Sunday, October 18, 2009

See Ya Next Week!

Taking a quick vacation to freshen up the old brain. Just want to say thanks to all of you who signed up on our Facebook page. We look forward to keeping you up-to-date on events, menu changes, specials, our community work, etc..

See ya in a week,


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Your Vacation Starts Now!

That has always been the goal with You our Guests- give ya something more than just eating. We are taking it a few steps beyond the norm with the new location at the Airport. After all, why wait until you get to your final destination to start having Fun!

The design process is always interesting because it evolves as we think through every aspect of the guest experience. Not only should the service be our usual friendly atmosphere (sometimes ‘in your face’ approach), but we want you to get in that ‘mood’ of being someplace else. We’ve got a few little treats like full-size Cabanas where you can dine in privacy, or just enjoy the ambiance & illusion of being at the Beach. Bryan will be working on some tropical treats with Kathleen & Eddie, and Mike & Aaron will be testing some foods that give you the taste of the tropics. Now throw in a ‘beach display’ complete with sand, surf and maybe a beach buggy….. and voila…You’ve got the beginning of a whole new Beaches!

Besides all that fun, we’ve got a cool event coming up for Halloween. That would be the Howl-o-ween Barkfest. Marilyn and the Team at Vancouver have been working on a fun way to raise money for the local Humane Society, and give you something different for this crazy holiday. Make sure you look under events and get signed up. Yea, bring the dog!

As a final note, we’re always looking to make Beaches better, so drop me a note with your suggestions, thoughts, or just plain wild ideas.

See ya soon, Mark

Thursday, October 8, 2009

What's Happenin'!

Thanks for tapping into our world. I opened Beaches in 1995 (Thursday, June 1st, 1995 at 4:00pm with our first Guest Debbie to be exact), and it’s just been a cool ride ever since. Our goal here is to give you an experience- it’s got to be more than just eating. To do that you need a team of people who truly care about YOU. Since day one, I’ve been lucky to work with 100’s of people who have challenged us to be better.

I hope you get that feeling every time you visit the Beach!

Now, let me tell ya what I’ve been doing. It’s been busy lately working on the new restaurant at the Airport, which is currently operating as the Rose City CafĂ©. After the first of the year we will close it down, take over the Pendleton Store space, and turn it into a very ‘Tropical’ Beaches. We are in the design phase right now which also includes a take-out concept for those people on the ‘fly’. You’re gonna love it!!

We had a great Summer at Beaches Vancouver, and the Beaches Summertime Cruisin’s were a big success once again. Our Sponsors were a big help in our efforts to raise money for local kids, as well as all those Hot Rod & Bike enthusiasts. You probably know our main sponsors, but let me remind you . . .Les Schwab; The Columbian Newspaper; Maletis/Budweiser/Widmer; The Garage; Fred Meyer; and Umpqua Bank. We couldn’t raise the big bucks without them- please show them your support. I should have the final numbers as to the amount raised in about a week.

As a final note, just want to thank my teams at Vancouver & Rose City. They truly do a great job day in and day out for one simple reason . . . they care. That’s what makes it Fun!

Chat at you in a week,