So, I've not been able to get to the forum much, and I wanted just to give a quick update. We've had a really busy month, and things are about to get even more chaotic for us.
My husband Dave has had a life long dream of owning his own business, and growing up in the restaurant business, with 30 years experience, he wanted his own restaurant. We had been looking for a while for just the right opportunity, and had something kind of fall into our laps earlier this month, and couldn't pass it up. It's a little hot spot, and everything just kind of fell into place for what we needed to make it happen. So we close on the 8th of Nov, and open for business Nov 9th. It's a great little country environment, laid back, outdoorsy environment, catering to the outdoorsman......hunters, fishing, ATV'ers and snowmobilers. It will keep us so busy, but to see how happy my husband is makes it worth it.
It's called Becker's 400 Club. The original name from way back when it was new is The 400 Club. It was named after the 400 train that used to pass the restaurant when it was new. The people that owned it before us changed that name, and the locals were never happy about it, so we changed it back, and added our name so they would know it's new owners taking over. We've had locals stopping in daily just to thank us for changing it back to the 400 Club........they are all so excited about that, and we love that, because we are hoping to create a really friendly environment. It's right off a main highway too, so lots of good exposure there.
It's a log cabin style with a nice bar, and big dining hall, with a full kitchen. We are working really hard to get it cleaned up, and installing new carpet in the dining room too. Lots of good changes, and lots of hard work we hope will pay off in the end. This is a huge change, and a huge risk, but everyone keeps telling us this place was always packed, and we will do great as long as we keep putting out good food. Everything will be made from scratch.......lots of home cooking, so we feel confident we'll keep them coming in.
The best thing about this, and what's getting us very excited, is that everyone in town is talking about this place already, the rumors are flying, and it's all good! People are so friendly! We are putting a log siding on the building exterior, and people are offering to help us out. They share stories about coming to this place when they were young, when it was The 400 Club, and it's so awesome that bringing it back to The 400 Club is making them so happy. It's a very friendly little town, and close enough to two other big towns to draw in from there, the tourists, and the highway.
This is the front. The sides are just an ugly faded green steel right now, and we ordered a half log siding to replace that. Will look nice when we are done.
Front of dining room.
Back of dining room. New carpet will cover the whole floor in here when installed.
From dining room into bar.