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The end of the Mexican Food

Discussion in 'Food' started by geoffw, 9th Apr, 2016.

  1. geoffw

    geoffw Moderator Staff Member

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    Some of you may be aware that we run a Mexican food stall in a local market, under cover in a permanent site (The Old Bus Depot Markets) every Sunday. We've been doing this for about five years. Several have come by to say hello.

    Tomorrow that stops.

    We've sold it- and for the first time in ten years (I previously owned two Subway stores) we will have weekends free.

    My wife is Mexican; the food is "semi authentic". Some dishes are very authentic, a few are more Tex Mex, and we serve them because people want them.

    We have been trying to sell for some time. We were on the verge of selling last year when the owners (the ACT Government) raised the rent 40% in one go. Of course, this reduced profits substantially, and made it an unattractive proposition to potential buyers.

    Late last year, one of the other stalls got sold. They had been doing a good trade in bacon and egg rolls. They told us that the new Muslim owners didn't want to serve these, so we contacted the managers and asked them if we could sell them. They were quite angry with us, and told us that the new owners must sell them. They were adamant that they would not.

    The next week, nobody was selling them. This upset a lot of the other stallholders, who had a tradition of eating them as soon as they set up their own stalls.

    Late the next week, the managers contacted us. We would be allowed to sell them.

    This has been really helpful to us. It lifted up the bottom line again to a level where we would be able to sell finally for the price we had bought it.

    We are selling to people we know- a young Mexican couple who will have the energy to take it further. They have a vision for using this as a springboard. We're too old for that energy.

    And I'm looking forward to being completely out of the food business.

    BTW the name of the business is Taco Way Food. As in Taco Way takeaway.
     
  2. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    Now back to your permanent gog in IT eh @geoffw?
     
  3. geoffw

    geoffw Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes, back to my permanent non paid "gog" working for a startup.
     
  4. Biz

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    Halal bacon FTW.
     
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    I was in Canberra two weeks ago. If I'd remembered I would have dropped in, Mexican food is one of my favourites.
     
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  6. geoffw

    geoffw Moderator Staff Member

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    The kosher section at a Coles supermarket has "Facon" which is a vegan preparation. Apparently there is halal bacon made from oner animals. But there's really no substitute for a greasy streaky bacon.

    I did have muslim employees at Subway who didn't object to serving bacon or ham. The gloves may have helped.
     
  7. Chilliblue

    Chilliblue Well-Known Member

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    You and your wife are welcome for a say in Sydney. Just let me know what to stock in the pantry and cellar.:)
     
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    datto Well-Known Member

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    So it's Adios to Taco Geoff or is that ahi nos vemos?
     
  9. Terry_w

    Terry_w Solicitor, Finance Broker, CTA Business Member

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    my Jewish and Muslim friends love bacon.
     
  10. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    But only on Saturdays and Fridays respectively.
     
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  11. geoffw

    geoffw Moderator Staff Member

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    I once had a Chinese friend who was married to a Jewish girl. Her family told him that they couldn't get pork for themselves- however if he happened to bring over a leg of pork then they would be able to partake.
     
  12. Darlinghurst Boy

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    I must admit bacon sandwiches are nice..
     
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    great news Geoff. What do you plan on doing on your weekends off. My hubby has a real problem with doing nothing :( I need to find something to do to help ease him into taking more time off.
     
  14. geoffw

    geoffw Moderator Staff Member

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    I have a very long honey do list. The house has been neglected for a long time.
     
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    DaveM Adelaide Buyers Agent & KFC Strategist Business Member

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  16. geoffw

    geoffw Moderator Staff Member

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    The stall will still be there. Except run by different people.
     
  17. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    I've got an Asian friend married to a Croat. Their kids are Cro-Asian ;)
     
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    That's something to Cro about I guess.
     
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    geoffw Moderator Staff Member

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