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Ripping off the Band-Aid

Ouch, this is gonna hurt.” That’s a thought we have all had when we’ve had to make the decision about whether to pull a Band-Aid off quickly or slowly.  I’m not sure if either way is really better.  But for me, I tend to be a “rip it off!” kind of guy.

I’ve made a lot of decisions that way. Once I’ve set my mind to something I’ve typically just gone ahead and done it. In my life now, that’s not so easy. Because decisions seem bigger now after my health issues over the last two months. I really didn’t anticipate becoming a “cardiac patient.” It runs in the family, but I’ve always led the lifestyle that meant I stood a better chance of beating the odds and having it skip my generation. I was wrong.

Anyway, back to the Band-Aid pulling. I’ve had to make some hard decisions over the lately and found myself reticent to rip the Band-Aid off. But this week I did just that. Because of a variety of issues, the main being my health, but also because of where I want the rest of my life (our lives, Codie and I) to go, I had to make a decision about The Vegetable Bar.

We love that place. It’s part of who we are in Cuenca. Part of how people associate with us when they see us in Supermaxi or in another restaurant. We created it from scratch with an idea to give good food to people on a dependable basis. We also liked being a “gringo hangout.” Because, while we have Ecuadorian friends who we really like, we also have a lot of gringo friends we’ve made thru the restaurant.

Look, I’m just slowly pulling the Band-Aid here now. Okay, so, we (more me than we) made a decision to close The Vegetable Bar. As you probably already know, we decided to sell it when I became sick. And we planned on letting that play out for a while. But it just wasn’t working for us. Once the decision was made, there is no putting that genie back in the bottle.

So, this week we decided to close it on June 25th and begin to sell off the equipment after that. We pulled the Band-Aid off.

And then the phone rang. And things have changed again…in a sense. We are still parting from The Vegetable Bar (and closing the location at The Castle on June 25th), but we are happy to say that someone is taking it over and going to turn it into a smaller version of itself, focused as much on eat-in as eat-out (i.e., delivery). And they are moving it to Ordonez lasso, across from the Edificio Riverview.

They are planning on re-opening the place in late July. They’ll have the same phone number, email, website, Facebook page and all that jazz. They’ll even have the same swirl color cups and the same menus. And, the new owners are a gringo and an Ecuadorian. So, while things didn’t work out exactly as we had hoped, things fell into place pretty well. We know the concept we created will live on and we also know that there will still be a place for gringos to go see a friendly face and eat good food. And I’ll still be able to get a good salad. Because as some of you know, that’s why we opened The Vegetable Bar in the first place!

In the end, ripping that Band-Aid off quickly was the best thing to do. It forced us to make a hard decision, it gave us a chance to tell regular clients what was going on and it opened up the possibility of the restaurant continuing on in another form.

All in all, I’m happy. Now I can still get that salad, I can join a Trivia game every once in a while, and I can drive by the new place and say, I’m glad to have been a part of that!

But most of all, I’m so happy to have met so many of you all thru the restaurant. We’ve got a lot of really good friends because of it and now we will get to go out to dinner with them in some of Cuenca’s other great eateries! All in all, a good trade. Thanks for letting us be a part of your life over the last 4 years. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

5 thoughts on “Ripping off the Band-Aid

  1. Michael// I have had the great pleasure of meeting and knowing you and Cody // I know you will live a long healthy life with a good perspective as you have / I do like the new location . I am sure we will come across may times in future .. stay well

  2. Thank you, Michael, for your support of Azuay Community Theater, allowing us to attend functions to sell tickets in all your locations, and always being a positive supporter of what we do! Wishing you and Codie the best! Deana Culp and ACT Board

  3. If I may ask, did Tutto Matto sell or liquidate assets? I thought I would ask since I haven’t seen a “Cuenca’s best restaurant is for sale” classified ad recently.

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