“Open a Cafe”

Today’s prompt was, “Would you ever consider opening your own restaurant, bar, or cafe?” Here’s my response and the pic I selected to illustrate it. ;o)

cafe alf resco

I’m not particularly enamored of trying to run a pub or eatery because of the headaches involved — management of low-paid staff, spoilage of products, heavy cleaning, stringent work to maintain sanitary requirements, small profit margins, and the relentless schedule of openings, operations, and closings. But If I opened any one of these, it would probably be a cafe with a simple menu of sandwiches, soups, quiches, pastries, coffee, soft drinks and desserts. No alcohol license needed, and a relaxed atmosphere with local art on the wall and regular events like trivia night and music to draw in the locals.

I would shoot to make it something like the Bottletree Bakery in Oxford, Miss., which I loved when I lived there. Another spot of local indy awesomeness is Square Beans in Collierville, Tenn. — great food, savvy social media promotions and nice people. They’d be my heros if I ran a start-up. ;o)

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