Here I am…I can’t even remember the last time I wrote anything, but it’s time. I am OPEN for business. I opened the doors on Monday May 18th. Yes, just a week ago and I am feeling exhilarated, happy, fulfilled, relieved and proud. I am also feeling frightened, exhausted and intimidated. It’s been just a week (long) week and my emotions have run the gambit. I am proud of what I am trying to achieve here, but still wonder if it can even be achieved. My earlier post ‘It’s been one of those days…’ well there have been a few of ‘those’ since. For now though, I am open and that is what I want to celebrate.
I have had wonderful support through the whole process to get here, this town and the people in it are amazing. My friends…well I can’t begin to say enough about them. They have generously offered me everything from their showers to their time, and time is a precious commodity in this season of planting gardens and good weather.
I decided to have a ‘soft opening’, no advertising, no posters, just put the sign out and open the doors. I can find my feet again this way. It’s been a while since I’ve run a restaurant, and this place is different than any other I’ve been in. The kitchen has limited space, there is very little storage space, and…I still have the same water problem. I rely on a 325 gallon water tank to supply the water I need to run this place. I quickly found out that keeping up with the demand is going to be an ongoing game of catch up. I know that my largest consumption is in the kitchen, washing the dishes. I have never put so much thought into the simple job of washing dishes, but when you’re using three sinks, plus the hand washing sink it becomes a big concern. My biggest concern right now should be how people respond to my food, the atmosphere the place provides, and being able to pay the bills. Instead I find myself calculating how much water I will use for every guest that enters the door, including flushes!!
Really though, look at this place. I know there are hurdles to clear, but somehow they will be cleared, I feel that in the support that I am shown daily.
Welcome to my place.Welcome to your place.Welcome to The Bear River Cafe!
Someone told me recently that I am living in a “community in decline”, I beg to differ. This community has begun to come out of hibernation. The people who live here choose to live here, we choose to shop here , we choose to do business here, to express our creativity here, to share our dreams and live our dreams here. More on this in another post.
In the meantime, if you’re in the area, be sure to stop in to say hello and have a bite to eat!