“No thanks Hiram, perhaps some herb tea?” Chris replied, “Susan found a place at the harbor.”
“Oh, I forgot about that place,” Hiram was remembering the former owners as he spoke, “Nice people, up from the ‘Cities. They tried really hard and knew food; they just didn’t understand business. Closed a decade ago.”
“I mentioned our grandson was coming, right?” Kiwi was grinning widely, “Well—he’s here.”
Season 8—Chapter 2—The Harbor—Episode 6:
Continuing our story-line at Silverthorn’s Café… “May I introduce you to our grandson Grey Wolf James Silverthorn, he is Sam and Susan’s son. He’s the young man I told you about,” Kiwi brought the herb tea—with her poor grandson in tow, “He may be looking for a new…opportunity.”
“Nice to meet you, Grey Wolf,” Susan, ever-outgoing and ready to meet new people, smiled, “We’ve heard a lot about you.”
“Please, it’s ‘Jimmy’ or ‘Jim.’ While I honor my Native values & heritage, I like to keep it simple and save ‘Grey Wolf’ for more formal settings.”
“If everything works out, Jim,” Chris had been looking over the paperwork, “Susan will be opening a new restaurant in the harbor area, and…”
“…I’ll need a manager for my place, Seven Tables, in Williams’ Station,” Susan completed that which Chris had begun.
“Williams’ Station is an Historic interpretive site, with everyone in costume, right?”
“Yes, and it’s a lot of fun—at least I think it is.”
“It sounds interesting,” young Silverthorn replied, “But I haven’t all that much experience—yet. I’m currently an assistant manager with only about six month’s experience.”
“At a chain restaurant, right?”
“Ummm, that’s right,” Grey Wolf replied a bit cautiously—he was intrigued and didn’t want to mess-up an opportunity while being honest.
“Good! You probably haven’t been corrupted by corporate management yet.”
“They’re trying,” Grey Wolf replied and then told Susan of his frustrations working in a chain restaurant.
As he told his story, Chris had been studying the details of possible transaction for the restaurant, and it looked pretty good. It was a foreclosure with the bank willing to look at almost any offer as they wanted to get the place off their books, “Susan, excuse me a moment. The asking price is not out of line for the condition of the building, and the house is in good shape. I recommend a slightly-below asking price offer—how much are you willing to make on a down-payment?”
“All of it.”
“Sure, offer 50% of asking and see if that has wings. If not, we can go as high as 75%, but no higher.”
“I’ll call Philomena.”
To be Continued…
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