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Old 03-26-2020, 11:02 AM   #1
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Default Village Kitchen

Haven't weighed in for a while so I thought I'd get my .02 cents in.
Haven't seen anything like this since I started in the restaurant business (1972 Longwood Farms...now Canoe) but I feel like one of the lucky ones. Things could be worse.
We have no mortgage and save diligently through the lucrative summer months so we can get through the winter months without laying anyone off.
We will get through this no matter how long it takes.
We have a wonderful crew and while we are only able to keep 4 key people on during the crisis, we had to lay off the rest. That is heartbreaking. Even part timers have rent, car payments, food to buy and kids to care for. We were able to give a weeks severance to servers to carry them over until the unemployment checks come in but that only helps a little.
The other good news is that NH dept of Labor is really doing a great job responding so far. They have replied to inquiries and checks are starting to come in.
Also the stimulus bill that just passed includes increased benefits for extended periods.
We are serving limited menu for take out from 4-7 during tues through sat and it is going well. Certainly not paying the bills but giving us something to do. We're going to try breakfast on Sunday and if it goes well we'll do Saturdays as well.
Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this crisis and have so much respect for the brave people who are working in health care and even the stores and gas stations.
If we are all practicing enhanced sanitation, we can get through this.
Looking forward to getting open again.
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Old 03-27-2020, 08:06 AM   #2
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Well said Bob. Prime Rib tomorrow (Sat) PM?
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Bob the VK will be my first stop when I get to the lake in early June. Second stop will be red hill dairy
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Old 05-23-2020, 07:14 PM   #4
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Never-fail prime rib takeout tonight. It was delicious, as usual. They weren’t busy at 6:00 so there wasn’t a wait. If you haven’t done it yet, you’re in for a treat!
Don’t forget some extra $$$ for the help...they deserve it.
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Old 05-24-2020, 07:25 AM   #5
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I have planned six dinners for the fam and I have NEVER planned six dinners ahead until now. That said, one of those dinners is Red Hill Dari for fried clams (for me), lobster rolls for the rest of the fam. Hang in there! This too shall pass and we'll not take our Moultonboro standards for granted.
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Old 05-26-2020, 06:20 PM   #6
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We just drove from our poor under- reconstruction homestead past the V.K. and we think we spotted some tents ......meaning we can all enjoy some tasty meals overlooking the Ossipees. We are hoping that this is a reality, and that it’s a success!

Sorry, folks! False alarm! No outdoor dining!
Do the takeout dinners, however....you will be pleased.

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We just drove from our poor under- reconstruction homestead past the V.K. and we think we spotted some tents ......meaning we can all enjoy some tasty meals overlooking the Ossipees. We are hoping that this is a reality, and that it’s a success!

Sorry, folks! False alarm! No outdoor dining!
Do the takeout dinners, however....you will be pleased.
Turkey dinner to go is perfect, like next day Thanksgiving... perfect

I was going to edit but the 2 perfects are apt!
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Old 06-05-2020, 08:22 PM   #8
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I was trying to figure a way for restaurants like the V.K. to survive the constraints of social distancing inside. I think this could be worth a try: in addition to limited inside seating, how about expanding the takeout service, with “family dinner specials”, featuring a different family special for 4 (or 2) each night? Tuesday night: whole roasting chicken, potatoes, gravy, cranberry, squash; Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, etc...other offerings. I would think that this might work especially since people are wary of inside gatherings. If we ever get our house back, we’ll be able to take more advantage than right now. I think this might have possibilities for other restaurants, as well.

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aren't they opening a location in wolfeboro ? I heard the food is good. cant wait to try the new location!
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aren't they opening a location in wolfeboro ? I heard the food is good. cant wait to try the new location!
The Farmers Kitchen in Farmington has opened a second location in Wolfeboro at the Wolfeboro Diner location downtown wolfeboro.

