When Liz Haughton opened The Park Café in Knowle West, Bristol, her vision was to create a community eatery serving wholesome and organic foods.
Chips, coke and sweets were off the Daventry Road menu and replaced with dishes such as butternut squash soup and homemade bread.
Wot, no chips?
Why, no! If customers want chips, they can clearly go elsewhere.
And…it seems that’s just what they did!
But after just one month Ms Haughton, who also runs The Folkhouse, in Park Street, has had to adapt to local demand.
She’s had to serve…… *deep breath* …… chips!
She said: “In many ways we weren’t sure how it would go down and it has been a challengingfew weeks.”We ended up holding a meeting with our tenants and local users of the centre and they were so helpful. Without patronising anyone, The Park is not The Folkhouse, they are different areas and so they have different menus.”
And, if there were enough people who wanted your ‘different menu’, you’d have been ok. But there aren’t.
Ms Haughton said the higher prices that come with organic produce had put some off but with several tweaks she has produced a menu which offers something of a compromise.
A compromise between what you want your customers to buy, and what they want to buy. That’s only ever going to go one way, isn’t it?
Hopefully you’ve learned a hard lesson. Now, would you mind teaching it to the government?