Three Days a Week is a Hobby

This is Day 13 in a month-long series of posts I’m writing about my experience of owning and operating a pay-what-you-can vegan lunch café in the middle of meat-and-potatoes Midwest America. To learn more about the café, I invite you to visit the website or find us on Facebook

Three days a week is not a business, said my friend Alan. Three days a week is a hobby.

When we opened the café last January, we only served Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. It was a very tentative start. I’m surprised we did as well as we did, surprised that people stuck with us.

I mean, seriously. What kind of business is only open three days a week?

“You need regular hours,” Alan said. “People don’t want to have to try to remember what day it is when they’re deciding where to go for lunch.”

Of course he’s right.

But I resisted. I didn’t want to commit. All things being equal, I’d rather not work so much. But all things are never equal, are they?

We’re now open four days a week. Come 2018, we might go for five.

Alan thinks we should get on it. At 95, he doesn’t like to see people waste time. More to the point, he’d rather not have to think about what day it is when he wants to come have lunch.


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