“Whatever That Means” — February 11 – 12, 2022

ULC Logbook, Friday, February 11th, 2022:

We started with approx. 138 covers. There were a couple of cancellations, and we did not gain much by way of walk-in’s; however, as R. commented, it was a fairly smooth service, as he was not aware of any instances where parties had to wait for their table. We finished with 133 covers.

There was a single instance of takeout, pre-ordered yesterday: that was the last order for the weekend as the focus of the Chef’s team and the service squad has shifted to the lovers.

For BA’s, we were joined by: Shep and Jennifer S. (party of 2, tbl. 1); Massimo D. and Liza D. (party of 2, tbl. 26); David D. (party of 6, tbl. 5); Alexander F. (party of 2, tbl. 20); Douglas R. (solo at the bar); Elizabeth S. (party of 2, tbl. 34) Connecticut Superior Court judge, presently sitting on civil cases in Bridgeport, who had their wedding reception at ULC in 1997 (according to guests, the second wedding by Chef JP, who did not know what to charge them).

Positive feedback was plentiful on the first night of Valentine’s Weekend: Douglas R., mentioned in the BA section above, is a Yale-affiliated regular who greatly enjoyed dining solo at the bar tonight. Mr. R. complimented his duck and the wine A. had recommended pairing with it, and will be back with a party of 7 to celebrate his birthday a week from tomorrow (Sat., Feb. 19).

Warmer temps persisted today and should continue tomorrow, until cold is accompanied by a chance of snow flurries in the AM of Sunday.

ULC Logbook, Saturday, February 12th, 2022:

We started with 266 covers; there were perhaps two cancellations both of which came through voicemails from this morning. We added two parties from the waiting list to compensate, and had several parties grow by an extra cover. We finished with 271 covers.

There was no takeout: we had the M. party of 12 guests join us in the Sherman Room (these guests are included in the total number of covers.)

For BA’s, we were joined by: Michael M. (party of 2, tbl. 1); E.’s parents, Sarah E. (party of 2, tbl. 15); Robert L. (party of 2, tbl. 14); Marie R. (party of 2, tbl. 25); Al T. (party of 2, tbl. 26); Scott S. (party of 2, tbl. 1); Sophie B. (party of 2, tbl. 25); Lawrence D. (party of 2, tbl. 27); David L. (party of 2, tbl. 31); Dr. H. (party of 2, tbl. 15); Charlie M. (party of 2, tbl. 113); Natalie R. (party of 2, tbl. 17); Benjamin P. (party of 2, tbl. 4); Helen Z. (party of 2, tbl. 12); Gene W. (party of 3, tbl. 126); Darin C. (party of 2, tbl. 14); Stacy D. (party of 4, tbl. 10).

Ernest R. (party of 2, tbl. 29, have been dining at ULC since the late 90’s, and always greatly enjoyed JM’s service and JP’s cuisine for all those years. The R.’s commented how happy they were that everything was better than ever for their 2022 Valentine’s Day dinner.

D. and P. were issued written warnings about not wearing jeans.

The bar was not calibrated properly for the level of business: they did not prep enough beforehand. The bar also disregarded direct instructions regarding not serving food, and responded with attitude to C.

S. went above and beyond for the team: she did a great job serving the party in the Sherman Room, and stayed to help bus the dining room after her party had finished. Bravo S.!

S. was doing everything from seating, coats, assistance in the dining room, clearing and resetting, and more. Bravo S.!

The sass in today’s weather section is dedicated to G.: Following an unseasonably warm Saturday, temperatures will begin their downward trajectory with a chance for snow Sunday AM and the chill lasting through Monday’s “real” (whatever that means) Valentine’s Day.

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