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Old 06-25-2020, 10:36 AM   #11
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We went to the VK last night with friends...you could say we’re regulars. Another tasty home-cooked meal, fun conversation, pleasant server, and the place was almost empty! Come on, folks....join the fun, enjoy good food, and support the local economy. If you’re worried about the dreaded virus, you can eat outside and enjoy taking in the Ossipee mountains.
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We went to the VK last night with friends...you could say we’re regulars. Another tasty home-cooked meal, fun conversation, pleasant server, and the place was almost empty! Come on, folks....join the fun, enjoy good food, and support the local economy. If you’re worried about the dreaded virus, you can eat outside and enjoy taking in the Ossipee mountains.
Thanks for supporting us SDN...you've always been in our corner.
We are so slow......hoped that things would pick up after we were allowed to open inside but it didn't happen.
We have always had an older clientele ...locals and snowbirds and they are not ready to take chances right now. Totally understand that.
Thankfully, the Red Hil Dari is doing great and that's helping a lot.
Drive in's, outside dining and restaurants that cater to younger people are doing well. We are struggling but will get get through this.
Have an awesome crew that's with us all the way.
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Thanks for supporting us SDN...you've always been in our corner.
We are so slow......hoped that things would pick up after we were allowed to open inside but it didn't happen.
We have always had an older clientele ...locals and snowbirds and they are not ready to take chances right now. Totally understand that.
Thankfully, the Red Hil Dari is doing great and that's helping a lot.
Drive in's, outside dining and restaurants that cater to younger people are doing well. We are struggling but will get get through this.
Have an awesome crew that's with us all the way.
Samiam, you are entirely welcome. Many of us get a kick out of the VK
and go pretty frequently. One thing I’ve noticed is this: when you see a happy group of people working in a restaurant...or anywhere...you can be fairly certain that they are being treated very well by the owner or management of the establishment. That’s why you have an awesome crew that’s with you all the way.
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Thanks for supporting us SDN...you've always been in our corner.
We are so slow......hoped that things would pick up after we were allowed to open inside but it didn't happen.
We have always had an older clientele ...locals and snowbirds and they are not ready to take chances right now. Totally understand that.
Thankfully, the Red Hil Dari is doing great and that's helping a lot.
Drive in's, outside dining and restaurants that cater to younger people are doing well. We are struggling but will get get through this.
Have an awesome crew that's with us all the way.
SAMIAM: I really do hope you consider accepting credit cards (no, I do not want to use the ATM machine).

Cash is so dirty to handle!

I don't mind paying you an extra 3%. Your sales will increase and it'll make your close out so much easier each day.

Hope you give it some serious thought as I really love your VK establishment and a lot of your customers may have the same feeling regarding the handling and transfer of cash!
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SAMIAM: I really do hope you consider accepting credit cards (no, I do not want to use the ATM machine).

Cash is so dirty to handle!

I don't mind paying you an extra 3%. Your sales will increase and it'll make your close out so much easier each day.

Hope you give it some serious thought as I really love your VK establishment and a lot of your customers may have the same feeling regarding the handling and transfer of cash!
Totally understand TimeTraveler and sorry we're not ready to do that yet.
Thought of using UV light but did some research and found that CDC and other health groups reported very little chance of transmitting COVID through paper currency or coin.
Glad to take personal checks or maybe bring correct amount so you don't need change back.
Every other precaution is taken...….trying to be as safe as we can be
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On the other hand, we have not been taking cash during all this and some people get mad that we are not taking it. So you can't please everybody.
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Hi Sam--not ready to dine in yet, but I would like to help. Are you selling gift certificates?
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Hi Sam--not ready to dine in yet, but I would like to help. Are you selling gift certificates?
That is an excellent idea! That should certainly help the current situation, and people will feel more comfortable about dining out as time goes on. Sounds like a winning plan!
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Thanks FlyingScot…….yes we do sell them
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Hey Samian ...... you could sell VK gift certificates worth $100 at a half price discount price for $50 ....... not good to use till January, 2021, and then use the money to go to Florida, next winter ...... what a plan ...... ha-ha-ha ..... !
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Hey Samian ...... you could sell VK gift certificates worth $100 at a half price discount price for $50 ....... not good to use till January, 2021, and then use the money to go to Florida, next winter ...... what a plan ...... ha-ha-ha ..... !
Why didn't I think of that?
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Ate at the VK for breakfast Friday and dinner on Saturday............both meals were fantastic as usual. The facility appears clean, neat and tables are set up with appropriate distances from other tables. The service (Anna, always so nice!) was exceptional. A note about how serious the VK Team are taking precautions; menus were being cleaned constantly, masks worn by the entire staff, sugar being brought in packets (by request only) and even then, on a plate.

We're thrilled to be back where comfort, consistently great food, and exceptionally prompt/friendly service are the constant.

Glad you and the team are back Samiam................wishing you all the best. BTW, the outside tables and the surrounding area look fantastic!

WELL DONE!!!
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