It's a pretty simple setup; in the cafe we'll have a small (cheap) stove, a fridge, and an espresso machine. We will serve coffee as the catch-all, but primarily focus on yerba matte and empenadas; the food will all be fresh made every morning by friends of ours, and just cooked in the oven when ordered. The three of us are quite stylish and design oriented individuals, and we're going for an urban/sudamerican vibe in the place. We've calculated that, using all used equipment, furniture, and having our friends do all the art for us, we'll have an initial startup cost of around 6,000 dollars. We've found a beautiful space, right in close SE Portland (essentially downtown for those who do not know the P-tizzle), that's about 700 sq. ft and only 450$ a month. This space is also on a corner surrounded by business, so it will not be a problem to have a late night cafe there. We are doing this as a co-op of sorts; basically the three of us are founding/starting the cafe and splitting the costs, and then once we get going we won't hire people for wages, rather we'll just do profit sharing. And really, we won't hire at all, we'll just find cool individuals we would like to be a part of this project, and ask them to join. We've worked out a pretty solid profit sharing model (and I've already coded it up in a little program to manage our finances from pre-startup), and we've got an excellent charter and business plan. We'll apply for a business license this week, and then I think we'll have about everything accounted for. But none of us have ever done this before, so as always, it's good to get advice. Anyone done a co-op, or a cafe, before?
Curious George - Starting a cafe. A few friends and I have decided to start a co-op cafe, we've found a great space, and we're getting ready to sign a lease on monday. Any monkeys have advice on starting a small business like this?