[thechat] My baby is one year old!

Madhu Menon chef at shiokfood.com
Thu Nov 25 08:01:06 CST 2004

Hey guys.

No, I haven't had a kid in secret without telling you. ;)

My restaurant, Shiok, actually turns one year old on 12 December. It's an 
unbelievable feeling. In fact, it doesn't feel like a year at all. It 
doesn't seem that long ago that I decided to chuck a 7+ year career in IT 
to follow a lifelong passion and set up a restaurant.

The first 6 months was a tough struggle as I tried to establish my niche in 
this city after being taken to the cleaners by my incompetent architects. 
(60% over budget and two months behind schedule wiped out my marketing budget.)

The only thing that kept us afloat was our reputation for the food we 
served, which got us a small group of loyal evangelising customers. They 
spread the word when we had no money to spend on any serious advertising. 
We clawed our way back into an operational break-even stage and we're still 
standing, thankfully.

I just wanted to share that with you folks because I told thechat about my 
plans before I broke it to many of my other friends and family members.

I'm planning a special event to celebrate, so I'd appreciate any 
suggestions for what we should do to make it special.



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Madhu Menon
Shiok Far-eastern Cuisine
Indiranagar, Bangalore

Chef's Notes: http://www.shiokfood.com/notes/

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