Happy Restaurant Week

What comes twice a year, lasts two weeks, and sends you into a manic state of excitement and frustration?

Boston’s Restaurant Week started on Sunday 14 August, and lasts until the end of the month. And you love it. I love it. We all love it.

I could do without it.

To be fair, we’re busy, which is fun. We do at least 100 people Mon-Thurs for RW, plus another 40 for the normal prix-fixe menu. But you’re cooking the same thing over and over and over…. And the menu is designed such that the pick-ups are fast. They can’t be complicated picks or platings if you’re going to do 50 every night. So during RW, these are the easiest 140 covers we do all year. Same for the front of the house – the guests aren’t interested in chatting, they don’t order a ton of courses, and aren’t particularly demanding. In and out.

But what is the fun in that?

Well, it has its own fun, for sure. But most of us don’t work at No 9 to engage in ‘turn and burn’. We love it when people order 5 courses, take their time, get into the food, the wine, the experience. Don’t misunderstand me – I love RW. I love it. We all love it. But I also love the rest of the year. Perhaps a little more.

Happy Restaurant Week everyone.

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