Last August, owner of Little Donut House Stephen Schab made the decision to rebrand the concept into Take Three Cafe. Schab wanted to meet the needs of his customers when it came to meals outside of sweets, but after nearly five months of business, he's forced to close the doors.
"Sadly, building Take Three ran over budget and well over its intended timeline to launch. Despite testing extremely well with customers, I don’t have the required capital to turn this new concept into a truly successful brand. By changing the name, we lost some foot traffic, that will require capital and some time to get back," Schab wrote in an email to CL.
The Take Three Owner went on to say that after these four years of developing both Little Donut House and Take Three Cafe, he feels the need to pull back and "fulfill my commitments to my family and pursue other ventures[..] I thank the community for all your support over the years and giving me an opportunity to live out my entrepreneurial dream."
But, Schab is hopeful that someone else is willing to pick up the Take Three Concept and run it as their own. "Although I have run out of time and capital, this concept is far from dead. We have had growth every year, I believe with a fresh infusion of marketing capital and fresh energy, this Take Three concept could become the multi-unit concept I always envisioned. With processes, procedures, equipment, and recipes in place, it just needs some gasoline to catch real fire."
Those who are interested in picking up where Schab left off can reach him at 813-841-0034 for more details. Until then, Tampa Bay will have to look elsewhere for a vast selection of mini doughnuts, alongside nearly endless combinations of breakfast and lunch options.
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