Memorial Day Weekend — May 27 – 31, 2022

ULC Logbook, Friday, May 27th, 2022:

We started with 59 covers, on this first day (traditionally considered a “travel day”) of the 2022 Memorial Day weekend. For cancellations, we lost a same-day party of 2, and a party of 3; these were compensated for by same-day reservations, and the 6 guests (including Mr. Alexander C.) who dined at the bar. We finished with 72 guests.

We had two orders for takeout: Thomas R., who was unable to correctly communicate his 14-digit gift card number over the phone, and ultimately did not pick up his order; and Mr. H., who ordered in person.

For BA’s, we were joined by: Stan Y., just graduated from Holy Cross (party of 3, tbl. 16); Bruce S. (party of 4, tbl. 26); Susan G. (party of 6, tbl. 5); Brigitte G. (party of 2, tbl. 27); Jack S., dining with (we assume) his girlfriend, and with father John S. (party of 3, tbl. 12); Alexander C. (party of 3, at the bar); Francine W., regulars since Robert Henry’s (party of 2, tbl. 6); Benoit M. (party of 2, tbl. 4); Richard C. (party of 3, tbl. 3).

Susan G. (party of 6, tbl. 5, served by J.-M. M.) sent their thanks to the Chef for making their daughter (a vegan who does not enjoy quinoa) so happy with her dinner. Ms. G. also commented that their server was, “absolutely fantastic.” Bravo Chef, J.-M., and team!

The forecast for Saturday shows a likely enough chance for scattered thunderstorms that we preemptively reached out to all Saturday patio reservations and communicated that we will have a table for their reservations inside the restaurant in case of rain.

ULC Logbook, Saturday, May 28th, 2022:

We started with 140 covers on this Memorial Day weekend Saturday. There were cancellations, due to Covid, of two parties of 4 guests: in both cases, we were able to re-reserve the table. There were multiple large parties celebrating graduations / milestone family events. During service, we added several same-day reservations for the last hour. We finished with 152 guests.

For BA’s, we were joined by: Kim C. (party of 6, tbl. 30); The N.’s (party of 2, tbl. 6); Kate M. (party of 12, tbl. 18+); The G.’s (party of 10, tbl. 14+); Robert O. (party of 4, tbl. 26); John H. (party of 6, tbl. 5); Peter C. (party of 7, tbl. 29); Bennett S. (party of 4, tbl. 17); Mark S. (party of 2, tbl. 11); Elizabeth H. (party of 3, tbl. 12); Justin Z. / John G. (party of 2, tbl. 21); Helen M., with Merwin’s Art Framing regular T. (party of 3, tbl. 23+); Chef’s friend Florence F. (party of 4, tbl. 16); David G. (party of 2, tbl. 4); Vincent F. (party of 2, tbl. 7); Cynthia O. (party of 4, tbl. 35); Vincent E. (party of 2, at the bar); Emily B. (party of 4, tbl. 12); J. P. H. (party of 3, tbl. 31).

Dr. B. S. (party of 4, tbl. 17, served by J.), who is a neurologist with the Yale School of Medicine, was dining with a female guest who was reported by others at the front desk to be at a low number — perhaps 2, or 3 — on the mood scale when the party arrived. After a couple hours of Chef’s cuisine, and ULC hospitality, the guest’s mood had risen to a 8 or 9. After dinner, this guest commented: “J. was the best waiter I’ve ever had here.” Bravo Chef, J., and team!

David G. (party of 2, tbl. 4, served by D.) and his wife said their dinner tonight was amazing and send their thanks to the Chef.

MVP G. for taking a section.

Sunday: partly cloudy; high of 78F. Monday: partly cloudy; high of 87F.

ULC Logbook, Tuesday, May 31st, 2022:

We started with 62 covers. We had two parties of 2 cancel (at 6PM and 7:45PM) — no C.F. We were joined by the following walk-in parties: B. R. (party of 3, tbl. 3) started as a party of 4 for drinks at the bar; 1 at 5:45PM; 1 at 6PM; 3 at 7PM (patio); 2 at 7:35: 2 at 8:35PM (desserts only). We finished with 64 guests.

We had one order for takeout for BA Mr. Michael B.

For BA’s, we were joined by: Dr. J. L. (party of 10, tbl. 33+); Dr. J. R. (party of 2, moved inside from patio, tbl. 17); Catherine G. (solo, tbl. 7); Guido C. (party of 4, tbl. 29); Vincent S., dinner before Yale Rep. show (party of 5, tbl. 5); Dr. Harold K. (party of 5, tbl. 30); Laura M. (party of 4, moved inside from the patio), tbl. 3); Tamara O. (solo, tbl. 26); G. V. / R. D., Yale School of Management (party of 3, tbl. 1).

Dr. J. F. L. (party of 10, tbl. 33+, served by R. I.) is Professor of Psychiatry at Yale. After dinner, Dr. L. commented: “That was a GREAT dinner. I haven’t had sea bass that good in a long time. You make it special for us old shrinks.” My analysis: bravo R. I., Chef and team!

A. had a successful follow shift with the support team.

Wednesday: PM showers; high of 66F. Thursday: mostly cloudy; high of 77F.

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