Solstice Wood Fire Cafe … staying put, for now

4 Mar

Yes, Aaron and Suzanne Baumhackl were looking seriously at the Annz Panz (i.e. Paris Fair) building in Hood River as a possible site to relocate their Solstice Wood Fire Cafe from Bingen. But it ain’t gonna happen — not yet, anyway.

Aaron and Suzanne are a couple of the nicest people you’d ever want to know, with great kids, and would be a great addition to the Hood River business community (IMHOP), but, as well know, it’s about timing. Coming out of winter, most restaurant owners around here are starting to burn fumes. Capital upgrades to open at 4th and Oak would’ve been too much, Aaron told me.

He started looking for a partner to help make it happen, then talked with someone who also had been looking at the Annz Panz space. Bottom line, it was just not a comfortable financial fit.

So he and Suzanne are staying put (she’s working at InSitu these days, in marketing), at least for the summer. “We’ll try to make some money, focus on our family,” Aaron says. “We’re still looking for a space there. And we’re trying to find someone to either buy our business, or the assets, and take over the year and a half left on our lease.”

Buy the business for $175,000, the assets (minus the Solstice brand) for less. Interested? Call Aaron at 509-493-4006.

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4 Responses to “Solstice Wood Fire Cafe … staying put, for now”

  1. donutboy March 5, 2010 at 10:01 pm #

    please don’t leave WA.

    • stuwatson March 6, 2010 at 12:59 am #

      Huh? Leave Washington? I’m not even IN Washington. But if I were, I wouldn’t leave. Or, if I did, I’d always make sure I came back, someday.

  2. aaron April 8, 2010 at 4:10 am #

    Thanks for your response Donut boy! How were you able to get that name? I’ll trade you any day for pizza boy to get Donut boy.

    Suzanne and I love what we have created ( a work in progress) in Bingen and have GREATLY appreciated the tremendous support the WA community has given us. We also appreciate our OR fans too :).

    After three “successful” years, we are still trying to figure out the demon called cash-flow. You know, winter.. That is where Hood River has entered the scene.

    Long of the short… we are staying in Bingen and are continuing to invest every creative drop of energy into our pride and joy…. and one day we’ll be able to put the demons to rest, one way or another.

    Thank you again for your support! Feeding people is our joy.

  3. berkeley girl April 9, 2010 at 2:40 am #

    Aaron – your creation is wonderful! See you soon – just back to town – got to eat back at home and thought of you all a lot!

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