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margaritagirl
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If you can provide good customer service then your restaurant & bar will make it.
No one wants to go to a restaurant where the servers don't smile. If your servers are friendly then the customers will respond to that.
We sometimes go to restaurants and it's super busy, we don't mind the wait if they are friendly and they acknowledge us at some point, we understand.
Another idea for nights on the weekends is there is a place that does disco night once a month but the only thing is they play disco for 1 hour then it is rap. If it is disco night why not play disco? I would love to see maybe theme nights. 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's Maybe have the staff dress in that era and in courage the customers also.
Good luck!

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Posted : July 31, 2009 2:19 pm
chockman
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OK time for me to chime in. Hi Lizard,it's been a while. Betty, I am still thinking about the bar on St Corix .

Stephaniev this is what I will bring to offer some day. First off I have no experience in the bar,restaurant business but I do have common since and one hell of a work ethic. I am old enough to realize that I could not drink my business away,been there done that, and I will be in the bars tonight and tomorrow working with Albuquerque New Mexico's, Musician of the year,he will be heard World wide it is already happening here. My thought was that it needs to start small because you will have to bust your ass working it, seven days a week,so you had better enjoy being around many different people from many different walks of life. Customers need respect and deserve it until they make a complete ass out of themselves,fighting or causing trouble with other Patrons. I can tolerate a lot,except assholes who think and act as if they are above everyone else. We are all equals in my place,however don't forget I am the Boss and Owner. Just plain old stupid RESPECT for man kind.

Food,you will need good food,just a simple observation on my part while on Island last time. The Burger that came out of the kitchen looked simply like a clump of meat thrown into the center of the bun,it looked like shit . Your food does not have to be exotic,but it does have to be damn good and presented to you in presentable manner,cooked how you ordered it and very,very, consistent. If you have a hard time finding a cook who can deliver repeatable results,you better be ready to cook it yourself for your customer.

It is a crooked world out there and I am not a trusting person,not unfriendly by any means. What I mean is I will be rolling my life savings on this adventure,so trusting someone who is a complete stranger,to manage my business,which is my life,ain't going to happen very soon. The top dog spot will have to earned from a future employee,we better be damn good friends willing to lay down our lives for each other,before I can truly trust you to operate my life and income for me. The person will be well compensated,but they will earn it. My future manager may be a great teacher and in fact teach me a lot about the business, I already know who she is but I am not dropping any names. I will have to try and hire her away from wherever she is currently working when the time comes.

If you are not involved in it, it's not going to work. Bring one hell of a work ethic with you,stay on top of all of it at all times and maybe,just maybe it will work out. I know a local manager of a popular spot here in town,the motto pretty much is. If you give a customer a drink, beer,etc. That money had better come right out of your pocket or your fired. If I owned it and wanted to give you a beer,I would be paying My bartender on the spot,straight out of my pocket.

It can always work,but you gotta work it,and like working it or you are doomed.

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Posted : July 31, 2009 8:44 pm
stephaniev
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good day all! I am back on line for the day today update as of now is: we want to do it! whether or not we take the big leap will depend on our winter there to explore finding the right place. My husband and I know this business whether it's in Idaho or STX we know what to do and are willing to put in the hours,we know we'll have eat,sleep and breathe our business for at least the first year,my husband is used to that too. He would work his day job in construction running the production and come home to work in our bar until sometimes 2am. Well everyone,we'll just have to wait to see what happends! stay tuned...

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Topic starter Posted : August 1, 2009 3:34 pm
trw
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8 businesses for sale in the new mag today,parrots cove,bombay club,namaste,blue moon,sand bar,cultured pelican,chicken charlies, and an unnamed place in fsted

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Posted : August 2, 2009 2:22 am
nforbes
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Le St. Tropez in Frederiksted is for rent.

That's too bad about Namaste, as it recently opened. it's just really hard to have a coffee shop in town...i've seen many come and go.

