Austin Cantina does about 1/2 of our week's business on Friday & Saturday night. Closing for a Friday night is very difficult because I'd hate to give up so much revenue.
This year 4th of July falls on a Friday. My experience is that people aren't going out to eat in Ballard on 4th of July. If we were by the waterfront, or near somewhere that people congregate to see fireworks that would be different. Most of the restaurant staff is convinced that we'll do no business at all, it will hardly be worth spending the day doing prep to open for a few hours and sit around while our customers are at BBQ's or at Gasworks Park waiting for the sky to explode.
If that is all there was to it, it would be a fairly easy decision to close. However, that is the first Friday after Seattle Metropolitan Magazine comes out with their "Best of Seattle, 2008" issue, which is expected to feature us in some way. There is potential to get some quite significant business from that exposure. If it weren't 4th of July, I'd expect to see 80 or more guests that night, with the 4th, maybe fewer than 30.
I just don't know how to resolve this. I'm strongly leaning toward being closed so that staff can spend the holiday with friends and family, but it isn't an easy decision.