Sunday, January 29, 2012

Highlights. . .

We are staying busy at the cafe! Things have been smooth and mostly enjoyable. I put out a weekly special flier this week and it has seemed to help get things moving as far as specials are concerned! Desserts also did well this week, we sold out of everything the day it was made! The Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake Brownies were the fastest sellers, I think my waitress sold them all in less than an hour! She does a great job at pushing specials and dessert!
Speaking of waitresses, I have 5, one per shift, and they are all different and all great! I really appreciate all of them and all their help! They are also all well known in the community so I think people come in based on who the waitress is! I have one high school girl who rakes in the tips, but I think it's mostly because she is kin to *everyone* in the area and she is a sweetheart and they *all* love her!
Saturday I had to deal with a couple people who did not please me and who I'd rather they never come back, well, at least one of them. The other is a regular that will get a pop on the back of the head when he comes in again! The one I'd rather never see again was a guy who was stoned! I ended up making a phone call and getting the chief of police's wife (chief was in class) and she got me a couple LEO's headed my way. The guy ended up walking out without paying and I wasn't as worried about that as I was having him on the roads and in the public, police were not quick enough getting there, but we gave them the best description we could (personal and car). My young waitress did not do well with having to deal with that. I'm glad John was there in case anything came of it but all in all it was an unpleasant experience I don't want to have to deal with ever again! This is one reason I carry a gun ALL THE TIME!
I also had a regular come in who was skunk drunk, he will get a pop on the back of the head when he is sober and a little lecture. ;-) (he is just a year or so older than me and he needs to grow up!)
Saturday also held some good things! I had my first family birthday party at the cafe! I had a friend call and say her son (11) had picked my cafe as the place he wanted to have for his family birthday party! They came in after the dining room closed on Saturday and I fed them and they visited and I hope had a good time! I'm so glad I could have them!
I have my Valentines Special ready to go, word has begun to spread about it. . .
This weeks special flier is printed and ready to distribute.

I think I'm ready for another week! Looking forward to the blessings God has in store for the week!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

THANK YOU!!!!!! And yes, it's still fun!

It's been a great 2 weeks with the new cafe! First off I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has commented on my old post, who has wished me luck in person, and who has came in and ate at the cafe! It is encouraging to hear everyone loving the food and bringing their friends/family back for more! I also want to say a special thanks to Kimby over at a little lunch for her awesome blog about the cafe! Here is the link. I was SO surprised when she came in on opening day to see me! At least a 2 hour drive for her and the Man of Few Words! She is an awesome writer and I LOVE the pics, they are so much better than anything I could ever do! THANKS KIM!!!!!!!!
I would say that burgers are our number one seller, I made 48 at lunch one day!!!! That's a lotta burger! Breakfast is a slower time, I do have about 5 "regulars" who come in every morning and order the same thing, and we have a few stragglers throughout the morning, Saturday mornings have been the busiest, unfortunately everyone comes in at once, normally between 9 and 11 and then it puts us right into the lunch rush!!! I did have one lady change it up a little and now I'm going to put the "Vonda" Scrammble on the menu. She was wanting something with no carbs, eggs, sausage, onions, and cheese is what she got, and she loves it! I haven't had a lot of success with my "daily specials", it seems like everyone wants a burger and not a bigger meal. My most successful one was taco salad, and I think it helped having the waitress tell everyone when they came in what it was. She is a great "suggestive seller".
I do have 5 waitresses and 2 cooks right now. Waitresses are part time and the days they work vary, but they are all great girls and the community loves them all! My high school boy who cooks is doing a good job, he's catching on quicker than I thought, he still needs a lot of guidance but I think he'll get it eventually. And my other "full time" cook had been gone this week. Her husband has been in the hospital and she has been staying with him, totally understandable, but I'm glad he is out and she will be back to work Monday... Please pray he has no more complications, for his benefit and mine! The last 2 weeks I've worked about 15 hours a day and my feet and legs are yelling at me!
Well, that is a lot of randomness but maybe y'all got a little out of it. I will hopefully have a few less hours this week and will be able to update more.

Love from the cafe owner!