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09 August 2010


You know you are opening a restaurant when your Sous Chef is your soul mate

We missed you! Tweets are nice, but a long post is better. Read you again once you surface. Love, A Reader.

Love your little post! Good luck with the restaurant - I'm sure it'll buoy you after a while and you'll stop missing yourself :)

thank you for posting ~ take care of yourself! many good wishes

But would you have it any other way?

god that sounds like me on a normal day...

am sure for the level of dedication u always have its going to be a huge of luck Shuna!

Plenty of your description sounded like me when I was working in the galley of a cruise ship. UGH!

aw ms. lydon...i hope you are able to find some rest in the midst of all this craziness. i bet the other half of you feels the thrill of opening a restaurant. heck..that's probably what you're running on- adrenaline. if those are pics of the new place-lovin' it! so excited to visit the place!!!!

Imagine if you were opening a second one in a different city? things could always be worse.

It sounds soooo hard. I don't envy you. But I envy me because I am wondering

Will there be parsley salad on the menu?

What will be my favorite dessert?

And, of course, the inevitable




Will it open?

(And when will you get a break?)

You just described me minus any knitting reference. I am opening a wood fired mobile oven biz and think I have lost my mind but too distracted to notice! By the way, at least you don't have to practice backing up your restaurant while hitched to a 1 ton van. You have that going for ya.....

I feel your pain. I opened 11 restaurants in less than two years. Now...I sleep.

Shoot! Sounds like a parent to me. I guess opening a restaurant is a lot like raising kids. You just keep at it, you have a vision and some ideas, but really you are going on faith.

Take a breath. Eat. Eat a little bit more.

I am cheering for you!

Wishing you the best of luck!

Very excited for you. I got a small window into your world recently and it scared the crap out of me and was the most exciting thing I've done in ages!

I opened an artisanal chocolate shop 8 years ago - oh yes, this post is spot-on from my experience! Life? What life? This is my life? This IS my life! LOL ;-) Thanks for putting the experience to words.

Heh, look at people as though they're zoo animals. Nicely done.

xo, Biggles

best wishes, shuna! x shayma

love this post.

absolutely. a lot of deep breaths, a lot of patience, and always remind one another to eat something.

Why all the pictures of St John?

Hello Ben, Good eye, sir. firstly St John is a restaurant, but more than that I think the photos show emptiness & reflection which is what this piece is about. the reward is the restaurant itself, but a restaurant is more than just empirical data. ~ shuna

Ha ha - this is great - the story of my life last 4 years. Apart from the laundry - still fit that in.... always saving money - just a poor chef after all.

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