Then, I go to check the bank account this morning and literally every check and automatic payroll came out overnight and as I speak, we sit in the negative. At least we paid all our bills so we have food, it's just a matter of figuring out how to get people in the door. That can be a major challenge here in Hot Springs. The first things I heard when I said I wanted to open a plant-based restaurant was, "It will never survive here". I still hear that on a weekly basis. On the other hand, somehow through all our trials and tribulations, we have survived to this point. It was a heartbreaking ride so many times for our In the Raw family. I have some great partners who help us through, and some die-hard guests who come in very regularly to help keep us afloat. We have a great hold on the tourist market already. We have amazing reviews, but still there are so many who live here who think that if they don't eat their meat, then they'll fall over from faintness--or worse, that it won't taste good.
However, In the Raw was founded because I knew the things that raw food and plant-based could do for a person, the animals, and especially the environment. I'm a die-hard foodie, and I love cooking, so owning a restaurant was a natural fit for me. A juice cleanse saved me from a deep depression and gave me hope that I could finally find my place in this world. These are the things that I don't take on a whim, or lightly. I think it's why I am so upset that someone had a terrible experience in a place where I finally found my own haven from this harsh world. I want In the Raw to be that place where people can come in and feel welcome and get an awesome meal, no matter who they are.
Anyway, I started writing this blog as a catharsis. My story is an open book, and I find when I don't talk about the things on my mind, they will roll over and over in my mind until I can't thing of anything else. So there you have it, me, in the raw. And no matter what, I will fight for this dream, because I know we have something magical in raw foods and plant-based cuisine. And I also still believe that deep down in our hearts, we all want a mad health game. Until next time, Eat Raw, Live Long!