Morgan's Brain

Oct. 8, 2008 at 12:02pm

Community Needs Creative Restaurants to Thrive

Dan Voelpel has a great article in today's TNT. He talks about how successful local restaurants are having to get creative in order to survive. One of my favorite community guys, Joe Stortini, has turned his restaurant over to non-profit groups on Mondays - the deadest day of the week for restaurants. The result: every Monday is booked until next April! This is just one example of creating good for the community while also helping make the bottom line.

[Start rant]
What I would like to know is why so many local retail stores and restaurants are closed on Mondays. I've never understood this. I know many of businesses are owner operated and they need a day off, but isn't a better solution to work harder to create a more sustainable business so that more employees could be hired which would then give the owners more flexibility in their schedule? Maybe it's a cultural thing. I notice that many Asian stores and restaurants are open 7 days a week. Then again they also usually have the extended family helping out. Still, it amazes me when I hungrily go to visit a certain fast food joint in the Dome District only to find them closed during a weekday. This says to me they aren't hungry for business. Am I alone? Am I being too unrealistic?

Read all about it: Local restaurants battle declining sales

comments [6]  |  posted under business triage, tacoma


by intacoma on 10/8/2008 @ 12:03pm
i know i always want a hamburger on monday but they are closed :O

by NSHDscott on 10/8/2008 @ 4:31pm
I always want Indian food on Monday but Gateway's always closed.

by thriceallamerican on 10/8/2008 @ 4:37pm
Totally, NSHD. Happened to me just this week...

Monday's a great night for eating out, if you're antisocial like I am.

by jenyum on 10/8/2008 @ 5:11pm
Yeah, I eat on Sunday's, too.

There's a brunch place in Fircrest people keep recommending but we always want to go on a Sunday. Or we want to eat brunch on a Saturday but brunch at a particular restaurant is only offered on Sunday, or only after 9 am (my kids eat by 7:30, most days.)

But on the flip side, our family store has really weird hours due to staffing issues, and not enough business to keep it open except at absolute peak times. So I understand the need to be closed. Of course, we're probably closing our doors, too.

by Erik on 10/8/2008 @ 5:46pm
Dan Voelpel has a great article in today's TNT. He talks about how successful local restaurants are having to get creative in order to survive.

Some restaurants seem to be doing well while others are struggling. Herban Cafe looks to be having problems:

Its a competitive field. Yet, Red Robin and the other suburban chains seem to be selling huge quantities of deep fried food and spiked Kool-Aid.

by fredo on 10/9/2008 @ 8:52am
Morgan@ Agreed 1000%. Those businesses which close on Mondays are soon closed on Sunday as well. Then you notice they are closing early and opening late. Finally, you see a sign in the window "For Lease". The Asian business mentality mentioned in a previous posting is to make sure the business succeeds regardless of the sacrifice. This is the mentality that must be employed if small restaurants are to my opinion.