What Does It Take To Start A Small Café In Iquitos?

by Captain Bill

What does it take to start a small café in Iquitos?

What does it take to start a small café in Iquitos Peru? Patience, time, money, hard work, and attention to detail is part of the answer. Maybe I’m making too big a deal out of this. How many restaurants are there in Iquitos? There must be thousands of them. They must just open up and work out the details as they go. I may be trying to over think this.

We have one of the best chefs in Iquitos and the upper Amazon. Judy has cooked nearly all of the meals ever served on Dawn on the Amazon Tours and Cruises. She will be cooking nearly all of the meals at the Dawn on the Amazon Café also, so I know they will be delicious.

We are practicing and refining our recipes that we developed on our cruises. We are studying just how much each dish costs per serving and what the miscellaneous expenses of running a café are before we decide how much we have to charge to make a profit. I am having a hard time narrowing down our choices of what should be on the menu. I only want 8 to 10 food items, but we have dozens of great recipes to choose from.

There are a hundred details to work out. I am trying to develop a simple system. I will not reinvent the wheel but I don’t want to be like any other restaurant in Iquitos either. The Dawn on the Amazon Café is unique.

I hope to open by January 25th, as organized as possible and up to full speed on the 1st day. I think we will be open from 8:00am to 9:00pm. Nothing is carved in stone. Everything can still change day to day. We are making it up as we go along. I feel like we are creating something special, but I guess you will be the ones to decide that. My goal is still for me to consider each item we serve to be the best in town. If I don’t feel like we cook it, blend it, rinse it or fix it, fresher and better than anyone else, we won’t serve it.

What Does It Take To Start A Small Café In Iquitos?

Bill Grimes, is the self appointed restaurant critic of Iquitos from Dawn on the Amazon.

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1 leo jones January 18, 2010 at 11:54 am

I’m looking forward to the cafe opening. I hope you will have some vegetarian food. I will probably bring my girls to the cafe for some cake and juice from time to time.

2 Captain Bill January 19, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Hi Leo, We will serve seven or eight vegetarian dishes; Steamed Vegetables With Quinua, (the Andean grain of the Incas, high in protein) Delicious Holiday Corn and Potato Soup, brown rice with toasted Brazil nuts, (the best rice ever), herbed baked potato, corn bread baked from my grandma’s recipe, fresh vegetable salad with Sacha Inchi Oil and lime juice dressing, and a tropical fruit salad. Our most fantastic signature dish is Grandma’s spring fresh fish fillet steamed with vegetables. I know you will enjoy the best vegetarian food in Iquitos. Thanks for leaving a comment.

Bill Grimes

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