Three years ago, I opened Granada Bistro in SLO with the premise that it would close after 1 year because the building was slated to be demolished. Three years later its still alive and about to expand into a bistro/hotel. I absolutely love the restaurant business and all that it teaches me on a daily basis. Some of my favorites are below.
10 Granada rules I never knew I’d have to make
- Staff can not serve salad in the mixing bowl. Even if that means you having to wash another dish.
- Staff can not get naked in the bistro. Even if its just to change into ‘going out’ clothes. Even if there are no customers.
- Staff can not tell customers to get their coffee at Starbucks, just because you hate making French Press. Even if its only 15 minutes to close. Even if you have a hot date.
- Staff can not make soup from carnitas. Even if our carnitas are the best in town. Even if you call it ‘stew’.
- Customers are not allowed to sleep in lounge or bistro. Even if they are regulars. Even if its raining. Even if they’re too drunk to drive home.
- Customers are not allowed to bring in home made ice cream and serve it to customers. Even if tastes amazing. Even if the customers are ok with it being served in their wine glasses.
- Staff is not allowed to dance in the streets while on the clock. Even if its a Gnarls Barkley song. Even if its with the boss’s mother.
- Staff is not allowed to make out with the customers. Even if they are really hot. Even if you do it in the store room.
- Customers are not allowed to bring in their own tequila. Even if they share it with the staff. Even if its Clase Azul.
- Staff can not refer to Granada as ‘The G-Spot’. Even if its catchy. Even if the name’s a good fit.