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Tough to Make a Business Run in Marathon...

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SHANEA

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Tough to Make a Business Run in Marathon...
« on: September 08, 2007, 10:02:45 PM »
Popular Marathon coffee bar ends run

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MARATHON There is one less place to get a bite to eat in Marathon after the closing of the Marathon Coffee Shop.

Paul Dupree re-opened the caf? last year after it had been closed for a period.

But Dupree and his wife Carolyn have become new parents and will not reopen the coffee shop.

The Gage hotel owns the building but Hotel Manager Wilma Schindler said there are no immediate plans for the caf? at this time.

But, because of the lack of restaurants in town, the hotel has opened Caf? Cenizo for breakfast in the mornings, Schindler said.

Of course, there is always Shirley's Burnt Biscuit Bakery and be sure to check out the menu.  Or course there are other places to dine at in Marathon.

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BigBendHiker

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Re: Tough to Make a Business Run in Marathon...
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2007, 07:01:23 AM »
That's too bad...I am sure those who ran it hated to see their dream go away.  I looked through the link of places to eat...the Courtyard Cafe is good...usually eat there before heading to BIBE.

BBH

Re: Tough to Make a Business Run in Marathon...
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2007, 12:40:13 PM »
Well, heck!

I'm so sorry that things did not work out for the Marathon Coffee Shop.

Sitting outside in the chilly morning air, sipping hot, strong coffee, and visiting with the unique array of locals and "those passing through" --while waiting for migas and their fresh, homemade salsa--was a staple of most of my trips to Big Bend.


"No, that did not happen to me.  You have me confused with someone else."

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SHANEA

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Re: Tough to Make a Business Run in Marathon...
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2007, 02:15:24 PM »


http://www.statesman.com/life/content/life/stories/travel/09/09/0909dining.html

Al

Interesting read Al.  Thanks.  I just don't see it.  There is a very long "low" season out there with few if any customers.  It's not like the locals that live out that way can afford big fancy meals all the time - perhaps on special occasions.  The economics of it just don't stand up.  Now, if you opened up a reasonable sized combo store with groceries, liquor/beer, provisions, supplies, etc. - you might get a draw - but I doubt it. 

Presidio County Population 2005 est. 7722
Brewster County Population 2005 est. 9079

That's not a lot of regular customers.   

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Re: Tough to Make a Business Run in Marathon...
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2007, 08:47:37 AM »
Sad... same here in Terlingua!!! I cannot even divuldge what a cook makes an hour after three years at the Starlight Cafe!!! Pathetic... but no options!!!
I am working myself 3 days a week... 4 to 10pm (a whole 18 hrs!!!) at LaKiva... I am the highest paid in town... (they really needed someone!) and I am definitely not doing this for the money... about 1 peanut an hour!!! BUT FUN!!!

What businesses need to do (and I know... easy to preach), would be to have somekind of Internet business selling goods to supplement the lack of business...

Be well...

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Re: Tough to Make a Business Run in Marathon...
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2007, 10:46:54 AM »
Sad... same here in Terlingua!!! I cannot even divuldge what a cook makes an hour after three years at the Starlight Cafe!!! Pathetic... but no options!!!
I am working myself 3 days a week... 4 to 10pm (a whole 18 hrs!!!) at LaKiva... I am the highest paid in town... (they really needed someone!) and I am definitely not doing this for the money... about 1 peanut an hour!!! BUT FUN!!!

What businesses need to do (and I know... easy to preach), would be to have somekind of Internet business selling goods to supplement the lack of business...

Be well...

Ara & Spirit



I hope you are still cooking there next time I'm out that way...  soon, very soon.  Perhaps as late as Thanksgiving perhaps as early as the 1st weeks in November...  If you need anything from the "outside" world, let me know.  Will advise before I head that way...  I want to make sure I have a dinner reservation...

Internet business?  Not brick and mortar?  Ah, the Internet is like CB radios, it's just a passing fad...    :cheesy:
« Last Edit: October 01, 2007, 10:48:29 AM by SHANEA »

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Re: Tough to Make a Business Run in Marathon...
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2009, 04:35:43 PM »
The Marathon Coffee Shop has re-opened and it's better than ever!  It's now "El Peppercorn Cafe & Marathon Coffee"  The Huevos Rancheros are Monstrously Good!

 


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