Monday, October 18, 2004

ITC: No Starbucks
INDIANAPOLIS - Sam Harwell is an energetic young man with a vision for entrepreneurial opportunities. After completing his EQUIP training at the Indianapolis Training Center, Sam decided to stay on at the training center. "I had no complaints," he said in a private interview from his 6th floor room, "except the coffee they serve here is terrible."

Technically, students are banned from having coffee makers, hot plates, or other dangerous electrical appliances in their rooms. Additionally, the kitchen staff, well familiar with Mr. G's disapproval of coffee, avoids serving the brew.

Sam, however, identified a chance for a unique ministry, and engaged in private negotiations with Starbucks to open a franchise on the 13th floor of the ITC.

Sam decided not to tell the ITC authorities of his plan, figuring his franchise would stand a better chance of success if the leadership didn't meddle. "They say it's easier to ask forgiveness than to ask permission. I don't know if its easier, but it was better for my purposes."

He intended to run the franchise for weary staff, students and LIT residents, while picking up the occasional outside business from patrons of the cosmetology salon.

Ultimately, however, a slip of the tongue doomed Sam's new business. He happened to mention the idea to a friend, who told someone else, and soon, in true training center fashion, the whole staff knew.

"I had a candid talk with the training center director," said Sam. "I pointed out studies that prove a business's productivity rises about 15 percent when a Starbucks opens nearby. But he just said 'Let's not be doing that.'"

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh how funny... My 'fav' part of this was the last paragraph! --well the way i remember it, at one time in Indy, it was ok to have a coffee maker in the room... maybe they changed the rules. --i guess you heard about the cafe that Dan Grose was talking about, where they may be able to serve Starbucks coffee? or somethin' like that! i can't remember which training center it was, or what the name of the cafe is, or whether they've already started it.

9:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Let's not be doing that."

I just about died laughing right there. :) You came close, X-er; the real quote should have been: "I'm gonna have to ask you not to do that."

Wow.

11:53 PM  
Blogger grosechef said...

Hey Dan Grose here, ya, I'm starting a cafe' in Flint...Riverfront Cafe', we're going to have all kinds of good things

Monday
Sammy’s Henhouse Club
A hot Southwestern chicken breast topped with our Applewood Smoked Bacon and a slice of swiss cheese, sandwiched between our signature onion herb bun. 5.oo

Tuesday
Suzzie’s Kick’n Chicken Wrap
Wood Grilled Chicken Strips with our finest feather Shredded cheddar, garnished with European salad greens, fresh bell peppers and purple onions, wrapped in herbed flat bread. 5.oo

Wednesday
Danny Boy’s Barn Gone Wild Hearty Club
Thinly sliced Smoked Turkey Breast, Virginia Smoked Ham and bacon, layered under a bed of crisp romaine lettuce and organic beefsteak tomatoes, between our own Sour dough roll. 5.oo

Thursday
Hank’s Hoppin’ Honey Mustard Muflatta
Italian Honey glazed marinated plump chicken breast and hearty salami, layered with mozzarella, havarti and provolone cheese, all decked into a rustic Italian boulé, cut into thick wedges, served with our zesty house dressing . 5.oo

Friday
Vinnies Back Alley Philly Sub
Zesty marinated shaved rib eye with fire roasted bell peppers and onions stuffed into a chewy philly bun, generously topped with a tangy sauce .
5.oo

12:40 AM  
Blogger grosechef said...

Hey Dan Grose here, ya, I'm starting a cafe' in Flint...Riverfront Cafe', we're going to have all kinds of good things

Monday
Sammy’s Henhouse Club
A hot Southwestern chicken breast topped with our Applewood Smoked Bacon and a slice of swiss cheese, sandwiched between our signature onion herb bun. 5.oo

Tuesday
Suzzie’s Kick’n Chicken Wrap
Wood Grilled Chicken Strips with our finest feather Shredded cheddar, garnished with European salad greens, fresh bell peppers and purple onions, wrapped in herbed flat bread. 5.oo

Wednesday
Danny Boy’s Barn Gone Wild Hearty Club
Thinly sliced Smoked Turkey Breast, Virginia Smoked Ham and bacon, layered under a bed of crisp romaine lettuce and organic beefsteak tomatoes, between our own Sour dough roll. 5.oo

Thursday
Hank’s Hoppin’ Honey Mustard Muflatta
Italian Honey glazed marinated plump chicken breast and hearty salami, layered with mozzarella, havarti and provolone cheese, all decked into a rustic Italian boulé, cut into thick wedges, served with our zesty house dressing . 5.oo

Friday
Vinnies Back Alley Philly Sub
Zesty marinated shaved rib eye with fire roasted bell peppers and onions stuffed into a chewy philly bun, generously topped with a tangy sauce .
5.oo

12:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

coffee!!!!! in indy?!?!?!? when i was last there, that was a substance of which we did not speak! but, that was a couple years ago, and i am now a rebel coffee addict, sitting in my favorite coffee shop at this moment!

you go dan, the 'tute needs more guys like you...

7:45 PM  
Blogger Princess Leia said...

mmm...coffeeee...

10:58 AM  

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