My dear friend is in the process of buying an old building in the village with 2 apartments upstairs and a huge space down stairs with a shop front.
We’ve been talking for a while now about business ideas that we could do together and she has asked if I’d be interested in us doing some sort of Salon de thé /bistro in the bottom of her new building. It is right in the centre of our village which has only 1 lunch option currently (and the people are horrible so it is used under sufferance by local businesses / tradies etc due to there being no where else). We also have quite a lot of tourists in the summer and we are a good way to the next villages with food / drink options. We feel that it is something that the village could do with and would work. There will be no rent to pay as she will own outright so we feel it is a safe option to give it a try without fear of loosing too much (and I’m guessing sadly probably a lot of inox resto kitchens selling up). It is something that we could choose the hours and work out what works, and so we both had time for our other projects as well. I’m super excited and have a good feeling about it.
We had a first sit down with ideas yesterday and was thrilled that we are totally thinking along the same lines - PROPER coffee machine (I so miss my decent cappichinnos and lattes , she lived in Canada for 7 years so totally gets it too - may not be taken up much by tehe French but bet we’d do a roaring trade for the tourists!) , a cosy corner with a woodburner and sofa for coffee and cakes in the afternoons, good lunch food (3 course menu with fresh, home made soups / salads / desserts / coffee / wine). Perhaps evenings in the summer etc. We also think (and we have the space) that it would be a good idea to have other things in there as well for extra income, so maybe a local artisans corner / shelves, gift shop area etc.
Has anyone visited a mixed food and drink / other stuff business and seen anything really good / fun / interesting?