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Paleo Restaurant

Asked on February 28, 2016
Created March 14, 2011 at 9:33 PM

So we are always on the search for "Paleo Friendly" restaurants, but what if there was a Paleo specific restaurant? Imagine a restaurant, let's call it "Paleo Pantry" for fun, that served a menu that only contained paleo food. You could have a a menu that offered a traditional paleo selection, a lacto-paleo selection, a neo-paleo selection, etc. I know that the restaurant business is brutal so say the least, but would you make a point to support it? Obviously the prices for pastured animals and organic produce would probably deter SAD diners, but could it work? Do we prefer eating at home because there are no good alternatives? I don't like eating out because I don't know what I am getting. Just a thought.

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on October 21, 2012
at 03:27 PM

I'm a design student and plan on designing for a class project a "Paleo" themed restaurant. Cave walls, torches and candle lighting, stone flatware, animal fur rugs, etc etc :)

Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

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on April 14, 2012
at 03:56 PM

As the years go on, I feel I can make better, tastier, well-seasoned and well balanced dishes than most of the stuff I find out there. And I'm only 22. Then again, being young, I do spend an inordinate amount of time in the kitchen...at least 2 hours everyday.

D3f3b91d1dd9ce60865654faeb2ec809

on April 14, 2012
at 04:49 AM

Good luck! Where are you at?

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on October 20, 2011
at 01:14 AM

I agree. I don't eat out much because I already spend a ton on food just to cook at home. I really can't justify much beyond the every now and then splurge - and then that's usually an "open" meal (BBQ, Thai) anyways.

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on July 28, 2011
at 09:10 PM

Love Dicks, It's very easy to get a Paleo meal, they have potato and gluten free buns available but great for a group with different dietary needs as well.

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on March 15, 2011
at 04:27 AM

I wanted to open a paleo restaurant, but I decided to open a paleo-based health food store instead and will have a cafe with paleo foods.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on March 15, 2011
at 04:09 AM

hilarious. i don't really know why but that made me laugh out loud.

D83e454e794d761ab524814c0ff8f838

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on March 15, 2011
at 04:06 AM

Though I see Dick's Kitchen basically is that. Can't ignore the vegans in Portland. They'll set your car on fire!

A2fe5bbd09c7804fd321e9e9a9f9d199

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on March 15, 2011
at 03:55 AM

yeah this is a more concise way of what i was trying to say. going paleo seems to go hand in hand with seeking out the most bang for yer buck in every meal except special occasions and unplanned circumstances

Efc949694a31043bfce9ec86e8235cd7

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on March 15, 2011
at 12:50 AM

I'd give Dick an "A" for effort, though! I wish he'd open a shop in San Diego...I'd probably be there 3-4 times a week!

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on March 15, 2011
at 12:16 AM

paleo 'oriented' perhaps, but i see white bread burger buns, sugary drinks, and lots of vegan promotion. i dunno.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on March 14, 2011
at 10:00 PM

Jack, have you tried Farmhouse Cafe in San Diego? It is amazing. Highly recommend. http://www.farmhousecafesd.com/#/intro

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A2fe5bbd09c7804fd321e9e9a9f9d199

on March 14, 2011
at 10:20 PM

I actually thought about this same thing today, but I'm not optimistic it would take with the intended customer base. That is, if most of the intended customer base, most of the time, is like I've become and would simply prefer to cook at home, and become better at the pre-planning to avoid eating out very often. The more I cook at home, the more I cannot justify the extra hit to the budget for eating out, especially with typically inferior ingredients and options associated with the typical budget-sensitive eating out experience.

Nevertheless, since eating out is inevitable sometimes and preferable at other times, I've already spent a lot of time investigating local markets and such to put together on-the-go meals that score well on quality and budget. The "hack" is to find ways to eat pretty much as well as a sit down restaurant but perhaps for some fraction of the restaurant price. Neo-hunting-foraging ; )

For the less budget-sensitive among the paleo crowd, I'm sure the restaurant idea would take well, but I don't know how the demographics break down. Maybe here in southern California / Orange County, it would do better than I would think?

