So I'm thinking about opening a cafe.......need your opinions

Reblogger Rose Osman
Real Estate Agent with John Aaroe Group CalBRE 01274989

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My partner and I want to open a cafe.

I thought I'd to a little survey with my Active Rain peeps.

Do you find that there's something missing where you live as far as a good place to eat?

Is there room for something unusual?

What do you value most:  price, variety, specialty, freshness, atmosphere, friendly staff, etc.?

We're planning on something that is casual, not full waited service.  Something where you order your food at the counter and you have it brought to you, but not full service.  We think that's important in order to make it a relaxed environment.

We want to include a large percentage of vegetarian dishes, but need to be attentive to the general public and their overall preferences.

Let me know what your preferences are, or perhaps a cafe that you frequent very often and the reasons why?


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Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Improving Conditions

Wow!! are you trying out all of the most challenging games to play - real estate & the restaurant biz?

I don't know much about the Sherman Oaks area or the target market for your cafe' or whether it's going to be breakfast,lunch and dinner or just a partial day type place. If you are targeting primarily the lunch crowd then I think price, speed & quality of food are most important lunch time only lasts so long. If you're going after the dinner crowd then atmosphere starts playing a larger roll.

My wife and I had lunch at a little place in San Fran's China town last week. The service was horrible and the gal was borderline rude when she did get to us. But the food was great and folks were lined up down the sidewalk to get in. We went there as it was referred to us and it's packed all the time so I'm not sure how important friendly staff are. In the China town case - it didn't matter at all and in fact it kind of fit the character of the place. They knew they have great food at a good price - there's lots of folks that want your seat so sit down eat, pay cash and get out - was the kind of feel the place had.

Jul 26, 2010 01:11 PM #1
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

1. Location as you know, is important......foot traffic versus drive traffic to be considered.

2. Parking and access is to be considered

3. A good hot dog or sausage sandwich, choice bread, with toppings...always have peepers, onions and a little garlic fired up not only as a topping, but the smell drives people wild and makes them order up....

4. Thin Pizza by the slice.....either plain or one topping......make sure you have a crispy crust. Also, keep prices down, so people will come to your place to get full and not spend so much.

5. Soft drink dispenser...all you can drink...

6. pricing and good food rule the day...and will always rule the day......

7. I agree with not going full service. Just got the extra mile....

8. Tuna sand, avocado & cheese, chicken salad sand and a good grilled cheese with tomatoes melted in and a macaroni & cheese dish. Don't go exclusive on Veggie dishes...have something for everyone.

9. Cleanliness must be exceptional, food must produce a comeback experience and pricing must be such where people and especially kids can always think and say, lets go down to the CAFE AND GRAB SOMETHING using the change in their pocket.

10. Any condiments must be of the highest quality for tasted and presentation.

11. Your menu should be very easy to read at first glance in large print with pictures on your specialty items. Remember, the food must match the pictures every time.

12. Have counter seating, standing and eating area, outside and of course inside if you can.

13. Have a napkin dispenser with the counters.

I want the above food, quickly and priced so that I do not hesitate to spend money. If you have to shrink portions to charge less, I recommend you do so....Getting in & out is popular too. Well lit, pleasantly color schemed atmosphere with comfortable funcitonal seating..........

Jul 26, 2010 01:25 PM #2
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