Open up a grilled cheese sandwich shop

Three years in the life of a Conway restaurant is ancient. Hard to imagine, but true. Remember Clawson's? It lasted decades, not days. What's going on?

It's interesting to see how quickly businesses come and go. 90% of them have a decent (albeit informal) business plan and enough financial backing to succeed. So, what's the problem?

  • Market knowledge? (You're from here; you know what YOUR people want!)
  • Product knowledge? (You like widgets? I love widgets! I watched a YouTube video about widgets!)
  • Marketing? (Facebook, Twitter and your church newsletter aren't enough)
  • Bad budgeting? (Should've listened to Mrs. Bright in Accounting.)
  • Not enough Tess McGill reasoning? At the beginning of Working Girl, Tess brings it all home to Lutz about the plaque removing mouthwash, remember? You rinse and have the big glob of plaque to spit out... Tess says, "No one ever got rich overestimating what the American public wants to taste."

Maybe too many people are overestimating what Conwayers want. Just make a restaurant, a restaurant. Just make a gift shop, a gift shop. Worked for Clawson's. They owned the truck stop food and french fries & gravy market in Conway.

Every business doesn't need to be everything for everyone. But if you're trying to make people happy, who doesn't love a grilled cheese sandwich? Would someone open a diner in Conway that makes gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches? Or how about one of those peanut butter and jelly sandwich shops? That's all it is - different kinds of pb&j.

Simple. I love it.

 

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Budnmud
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Budnmud 04/10/14 - 08:36 am
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Paaaleeze

Offer tomato soup as a side.... yummmy...

NOTHING better than chilled grease samage with mater soup...

InsGuru
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InsGuru 04/10/14 - 08:56 am
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Didn't expect less from ollleeeeee RO

"90% of them have a decent (albeit informal) business plan and enough financial backing to succeed. So, what's the problem?"

-Market knowledge? (You're from here; you know what YOUR people want!)
-Product knowledge? (You like widgets? I love widgets! I watched a YouTube video about widgets!)
-Marketing? (Facebook, Twitter and your church newsletter aren't enough)
-Bad budgeting? (Should've listened to Mrs. Bright in Accounting.)
-Not enough Tess McGill reasoning? At the beginning of Working Girl, Tess brings it all home to Lutz about the plaque removing mouthwash, remember? You rinse and have the big glob of plaque to spit out... Tess says, "No one ever got rich overestimating what the American public wants to taste."

You realize these are all aspects of a business plan right? So no, they don't have good business plans. If they had good busienss plans, they'd still be in business. "No business with a good business plan ever went out of business." - Economics.

One recently failed restaurant I can think of is Stromboli's. I loved the place. But they were too pricey for their tarket market (UCA students from what I gathered).

"But if you're trying to make people happy, who doesn't love a grilled cheese sandwich? Would someone open a diner in Conway that makes gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches?"

This restaurant exists, it's called "The Grocery Store". What sane person would pay restaurant mark up prices for a grilled cheese? Cheese better be over nighted from France or something.

Rhonda Overbey
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Rhonda Overbey 04/10/14 - 09:58 am
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YES! soup nazi! Tomato soup for you!

InsG - Why you try to hurt me? Maybe I should've said they have the makings of a good business plan but they may not be able to realistically follow thru with their plans.
"The Main Cheese" gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches recently opened in LR's high rent district, so more insane and whacky people exist who'll pay restaurant prices for cheese and bread!!

InsGuru
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InsGuru 04/10/14 - 10:59 am
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... I'm not ....

"Why you try to hurt me? Maybe I should've said they have the makings of a good business plan but they may not be able to realistically follow thru with their plans."

If it's not realistic, it's not a good business plan. "It's a Jump to Conclusions mat. It's this mat with all these different cooonccluusssions you can jump to. Get it?" "That is literally, the worst idea I've ever heard"

No harm intended, but I don't blog about being a parent, because I'm not.

I will visit The Main Cheese though I guess just to see what it's about. Might change my mind about paying for bread and cheese.

Elmer Fudd
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Elmer Fudd 04/13/14 - 11:56 am
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InsGuru

Let us know what you think of it. I checked out there on line menu and some items seemed worth trying.

InsGuru
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InsGuru 04/22/14 - 03:44 pm
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Eh

Had "Two Rivers" It was good. Filling. Sandwhiches come with a pretty bland & dry cole slaw unless you pay extra for chips or more extra for "house" fries (tasted like a pretty standard fry).

When I was eating, I wasn't thinking "what a crazy, delicious grilled cheese", was mainly thinking "this sandwhich is good, but I wish the bread wasn't toasted this much".

The service was average. Wasn't poor, wasn't anything amazing.

mikeng1994
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mikeng1994 04/10/14 - 10:28 am
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We could have a sandwich

We could have a sandwich buffet!! Grilled cheese with 31 different cheeses, and a PB&J with just grape jelly tho. Welches. And for those who just can't progress, bologna and cheese, even offer the same 31 types.

Put in a couple soup pots for the above mentioned tomato, and maybe some Progresso chicken and dumplings.

Great idea Rhonda!!!

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