Coffee with LeRoy surprise: October biggest revenue month at clubhouse
A surprising little statistic is October was the biggest revenue month for The Clubhouse at Lake Sconti, surpassing the spring months with Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and wedding events. This and other clubhouse notes were shared by Clubhouse Director LeRoy Korunes at his monthly “Coffee with LeRoy” Wednesday, Nov. 2.
While the clubhouse hosted six weddings in October, three are on the book for November but Korunes commented, “December is looking like a slow month.” No weddings or Christmas parties are on the books but the annual Winter Ball, to be held the first Saturday in December, is still scheduled, he added.
For New Year’s Eve, Korunes said there will be an upscale dinner, in concept similar to the wine dinners but this one will not focus on wines but instead emphasize good food and fellowship. No band, no balloon drop planned, Korunes said because at “Big Canoe Midnight” [10 p.m.] people go home to see the Peach Drop in Atlanta or the Waterford ball in Times Square or just fall asleep. Korunes said people told him about Big Canoe Midnight when he first came but he didn’t believe it until one time he saw 300 people empty the clubhouse at 10 p.m.
Already the clubhouse has eight weddings confirmed for 2017 with a Big Canoe presence in several magazines and trade shows.
Comment cards offered in the clubhouse restaurants were discussed with some people at the coffee saying they are not receiving these cards at the end of their meal. Korunes said he is working on an incentive program to get servers to remember to pass out cards. In October, he said he received 92 cards with 81 marked great and one marked poor. N ew menus are being rolled out in November and Korunes said he is considering cutting back the Sunday brunch buffet to close at 1:30 p.m. instead of 2. Omelets can still be ordered from a menu, he added.
Clubhouse directors have long faced some facility challenges in the food prep area and Korunes is with them. The kitchen, when built to replace the old clubhouse, is not meant for the volume today. Lack of storage space and the garbage area are major concerns too. Korunes said for people who have not been in the kitchen on the lower level there is no dumb waiter up to the dining floor—only a very slow elevator and a metal spiral staircase that hinders getting orders to servers faster. He told the coffee group he may open the kitchen for a tour to interested property owners on a Monday since the restaurant is now closed on Mondays.
“Design is our biggest challenge,” said Korunes, who has called in a kitchen design and redesign restaurant expert to see what, if anything, can be done to improve the problems. He said the representative from Atlanta Fixtures “shook his head too often” as he toured the clubhouse. Korunes said he planned to contact another designer for a look-see and then possibly put one on a retainer to help with a new configuration if possible.
With the cancellation of the last Community Dinner, sponsored by the Ridge Runners, because of lack of interest, the coffee group suggested this may be changed to a quarterly event rather than a monthly one. They also said the Friday seafood dinners like the community dinners have run their course and it’s time for some new things. Their suggestion was to try a night of potato big bakers with lots of topping and stuffing choices served with a salad. Another suggestion was to have family style dinners of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, beans and rolls to attract young families with children.