We’ll be open tomorrow, Aug 15, at 11am. We apologize to all the people who came by today during power outages and various other mechanical difficulties. We wound up being closed most of today. Happily, we will be open tomorrow morning at 11 am. Our menu and prices are always subject to change so please check this site for the latest information on the daily deliciousness.
Good to Go will open at 11 am, today, August 14, 2016, and stay open a bit later depending on business. We recommend calling ahead or checking this space for recent changes in the menu or hours. Our menus will change regularly, thanks to all you wonderful, hungry people, and the great variety of food available.
Good to Go is finally going! As you can see from the new link at the top of the page, we have a takeout menu now! Check it out here, or download the PDF version of the Good to Go Takeout Menu for printing.
Remember, the menu does change regularly, so be sure to check the board when you come in for specials and changes.
If all goes well, our organic and local takeout food restaurant will be open next week, in historic Cherry Valley New York, between Cooperstown and Sharon Springs.
We’re putting the finishing touches on everything now (although we will probably never actually be finished) and plan to open next week–gradually–starting Monday, August 8th.
We’ll have meatball subs made with organic, local, grass-fed, wagyu beef from Nectar Hills Farm, organic grass-fed beef bone broth (from the same young bull of wagyu beef), roast organic free-range chicken, organic & local garlic greens, organic pasta and grains, organic & fair trade coffee and tea, organic lavender lemonade, and other assorted organic and local treats.
We’ll post our full takeout food menu as soon as we finalize it.
Organic and Local Takeout Food Doesn’t Happen By Magic
Thanks to our graphic designer Harriet Spear for the wonderful window sign, stickers, business cards, and all our other graphics. Thanks to photographer Mark Reinertson for his photograph of Nectar Hills Farm which now graces our front window and the top of this site. Thanks also to Derrick Marshfield for being a great all around handyman and construction advisor.
And finally, we thank all our crowd-funders who bought shares! We couldn’t have done it without you. Every share we sold took us one small step in the right direction.
Equity shares in the LLC are still available. Find out more on the get involved page. Shares are $100, represent 0.1% of the company, and will be repurchased over five years while you continue to get your share of the net profits every year until we’ve purchased them all back.
Hello, real food lovers. At long last, we can say with confidence that Good to Go takeout restaurant will be opening this summer.
Every day it feels more real, and I am beaming with anticipation. The dream, so powerfully specific, is coming into laser focus, more so than a health food joint in Cherry Valley, New York, in 2016 might ever have expected.
Looks good so far, doesn’t it? The appliances fit VERY cozily on one side. On the other side, hot and cold water is running to a stunning array of sinks.
Meanwhile, our logo is “about to pop,” and the final push to sell the last 53 shares begins now.
Here’s what we need to open our doors:
an 8′ X 2′ edged, hinged counter
a cash register
a coffee/condiment station
Five thousand dollars is a serious sum, but it’s not insurmountable. Compared to the total investment so far (two years of our lives, a $22,000 vote of confidence by the county, and 40 individual shareholders), selling the last 50 shares (out of the original 200) becomes manageable. And it has to happen in the next couple of weeks.
Looking, briefly, at the demographics of our shareholders so far:
28 owners of a single share
5 couples that have bought 2 shares
Nationally, we have shareholders (not all of them family, LOL) in these states; Maine, North Carolina, New Jersey, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Nevada, Texas, and California
*NEW* Internationally, I’d like to welcome Jasmine Hatami, a brilliant artist (and our daughter’s namesake), who resides in London, and has been a class act in my heart since 1978
Foremost, Sonia Sola of Nectar Hills Farm, my favorite farm in the world. Sonia planted this dream in me, so “¡Of course!” it will flourish beautifully
Our talented and beautiful friend Vickie Whicker in Burlington Flats
Three wonderful women and mothers in the Roseboom area: Maureen Newman, Donna Harnett (buying another share in April, TY!), and Mrs. (Mary) Robinson
Springfield Town Supervisor Bill Elsey and family
*NEW* Jim Wolff, not afraid to put his local money where his mouth is, representing Fly Creek (with thanks to Sam Ross for the post that helped it happen)
Just nine, unfortunately, in Cherry Valley, counting one who is no longer here, again, unfortunately, but will surely visit. Other beloved Chervillian shareholders are Bill Issac, Kathy Minnig, Shirley Shue, Karen and Charlie Kremer, Ken Clark, Cody Alabach, Emy and Rich Frasca, Harriet Spear, and the devoted Dr. Michael Geci
I’m counting on folks here to buy food from me, of course, so I’ll give them a break, but it sure would be nice if some of the folks that promised to join us “eventually” would do so now. If you know anyone in this considerable crowd, please encourage them to buy a share, or share a share with someone.
Please remember, we will be doing the paperwork for everyone, so it isn’t something you, or they, will have to worry about at all. We’ll send the tax form for your profits (schedule K-1) with your annual share-of-the-profits check. Also, please remember the biscotti and grass-fed jerky (and probably lots of other things) are very mail-able.
As for me, I see my future, deliciously unbounded, and look forward to making bodies smile strongly for years to come.
