From 80 Thoreau to Mooncusser Fish House & Moon Bar (A)
After extensive planning, Ian Calhoun, (MBA 2010) who was also a chef trained in Paris at Le Cordon Bleu, and two co-founders launched 80 Thoreau, a "progressive fine dining" restaurant in Concord, MA that became a local favorite as well as a special occasion destination. After five years of successful operations, the founding team contemplated opening a second restaurant in Boston's Back Bay. Building on the game plan for and lessons learned during the opening of 80 Thoreau, Calhoun and team developed a plan for Mooncusser Fish House and Moon Bar. But as the decision to launch or scupper the new restaurant drew near, the team had to decide whether they had hit upon the right concept, found the right location, and had the managerial capacity to succeed. Would the 80 Thoreau investor group back the project or would the founders need to find new financial backers? Was this the right time to expand?