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It should be pretty obvious why they don't sell Thai beer. Same as Surin, they hate the pub being cluttered up with customers :)

You sound like Basil Fawlty, Martin

BTW Don't mention the war :D

Dave

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It should be pretty obvious why they don't sell Thai beer. Same as Surin, they hate the pub being cluttered up with customers :)

You sound like Basil Fawlty, Martin

BTW Don't mention the war :D

Dave

I did once..............................................but I think I got away with it. :D

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As I've said previously, that Paradise place will go under if they don't shape up, get some autonomy and figure out what they are trying to achieve.

As for bars in general being hard work, then yes, many are. The main reason why they are is because many owners have no concept and rely on themselves, their friends and their being in the bar near 24/7 to make it work. Rationally, their business plan does not work. If an owner or host is present then he should add something to the business but he should not be the business. That is where most go wrong from day one.

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As I've said previously, that Paradise place will go under if they don't shape up, get some autonomy and figure out what they are trying to achieve.

As for bars in general being hard work, then yes, many are. The main reason why they are is because many owners have no concept and rely on themselves, their friends and their being in the bar near 24/7 to make it work. Rationally, their business plan does not work. If an owner or host is present then he should add something to the business but he should not be the business. That is where most go wrong from day one.

Wise words (& welcome back)

Dave

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Just as an example, take the Farang Connection. An extremely successful pub/bar/restaurant that has been visited by almost 10,000 people over the six years that I have had it( and that is just the Farangs). On the food and drink side of it, we break even. Yes, you heard right; break even. Our profit comes from the Car & Motorbike hire & other ventures. We are not expensive, even though we use the finest ingediants. A lot of our produce is imported, and if people complain about our food ( which is very rarely) we bin it and either start again or not charge them. Of course we don't please everyone, I remember one customer from Australia, who came in at the Elephant festival time. He was number 28 in the queue for food. I explained it would take about 45 minutes to an hour to serve him( with food). When the food arrived after an hour, he said" I've waited an hour for that. I don't want it, and I'm never coming back here again"

Last years Elephant Festival we got it right. We selected 10 of the most popular dishes, and that was all. Breakfast finished at 12.00 and a new menu was brought out. No-one waited more than 25-30 minutes even though we were packed solid most of the time. We shall do the same this year. Maybe I'll be still here to see it.

My staff are wonderful, and they get paid good wages for it. Our wages bill is 95,000 baht a month. Both me and Nee can go away and KNOW that the business will be run properly. That is where a lot of businesses fail. The owners go back to their own countries to work, and when they return they are ruined.

Last week, yet another English pub opened up in the bus station, right opposite us, and next door but one to the Norwegian bar. We now have four Farang places, within a small area. I wish Stephen all the best, but I cannot see it working out. Most of my customers know they are coming to the Farang Connection, before they even arrive in Surin. Our marketing is fantastic, and that my dear readers is half the job. As I am writing this, all our cars and motorbikes are out, with customers waiting for when they are returned. Most of the booking is done over the internet. Marketing again.

So once more I leave you with a fine and very apt saying

" If you want to make a million in Thailand,.............bring two million"

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Just as an example, take the Farang Connection. An extremely successful pub/bar/restaurant that has been visited by almost 10,000 people over the six years that I have had it( and that is just the Farangs). On the food and drink side of it, we break even. Yes, you heard right; break even. Our profit comes from the Car & Motorbike hire & other ventures. We are not expensive, even though we use the finest ingediants. A lot of our produce is imported, and if people complain about our food ( which is very rarely) we bin it and either start again or not charge them. Of course we don't please everyone, I remember one customer from Australia, who came in at the Elephant festival time. He was number 28 in the queue for food. I explained it would take about 45 minutes to an hour to serve him( with food). When the food arrived after an hour, he said" I've waited an hour for that. I don't want it, and I'm never coming back here again"

Last years Elephant Festival we got it right. We selected 10 of the most popular dishes, and that was all. Breakfast finished at 12.00 and a new menu was brought out. No-one waited more than 25-30 minutes even though we were packed solid most of the time. We shall do the same this year. Maybe I'll be still here to see it.

My staff are wonderful, and they get paid good wages for it. Our wages bill is 95,000 baht a month. Both me and Nee can go away and KNOW that the business will be run properly. That is where a lot of businesses fail. The owners go back to their own countries to work, and when they return they are ruined.

Last week, yet another English pub opened up in the bus station, right opposite us, and next door but one to the Norwegian bar. We now have four Farang places, within a small area. I wish Stephen all the best, but I cannot see it working out. Most of my customers know they are coming to the Farang Connection, before they even arrive in Surin. Our marketing is fantastic, and that my dear readers is half the job. As I am writing this, all our cars and motorbikes are out, with customers waiting for when they are returned. Most of the booking is done over the internet. Marketing again.

So once more I leave you with a fine and very apt saying

" If you want to make a million in Thailand,.............bring two million"

Huh Mountain

I thought you gave your cars and motorsais away free to attractive young policewomen! :)

TBWG :D

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Huh Mountain

I thought you gave your cars and motorsais away free to attractive young policewomen! :)

TBWG :D

Hi Martin

I agree, your staff are good but always thought you hardly ever have a holiday or a day off.

It would do you the world of good, matey.

Dave

Edited by Dave the Dude

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IMHO the Irish Bar has taken a turn for the better The reason that I say that is the Boss whose name is Brian is open at 12:00 everyday his prices are good (65 baht large Leo) Food is available and he is trying to get back the customers and I think that he is.

If you have not been in there recently i suggest that you pop in and see if you agree.

On the downside it appears that the Vinyl Bar has closed.

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IMHO the Irish Bar has taken a turn for the better The reason that I say that is the Boss whose name is Brian is open at 12:00 everyday his prices are good (65 baht large Leo) Food is available and he is trying to get back the customers and I think that he is.

If you have not been in there recently i suggest that you pop in and see if you agree.

On the downside it appears that the Vinyl Bar has closed.

I agree. I was in a week or so ago on the recommendation of Scottish Billy who said that Brian's wife made a mean Irish Coffee - I wanted to pick up some tips for Coffee Corner.

With the windows now opened up the whole vista is better and you lose the closed bar effect. Brian clearly has a lot of experience from running Pattaya bars and knows how to provide a service to customers.

A turn for the better for sure.

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So who is this Brain then ? Where is Aiden ?

torrenova - technically, his name is Brian. But after Aiden your spelling is probably justified.

Aidan was last seen bullsh!tting his way round the darker reaches of Buriram province

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Aidan or whatever his name was accused me of trying to take over his business ! what business ?

I thought he had actually finally seen sense in opening it up but I never thought he would make a go of it. Then there were the rumours of cash owed here, stolen money there, etc.

So what is the scene around the water for bars and places to eat nowadays ?

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Aidan was last seen bullsh!tting his way round the darker reaches of Buriram province

Should fit right in then :)

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