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Our first business venture - The Red House

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

  1. Sui

    Mobster

    Joined: Sep 24, 2005

    Posts: 2,707

    Location: Brighton

    Best of luck with the opening, hope it works out for you.
     
  2. Mahonyy

    Gangster

    Joined: Oct 13, 2016

    Posts: 162

    Location: Bucks

    Looks fantastic, I wish I had a place like that nearby.
     
  3. clubb699

    Hitman

    Joined: Oct 18, 2011

    Posts: 564

    Location: Near Brummie land

    Best of luck it looks so cosy :)
     
  4. The_Abyss

    Sgarrista

    Joined: May 15, 2007

    Posts: 9,829

    Location: Ipswich

    Looks great! Enjoy the ****** up Maories. My nephew runs a bar in Wellington and they're the bane of his life (but also his saviour, as they also make for great huge doormen!).
     
  5. Street

    Soldato

    Joined: Jan 17, 2005

    Posts: 6,971

    Location: Liverpool

    Wow, that looks fantastic.. Fingers crossed it all works out for you and your hard work pays off, and get those smokers smoking! :D
     
  6. wez130

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jan 31, 2004

    Posts: 10,540

    Location: Matakana New Zealand

    Thanks guys, we're really chuffed, just had our first lunch service, which was quite busy! It went as well as it could with just me as a chef, i really need a kitchen hand but finding them is nigh on impossible! We're on track for our target for the week though thankfully, will see how it goes tonight, unfortunately, no time for photos today as it was just that busy! I'll try again later lol.
     
  7. wez130

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jan 31, 2004

    Posts: 10,540

    Location: Matakana New Zealand

    Oh, and just to delve a bit into our personal finances, this restaurant has cost a total of $37k (£17k) to set up from start to finish, that includes a $10k deposit for the lease, a lease payment of $2.5k, a loan repayment of $700 and a $700 repayment for chattels. About $5k has gone to the council for various licenses. The rest has been on refurb and stuff like speakers, kitchen equipment etc!
     
  8. trentlad

    Mobster

    Joined: Feb 7, 2010

    Posts: 3,617

    You did it! Some folks have pipe dreams and others make it happen.

    Well done bud. Good luck.
     
  9. Marvt74

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 20, 2004

    Posts: 11,141

    Location: Chorley

    Really pleased the first shift went well. I presume you're now on your tea service. Hope it goes equally well :)
     
  10. dirtychinchilla

    Sgarrista

    Joined: May 2, 2011

    Posts: 8,444

    Location: Woking, Surrey

    Looks awesome, I wish I could visit.
     
  11. randomshenans

    Capodecina

    Joined: Sep 11, 2009

    Posts: 10,321

    Location: France, Alsace

    So pleased! This is great news. Opening must have been such a relief!
     
  12. wez130

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jan 31, 2004

    Posts: 10,540

    Location: Matakana New Zealand

    First day over, and it was great, we did about 50% more sales than we hoped to today, good feedback too! which is good, and a big help tbh. We'll see how the weekend goes though, i've got a feeling it will be quite busy :D
     
  13. [FnG]MUGnolia

    Pancake

    Joined: Aug 29, 2007

    Posts: 25,107

    Location: Beads?

    You'll get the noseys and curious and passers through but - and I'm no restauranteur so this might have no foundation in truth - I'd imagine you'll want a stable local base once the novelty wears off and be a must-stop for those passing through as they go north.

    Sounds like you need some kitchen help though!
     
  14. Uther

    Sgarrista

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    Posts: 8,442

    Congratulations, looks brilliant!
     
  15. dirtychinchilla

    Sgarrista

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    Location: Woking, Surrey

    When are you going to visit?
     
  16. Macca

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 28, 2004

    Posts: 2,011

    Location: Wanaka

    Good luck for the weekend. Remember it is school holidays currently too!
     
  17. [FnG]MUGnolia

    Pancake

    Joined: Aug 29, 2007

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    Location: Beads?

    I think I mentioned it earlier in the thread but we'll be heading north at some point over summer and will pop in :)
     
  18. Uther

    Sgarrista

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    Do you think you would have been able to pull the same thing off over here?
     
  19. dirtychinchilla

    Sgarrista

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    Location: Woking, Surrey

    Nice!
     
  20. wez130

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jan 31, 2004

    Posts: 10,540

    Location: Matakana New Zealand

    That's a difficult question! Wherever i worked, i built up a good reputation as a chef, but i honestly don't know if i could have acquired as much land as i have here in UK for so little money. I have had a few 'thoughts' about opening various small outlets in England, such as a sandwich shop etc (i posted a thread on here a few years ago about it), and it was always my dream to have what we have now, so, as long as we can build an enviable reputation, we should do well. I guess time will tell :)