^^^Transforming a space with flowers!^^^
Trying to toe the line between oversharing and being dramatic versus being relatable and honest…but I tell ya: opening is a restaurant is a slog. Please DC — make it easy for small businesses to offer needed services! Wedding season is winding down, and old friends get the EatsPlace update. I drone on and on about a million meetings, tastings and fittings which actually echos a lot of pre-wedding activities. Sure, it’s pipe fittings not dress fittings, but let’s run with that. I’m not getting married (cue sad trombone) but I am a self-diagnosed restaurateurzilla.
Opening a restaurant is like planning your own wedding. This goes way beyond getting great appliances in both instances. You’re ultimately going through something that’s not always fun and takes thousands of thankless hours to provide an unforgettable experience driven by passion for a great love. Tips to stay sane during wedding planning will serve a restaurateur well…
^^^Getting cool presents like mixers!^^^
Expect the unexpected.
Take a deep breath and get comfortable with things. Now turn them upside down and shake them. Welcome to the world of opening a restaurant. There are things I can’t control. But I promise most things will go right. In the very end. If I’m lucky. Right, so at weddings most people remember (after the open bar and the cake) the loveliness of the occasion. They couldn’t care less that you forgot your vows or spilled red wine on your white dress. When EatsPlace opens, the permitting process will be a crazy memory. One for the scrapbooks or maybe the bonfire. I’m going to embrace the chaos and make sure good songs are playing. If it isn’t fun, why I am doing this?
Remember Everyone is On My Side
When things fall into a mess and someone is laughing at my so-called failures, I will be right there laughing with them. When things go awry, which they will, all I can do is chuckle and set things right. People want EatsPlace to be successful. They want to eat dumplings. They want to pop-up their restaurant here. I’ve heard a lot support from people who can’t wait for opening day and are just happy to have us in the neighborhood. And if they’re not…I do hope they give us a try.
^^^Making favors for guests!^^^
There’s so much going on physically and emotionally. Just like wedding parties have to stop and smell the roses, EatsPlace has the pause and smell the edible landscaping Green Room will be planting for us. And then pick some mint and make a mojito for you guys.
Prepare For The Letdown
When it is all over and we finally open, I’ll probably collapse in a heap and cry. Not sad tears but just happy, cathartic tears like WHOOSH we did it guys. It was an emotional, creative endeavor and I’m tapped. Well until we flip the sign and do it all over again the next day.
^^^Getting weird presents you have to return (but still send a thank you note)!^^^