Taking a Fall/Winter Break

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This past weekend Beth and I took an action, we have been able to avoid since we opened in Hardy, AR 9 years ago, closing for the Fall/Winter Season.  During the tourist season May – August the area population grows 300 percent with summer residents, visitors and folks taking day trips to the area.  While we had a banner year for tourism this past summer, our fall “off-season” business has dropped off sharply.  Some of this is due to weather, some probably is economics and yet other is due to new competition.  Wearing my business HAT, I am concerned we may be getting crowded in areas like food.   As a economic developer and promoter of the Spring River Area, I am sure the situation will adjust itself for the better.  While we may not be participating during the correction, we’ll be there in the Spring.

Those that know us, also know that my wife Beth is going through some serious medical issues that we both must concentrate on for the next several months. Also while I trust my staff, past experience with extended absences from the Cafe’ have shown beth greg siteman croppedthat the Cafe’ experiences hits to our quality, service and patronage.  Beth and I felt closing this time was better than having to possibly rebuild image following our extended absence.   We did layoff staff, but were happy to include recommendation letters with their paycheck and will support any requests for unemployment compensation.  Our goal is to reopen in the Spring of 2015 with a exciting new menu selection and service offering.

I will be posting updates as we get closer to our Spring ReOpening.  We do hope to be able to do a bit of special catering this fall especially continuing our Thanksgiving tradition of supplying roast turkey, ham and ribs off the smoker. We’ll be posting catering updates as we determine our capabilities.

October 13, 2014 we begin yet another “new normal”, thanks for being there while we figure it out!

Regards,
Greg Bess