Monday, October 12, 2009

The News

My mom is one of the last ones working out at the mill and her last day is at the end of the month. She's been the HR person there for over 20 years. Her options in town for another job were slim to none (pop. of our town less than 1,300). And she didn't particularly want to drive to any of the neighboring towns, the closest of which is 25 miles, especially in the winter.

So, thinking about what she/we could do to stay here, she and my dad approached Keith (and me) with a completely different idea.

Long story short (more details as this fleshes out): we're going into the restaurant business. We're leasing an established local restaurant starting November 1 and we'll get in there and learn the ropes and make some small changes and then somewhere around the beginning of the year we'll re-open under a new name with a new menu focusing on local, fresh ingredients.

We're very excited. It's a big leap in the dark, so it seems apropos to add updates on this new venture to the blog. (Mixed in with tiny house updates, which might be lean for a bit due to time constraints.)

It's a family affair and we've put a lot of thought into how we can be successful with this. We had a meeting tonight with the employees and the response was overwhelmingly positive, which is encouraging. Here's to new things!

9 comments:

marksda1 said...

Awesome! I'm something of a lurker but wanted to say congratulations! It's been neat living vicariously through your current adventure and I look forward to the next!

boombababy said...

that is AMAZING news!!!! i'm so excited for you all! now even more reason to come visit you! :)

l said...

That is exciting - I wish I lived closer so I could come to your restaurant. I look forward to hearing more about it all as it unfolds.

Northend Nique said...

Oh my!! How exciting!!! I can't wait to hear of the new venture. And will make sure to stop to eat there when passing through your neck of the woods!

dvl said...

whoot! this is such exciting news, and i can't wait to see it develop in photos... wishing you and your family all the best on this newest adventure! xoxox

brett said...

so exciting. Congratulations!

Melissa M. said...

That is an exciting undertaking! Sounds like a lot of work too. Which old restaurant are you using?

Michelle Lambton said...

Wow, do we have a lot in common! I live in a home built Mini house (Don't know if 500sq ft qualifies as Tiny, but that's what we got!) and just sold a restaurant two years ago so we could drop-out and plug-in to the semi-retired life. Nice to "meet"someone else who knows what we're about without having to explain our simple lifestyle..."how do you live without a fridge, dear?" is about as deep as some conversations went, so I gave up telling anyone in our town about how far on the edge we really were. All I say now is that we live off the grid. Most folks understand that. One old timer watched from the road as our wee house got built (only 10 weeks, thank-you!)and loudly proclaimed how wonderful it was to watch "some young folks doin' it upthe way we used to! ".
We just aquired a used Waterford Stanley cookstove, and can't wait to make/find/scrounge some parts to get it going. It was given to us by an ex-emplyee; the first waitress I hired. She and her family have become good friends, and that is why I thought to contact you. The greatest joy I had in running a busy lunch-spot was working with peple I really enjoyed. This gal's pending wedding will be the fourth of my staffs'I've attended, as they did mione four years ago! I hope your parents do well, and let their staff shine!
Good luck! Michelle

wolf21m said...

What an exciting development. You really are good at leaping in the Dark! Best of luck! I will have to make it to your town to eat! Sounds like a great venue you have planned.