Several customers have recently asked me if we plan to expand. It’s great that our cafe is doing so well, and our reviews are overwhelmingly positive. From an outsider’s perspective, I understand that it would seem to be our next step. Mario and I have decided to not expand, that we’ll keep our operation local, because there’s only one of him and one of me. We want to keep the service at a specific level and the food cooked only one way – my way and Mario’s way. We wouldn’t be able to do that with multiple venues, no matter how well trained the staff; experienced cooks have their own style, and great cashiers and up front people have their own way of handling people. Besides, we’re happy where we are with the employees we have – why expand?
We’ve been so busy here at our cafe! With the article in the Foothills magazine – pg 26! and warmer weather, our waiting times for service had sneaked up to an hour. Gasp! When informed of this, most of you decided to wait it out – thank you! thank you! – but we knew this couldn’t continue. Our food is great, but we understand that our customers have busy lives and can’t consistently spend a leisurely hour waiting for their lunch or dinner.
As it happens sometimes, when need reaches a certain point, help comes along from the most unexpected source. In this case, Mario’s brother, Benjamin Cerecedo. He is also an accomplished cook and has worked in many Santa Cruz restaurants and most recently
opened a new restaurant on the Santa Cruz wharf, Firefish. The need to be closer to family and see his nieces grow up was the motivation for him to make the move to our small town, and he couldn’t have come at a better time. He loves Colfax and he and Mario have been hatching up plans for new specials, new menu items and expanded hours. There will be a lot more for you lunatics to love and there will be more reasons for those who haven’t tried our awesome food to get on in here!
The back part of our restaurant has been temporarily closed because the heater we purchased wasn’t enough for the space we have. The door that separated the back dining area from the front was allowing drafts of cold air to blow through the rest of the building. With a little ingenuity, we were able to correct this with a simple king-sized quilt and the difference is amazing. We still have to access supplies from the back on occasion, but now we’re toasty warm!
We’re still working on creating a poll to find out what YOU want! We’ll most likely get that posted early next week.
In the meantime, we’re cooking and grooving, listening to your suggestions and making it work!