I can’t think of any creative song lyrics to start off with this time. We are officially in the twilight zone.. the grind is in full effect and all of the managers have probably worked 15 or 16 hours a day for the last 9 days (if not more).. and we are just about to reach the starting line!
As I sat with the contractor a couple days ago and went over the list of things to yet complete (it’s long), I realized that for them it’s almost over.. for us, we have the next 10 to 20 years to make this thing rock n’ roll..more if we’re lucky, less if we screw it up. They are bone weary. I’ve been here with them everyday (and I’m a little bone weary too) but they’ve done the heavy lifting and are ready to not see me again for awhile.. I’m stuck with me. We first walked into this building in late November I think.. we signed a lease in January, we spent a while figuring out what to do with it.. we brought the hammers in just over 60 days ago to start the remodel.
Training is basically done. Which also means it’s just begun. We’ve spent the last week with nearly 100 new employees, most of which are still with us, and done everything in our power to pass on the information we think is critical for them.. They tasted nearly every wine, cocktail, beer, and menu item we’ll be serving.. today we did the 2nd round of menu testing. 7 plates of each item, about 30 items.. 210 plates by billy, michael and jeff with WAY too many cooks huddled around trying to learn. The servers got a mere bite of each and a discussion about the what,where, why, who of each dish. Tomorrow the staff is off, Monday we will serve about 200 ppl during practice sessions. Tuesday we’ll serve about 300 people and then we are off to the races (literally… we have 1 week to really do this right before track season starts and we get slaughtered). The real training starts with the first guest. The first ticket. The first cocktail. And the repetition will improve the speed and knowledge daily. But we’ve done what we can. We have a great staff. They have a hard road ahead to master their roles. This is a thank you to all of them, and to the management team Emma, Amber, Melissa, Brian, Jeff, William, Mijkal, and wifey for getting us to this night.. To the design team and the contractors.. to the landlord for being really gracious in letting us do our thing. We are all excited to present to you Sea & Smoke…an American Brasserie..
The posts will likely continue…perhaps.. for now, here’s some photos. ALMOST DONE