Happy New Year! 2015 is an exciting one here in Cherry Valley. The Little Restaurant That Could has been building support and Good To Go is just beginning to chug up the hard part of the mountain. In a few weeks we are going to apply for a loan, and we are not quite where we need to be investor-wise.
I’m hoping this mail will draw the attention of all the wonderful folks that said they were interested last year, but haven’t yet done the Paypal, Dwolla, or sent a check. Every hundred helps.
To my dear list of investors, we appreciate your support and patience with the project. Anyone you can encourage to follow your lead would be greatly appreciated.
I dream the dream every minute of every day, and I look forward to when money isn’t in the way of getting started.
Here at Good to Go, we say, welcome to the party! Robin discovered bone broth years ago, when our friend Sonia Sola of Nectar Hills Farm told Robin to watch a scientist’s video about it on You Tube (there are many you can easily find with a search).
From the NY Times article:
“When you talk to chefs about this, everyone’s head is exploding,” said the chef Marco Canora, who has just opened Brodo, a storefront window in the East Village attached to his restaurant, Hearth, where three different flavorful broths are dispensed in paper cups. Like an espresso drink, the broths at Brodo can be customized, with add-ins like grated fresh turmeric, house-made chile oil and bone marrow from grass-fed cattle, which transforms plainly delicious broth into a richly satisfying snack.
Robin’s specialty is beef bone broth made with organic, grass-fed beef or lamb. It’s much more than just boiled bones. She has perfected an entire process that results in a creamy, meaty, delicious broth into which she can add the vegetables, mushrooms, or eggs of your choice!
How cool is that? Order a cup of bone broth and drink it while you stand at our little counter–or, the “bone broth bar.”
And, of course, we can put it in a to-go cup! Now that’s Good to Go!
Welcome, Cooperstown Crier readers! The Crier’s story about Good to Go in today’s paper was written by Sam Aldridge, and includes quotes from an interview with Robin and Scott. Here’s an excerpt:
If you are lover of organic food, a fan of local produce, or occasionally at a loss for a tasty imaginative nosh, there will soon be an alternative.
The little red storefront nestled in the center of Cherry Valley, where the Nectar Hills Farm store once operated, will once again be open in the spring, but with a new business: Good To Go.
Created by Robin Supak, Good To Go will be a takeout restaurant offering a selection of healthy, organic and affordable food.
If you’d like to know more about investing in our start up farm-to-counter takeout restaurant, please visit the get involved page. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing: Scott at Supak dot com, or Robin at Supak dot com.
After decades of public hand-wringing about the empty calories and environmental impact of fast food, the farm-to-table notions that have revolutionized higher-end American restaurants have finally found a lucrative spot in the takeout line. The result already has a nickname: farm to counter.
“This is not a passing fad,” said B. Hudson Riehle, the research director for the National Restaurant Association, who added that locally grown food and sustainability were the top two customer priorities reported this year in the group’s annual poll of American chefs. “It’s only going to get stronger.”
My lease is signed, and 17 1/2 Main Street is waiting patiently for me to turn it into a tasty, healthy dynamo of a little kitchen. To do that, I’ll need a bank loan, and to get that, I need an impressive show of support. From Friends, Family, Sustainable Food Enthusiasts, Upstate Small Business Investors, and of course, the many that want to see our dear Cherry Valley flourish.
The bottom line is this: When I open, I will give this kitchen all I have: my heart and soul, blood, sweat and tears, and time and energy. The copious amount of encouraging words I’ve received has been overwhelming, but what I need from each of you now is another cliche altogether: put your money where your mouth is.
If you can’t afford a whole share, go in on one with somebody. That’s only fifty bucks: one for every year of my life that has led me to this very point. Please, I am raring to go. Literally: Good To Go. Help me get started: stomachs, palates, lives, minds, farms, the economy, the state, karma, earth…all these things will improve with this venture. Get excited with me.
If you plan to become a customer of Good to Go once we open, we will be using Dwolla as a payment system as well. It’s the least expensive electronic way to buy our local and organic food.
Real food, really easy: an affordable, healthy, organic, and local food takeout restaurant created by Robin Supak in Cherry Valley, NY (between Cooperstown and Sharon Springs). Open from noon to 7pm, with some exceptions. Closed Wednesday and Thursday. Check this site for updates.