Long Term Regional Presence:
Four Corners Cafe has been in existence since the 1950's in Northeastern
Minnesota. The establishment closed in the fall of 2011. We purchased the
property outright from Wells Fargo Bank in April 2013. The Four Corners is a
well-known business that has significant importance to the local area for
several reasons. It was once once known for great food, a place to buy convenience items and fuel and a gathering place for locals to socialize.It is located at the intersections of Hwy 135 and Hwy 21 which
is ideal as a commercial location. Lake Vermilion is only 10-miles to the North
and is a premier fishing lake in Minnesota. The business has offered food for
many years along with an attached Country Store. Fuel sales were available as well. The Cafe, store and fuel services are a unique
combination; there is no similar business for many miles in any direction.
Historically, folks would purchase basic grocery items and the majority of
their fuel at the Four Corners rather than driving many miles away for
these services. Just as important is that the Four Corners provides a gathering place for locals to meet and socialize on a regular basis. The area direly needs "a place to go" Our vision is to re-establish this much needed business to the
area, offering the food, services and convenience that made it so popular in
the past. We have owned and operated two prior restaurants in Alaska and
believe the Four Corners has tremendous potential with the proper
administrative over-site that an owner/operator must put forth to be
successful. We also know that customer loyalty is critical to success. Local area customers are the backbone of this business.
What we are seeking and why:
We are seeking $75,000 to complete the remodel of the Four Corners. The funds will be used to replace the commercial septic system that the State has required of us prior to opening. Equipment needs to be replaced in the kitchen as well as new refrigeration systems. New flooring is required throughout the building as well as replacing the skirting on the outside of the building. The fuel tanks and pumps need to be inspected and tested for compliance. The remaining funds will be used to purchase start-up inventory and supplies as well as initial utilities costs for the first month or so.
In exchange for helping us get the Four Corners open and running we intend to offer contributors a series of customer loyalty perks described below. And of course one obvious fact is that folks will be able to once again have an opportunity to gather, eat and purchase necessities closer to home in a family atmosphere. We know there is tremendous interest in bringing the Four Corners back to life. We are doing our best to make it happen.
If we don't reach our entire goal we are hopeful we will acquire enough to get the cafe and store back in operation. In that event we will continue to look at ways to get fuel sales available once again.
Reopening the Four Corners is important to the area and to us personally as well. We have received a letter of support and recommendation from the Town Board as well as an anonymous financial contribution from someone during the Holidays. That's pretty humbling and impressive at the same time. It shows that there is sincere interest from the local area to bring the business back into operation. Back and even better is what we intend to do. We live on the property and will have the day to day presence that you must have in a Ma & Pa business. We owned and operated two food establishments in the past in Alaska, while both having full time day jobs and volunteering in our community. We know the commitment needed for a small business to survive.
With the re-opening, comes an opportunity for a few local jobs which is always a good thing as well.
We will never get rich doing this - that has never been a goal. We just want to be able to make a living in an area that we truly enjoy as much as we enjoy living around down to earth Midwestern folks. The Four Corners needs to come back to life for many reasons. We want to foster the history of the place and add our personal touches and experience into a new Four Corners that provides a friendly family atmosphere for our customers.
Other Ways You Can Help
We know times are tough and that not everyone has the ability to contribute. We also know that there are other ways to show support. If you can't contribute financially, we would greatly appreciate getting the word out in your social circles and media.
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