slow leak $...
A guy I knew was a very shrewd business man...and he managed to convince the landlord that he was in it for the long haul.
It was acknowledged that the start-up phase is extremely difficult, but once clientele was established, things would be better.
Somehow, by hook or by crook, he managed to sign a contract that went like this:
1. first year free rent
2. next year 6 months free rent
3. normal rent, plus 6 extra months rent
I have no clue how in fact he convinced a guy to go along with that....but the fact is he is now in his 6th year, all paid off and business is booming.
just an idear.