Easy to say, the things That I did that only I could, were to leave the entire Ghetto night to someone who wanted to do a special. I held some special nights with customers who wanted to do something there every month and I let them do whatever they wanted. Those were experiments to make a different night, different than the usual, to get new customers and to make a special experience for our customers who wanted to do some kind of a challenge at the bar. Of course, I also worked as a bartender with them to make their special night, but the things which I did were only making the event page on FB and supporting them (making cocktails, washing glasses), and I left them to form the concept of the night, special things or the menu of the night, BGM, the brightness of the light and of course, I paid them a percentage of their night. for example….
JAN 20th Viva Riva Night
JAN 21st 1Sho-bin Night 2017
FEB 10th Carina & Curry Night
FER 17th CHICO Live Music Night
FER 18th Richie Night
MAR 3rd Nina& Riva presents Yoi Yoi Tonight
MAR 20th Open Mic
Also, I still continued skateboarding on the streets of Shimokitazawa and gave our shop card to people who were walking the street so that I could catch customers. Of course, it was difficult to bring them to the bar, but I kept doing it for 30 min before I opened the bar every day. “Why is the bar owner catching customers by himself?” “It is not cool that the bar is catching customers on the street.” “Don’t you feel embarrassed?” I think everybody might say something like this but I wanted bar Ghetto to be the bar where you can meet new people every time. Because every person from a foreign country is looking for someplace and nobody, except me, tries to catch them. As it turned out I got 30-40 new customers from all over the world, every month.
Winter was over then spring had come.
Our Wednesday bartender (he worked at Ghetto since before I came back to Japan) suddenly quitted the bar and so I had to quit the bar half-moon OK. Because she wanted to be serious about her own job, our Tuesday bartender who suddenly appeared in front of me to support me, quitted Ghetto as well. However, as soon as she quit, a new girl started to work as for Tuesday’s bartender with us.
She was only 25 years old and she used to be the owner of her eyelash extension design company and she worked in Cambodia. After she went out of her business in Cambodia, she moved to Tokyo to open her new salon and when I went to celebrate my hairdresser’s 5th-anniversary party of his salon I met her and she fascinated me at that moment. The moment I met her, I tried to persuade her to be our bartender because she had a very good character and she was friendly with all the persons that came to that anniversary party and also she was shining the most at that party. Then I succeeded to persuade her to be our Tuesday bartender.
She was very cute, friendly to anyone and a very interesting girl. It was a relief that she took Tuesday’s night from the ex-bartender because I didn’t want to apologize to Tuesday’s customers who were very relaxed with the ex-bartender. Furthermore, she was a very hard worker, even though, she had her own job during the daytime, she worked at Ghetto until morning without any complaint. Since she started to work at Ghetto, we started to stock champagne because of our customer’s advice. even though I thought that nobody will drink it because our bar is very cheap, but she frequently sold it to her customers who knew her effort from her smile.
Then, when spring was over, the staff who used to work at Ghetto and went to Australia for 2 years, came back to Tokyo and bar Ghetto’s 4th anniversary had come.
to be continued…