Dear Grateful People:
WE have so much to be thankful for. There have been so many great comments on this thread. We obviously have a community that cares and this mobilization is great evidence of our will to keep Thursdays going at Brownies and/or elsewhere.
For the bar it is about optimization of the establishment. They have significant expenses namely rent and limited days in the week to get a good return on investment.
Anna and Miguel, welcome to Brownies and our Splintered family.
We should all think creatively about this beautiful event that is a business and embrace some outside the box ideas.
Is it potentially better for everyone for Splintered to play Brownies every other Thursday and branch out geographically on the off Thursdays(i.e King of Prussia one Thurs and say Warminster the other, many factors to serve the market- train access etc..) The idea is for the band to get some further reach and following which may bring in more to Brownies.
I think some have become complacent and say "Oh, I can go any Thursday and SS will be there." I think the waning numbers in the fall has to do with this and the slumping economy. We know the band will be great if not incredible every outing.
For the numbers not to fall off again, we need a plan the works well ongoing and transforms to serve the needs of the customer.
Opening the kitchen is a good idea, however we need to really hit the mark to make it profitable and nutritious to some degree. So.. What do you want to eat?
From my knowledge some healthy salad and veggies options along with pizza, wings, etc.. would sell. Let's get a questionaire out.
How about Splintered Dinner Thursdays at 8:30? Show at 9:30. Every week, once a month whatever. What will we step up to? Let's break bread together!
We can help get to the number with some profit in the food. You can still get value priced food and still create a profit if it is planned well. So let's take orders on a questionaire or better yet order it online the day before. We want to limit the overhead cost by limiting kitchen staff hours ie 8-11.
If we get together on this and tell them what we'd like to eat and when, they can hit the mark and it's good for all.
The late start time definitely keeps people away. However, we late folks might just need to get moving a little earlier to grow this. I know this was attempted, but not well marketed. There is more at stake now than accomodating those that prefer to start partying at eleven. Fine, we'll have more after parties now if we end at 12-12:30.
Thanks for caring, your friendship, your smiles, enjoying these great shows together, and putting up with crazy wacky banter out of me. I believe this is all going to get even better because of the healthy dialogue. Love, Johnny J