Friday, July 15, 2005

Boom Boom Boom!!

Things are going well. Real well.

Last night was a success.

We had problems, sure. But jeez, it was the first night for a lot of people, we just got the menus in, we were serving food for the first time and we are blowing power circuits in the kitchen like crazy. It is like a submarine in there. I had to buy all slim line specialized gear that would fit through all the doorways down into the basement and back up into the kitchen. The bar is designed for one bartender, but we are sticking two back there with a barback, so it stifles the perceived efficiency, but it also doesn't help that we make funky time consuming drinks and take orders from the servers and are ringing way more than the bar has ever had. We are still adjusting without a computerized POS, but overall it is going great. The food is coming out great, Aaron is doing a kick ass job, but I just got the heating element to warm the food in yesterday in and my electrician didn't show so we couldn't install last night. The electrician still needs to run new power to the kitchen. I think we may need to invest in a three phase to help ease the stress on our power demands.

The new sign is up, thank goodness. This morning. They were jacking away at the side of the building. I didn't even know it was going on. I tend to be a heavy sleeper. My mom conditioned me for it by keeping my window open as a baby with no blinds. And we lived a half block from the El. Seriously. I didn't even know that noise was supposed to upset your sleep. Thanks mom.

We are adding neon to the sign later, cuz I had to get it up and it would have delayed installation. We got the art up inside for the most part, and I love it. Very comfortable. I hope others find it to be the same too.

Now we hit prime time for the weekend opening. This is going to be interesting. I really need to shower now.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey! How about a few pics for us STL expats!?!

9:15 PM  
Blogger Steven Fitzpatrick Smith said...

I will get on it. I just moved and my camera is packed away and my bluetooth on my laptop doesn't work so I can't transfer pix from the phone. I got a chum or two who have been taking pix so I will see what I can get.



9:27 AM  
Blogger Murphy said...

Congrats on the opening Steve. Those pews really complete the look.

I can't wait to get down and try the food.

6:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Steve-

Excellent job with everything. The artwork provided a good history lesson for Matt. He knew JFK, but not RFK.

The food was great. We tried most of the appetizer menu. Wonderful.

One do you get Kobe beef in St. Louis? However you do, it was delicious.


Rick Bonasch

7:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GREAT PLACE!! We planned on stopping by for one drink and ended up ditching our other plans and staying. The food all looked great, I can't wait to try it. Will you have gift certificates for sale? Chrisi

10:28 AM  

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