Here is a big spoiler for tomorrow people: The new name of Spiral Music Bar is going to be Lost in Budapest! Wow, would you not think that that name already exists about 10 minutes walk from that place, only opened in June 2013. It would be crazy to rename a place to an already existing one, wouldn’t it? Well, it looks like its not so… Scott London is working now for Spiral Music Bar, after he got fired from this place, that we have been working together for about 10 months in total.
In Vienna we came up with a concept and had some money to open a small place in Budapest, where people can come to and have fun, after experiencing what hospitality is abroad I felt like there would be a need for something like that in this city. Of course opening a business is not easy, but we just seemed to get along fine enough. Just before the opening, we had lots of difficulties already with Scott, as we had differences in the concept. In Vienna we had Scotts friend to make the logo for us, and then we started building it up. I was writing the blog and Scott was doing the videos. Back then he imagined a place where he is going to get the djs from around the world and although the bar is tiny and can only fit 30 people in it, he is great in making the most out of it, was saying that actually this is what is going to make the place unique. I guess, now it is all about the big venues again. Anyway, the investment for the bar was mostly mine, but it didn’t really matter, because we were both working hard for it, and it seemed like it is going to pay off as well. The first problems occurred when Scott was spending all the money before the opening night, so we were standing here with no budget as the bar opened. That was a source of a lot problems later on, as he realized 2 things: doesn’t matter even if you have an amazing concept, with a new business you just have to be patient and wait for it, and two, the money a bar makes in Vienna is not the money a bar makes in Budapest.
After that we had a crazy summer with the building and the licences, and the goal we started with, or at least what I thought it was, was slowly fading away. Friends of mine were not welcomed in the bar anymore, as they were seen to be helping me and they spoke Hungarian with me, which is I guess totally unacceptable. They got phone calls from Scott, saying they better not be coming here again, or else there are going to be problems. These were the first times I realized I made a very big mistake going into business with him. Lots of times, I left the bar with him, and came back to a very short till or having lots of missing drinks and no stock. That was the second time I realized I made a mistake here.
At this time things got very out of control between us and it led to a point where I had to get a report on him at the police for locking me out of the bar taking my keys away for both the flat and the bar saying he is going to do it by himself.
Of course during this period we didn’t make enough money to get all the bills and the rent paid, so my family helped us out, even when I called them I need money, because the till is not what it was when I left the bar, but I need to pay for the delivery, otherwise, there is no drink in the bar. Or for that matter if it was for him, this place wouldn’t have even made it through the summer, as we had no money to pay for it.
I was staying away from the bar more and more, as it was impossible to work with him at this stage, and I was hesitating if I should just leave everything and start new, or should I fight for it, and get him off the company papers, and get his share. It was not an easy decision to make, and for the people that think I am a bitch for getting him out of here, I can ask: if you have an employee that is stealing money from you and has no sense of business whatsoever, what would you do? If that person is constantly abusing you, getting wasted at work and telling people you don’t even work in your own company, what would you do? Would you keep investing into it? I guess, I figured, with so much great help behind me, that after all for 3 years I had a dream to have a bar eventually. Ever since I started working in Amsterdam I knew this is what I really want to do.
Apparently, having a business is a very though thing to do, and I needed to thoughen up for it too.
By last week I knew, even if I actually come back with all the legal documents, that he doesn’t work here anymore, he is not going to end up on the street and probably the worst case is that he has to go back to England, where his family lives. The reason I got help with me to get him actually realize that he is off the contract is that whenever I came by myself, he would just get me out the place physically, saying it is not possible.
The day after he came back and stole the computer from the place, but I guess its okay, he said he wanted to make me upsetJ. I don’t think that when you actually have to leave a place, you can go around somewhere else and start doing it again with the same name that already exists, but maybe all of this is going to turn out well in the end!
I don’t know what is going to happen in the near future, but I am not afraid, if the names are going to change here and there is not the biggest problem on earth, although I do feel sad to this thing came to this end, but after this, just look to the future and we will see what it is going to bringJ!
Thanks for reading.