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sawasdee

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I went tonight to the Grand Opening of my friend's bar.

It was great. Lots of people, good live music, great food -including a roast suckling pig. I reckon it cost her at least 10,000 baht - about $350. Doesn't sound a lot, but here it is. I live on about 30,000 baht a month.

There were LOTS of people there. Some were fellow bar owners, there to wish her luck - they won't be back, they have their own bars to run. Some were friends and family, who don't usually go to bars - but came to show support.

Many were what we call balloon chasers - when a bar is having a party, and giving away free food, they put balloons outside. Some people go from balloon to balloon, to avoid paying for food. I saw some come in, eat, have a glass of water or a small beer, and leave. One table had three different groups in less than 90 minutes.

And then there were some who are and will be customers. I''m just not sure there were enough of them. Out of maybe 150 people all night - I was there from shortly after it started at 7pm until nearly midnight - there were maybe 20 to 30 who will be regular customers - and they won't be there every day.

I'm her friend, and was there with some of her relatives. We'll probably go as a group about once a week. I'll go another night with other friends.

I'm just not sure it's enough to sustain her business. She has three employees, whose wages must add up to at least 40,000 baht a month. Tonight, she had four extras, because she knew it would be super busy.

I really want it to work for her, but the freeloaders tonight upset me.

So I'm feeling a bit down.

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I hope it goes well, @sawasdee.  Can you get it listed on Tripadvisor somehow?  When we are travelling we use that site to get recommendations for restaurants.  Not sure if anyone else suggested that when you last posted about the new bar?

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sawasdee

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Thanks, Karma! I somehow I never even thought of that! All of us who go regularly can put in nicely spaced reports....

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keen23

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Unfortunately, 95% of all restaurants (in the US) fail within 5 years of opening. Bars have about the same track record (in the US). It's a risky undertaking, for sure.

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I saw your post just after I'd been looking on trip advisor for Carribean destinations, so  thought of it straight away. With the competition they will need all the help they can get. It's worth a try!

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