… we may have sold the restaurant! But you never know until its over. So keep your fingers crossed. Sorry about cancelling the event on Father’s Day, but the good news is after we come back from vacation, we’re going to keep the restaurant open until the new owners take over. Don’t forget, not a done deal, but it looks good. Hopefully sometime in July.
Hi everybody! Well, we’re getting close to retirement! Harry’s Hideaway will close in another 20 calendar days and that’s just 15 more dinner services! Father’s Day, which is Sunday, June 17th, will be the last day that we’ll be open to the public. We will be open that day (we’re usually closed on Sundays) from 12 Noon to 2pm to say goodbye and sell food to go. We will not be taking reservations for that day or having any sit down dinner service. Its just food to go! And to say goodbye to Adele! People can say goodbye to me, but its really Adele that everyone’s going to miss!
In the meantime, I’ll be doing Southwest Meatloaf as a sandwich or a dinner, got some Pork Shanks going and also doing a Charcuterie/Cheese Platter for a fun nosh-able dish! Got Bleu Cheese for a Bleu Cheese Apple Salad with Walnuts. Also, getting in some Tallegio Cheese and Goat’s Cheese for the platter. I am planning on having some Chicken Saltimbocca and I have a few other items up my sleeve!
Starting this week we are closed for lunch. Harry can’t take the long hours on his feet, so we’re back to being open for dinner only, Tuesday through Saturday. We’ll open at 5:30PM and close somewhere around 7:30PM. So we’re opening up a little later, but staying open a little longer. Think of it as “more daylight savings time” summer hours! So Harry will be back down to a 7 hour day (prep time + 2 hours open + clean up time) and that should help his feet and lower legs.
OK enough about Harry and his legs and the hours, let’s talk about the menu and specials! Since we’re not open for lunch, pulled pork and hamburgers are going to become a thing of the past! Sorry. But you will be able to get them for a little while longer. We’re doing Walleyed Pike this week as our fish special and Veggie Pasta with Meatballs as our pasta special. We also have Smoked Salmon and Potato Pancake as an appetizer and we have an Apple Bleu Cheese Salad with Walnuts.
On a final note (literally), there’s not too much left of May, and June will see us on vacation for a week and several days. Plus, we’re not planning on being open in July and August. But we are talking to a few people about buying the restaurant, so maybe that can be averted! We’ll see. So come on in while you can. This has been a great little restaurant for me and Adele and we want to thank each and everyone of you for making Harry’s Hideaway a success.
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We had a fantastic Cinco de Mayo week and sorry to say, but that’s my last one! This week Cape Capensis is back! I’m going to do a Chicken Caesar Wrap and have all kinds of burger specials and you can add bacon to all of them! Bistro Bacon is back! There will also be some Chicken Saltimbocca around and some Mediterranean Pasta too with artichokes and olives! I’m getting in a wheel of Bleu Cheese, so that will be on a burger with caramelized onions and in a Apple Bleu Cheese Salad with Walnuts. Come on in and check it out! Let’s have some fun!
We’re going to have lots of Mexican inspired specials tonight for Cinco de Mayo. Pork Osso Bucco with Black Bean Corn Cakes and Green Hatch Chili Sauce, Grilled Chicken with Chocolate Mole Sauce, Taco Plates with Beef Barbacoa, Roasted Chicken or Blackened Mahi, Harry’s Chili Rellenos, Chicken Quesadillas and we have a little of our Elote (it was a big seller during the week, sorry!).
Southwest food specials all week long! Quesadillas, Southwest Pork Osso Bucco, Salsa and Chips, Guacamole, Fish Tacos, Beef Barbacoa Tacos, Chicken Tacos and more! Please note the specials will come and go, so they won’t all be on at the same time. But we’ll have plenty of fun! Thanks!
We’re still open though, so come on in! I’ve sat down many times to write this post, but couldn’t get a big chunk of time together to get it right. No more excuses, so here it goes!
After 25 years in the restaurant biz Adele and I want to retire. Plus, being 65 I can’t get around too well anymore, so its time to pass the baton. I think we have a pretty great restaurant. Great food and great service. Just look at our reviews on TripAdvisor. When we took over this space it had been a series of restaurants and they all ended up going out of business. Don’t let that scare you. It didn’t scare me! When we opened a restaurant in Chicago that space was also a series of restaurants that went out of business. You gotta have good food! Great food is preferable! And all with good value! Then hit them with outstanding service and they’ll be happy to come back, and keep coming back, for more! Cornville, Az may seem a little remote. Some people think its the middle of nowhere, but I think its the middle of everywhere! We have lots of regular customers from Sedona, Cottonwood, The Village of Oak Creek and, of course, Cornville itself! People come from as far as Prescott, Flagstaff, Phoenix and even Canada! Its a long commute for those Canadians, but whenever they’re in town for vacation, they are sure to stop in. We’ve got a lot of local, regular customers. Tourists are icing on the cake!
Let’s talk numbers for a little bit. Rent is only around $1000 a month. Propane costs around $400 a month, electric $300, phone $100 and then there’s insurance. Your biggest cost is going to be the food and drinks you serve. So its very hard not to make money. We have a full liquor license so we have lots of wine, some beers and quite a collection of premium spirits. The food is classic comfort food with a few twists. Of course, as new owners, you can change anything! Just make sure its good and priced for good value!
I think the best scenario for new owners would be a couple just like me and Adele. I work the kitchen and Adele is front of house being the hostess, bartender and waitress. It could work for an absentee owner, but its very important to find the right people. I can’t imagine a bank paying out more in interest for an $85K investment than this restaurant could make! Oh yes, that’s the price… just $85K. Ramp up the restaurant and you could make that back in one year!
One day last week lunch was winding down, so I started rolling out a quiche crust on the salad bar counter like I’ve done a hundred times before. A customer was leaving and she said to me “Harry, don’t you ever get tired?” In my head I said to myself “I’m tired all the time”, but I put on a smile and said “no, not at all, I love this!”. Which is all true, I love it, but I am tired! I think about that moment every now and then and I’ve come to realize I am ready for retirement! So Adele and I are putting the restaurant up for sale! We’d love for Harry’s Hideaway to continue and hopefully there’s some local chefs around that are looking to strike out on their own and do their thing! Or maybe someone who has a lifelong dream to own a restaurant, like I did when I was a 40 year old computer programmer and opened up my first one 25 years ago!
In any case, Adele and I want to thank all our wonderful customers, locals and tourists alike, for making Harry’s Hideaway a fun and happy place to be. I’ve put out some pretty good food and Adele is certainly the hostess with the most-ess! Our lease goes through the end of August. We’ll see what happens. If you know anybody looking for a nice little restaurant (that makes money), send them on over!
Thanks again everybody! See you at the restaurant.
Everybody’s Irish this week! Corned Beef and Cabbage, Reubens, Irish Lamb Stew and more as we get into the week. I’m going to get some Trout in. I’m going to do Parsnip Soup, Soda bread and maybe some Irish desserts.