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Old 07-03-2012, 09:16 AM   #21
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Doesn't look like my kind of place Darrel. I guess I'm too old for the bikers and wet teeshirt contests with my crabcakes..... Maybe 20-30 years ago.

Diffrent strokes.

LOL! I hear 'ya. But, every time I've been there the bikers are older than me, more polite and courteous than many people I know and I have yet to experience the wet tee-shirt contests.

I think the craziness starts after my bedtime. I've taken the wife, my dad and many female co-workers there many times and they love it. If you're in the area check it out. At least during the day, before us old geezers are asleep.
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Old 07-03-2012, 09:38 AM   #22
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My favorite -

Reckless Ric's Bar & Grill - 410-590-2280

As you can see on the webpage, there are a string of other places owned by the same guy. He has certainly cracked the code on how to do this.
Lurker, if you like that, don't miss the lingerie show night around the pool at Shooters in Ft. Lauderdale.

Shooters Waterfront Cafe USA Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
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Old 07-03-2012, 09:55 AM   #23
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Lurker, if you like that, don't miss the lingerie show night around the pool at Shooters in Ft. Lauderdale.

Shooters Waterfront Cafe USA Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

I can't stay up that late .... I'm too old.

We met my daughter in Canton (Baltimore) this weekend for her birthday. My wife and I were the geezers in town. How did this sneak up on me so suddenly?
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Old 07-03-2012, 06:59 PM   #24
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Well my son, the first thing that comes to mind is the volume of the seasonal and local client base and whether combined they are enough to support your venture of an eatery and/or B&B. Granted you seem to be about 20km off the trans Canada highway and right on the water so you may be able to count on some tourist traffic but the NFLD come-from-away season is quite short.
From the Springdale web site, I see Green Bay has a market area of some 12,000. Enough, I think, to support the "right" restaurant in the off season. Establish some signature dishes that will have everybody talking and making YOUR restaurant a destination. The best Fish & Brewis in Green Bay for example...More than enough Figgy Duff...Bologna Casserole that will curl your mustache....I could go on but you get what I mean.
As far as laundry facilities for visiting boaters...Coin wash machines. The B&B?
Honkin' big sign at Hwy#1/390 intersection and LOTS of advertising.
If you plan a snack shop some separation from the sit down restaurant might be advised as rest' patrons may not want to intrude on local socializing.
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Old 07-03-2012, 07:02 PM   #25
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A tail of two marinas:
in our harbor there are two marinas with restaurants attached. one is open for breakfast, lunch and early dinner. Has inside and outside seating for year round service and an inexpensive menu. They have about 30 tables and turn each one about 2-3 times for each meal.
the other restaurant thinks they are a 5 star; decent food but way, way overpriced. they are open for lunch and dinner 4 days a week. Outdoor seating only so they are open 3 months a year. They also have about 30 tables and only serve about 15 meals each for lunch and dinner. They probably won't be here next year. The moral of this story is to know your market.
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Old 07-03-2012, 07:08 PM   #26
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Thread just makes me hungry and for some reason I want a nice beer too.

Dingy Dock Pub in Naniamo is a bit different.

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Singleton's Seafood Shack on the St John's River in Mayport, FL. Fresh off the boat.
It's all about the food!

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Old 07-03-2012, 09:43 PM   #28
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I'm impress RT with your research.. yep toutons for breakfast, jigg's dinner with some Moose soup and oh ya raw carrots for the up-alongs ( called the Henvironmentalist down our way ) should cover the basis hahaha. But yes, you are correct on all accounts. Great advice. Like John said, know the market. My plan RT was already based on some of the things you actually identified. Since we love the social aspect of meeting, visiting and showing those that are interested a good time ( boat tours included ) we want to do this venture not as a must to survive but as a mom and pop down-home business. Seasonal will work just great for us.

Peggy and I have done a lot of traveling and yep Chip I can remember where the food was just awesome as well as places that the food needed a lot to be desire. One can have the swankest diner and have no patrons while the hole in the wall got line-ups.

Great Food, Great People, Great Times..

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