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My business idea is to open female-friendly auto repair shops, complete with coffee, pastries, and manicures offered in the waiting room (change the "waiting room" into a "service room"). The main requirement would be for all the folks who work there to treat everyone with respect and to not try to snow people, particularly women. The walls would have large posters with illustrations of the engine, descriptions of what each main part does, and other posters explaining the purpose of service offerings.
Dave: Related to your idea, there are two local establishments in my area that have done something similar. The major difference is they are not high end. They are actually on the low end of the per person tab scale. One has one to three entrees on lunch menu, plus all sides are always the same. It's all comfort food. For example, Tuesday is Chicken and Noodles over mashed potatos with green beans and store bought dinner rolls. That's the only choice on Tuesday. Place is packed every day.

The second place thas three items every day. Chicken, ham and roast beef with veggie sides. That's it. Again, the place has people lined up to get in.

Dave Munson said:
Most people order only one or two different things each time they go to the same restaurant. They only do that because they haven't tried the other ones and know that they like the plate they got last time How about a restaurant that only has 7 dishes. But, each one of those dishes is the best stinking (not literally) dish you have ever tasted in that category. Nothing in the restaurant is just okay. After the waiter takes their order, and before the food is served, he could bring them a sample of the food that they didn't order. Then, after the bill is delivered, the waiter can say, "So, you tried # 4, but it's nothing compared to #6. See your tomorrow".

Best regards,

Dave Munson
Saddleback Leather Co.
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