For those of you who missed my web introduction: I am Terry the owner of the Blackbird Cafe and Tavern! I am very excited about this new adventure.
“It’s a lot of work..” “Way to follow your dreams!” “Wow! What a leap of faith.” “It’s a lot of work..” “I’ve always wanted to do something like that.” and finally, “It’s a lot of work.” …the many reactions I receive from people sum up best how I am feeling!
It is all of those things. The other question I got from people was, “Why?!?”
Why?!! Why. I started bussing tables at a steak house when I was 14, and my life changed. Instantly I became a part of an eclectic family of people from ages 14 to 74. With wide-eyes, I watched the hard work, dedication, and intensity of these new people in my life. I was teased, taught, cared for, yelled at, apologized to, every shift I worked — and I loved every crazy moment of it! By the time I was 18, I had worked as a bagel girl, short order cook, barista and waitress and had begun to dream of owning my own cafe/bagel/coffee/steak house…did I mention I was a teenager?!
But the reality of putting together the funding, the dream, the business plan (ick!!) wasn’t in the cards for me yet. I had a good 20 years of growing up to do. And although that always included a shift somewhere at a dining establishment, I continued to dream and explain — in great detail — to my husband my ideas.
As our lives started to veer into child raising, I started to set my ideas aside…maybe when I retire I could have a little coffee shop, or cafe, or B&B I told myself. I removed all my restaurant experience from my resume, and set my mind to my other passion: education. But it was while I was teaching 5th grade…I was living in Indian Hills, enjoying my small zoo of chickens, cats, and alpacas, when I happened to drive by the old Bear Creek Tavern. I noticed this sign. A tiny little sign out of the corner of my eye: “For Sale.”
Finally after all the years of dreaming, the ability to put together funding, the ability to put together a coherent, in-depth(!) business plan (yes, still: ick) it all came together. With the help of some very awesome family and friends, here I am ready to start this new chapter. And I am so excited that I found the opportunity to share my new Family-Owned Cafe and Tavern with this mountain community.
Next up: finishing up renovations, finalizing the menu, and getting this Cafe & Tavern open!! It’s subject to change, but I am aiming for early to mid-October.
Owner of the Blackbird Cafe and Tavern