Monday, July 12, 2010

Another Day in the Life...

In my last post, I talked about running around like chickens without heads. Running errands and running from task to task. Well, here is another look into how some of our days go (a much more blasé look).

This morning the team decided today was a non-errand day. So I sat on my couch and started typing. My task: documentation!

We have to know exactly who is going to be doing what and when. And how long any given task will take. And how will any interruption like a spill in the dining room effect our work flow? Who will have time to clean it up? Who can we spare from their normal tasks to clean it up? Our employees need to know what's expected of them. And we need to be able to tell them from DAY ONE. We need to know how our operation is going to run, down to every boring detail.

So I worked on that for a few hours. Then when it gave me a headache, I switched to reading. Since we are going into this venture as newbies, we are getting some of our experience from books. We have made several business how-to books, as well as "behind-the-scenes" restaurant books required reading. Currently I'm reading Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential. He is scaring me.

Then after Anthony made me question my chosen path, I went grocery shopping. Nothing soothes me like food! Time to cook.

And while this may seem like a waste of a day because we are scrambling to open, we need to be prepared when we are open. So today was a prep day. However, tomorrow- back to craziness. On the agenda: getting some supplies at Restaurant Depo and then testing our recipes. Our last mayo test was a disaster, sadly.

1 comment:

Chin said...

OK, the word disaster is a little harsh. Don't worry peoples, we figured out the kinks, and it's back to tasting ridiculously good!

TIP: Just don't use a "dijon mustard" that, in actuality, is made of half brown mustard and half salt