I know, I know, long time no post - sorry about that. Even got a curt online comment saying if you're not going to take the time to post a new entry then just kill the blog. Ouch.
So, will catch up now and TRY to stay current.
Grand opening went very well. We had sample platters of menu items and got rave reviews. Nice turn-out for Nautica AND Sushi Bar. Afterwards, LONG list of things to cover and address though, but definitely consider it a success.
First day of operations (Tues.) went well, also subsequent nights. Traffic kind of slow but was okay, needed to start out slow and have a chance to perfect everything, then we'll be ready when it 'ramps up'. Changing some things in the kitchen - too many wasted steps so setting up a stream-lined 'station' system. Salads here, set up all your supplies and ingredients, entrees here, plating there, etc.
First big test: wedding party of 35 on Friday night. Went well for the most part - all meals were pre-ordered, everything planned out in advance. Still some glitches. Hard to get 35 plates out at the same time when you're a well-oiled operation, very difficult when you're still trying to work out the kinks. Everyone was happy though, food was awesome, staff did great job so counting it as 90% success.
Stairs still not started - a little cranky about that. Hopefully in the next few days. We'll see.
Mom's coming down tomorrow for a visit - looking forward to that. Hope she brings 'running shoes'. Pace is pretty fast and furious!