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!
I’m doing Lobster BLTs this week along with Asparagus Sandwiches and Bistro Schnitzel. Cape Capensis is back and the fillets are huge! There’s more. Stop in!
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.
Harry and Adele
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.
Hello everybody! I crashed my website! I thought I lost all your email addresses, but when I reinstalled a plugin, boom, there they were! So all good, kinda. So it looks like we’re going to have a little winter after all! Time for some stew! Later in the week I will make an Irish beef stew with beer and a lot of other good things. In the meantime, check out and try the Braised Beef Short Ribs. Great comfort food! The fish of the week (while supplies last) is Trout. Doing an Apple Bleu Cheese Salad. Also doing the our version of the Caprese Salad, tomatoes fresh mozzarella and basil pesto. Good stuff! I also have a Charcuterie Plate with salami, prosciutto, olives, cheeses, etc. Great for sharing!
P.S. By the way… Did anybody hear about Bistro Bacon? Tell us when you come in!