Tuesday, November 24, 2009

How Do They Stay in Business?

So, I found myself strolling along Connecticut Ave. in Dupont a couple of days ago, and I stumbled upon the recently opened Smoothie King just north of Q Street. It was in the middle of a Sunday afternoon, and I noticed that they were closed. A bit odd, I thought, until I noticed the hours posted on the door.

Now tell me, how do they stay in business with hours like that? What clientele are they aiming for? "The lunch crowd is simply too overwhelming. And forget about afternoons and evenings. I know, let's only open for a few hours in the morning, but never past noon."

Am I missing something?

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am guessing they stay open til 12:00 AM (aka midnnight).

mony said...

Yep, I think Anonymous is right. Smoothie King hasn't actually opened yet, which explains why you couldn't get a Smoothie on Sunday afternoon.

Anonymous said...

I concur with the two above. It is new and hasn't opend yet, which is why it wasn't open when you walked by. And I assume it will be open until midnight, which would be the same hours a Smoothie King would generally be open.

Anonymous said...

+1 to all the above.

Mr. 14th & You said...

That would certainly make sense...I guess I thought they had already opened. I also thought an overly zealous ANC commissioner had somehow gotten involved and forced Smoothie King into a voluntary agreement that forbid them from being open past noon...

Katherine Meariman said...

This location is in the final stages of the opening process. We hope to be open this weekend.

Thanks.
Smoothie King

Sean Robertson said...

Katherine, a "Coming Soon" sign would have gone a long way. ;-) Changing 12:00 to midnight would really help, too.

Anonymous said...

Just an FYI to the moderator's response to comments -- Voluntary Agreements are only ever negotiated when an establishment seeks a liquor license from the ABC. DCRA handles licensing matters for non-alcohol serving businesses and ANC involvement is unnecessary.

Mr. 14th & You said...

Anon - FYI, I was kidding with my VA comment.

Christy said...

I know this time issue has been resolved, but I really AM tired of places that are only open for bkfst and lunch in this town. Not all of us work in downtown DC and would like to try some of them...c'mon! At least stay open late a few nights a week!! :( *pout*

Anonymous said...

A technical point here: "am" means before noon, and "pm" means after noon. There's no such thing as "12:00 am." It doesn't mean midnight; it means the person who wrote it is confused. Say "noon" or "midnight" or "12:00 noon" or "12:00 midnight."