Friday, April 3, 2015
Searching for customers...
These retro-looking metal kitchen tables seem cast right out of the 50's and look at home amid the wifi and cell technology of today. A perfect blend? Not so fast. That might be part of this place's downfall. The Merry Table Creperie, a small bistro, on Wharf Street was a lonely place when we visited on a cool fall afternoon. This gent was the sole inhabitant of the restaurant besides us, and he was in no real hurry to order any food. Lost in a texting frenzy. Later, a couple of gentlemen cozied up to the bar and ordered martinis, but that was about it. I do believe the establishment has closed over the killer winter and based on our experience, I'm not surprised. Opening restaurants is a tough business. You've got to put fannies at these tables. I checked it out online. Each of these vintage-like tables go for about $400. There were about 15 scattered about. The chairs cost about $250 per. At 3-4 per table that adds up.
In my retirement, I don't plan to open a little, cute 'hole-in-the-wall diner near the water.
Making it in the food service world is pretty competitive and cut-throat.
I'll leave that aggravation to someone else.
I'll visit, but not attempt to run.
Nice walls though.