Over the last few months, under different management, Nate and I were able to have the break from Tides we so desperately needed. Start-up is hard work and the ability to hand it to a friend and step back for a bit was a total blessing. We're grateful to our manager friend who took it over as soon as we asked (ahem, begged) him to, and handed it back the moment we said we missed it and wanted back in. Thank you!
So, here we are. We have a wonderful friend who's also invested in the business and is handling all the day-to-day management. At the moment we're creating long-term systems for tracking everything from knives and forks to the prices of our toilet paper, trying to get the business viable and accountable without constant oversight.
It's hard work, mostly because I'm a just-do-it kind of girl who enjoys the feeling of pulling everything together at the last minute with a smile on my face. Not for me, endless spreadsheets and temperature logs for the fridge and freezer. Only, those things are important...so I hired a kitchen manager. We've prioritized food hygiene and safety, timeliness of orders and quality control, plus I'm totally redoing the menu in January, when our corn masa order should come in and make Mexican food again a Monrovian reality.
It feels good to be back--and this time, in the shadows, letting our team do the hard stuff.