We are, in the simplest sense, your aspiring hosts.
The introductory post here gave you the basic rundown: three friends in Illinois with unrewarding jobs move to Seattle with aspirations of opening Their Own Thing. I don't feel I need to explain why we picked Seattle, needless to say it is an exponentially cooler place to live then anywhere in Illinois. However, why we think we can open and run a successful drinking establishment is a fair question. After all, every other person that's ever sat in a bar has had the thought to open up one of their own. What makes us any different from the rest of the barstool entrepreneurs out there?
That's a hard question to answer without coming off arrogant, so I'm not even going to try to avoid it. WE are the difference. The three of us have experience in several different areas of customer service, from retail sales to customer collections to yes, bartending. We know how to treat the people that do business with us, and we have the personalities and charisma necessary to keep them coming back. While that is arguably the easiest part of running a bar/tavern/what have you, all three of us also have the management experience on our resumes that has taught us how to actually RUN a business. The ability to each wear both hats simultaneously is probably our greatest strength.
At least that's what we're telling the investors. The very basic answer to that question is that we know how to have a good time, and we know how to guide others into a good time of their own. Chris and I both tended bar at the same place for a few months, and we more then doubled the business there without driving out any of the regulars. We have good tastes, and it helps in this business to be as genuinely likable as the three of us are. We understand that we're selling ourselves more then we're selling beer or wine, and we are extremely confident in our ability to do that.
When the doors finally open up, come on in and see for yourself. We'll be happy to have you.