Posted: October 19, 2010 in Uncategorized

Damn, starting a business, especially a restaurant, is no joke. We have been working non stop to try and get this thing launched but it seems like every time we make a little progress there is another obstacle in the road to slow us back down. Up to this point we’ve tried to make our blog funny, interesting and, hopefully, inspirational. But, tonight I got no jokes. I got no stories. And, there is really no inspiration to be dished out. But a post has been long overdue so I’m going to give you the reality of what’s going on out here.

A month ago we thought we had it made. We thought we had found our perfect location, so we signed a lease on our apartment and set up shop. At first everything was going smoothly. We bought our matching air mattresses and furnished the whole place for under $100 bucks using craigslist (I would consider us professional craigslisters)…check out our home:

The living room/ Trev's bedroom

Command Station

The best couch of all time/ Min's bed for the week

Trev's room/ Living room

















Big Dano's room









Recently we’ve realized things aren’t going to be a cake walk. All of our prize money that we had been living off of has been pretty much dried up. The negotiations on our location seem impossible. And we are still trying to raise the remaining 50k that we need to complete our start-up budget. There are so many loose ends its hard to figure out which one to fix first.

The overall feeling here at camp Sabi is that of frustration. We are frustrated because we feel like we our concept is ready. We have done nearly everything that we need to do solidify our idea. We’ve created a 285 page business plan that goes over every detail within our restaurant from the head bands the employees will wear to what would happen if a tornado blows down our building. We’ve talked to everyone imaginable. Everything has been thought through. Everything has been prepared. Yet, we still have nowhere to implement our concept.

We have been so close in a number of location negotiations but making the final choice is proving to be close to impossible. There are so many pros and cons of each spot, by the time we consider everything involved we always find ourselves in a stalemate. Some are too big, some are too small. Some have all of the equipment some have none. Some do not fit our budget, others are so cheap it’s hard to say no.  I can’t even begin to explain how frustrating it is to be so close to making the deal, so close to finally being able to start this project, but wind up right back where you started (with a golden idea, perfect plan, but no place to do it). The most important thing for us right now is to not let our frustrations lead us to making the wrong decision, no matter how antsy we are.

Don’t get me wrong, we’re not by any means feeling sorry for ourselves, or considering giving up. We knew what we were getting into when we started on this venture and we are prepared to fight this one to the very end. It’s time for us to get everything back together and bust out of this lull. I have all the confidence in the world that we will find a way to make this work with our work ethic, smarts, preparation and of course luck. But damn, it’s being a pain in the ass right now.

Sorry for being such a downer. To redeem myself I’ll leave you with this:

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