Sunday, November 05, 2006

The week

Well this week was, I guess, in a sense a microcosm of the restaurant industry. Tuesday (Halloween) was naturally slow, Wedensday was curiously very slow, but then Thursday-Saturday were strong and put us in position to finish up the week well. We still finished a little under last weeks total revenues (about $600.00 under) but heck, I'll take it considering what the first of the week was like. I am preparing myself for this kind of uncertainty in regards to daily cash flow because of the time of year we are in. The spikes up and down because of holidays, rain & cold, etc. are going to be very, very tough for me to adjust to but I have no choice. Bo & Jackie have all but told me that Thanksgiving and Christmas will be so slow that we might as well rent some movies to watch while we're there. If we can just get through the winter months with average cash flows I think that once (Lord willing) the spring rolls around I think we'll be o.k.. Marteen should be here in a couple of weeks and that will help out a lot! We're working very, very hard and Marteen coming in to do prep and all the cleaning will be like getting manna from heaven. Bo is working his little rasta ass off and I am desperatly trying to make his and my life a little easier......Marteen should provide that. Last night was our first structured night of music. We did zero advertising for it and for a little while it went the way I wanted it to go, meaning that once patrons heard the music, they ended up staying to listen to it well after they were finished eating. The problem was that there were some kids in the audience and Ward ran out of songs to play that were appropriate for their ears. No, Ward does not have any trashy songs, but his songs are emotionally deep and he didn't want some little kid asking daddy some tricky questions in the car on the way home. So they will probably play some covers until the audience is completely adult. I have included a group picture of the artists. I will have to say that they are all VERY, VERY talented and if you can, you need to come hear them play. There are a lot of "singer/songwriters" out there who think they are pretty good and we all know that a lot of them suck. These guys are freakin' good! So please come hear them and buy food & drink from me so I can feed all these children I keep impregnating my wife with! Every Saturday night @7:30.


Anonymous said...

You're impregnating your wife every Saturday night at 7:30? What a stud.

King Drew of the Appalachains said...

Is the name of this band Fist Break?

DixieGirl said...

Hey, the band was GREAT! Hope they'll be back, I know I will be!

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