Early this week, a possible deal to sell the building fell through because we still owe our electrician and contractor some dough, and the buyer wasn't comfortable taking on that extra debt. To be honest, the building is my second child at this point, and I felt that I would hate to go into a lease with someone who doesn't understand or care about what we're trying to accomplish with our restaurant. As much as the offer exceeded what I'd purchased it for, I also saw that it wouldn't be enough to get us open after paying off my mortgage and liens, and then I would still be at the mercy of someone deciding that if I made improvements to the property, the lease would most likely go up. Don't get me wrong--I actually liked the potential buyer. He had a direct approach that I can totally appreciate. There's nothing worse than having a five minute conversation that takes an hour to talk about, and he did not disappoint. After some heated conversations with my mentor over my complete ignorance over real estate while this deal hung in the balance, I realized that maybe I somehow sabotaged the deal because I was being forced to sell. While this deal falling through put our company in short-term peril, I still am holding out hope that the universe will provide in the long run.
This building and what we are going to put inside it is going to bring something really beautiful to a city where it's long overdue. My general manager received a call this week after the most horrible lose-faith string of days. We usually receive about ten calls a day to find out if we're open yet, and while a few people are angry that we haven't, most are just very supportive. This particular call gave us both chills. The guy said, "There is an invisible force of people following you and can't wait to see you open. Thanks for what you're doing." So, while I get wrapped up in the financial aspect of our dilemma, I have to remind myself that what we're trying to accomplish is good and right, and there are people out there who want us open just as much as we do.
So, if you are someone who has a tiny bit of disposable income and wants to see us open, we do have two options. First, we are pre-selling gift certificates online that come with big discounts. You can go to our home page on this site to order yours. Second, we have a gofundme page if you just want to donate. It's at www.gofundme.com/help-us-finish-our-brick-and-mortar. If you can't do either, then send out a lot of good vibes and share our request with others. And finally, sign up for text alerts from our home page as well, so when we do hopefully get these doors open, you'll be the first to know.
Until Next Time, Eat Raw, Live Long!