Babette’s Cafe opened 24 years ago tonight. Seems like yesterday….
Thanks to everyone who has supported us over the years, some of you since the beginning. No, we’re NOT closing. Babette’s continues to bring me joy, pride and challenges. But I am trying to step back a little bit and I’m finding it harder than I thought.
Justin Kurtz is our Chef
Stephen Puche is our Beverage and Floor Manager
Alex Edge is my Host, Kitchen Expediter, and Assistant Manager
My job now is to make sure the “team” has what it needs, to update computers, implement the marketing and keep up with the bills. Yes, I still have to sort through the 20 different light bulbs we have on hand and I still book parties. I miss the kitchen terribly, but when I spend a shift in there, in an emergency, I can hardly walk by the end of the night. I miss hosting, but I can’t be tied down to one spot. I could always pull a shift at the bar, but it’s not pretty. Right now, I’m caught between working long days on a project or putting in a very short day, for which I feel terribly guilty.
So in a few years, I will be gone from the restaurant. I’m not sure what that looks like, but will likely include a little gardening and a lot of traveling. I dream of packing my Volvo with my dog and camping gear, inviting my husband and hooking up a Gidget trailer to head to the National Parks. I imagine living in a tiny house in the woods without electricity, (Thoreau), but with indoor plumbing. I hope one day to know all the names of the plants I have put in my yard, so I don’t have to leave the little tags attached to them.
But, I’m not ready yet, (daughter still in college) and so thankful that I have this second home. Thank you for coming on this journey with me. Happy Birthday Babette’s!