At the same time, I'm noticing that my nerves are on edge. I remember the opening weeks at the food truck, and we were five deep in that little metal box, yet still could barely keep up with demand. I was constantly amazed that people would wait 45 minutes, happily, for their orders sometimes without blasting us on review sites or Facebook. For the brick-and-mortar though, I believe that people have higher expectations and will be angry at having to wait that long. This is the thing that I'm most nervous about. Yes, we know what we're doing with our food. Yes, we work well together as a team. But how fast can we get a hundred plates out? I will not lie when I say that I'm scared that someone, probably me, may have a kitchen meltdown in our opening days.
We've pulled in some of our original staff and some new ones for the new restaurant. Our patissier Chad has been back at the truck the last couple of weeks, making up new dessert ideas with some ingredients we've been meaning to work with and are finally able to. I swear his desserts are better than they've ever been. Danielle has been back, too, working the truck. Only now, she's expecting a sweet little one in about five months, so she'll be manning the cash register at the restaurant with a nice comfortable chair. We've hired a Maitre 'd and a Headserver, plus a couple of other servers, a Garde Manger and a Porter. I am taking the Executive Chef seat only and have promoted former juicemaster Kris to the General Manager position, because there's no way I could do both. I barely managed that anyway, and our Business Manager spent three full weeks sorting through the thousand receipts I'd not entered into accounting since August. Besides, Kris is not only kicking butt since he took over the position, but he's a lot better with talking to staff and not sounding militant like I do when I'm in chef mode.
Anyway, a million things to talk about, but now my mind is already wandering about everything else I need to get done right now, so until next time, Eat Raw, Live Long!