You're right Tacachale, in that I'm not a restaurant person. That's why, if I were to do a restaurant there, I would hire the right person to operate it, find the best inputs to arrive at the right type, style, ambiance, menus, layout etc. I will of course, do my own research by visiting other restaurants, research books on layouts, invite ideas from all types of people with experience operating restaurants.
The idea would be to arrive at the best kind for the area. The good thing is that I have months to make decisions. I realize that I will have to pay the "main person" who operates the restaurant a good salary, perhaps even a percentage of the net, in order to achieve and maintain the excellence I envision we must have in order to be successful in the long run.
No matter what we do, we must not open a mediocre, poorly thought out operation. Given the time we have, there is no excuse for failing to create a place that will be a success, and a big draw for the area. I cannot except mediocrity under the circumstances. The bottom floor will be gutted completely within months. Seldom do operators have an opportunity to design the perfect layout, beginning with a gutted building.
So far, a unique restaurant is on the table, although a large coffee roaster operation is too, similar to Bold Bean. However, the latter, in my opinion will not offer as much revenue as would a place offering a full breakfast, an excellent lunch menu, and later, a unique evening menu for the area. Given the space available, we could of course, install a coffee roasting operation to the side. However, if so, it must enhance the overall concept, whatever that ends up being. The good thing is that we will be able to use the tables in the bookstore, the bookstore patio, and the those on the sidewalk, which is about 24 tables, along with the 15 to 20 tables inside the new operation. I would like to see a baking operation within, giving an ability similar to the old Worman's.
There are so many options. Let's hope that a few months will allow arrival at the best.