We’re starting a new phase here with the business. It won’t really mean anything to you, the customer, and that’s the best case scenario that we can imagine, but it will mean a big change in the way Mark works and our family life is scheduled. Last Wednesday we received a call that the restaurant where Mark has baked for nearly 2 years was closing. Did we ever think it was a possibility? Yes. Did we think it would happen at this time? Were we prepared? No. In 2 days we would lose our kitchen.
Obviously we didn’t want to shut the business down. We can’t afford to.
There’s a real lack of commercial kitchen space in NYC – the 2 that we knew of in Brooklyn have closed down recently. But we remained calm. It’s like we had no more energy to expend towards negativity after all that’s happened this year. We wasted no time in making some calls and we’re starting to cobble together a solution that while is not ideal, convenient or permanent, will hopefully work. One new kitchen in Brooklyn landed quite serendipitously from an empathetic colleague who suffered through a similar experience (we’ll reveal more as soon as Mark settles in) and the other kitchen is an old familiar one where Mark has worked for the past 7 years, the first 5 as an Executive Pastry Chef and the last 2 years as a 1 day a week consultant. The great thing about the restaurant kitchen is the multiple large convection ovens and huge kitchen space. Mark will be able to get a lot done. The not-so-great thing is that he’ll have to go in on off hours which means that at 2:30am this morning, he’ll wake up to drive to the Upper East Side, do his shift and then work an additional full shift at the restaurant.
As Mark went to sleep tonight at 9pm, we joked that he’d be waking up to get ready to go to work right about the time that I’d probably go to sleep at my normal bedtime. Sooo weird. But we’re hopeful that this new arrangement will work. We don’t know yet how it’ll affect the schedule with the kids and school and childcare for when I’m working on client projects (the old kitchen was conveniently located 6 blocks from our apartment and 3 block from Mia’s school). There are other changes happening too as we’ll also be saying goodbye to our PT nanny of 6 years in a few weeks. This is all new territory. We’ll have to see how it shakes out.