And if something like this existed and I heard good word about the tastiness of the place, of course I'd try it out, but probably as a special occasion.

joe

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

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on October 20, 2011
at 01:14 AM

I agree. I don't eat out much because I already spend a ton on food just to cook at home. I really can't justify much beyond the every now and then splurge - and then that's usually an "open" meal (BBQ, Thai) anyways.

Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

(3700)

on April 14, 2012
at 03:56 PM

As the years go on, I feel I can make better, tastier, well-seasoned and well balanced dishes than most of the stuff I find out there. And I'm only 22. Then again, being young, I do spend an inordinate amount of time in the kitchen...at least 2 hours everyday.

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Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on March 14, 2011
at 09:41 PM

I'm not gonna lie. I won't say that I haven't considered a "Jack Kronk's Grill".

If any of you take my idea, I will find you, like Liam Neeson.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on March 14, 2011
at 10:00 PM

Jack, have you tried Farmhouse Cafe in San Diego? It is amazing. Highly recommend. http://www.farmhousecafesd.com/#/intro

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Cebbca9a78d5612bf3468b273c2010d5

on October 20, 2012
at 05:50 PM

A Paleo Food Truck might be the way to go. You could reach lots of different target areas at different times, and also be at the Farmers' Market (or even, exclusively at the Farmers' Market, depending on where you live and the frequency of the Markets). I bet you would even acquire a large following, eagerly anticipating the Tweets about your location!

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E65c406c2225c53ab923c060d58c7e8d

on April 14, 2012
at 02:45 AM

I am going to open one. wait 4 years ;) i have to graduate and get my cooking degree. haha

D3f3b91d1dd9ce60865654faeb2ec809

on April 14, 2012
at 04:49 AM

Good luck! Where are you at?

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Fc64db6a555559762432d503a1dbad19

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on March 18, 2012
at 11:28 PM

I have thought long and hard about this too. My husband and I own a bar and the restaurant next door might become available soon. The cost is the real concern. All grass fed organic is $$$. The menu would need to be seasonal and we thought about connecting with local butchers and farmers to keep the cost down. The menu would also need to be very small to cut down on waste. We have both been in the food and beverage industry for a combined 30 years, and have some experience owning a successful business as well. We thought about marketing to the Vegan/Vegetarian group to broaden the spectrum. The kitchen would need to be totally clean where meat does not touch the vegetarian stuff for this to work. As long as the food is good people will eat there, even if they are not paleo. Also gluten free is a good way to market with so many celiacs. In the end people will come for 2 reasons and the price really does not matter. 1) The food is so good they crave it and they can't make it themselves. 2) The people who work there are nice friendly and attentive and make you want to come back and support them. I am concerned about allergies and "picky" eaters. It seems like everyone in the paleo community is ultra sensitive, so that might be a problem. Also there are so many versions of paleo it would be hard to please everyone. In the end I think it could work, but I don't know how profitable it would be. The food and labor costs would be very high. It would be a risk.

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C0fcb48d7da4f76fac17318efd2cd6b8

on March 15, 2011
at 12:13 AM

This guy is running a paleo oriented restaurant in Portland Oregon. I went there the other day- fantastic. He's doing a great job. Been running for seven months- I hope it works for him and the community. http://www.dkportland.com

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on March 15, 2011
at 12:16 AM

paleo 'oriented' perhaps, but i see white bread burger buns, sugary drinks, and lots of vegan promotion. i dunno.

Efc949694a31043bfce9ec86e8235cd7

(970)

on March 15, 2011
at 12:50 AM

I'd give Dick an "A" for effort, though! I wish he'd open a shop in San Diego...I'd probably be there 3-4 times a week!

612c09622d41fa959953aae0c8ee86c8

(90)

on July 28, 2011
at 09:10 PM

Love Dicks, It's very easy to get a Paleo meal, they have potato and gluten free buns available but great for a group with different dietary needs as well.

