[quote=“wolf_reinhold”]I saw the building. It is across from the theaters at the Shilin Night Market. That building really must be cursed. I think it has something to do with fungshui and by that I mean that it is on the opposite side of the road where all the action is, including the market street itself.
Most years, the building has stood empty, but occasionally, someone will come up with a bright idea (the last one was a food court), but they all end up abandoning the project, licking their financial wounds, no doubt.
I don’t know the details, but the Chit-Chat looks a little like the old ALE deal where they rented out a venue, usually a club or pub, for their members to mingle with foreigners who were given free drink tickets (three, if I recall). As one Chinese girl called it, the “shooting fish in a barrel” activity was interesting, but the beer drinking foreign men were not very interested in talking to the guys, if you catch my drift.
I realize that Chit-Chat will not use grog to entice foreigners to mingle (or will you? ), but I’d like to hear more about the game plan.
I don’t want to be a doomsayer, but I have seen several similar ideas go south in a big way.
I hope you are successful as that building needs something instead of ghosts.[/quote]
Thanks for responding. I bumped my response to the RB&C thread as it is more permanent than the Events thread.
Let me assure all…this is not ALE. The Chit Chat Cafe is just that, a cafe…a bistro where you can speak any language you’d like. Speak in tongues if you are so moved. You are a client and will be treated as such. We offer a variety of salads and sandwiches as well as the usual assortment of Baristratic treats and some really delicious cakes. We also have Gelato. Wireless Broadband (WLAN) is available and we will accomodate private parties as well.
The second floor is where the “educating” will take place. This is members-only club for English confidence training. It is staffed solely by us and for the exclusive use of WSI students. The only way the general public gets up there is to put on a tie and apply for a job…
Hope to see y’all up here. In fact, I am gonna go downstairs and make arrangements to give all 'umosans a 10% discount…“special just for you cuz you are sooooo handsome.”
I’ll confirm this and the details on how to reap such a benefit in a later post.