Baby Got Back Bar.
There is an old saying, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have” and Jim and Dylan put up the additional shelves behind the back bar it definitely felt like that. Dylan remarked it looks like we are a really busy bar to which I nodded in agreement.
It is true at times, but we also know that there are many times during our early months that we have had tumble weeds rolling through our pub and that the employees out number the customers. It’s okay though, as I have been through this before and I know great things do not happen over night and that building a foundation of great regulars is more important than trying to achieve huge spikes in customer counts.
Tuesdays at the pub our our slowest day and in some ways my favorite as many times it means we can slip into some nice long conversations and having a bit more time to revel in stories is the best way to build the roots we strive to achieve. Patrick and I man the bar with Mike on Tuesdays. Patrick, our resident Dr, can be relied on for the kind of conversation that should be expected in a great pub. A kind prodding will get Patrick discussing a varied amount of topics. Wednesdays roll in and are all over the place but they generally bring in a few more chaps and ladies seeking shelter from the storm. Chris arrives on both Wednesdays and Thursdays and his years of experience behind the bar and calm demeanor is a nice stabilizing force for our bar. I have an admiration for people like Chris that have spent years working in bars and restaurants. The great ones have honed their craft in a way that sitting at their bar is like going to church. By the time the weekend arrives, we never really know which way the wind blows but we do know it has a good chance to bring some new faces mixed among our growing group of regulars but Saturday DAYS are still our most favorite time to work as a consistent group of regulars stream in and many parents stop in and make our pub a true public space.
Now why you ask did you go off on this tangent. Well, simply because we know where this train is heading. We don’t know when we will get there as a business. To that point when all debt obligations are being met but we do know we are heading in that direction. And the truth is simply, if we are going to be successful we will need both more people and more glasses for those people.
So when you sit at the bar and look at the impressive amount of mugs in waiting, you can say I sat there when the Civil Life was just a young kid trying to find its place.
Hello earthlings. I have been sent here to open a brewery. I hope you have time over the next year to check in from time to time and see our progress (or lack there of at times).
Morning beer delivery at Tynan’s Bridge House Bar in Kilkenny, Ireland.