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on March 14, 2011
at 10:21 PM

Me and my wife are actually thinking seriously about doing one now.......Her dad is a classical chef

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04b492f6b1261d80d5b430b8efec9e61

on April 14, 2012
at 01:52 PM

You wouldn't need to (and shouldn't) market it as paleo, vegan, gluten-free, etc. Those markets are relatively small (compared to the general population) and limit your customer base. Not to mention, the word-of-mouth in those communities is strong, and they'll find it on their own. Focus on making the best restaurant you can that just happens to have a lot of paleo, vegan, GF options. There's a big difference between the two.

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93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

(2936)

on October 20, 2011
at 12:14 AM

A little pedal-powered street vendor thingy would be ideal. No need for seating, simple menu, etc. I don't think paleo people could ever support a dining room, unless somebody discovers a way to pump appetizer into the air ducts.

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D83e454e794d761ab524814c0ff8f838

on March 15, 2011
at 03:59 AM

I would definitely support it if it was monetarily feasible. The key might be to also market it to vegan and vegetarians, for the place to survive. My Paleo diet is the same as when I was vegan, except add some eggs, and a whole bunch of meat! I sometimes eat at a local vegan place here because they'll cook stuff in coconut or olive oil if you ask, and actually have things like cauliflower "rice"! They have lots of raw stuff too which, for the most part, doesn't contain anything that doesn't jive with my diet. And I would LOVE to hear the conversations that would ensue at a place visited by paleos and vegans!

D83e454e794d761ab524814c0ff8f838

(531)

on March 15, 2011
at 04:06 AM

Though I see Dick's Kitchen basically is that. Can't ignore the vegans in Portland. They'll set your car on fire!

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on March 15, 2011
at 04:09 AM

hilarious. i don't really know why but that made me laugh out loud.

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D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on March 15, 2011
at 01:22 AM

Of COURSE I would love and frequent a restaurant that served only paleo - and tasty - foods! Talk about a fantasy date spot.

However, budget (as always) would still be a big consideration. For example, if it cost over $50 for two people to dine (sans alcohol), then it would be on my calendar for only anniversary/birthday/other splurge worthy occasions.

A2fe5bbd09c7804fd321e9e9a9f9d199

(1614)

on March 15, 2011
at 03:55 AM

yeah this is a more concise way of what i was trying to say. going paleo seems to go hand in hand with seeking out the most bang for yer buck in every meal except special occasions and unplanned circumstances

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E78adafc4a28930b7f417f3732c69f4e

on September 03, 2013
at 05:05 PM

my business partner and I are opening a Paleo cafe in Avon-by-the-Sea, NJ within the next few weeks. If you're in the area, come check us out

www.facebook.com/cavepaleoeatery

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on October 20, 2012
at 08:12 PM

i think a catering type scenario with a "you kill it, we grill it" mission would work well or just be fun for a part time gig, but the restaurant business is tough enough without narrowing your market.

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on October 20, 2012
at 05:03 PM

By the way, Dr. Kruse, did you and your wife ever decide to open the restaurant?

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25ef32ea39b8f0995d4889a343819a79

on October 20, 2012
at 05:01 PM

I am actually a gluten free chef now, and STILL can't eat the food that I cook everyday. If it were at all possible, I would love to open a dedicated Paleo restaurant with a lot of fresh seafood as well as grass-fed meats. There is a large Paleo community here where I live in Oregon, and also up in Portland. I think it would definitely work, if the menu were properly focused. If you try to please too many people, you end up not doing anything right. Vegetarians could have some of the salads, some soups, and fruit. There wouldn't be any grains. Sorry!

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on October 20, 2011
at 12:23 AM

I hope this will become a growing trend. We need paleo restaurants.

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on October 19, 2011
at 11:25 PM

This place was very close

www.gomongo.com

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696ed2bd1a8adb0a50733bc665a02650

on January 09, 2013
at 08:09 AM

Hey I went there and the food was awesome the guacamole was great and the steak and rice was yummy . The service was wonderful. Usually the ones who give bad comments haven't even been there. I find some restaurants like that near my house & my company by using smart search engines of restaurants: Ex: http://restaau.co.uk I often use this web to search restaurant for parties of my family.

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