“Owner Lary Hoffman says it all came down to a lack of sales.”
I hope this answers, once and for all, the query put forth by AKB et al as to why there are not more vegan options in the area.
Have any of you been to GH? That used to be my go to spot when I lived down the street from there. In fact, I remember when Larry worked there as a bartender and ended up buying the place from the old owner (whose name escapes my mind right now).
It’s a hipster joint. Vegan food is appropriate there.
try the meatloaf grilled cheese sandwich. it will blow your mind.
You know, Gabby1, NovaSteve, Deadite, etc. You folks misunderstand the Galaxy Hut owner. He was not selling the right way or even the right thing. The food had little or no flavor. Vegan does not mean no flavor. I mean, really, who are these owners/chefs? It is like they got up one morning, hey, why not I open a vegan restaurant? Their motto: Built it and they will come. No, no, no! You have to work at it. See Chipotle (view the discussion). I think having two separate grills (vegan and meats) is fine. I hope they have chefs/servers who understand the distinction! Here is hoping Galaxy Hut will be successful.
But, the GH did not have an effective marketing strategy with a stand-out menu. Therefore, their standard grip: lack of sales.
Watch Alec Bladwin in Glengarry Glen Ross. ABC: Always Be Closing (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCf46yHIzSo). The guy will not walk on the lot, lest he wants to buy.
Ergo, the customer does not come to GH, less she wants to eat there with friends. How do you sustain their visit (so they comes again and again)? That’s where they did not get it right. Their marketing and menu did not meet the target audience. Example: Teaism is doing fine.
It’s not the defective product he was pushing, it was the way he communicated. He didn’t spend enough time telling the vegan story or constructing the right narrative to accompany what was obviously the right solution. It’s not enough to get the policy right, you have to really get out there and advertise what you’re doing, run a couple victory laps around the meat eaters, etc. You can’t really blame him for any shortcomings though; I mean, look at the omnivorous neighborhood and patronage he inherited from the previous owner. It’s going to take close to a decade to dig his way out of that hole.
@Newty25. The owner before Lary was Alice.
Other than tater tot fetishists, does anybody really go to the Galaxy Hut to eat? Why fill up on food when there is so much delicious beer.
Do they serve guinness there? Because it isn’t vegan.
@NS, do you ever read the linked articles? do you ever run out of questions?
Galaxy Hut is NO LONGER vegan. So, how the F can you even come up with you question? I bet your Dad loved driving you to the beach for summer vacations. Are we there yet? Can I get out to pee? Are we there yet? Why are you turning around? :-)
Yes, instead of “are we there yet?” NS would ask, “why aren’t we there yet?” and his dad would answer “Liberals…its their fault”
Or, upon arrival, Dad saids, “Finally, we are here!” to which little novastevie replies. NO! we aren’t there yet! You are denying reality!” To which Dad replies, “Look shut the F up, or I’m taking you back to the hobo park where I found you!”
He could definitely challenge the kid in Uncle Buck for the record of consecutive questions asked…..they just never stop.
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