Rest Farmhouse Inspired has always been centered on relationship, integrity, and community. We have always been transparent in our journey with you and it is with that in mind that we want to share some difficult news. As a self-funded, family-owned restaurant, we can no longer weather the delays we have seen in our expansion plans and so, after more than two years of serving our community, we have put Rest up for sale. We had hoped to stay open until a sale was finalized but half our staff is headed off to school over the next couple of weeks. Hiring now isn’t an option and because we only want to give our customers the best possible service, we think it is best to close.
Our last day open will be August 11th.
Here’s more of our story…
We recently celebrated our two-year anniversary on July 9th. Opening our doors in 2016, we offered a small coffee shop with gluten-free pastries, cooking classes, take-home dinners, and home décor retail. Right away, the local community focused in on our gluten-free pastries and asked for more menu options. The demand for more food continued and we responded.
Over the course of our first year we stopped calling ourselves a shop and transitioned to a counter service restaurant. We slowly phased out our home décor retail and take-home dinners. Next to let go were the cooking classes. We focused in on our menu and drinks. Our choice to work with local farmers and food purveyors further defined Rest Farmhouse Inspired as the only place in our community offering gluten-free, locally sourced, organic food and drinks. We represent a niche market, intentionally serving those who struggle with food allergies and sensitivities because we are passionate about those issues.
You may not have known that Theresa and I self-funded this adventure, thanks to our amazing and supportive husbands. We had hoped and prayed that our funding would last us until we started turning a consistent profit. Doing what we do, with the quality ingredients that we demand, is expensive. While we have enjoyed wonderfully steady increases in customers and sales, they have not grown quickly enough to get us where we need to be.
Working with a third party, we had been planning an expansion into dinner service and Sunday brunch with beer and wine. We have a strong and exciting business plan and promotion kit for this expansion in offerings, but we don’t have the cash to get us there.
We are proud of what we have accomplished and so grateful for our community! Please come in and enjoy this last week with us! We’ll be serving up nothing but goodness! Additionally, all retail will be on sale!
Kristina & Theresa