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Old 26.11.2014, 22:36
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Re: We are opening a restaurant in Zurich! Any suggestions on our menu and entertainm

Now hold your horses amy! Not all the suggestions in this thread were meant to be taken seriously. It's the EF, after all.

Free tap water would go a long way, though.
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Old 26.11.2014, 22:44
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I have never understood the vague complaints people make about Swiss restaurants being bad... until now.

My experience with Swiss restaurants is that they can be a bit snooty and are definitely expensive. But they have competant service, fantastic ambience, good quality ingredients and generally pretty good food. You can walk into any place that looks good and it generally will be good.

So why all the complaints, I wondered? Are my standards so low??? Is my taste so poor???

And then I see this thread. Apparently everyone elses idea of a good restaurant is topless waiter/esses, karaoke, steaks, pies, rice milk, vegan options, gluten free options, alergy options, smoking zone, childrens menu, 8 different types of eggs, all-you-can-eat buffets, childrens playgrounds, cheap cocktails (but only until 1.30pm), bangers and mash and - above all - free tap water!

Now it is all clear...
Hey, just drink enough schnapps and maybe inhale some vegetal fumes of a certain sort and you'll be seeing those things in any restaurant.
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Old 27.11.2014, 08:48
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Here is a Michelin star for you....

Looks like you are standing with 2 stars there
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Re: We are opening a restaurant in Zurich! Any suggestions on our menu and entertainm

Im curious... did this restaurant ever open?
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Im curious... did this restaurant ever open?
Hopefully, the OP had 2nd thoughts.
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Old 06.06.2015, 00:30
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Im curious... did this restaurant ever open?
Thread posted today, by our budding restauranteur:

Selling AVON etc from home????
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Hopefully, the OP had 2nd thoughts.
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With so many restaurants here that are almost empty for most of the time....yep, I'd say she should be happy she had second thoughts...
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Re: We are opening a restaurant in Zurich! Any suggestions on our menu and entertainm

Just in terms of empty restaurants (true for most of times), why do you think it is?
I get a feeling that they always try to make money on high margin low volume approach... is it really like this?
If so why aren't here any / many places with low margin - high volume business idea?
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Old 06.06.2015, 10:29
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If so why aren't here any / many places with low margin - high volume business idea?
There are in the Ski resorts where some people want to eat quickly and get back on the slopes but eating out here is something that shouldn't be rushed.

Food is not generally something to stuff in your mouth so you can get on with the next thing - it should be treated with more respect.

There is probably some correlation between countries with many high volume places, and obesity.
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Re: We are opening a restaurant in Zurich! Any suggestions on our menu and entertainm

Wow I've just seen all of the replies to my original post!!!!

My husband and his Uncle who were to be partners in taking over a place and redoing the menu etc, did have second thoughts...... I was so glad.

I was trying to be the supportive wife etc but honestly I was dreading it.

My husband has now got a good job, I need level B1 to Nurse out here, and I would like to take the pressure off of hubby and bring a few francs in whilst I'm learning the lingo. Hence the Avon post!!

I just don't want to pay out huge amounts for childcare so I thought Avon etc would be good because they can come with me. I did it in England for a while but it was just to top up my wages as a Nurse, as I could only work part time due to the dreaded childcare situation again LOL.......

When I was just back there a few weeks ago, my fellow Nurses all suggested that I retrain to do something else. But I think they were missing the point of the language barrier!! One lived abroad for ten years and was an aerobics instructor , then returned to Nursing later .
I guess I'm just a frustrated as I've always earnt my own pennies and I also do feel guilty when I see how tired my husband is at the end of the day and then I ask for money for shoes for the kids or Migros. He never complains but I'd like to say to him " look I've bought you this today instead"
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Old 06.06.2015, 11:58
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Just in terms of empty restaurants (true for most of times), why do you think it is?
I get a feeling that they always try to make money on high margin low volume approach... is it really like this?
If so why aren't here any / many places with low margin - high volume business idea?
I would think so. But considering they have such high costs (rent, salaries etc) to cover I can't really blame them...it's survival. As for the second question I believe you can't really compete with Migros restaurants, McDonalds, etc.
This is defo not a business I'd like to invest into...(any restaurant here) Unless, of course, if I had the money I'd choose something like Heston Blumenthal's restaurants kind of thing.
I have to add that the only place where I really liked a couple of restaurants was Lugano. Otherwise we always save our money for eating out for France, Germany, Austria. It's simply better value for the money and we visit quite often these places.

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Wow I've just seen all of the replies to my original post!!!!

My husband and his Uncle who were to be partners in taking over a place and redoing the menu etc, did have second thoughts...... I was so glad.

I was trying to be the supportive wife etc but honestly I was dreading it.

My husband has now got a good job, I need level B1 to Nurse out here, and I would like to take the pressure off of hubby and bring a few francs in whilst I'm learning the lingo. Hence the Avon post!!
Good. Another bankruptcy avoided.
;-)

Just be aware of the tax-situation with married double earners.
The Swiss tax-system, unfortunately, favors bachelors (and bachelorettes...), single-earner families and unmarried DINK-couples (though those you'll more often than not find in high-rent low-tax heavens like Schwyz or Zug).

It pays to do that math beforehand.
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I wanna know where Meloncollie's restaurant is!
It's Restaurant Adler, in Schindellegi:

http://www.adler-gastro4you.ch
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Re: We are opening a restaurant in Zurich! Any suggestions on our menu and entertainm

Things I miss in America about restaurants are
Happy Hour deals for cocktails and apps and
Sunday Brunch

Another scene that is popular in the U.S. right now is food trucks. They have delicious food for events. I just had pulled pork tacos with mac and cheese on top. It was amazing. You could have short menus that change monthly with creative foods.
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Old 06.06.2015, 19:05
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Things I miss in America about restaurants are
Happy Hour deals for cocktails and apps and
Sunday Brunch

Another scene that is popular in the U.S. right now is food trucks. They have delicious food for events. I just had pulled pork tacos with mac and cheese on top. It was amazing. You could have short menus that change monthly with creative foods.
Read the thread until this page, she's already said they are not opening.
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Re: We are opening a restaurant in Zurich! Any suggestions on our menu and entertainm

I agree about Groupon. It's a total waste. They take most of your money and those customers are not going to come back. People who (generally) use Groupon are out for savings. If they like your place, they'll wait for another sale to return. I owned a small cinema in Brooklyn, so I know...

As far as entertainment, you'll have to alter it as you see what works and what doesn't. But as a musician myself, I would suggest having music several nights a week. Tuesday open mic night with a featured performer. Wednesday singer-songwriters, Thurs Jazz or Blues or rock... Mix it up a bit and give it time!
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As an American from that grew up in Texas and Tennessee (famous for BBQ) I would love to see a southern style bbq place in Zurich. Good luck!
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I think there is a newly opened southern BBQ place in Zürich. Anyone have details or reviews?
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Brisket. I haven't been but it's run by the same people as The Bite so I expect it to be good.
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