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Posted : August 3, 2009 6:53 pm
stephaniev
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I would love pictures and contact info for Blue Moon and St Tropez. We won't be able to get down to business of really leasing and taking this on until we arrive in December. I can only get on line once or twice a week but I look up my posts on my phone,I just can't reply. So I'm not ditching the idea yet you'll hve to stay tuned!!
Thanks everyone

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Topic starter Posted : August 5, 2009 4:31 pm
trw
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tony ayers handles fredriksted real estate, he owns the building st tropez in in,just google him

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Posted : August 5, 2009 5:08 pm
stephaniev
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I talked to the nice woman at Ayers,she's sending me pics,

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Topic starter Posted : August 6, 2009 5:37 pm
trw
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any updates on this?

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Posted : August 25, 2009 8:29 pm
stephaniev
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I'm in town in civilization today! so the update is,I am still looking into leasing a place there on island when we arrive in Dec-maybe- I have talked to the Columbus Cove guy and may have a prospect there. I guess I'll have to resurect the biscuts and gravy! I have ideas galore; and it may look like I have quite a time in front of me,I'm sure it'll be tough but it'll be something to remember,we always make a dent in history! keep the comments coming.

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Topic starter Posted : August 31, 2009 4:07 pm
Betty
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Just remember people here don't want to drive to out of the way places much here we're lazy. So the biggest captive audiences for your purse are going to be in C'sted and Sunny Isle. Anywhere else and you are going to have to work much harder to get people out to you.

I know they may sound weird living stateside and you have to drive 20 or 30 minutes one way to get anywhere, but that's how island life is. I'm not stretching the truth on this one at all. I didn't believe people when they told me this when I first moved here. And no one new I tell every believes me but its the gods honest truth. For example east enders very rarely go west and vice versa. So restaurants on east and west have a very limited client pool. Whereas we all go through or go to C'sted and Sunny Isle. There are definitely a small group that likes to drive all over the island just for fun but they are far from the majority and are usually new arrivals. 🙂 Good Luck.

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Posted : August 31, 2009 7:59 pm
stephaniev
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yeah,we'll just have to see how it all ends up playing out. There is alot of research left to do and deep pondering...

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Topic starter Posted : August 31, 2009 8:43 pm
margaritagirl
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I think Columbus Cove is a great spot.
You'll have the traffic from the dive shop and the marina, Also Gentle Winds, and all the vacation villas in the area.
I know Sunday brunch use to be very busy there.
There is so much you could do with this place, there is a whole upstairs that was never used.
Nice spot for live music. Of course it would have end early as you have residents that live on there boats.
Good Luck!

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Posted : September 1, 2009 3:05 pm
trw
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oh if you do breakfast you have to have creamed chipped beef on toast,i can't find it anywhere since off the wall stopped breakfast

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Posted : September 2, 2009 1:40 am
SunOrSki
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so funny . . . just had SOS today in Baltimore, yum . . . headed back to STX in the morn 🙂

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Posted : September 2, 2009 1:46 am
margaritagirl
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I love creamed chip beef.
I wish they sold the Oscar myer chipped beef in the package here. I could then make my own.

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Posted : September 2, 2009 3:58 pm
HBIC
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They sell it in the glass jars; I usually soak it few a minute in hot water to get some of the saltiness out.

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Posted : September 2, 2009 5:03 pm
trw
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margaritagirl made a great point about the livaboards, i heard tonight that alotofpeople have moved from green cay to salt riverto live because the mooring is cheaper,something to talk to the guy about when you meet him, how late can the music go during the week and on weekends and hours to be open the 2am or 4am thing and the difference between

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Posted : September 3, 2009 2:40 am
stephaniev
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Well,i'm getting excited again! new ideas including 3 "separet shops" just waiting on the $$ anyone for cowboy/western dress up night? many more Ideas too!!

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Topic starter Posted : September 3, 2009 6:30 pm
nforbes
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that might work - we have A LOT of hovensa workers from the south here. it's all about what kind of deals you're going to do with that. 54 used to have fun themes - pajama party, white trash, etc...it got a lot of people out, they had giveaways and prizes for best costume.

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Posted : September 3, 2009 7:21 pm
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