Chances are, if you know a cook, you know an action junkie. The rush of service crashes down around your ears in an instant, and if the stars are all aligned and your crew is in the groove, it’s easy to lose yourself in it. Sometimes, everything works and you dance through the night, hours slipping by like minutes. Sometimes, the tightrope begins to sway and you end up clutching at it for dear life, every minute stretching into eternity.
That rush, and the ability to not get buried in the weeds during the rough spots is what makes a restaurant run. It wouldn’t happen if people didn’t come and people won’t come back if you don’t care enough to make it nice. Sometimes it doesn't go so well, but you make it right and put it behind you.
We were fortunate enough to have a bustling sort of weekend at Bebe at the Hey Hey and it was a great feeling! It’s one of our very favorite things to help people celebrate their special days, so we were extra happy to help the family and friends of The Commissary celebrate another milestone in their project, which feels in a lot of ways, like all of our project.
This weekend was also the sort that reminds you that as a food service team, we serve at your pleasure, because we really need you. That’s why we work our hardest to do it right every time, shake up our menu as often as possible and knock your socks off every single time.
We take a lot of chances. Very little of our food is conventional and we buy almost nothing prepared. Making most of our food from scratch casts our labor requirements as absurd based on the size of our business. Our semi-permanent location is a bit out of the way and as “an elite dive”, a colorful phrase coined by a quippy yelper, it's difficult to know what to expect. Our menu favorites are always in danger of being shuffled off and replaced with some nifty new idea. We have only enough cold storage for a busy night, leaving us literally starting from scratch some days.
For those of you that have become our beloved regulars, those risks (we hope) pay off nightly. We thank you so much for getting us this far and hope to see you soon. For everyone else, of course we’d love to be successful beyond our wildest dreams, but now, this Swoop! things is still a dream we fight for daily and we need all of you to help us make it everything we want it to be, not just for us and our families, but for this city we’re fighting for.
In the mean time, we'll keep trying to push forward as a company. We'll sharpen our knifes and get ready to cook off against the able Chef Catie from The Challah Food Truck in our inaugural edition of Columbus Knife Fight Club, July 26.
We'll try our new flavor combinations and techniques and record all of our great ideas so that our Kickstarter reward party and Bebida preview at The Commissary is as amazing as we hope you've come to expect from us.