dave21478 Posted November 30, 2010 Share Posted November 30, 2010 Restaurants eh? Not a trade I everthought I would find myself in, but now that the season is over and Ihave some free time, I can write up my experiences from the previoussummer.You may well have read my tales ofrunning a gite on this forum....I earned myself a few enemies overthat one. Perhaps not enemies as such, but moaners who doubted itall. Seriously, I may have some free time every now and then butmaking stuff like this up? Come off it!So earlier this year, a friend calledLuc popped up for a visit from the Herault. Talk got round to mylocal villages lack of eateries. There is a bar/hotel which wasclosed all last year and had recently re-opened under new management,and there is a camp-site with nearby restaurant which is open for thesummer. Rumours in the town said that the chap running the campsiteplace had fallen out with everyone and was not doing it this year. Luc looked thoughtful.A few weeks later he got in touch againand asked me to dig around a little and find out about the campsite,perhaps see if I could get hold of some figures, so that's just whatI did. Turns out it is owned by the marie and they rent it out andgiven the number of people that come to the campsite it has a decentcaptive market for the summer. The number looked good.Luc was hoping to apply to run ithimself, but was hindered by living miles away, difficultiesrelocating for the summer with 3 young kids and a few other reasons.He dropped the issue.Those numbers though.....the placelooked a potential gold-mine.....a decent investment.......hangon...what the hell do I know about restaurants?I submitted my application that week.A relative of mine, A, has somecatering experience to small groups, and she came in as a partner. Wedrew up a plan and were called to the village council where we had togive a presentation in front of the local Mafia Dons. Well, I saymafia, they are the mayor and owners of other businesses in thevillage. I don't think they are into the whole horses head in the bedand unrefusable offers thing, but they call the shots here. Turns outour application was one of 6 that got to this interview stage.And so it came to pass that inFebruary, we were told we had got the gig, and now would be a goodtime to set up the business on paper.Easy.Yeah....French paperwork....reallyeasy.“Hi, I would like to open a businessbank account”“No problem. Whats your SIRETnumber?”“I don't have one yet”“right, well, come back when you haveone. I can't do anything without it”“Hello, so to apply for a SIRETnumber, I need to supply my business bank account details first?”“Yes, that's right”**sigh** Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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