The following is a letter from Robin Supak to people who live in the upstate area around Cherry Valley New York, including Sharon Springs, Richfield Springs, Roseboom, Cooperstown, and the surrounding towns:
Hello Real Food Lovers,
If you received this letter, it means someone you know thinks you’re interested in a more sustainable and nurturing community, a community where locally grown and prepared food is as important to the soul as fresh air and clean water.
Good to Go is a family-owned, local/organic take-out start-up restaurant that is so close to opening we can taste it, and it tastes amazing.
In July, we received a $22,100 micro-enterprise grant from Otsego County (beating out dozens of other applicants). The grant covers major equipment like an exhaust hood, range, refrigerators & freezers, a water heater, and sinks. Unfortunately, the grant doesn’t cover labor. Using a new crowd-sourcing strategy, we have been selling shares of Good to Go to family, friends, and neighbors for the past year, but we are still $8,000 shy of having the funds to open the store.
And that’s where you come in!
Investors of as little as $100 per share will be paid their share of the LLC profits annually. Six months after opening, we will begin buying back shares in 20 quarterly installments. Stockholders continue receiving their full share of the profits until all shares have been repurchased.
Your investment in this energetic new restaurant will provide Cherry Valley with:
• Locally grown organic meats and veggies
• Multi-day marinades that make even the leanest grass-fed meats succulent
• Sustainable seafood
• Nutritious & deliciously prepared non-GMO food, free of high fructose corn syrup & MSG
• Live foods, like smoothies, kefir, apple cider vinegar, and sprouted foods
• A chef with a fundamental understanding of bio-availability, food pairing & spicing for maximum vitamin, anti-oxidant, and enzymatic absorption
• Personal attention: I’ll make your dishes the way you want them, made with a mother’s love, remembering you & your family’s dietary quirks and restrictions. I’ll generally bend over backwards to make you happy. It’s my M.O.
Investing in Good to Go puts you in the company of distinguished local luminaries, such as: Dr. Michael Geci, Maureen Newman, Donna Harnett, Charlie & Karen Kremer, Rog & Dot Smith (Spurbeck’s Grocery), Angelica Palmer (Green Circle Accounting), Sonia Sola (Nectar Hills Farm), Springfield town supervisor Bill Elsey, and artists Kathy Minnig, Vicki Whicker, and Bill Issac. Acclaimed multidisciplinary designer Harriet Spear is earning shares creating our logo!
I hope you’ll want to join this growing community of healthy, dedicated people who appreciate the importance of locally grown, locally sourced, and most importantly, locally prepared & distributed food.
Good to Go, a new farm-to-counter takeout restaurant in Cherry Valley, has been awarded a $22,100 micro-enterprise grant from Otsego County. Good to Go focuses on local, regional, organic and other healthy food.
The story focuses on our finances and mentions that we’re still looking for investors. It also mentions our commitment to local and organic food, and why we think it’s important to feature local food–it’s fresher, healthier, better for the environment, and by featuring local food, we can keep our money in the local community.
The story also mentions our commitment to grass-fed meats, which are better for you, the animal, and the planet.
Good to Go is happy to announce that we have been awarded an Otsego County Micro-Enterprise Grant! This will help us buy the equipment and materials we need. However, we still need investors–including workers willing to be paid in shares (each share is a 0.1% equity stake in the company and is worth $100). Please go to our Get Involved page for more information on investing (money or time) in our crowd-funded enterprise.
My update (at long last, I know, and I appreciate everyone’s patience) brings very good news.
The micro-enterprise grant Scott so painstakingly applied for in February was awarded to us. Out of about sixty businesses, two were chosen, and we got $22,100 out of the possible $35,000.
Basically, we won! The great County of Otsego, in its infinite wisdom, has decided to believe in me in the form of putting their $ where their mouth is, just as all of you caring folks have. I am so deeply grateful and honored, and I cannot wait to get started.
We reworked the business plan start-up costs to accommodate the new figure, and are waiting (more waiting! Whatever, Rome wasn’t built in a day or even in a year and a half) to sign on the dotted line and find out exactly what we can spend the money on. So far all we know is none may be spent on labor. I am hereby spreading the word that I am looking for people willing to work for shares and/or food down the line. I’ll paint myself, but I need:
a general contractor
The grant allows us to not have to go to the bank for a loan, practically guaranteeing Good To Go’s success, as our break even mark is so much drastically lower. But I still have to open; I hope by Labor Day (fitting, no?). It will take more money than I have to get there, as even my part-time gallery job is gone now.
If I can’t “gladly pay Tuesday for a hamburger today” where labor is concerned, I need to sell more shares. That worries me because it took a whole year of selling myself just to get to the nest egg of 65 shares, and 37 of those are family!
My hope is, now that I have Otsego County’s endorsement, people that have considered investing will jump to my side of the fence now that success is so likely. So please, encourage your peeps to join you on the Good To Go bandwagon, as we are absolutely, positively Good To Go.
In Food I Trust,
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 6pm, with some exceptions. Closed Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Check this site for updates.