will be permanently on :D
     
  8. regulus

    Sgarrista

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    Location: Wellington, NZ

    I'm up Auckland way early January. I'll bring the crew out there for a few burgers!
     
  9. Russinating

    Capodecina

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    Location: Bristol

    I've offered bits quite a few times but you've never taken anything up :p

    Brand is everything and shouldn't be coming second. It'll encourage customers to visit in the first place, and reassure them to repeat visit. If your brand is amatuer, what does that say about the quality, care, attention and professionalism of the rest of the business?
     
  10. randomshenans

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    Keep it up dude!
     
  11. Jimbeam3678

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    That he's still starting up :p Looks great OP keep up the good work.
     
  12. wez130

    Capodecina

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    Location: Matakana New Zealand

    Feel free if you have spare time, i'll take a look :)
     
  13. HungryHippos

    Soldato

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    Yeah agreed, you at least want a reasonable logo and a basic website. A simple static website wouldn't be too hard to knock up with a bootstrap template or similar. I'd expect to see a bit of blurb about the place, some pictures of what it looks like, some location/contact info, and maybe a digital version of your menu.

    Worth considering keeping on top of customer feedback as well somewhere. Not on your own website as you can simply doctor them too easily, but something like trustpilot, google reviews etc. Encourage people to leave some kind of a review somehow.
     
  14. wez130

    Capodecina

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    A little bit of an update,things are starting to take shape now, had all sorts of plumbers, alarm guys and septic tank specialists out so we can get our building warrant of fitness sorted out, we're looking at signage now which doesn't come cheap! Checked all my gas equipment, thankfully it all works! Ordered a couple of new bar fridges which should turn up either tomorrow or Friday, although, it could be any time in the next few weeks knowing NZ delivery standards, there seems to be no rush for anything here, tradies say they will turn up at one time and don't bother, you end up chasing them up! Also sorted our POS system out which we've got coming in about 2 1/2 weeks, my CCTV system is being delivered tomorrow too, gone for a 5mp 8 camera system. Wife has been up helping the last 2 days on her days off so she's put the first layer of paint on the walls, it's all starting to take shape now. Still lots to do though, a lot of tidying too. Total cost of renovations so far is still under $1k!

    Have some pics...

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  15. Iron-man

    Wise Guy

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    Looking good
     
  16. LiE

    Capodecina

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    Definitely go with the white light, red lights aren't so good..
     
  17. PapaLazaru

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    What is a $18 Growler? In NZ of course, in the UK it is lady bits.
     
  18. signs

    Wise Guy

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    when you get your signage quote , ping it over to me and ill take a look if you like
     
  19. wez130

    Capodecina

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    Why, where are you? I'm looking at about $2-3k for 4 signs, a double sided 2.4mx2.4m, a sign for the building, then 2 more 2.4m x 1.2m signs. Done in ACM whatever that is!
     
  20. savagesam117

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    Looks fantastic. Keep it up, maybe one day I'll visit for that free beer (if I can persuade the Mrs :D).

    Definitely look forward to the coming updates!