Tonight we tenderly opened the doors to preview customers. We "officially" open tomorrow but we wanted to see what people would order from the menu when it wasn't a prix fix special event. We stayed open from about 6:00 (though we served our local mail carrier at the end of her shift, around 4:30) until 9-something, we had 33 paying guests, which is more than enough to fill the restaurant, and the most we've had in a night.
Top sellers were margaritas (both varieties), enchiladas (all varieties), and tacos (all varieties). We hosted a wonderful family with their small child who seemed to really enjoy the time spent here, some out of town friends from Portland and an old co-worker (OK, I was his boss in San Francisco), as well as Patricia Jane from Seattle Metroblogging who was kind and fair and complimentary. We were all a bit suspicious when Patricia and her dining partner kept snapping pictures before they ate their food, and then quizzed one of our servers on the way out, to find out where our grass fed beef comes from (Thundering Hooves, in Walla Walla). Patricia wrote;
Overall, we had a lovely dinner. I can't say everything was perfect, but for the night before the opening night, I'd give the restaurant a hearty recommendation. I'm looking forward to going back.
I was caught off-guard for the demand for sides of mashed potatoes, will need to make a bunch more of that tomorrow.
Lots of very warm-fuzzy positive feelings about how it all came together, despite some nerve wracking moments early in the day, including the A/C spewing water onto the dining room, and the muralist explaining that the X-thousands of dollars I was paying didn't include a work "ready to hang", but simply a rolled up canvas with an awesome/amazing image on it. I really love the painting she did, I'm terrifically disappointed at the lack of customer service orientation.
We won't be able to schedule an A/C tech till the holiday weekend is over, luckily it started raining this afternoon and cooled things down a bit. Guess that wasn't so lucky for the folks at Bumbershoot, kinda wish I was there, but I'm pretty happy right here!
Now, what I really need is a full time dishwasher, be sure to send them my way if you know anyone...