"Riding The Wave": How to survive Sat night?

Discussion in 'Professional Chefs' started by chefron, May 31, 1999.

  1. chefron

    chefron

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    Fellow culinarians, may I impose upon you for some collective advice? I find myself continuously beseiged by waves of tickets, followed by nothing, followed again by waves. We go from 3 tickets to 90 in ten minutes, then back to 3 followed by another 90. It would appear that the DRS seats the whole dining room at once, then clears at once and resets. I confess much ignorance in FOH matters, but is there per chance something wrong with this picture? Any suggestions?
     
  2. pete

    pete Moderator Staff Member

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    I have to agree with Bri. Sounds like the reso book is not spread out enough. Also have your phone staff actively sell early and late dinner times as it seems everyone wants to dine from 7:00-8:30pm. When I answer the phone I will take a reso for prime time if avaliable but I always suggest that earlier or later dinning will allow for a quieter, more subdued experience.
     
  3. chefron

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    Thanks a million for all your input! I love this web site; it's great being able to talk to fellow chefs. Bri, I honestly don't know what's going on with reservations but the problem is that this restaurant is brand new and the owner invested $8 million in animatronics and electronic effects (yes... I did say $8 million). People are usually on a three hour wait and they do wait.. even for lunch. I guess this is a good problem to have, but when waves of tickets hit everybody stresses, from FOH to cooks and dish crew. You can well imagine the breakage nightmare! I was hoping there was an alternative.